No. 1 BYU Men's Volleyball Sweeps USC|
April 8, 2016
Ben Patch had 12 kills while hitting .688 to lead the No. 1-ranked BYU men's volleyball team to a 25-15, 25-13, 25-15 sweep over USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (April 8) in Provo.
BYU improved to 22-3 on the season and 17-3 in the MPSF. With 1 regular season match remaining, the Cougars maintained their hold on first place in the MPSF, which brings with it the top seed and home court advantage in next week's MPSF Tournament. USC, which fell to 7-18 overall, is 5-16 in the MPSF and last week was eliminated from the 8-time MPSF tourney.
USC's 43 combined points in the match were its fewest in the rally scoring era that began in 2001.
Brenden Sander added 9 kills for BYU while hitting .667, while Jake Langlois served 4 aces.
BYU hit .556 in the match to USC's .074. The Cougars also had more digs (21 to 11), blocks (9.0 to 2.0) and aces (6 to 1).
BYU ran off 8 consecutive points to build a 16-7 lead in the first set to gain all the control it needed, hitting .636 and serving 5 aces overall. The Cougars jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second set and were never threatened while hitting .700 (USC hit just .154). BYU used a 10-0 run to go up 13-4 in the third set while hitting .391 to close out the match.
USC and BYU meet again on Saturday (April 9) in Provo at 7 p.m. MT in the MPSF regular-season finale.