No. 11 USC Men's Volleyball Ends Regular Season With Win At Cal Baptist|
April 8, 2017
The No. 11-ranked USC men’s volleyball team, behind Lucas Yoder’s 24 kills and 8 digs, concluded its regular season schedule with a 25-17, 21-25, 25-21, 25-21 win at Cal Baptist in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (April 8).
With the victory, USC doubled its overall win total from a year ago as it improved to 14-13 on the year and it finished MPSF play at 8-10 in a 3-way tie for sixth place (with Pepperdine and Stanford). Cal Baptist ended its 2017 season at 7-20 overall and 2-16 in the MPSF.
The Trojans are now headed to the 8-team MPSF Tournament as the eighth seed. They will face top-seeded Long Beach State, the nation’s No. 1-ranked team, in quarterfinal action on Saturday (April 15) at 7 p.m. at the Pyramid in Long Beach. USC gave the 49ers one of their 3 losses this year with a 4-set home victory in mid-January.
Tonight was USC’s second consecutive 3-1 victory over Cal Baptist, as the teams also played on Thursday (April 6) in USC’s Galen Center.
For Cal Baptist, Luis Palos had 11 kills, while Kevin Vaz and Enrique Garcia each had 10 kills. Vaz added 4 blocks, as did Caleb Miller.
USC hit .407 in the match to CBU’s .313. The Trojans had more digs (34 to 28), but the Lancers outblocked Troy, 8.5 to 4.0.
USC jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the opening set and continued to pull away while hitting .500. Cal Baptist went on a 3-0 run to open a 10-7 lead in the second set and USC couldn’t catch up. The Trojans scored back-to-back points to break a 9-9 tie in the third set and were able to hold that margin the rest of the way as they hit .519. USC got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the fourth set and kept building on it while hitting .444 to finish out the match.