No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps At Cal Baptist

    Alex Slaught
    April 16, 2015

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    The No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team, behind 11 kills from Alex Slaught, remained in the hunt to host a quarterfinal match in the upcoming Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament by posting a 25-17, 29-27, 25-18 sweep at Cal Baptist in an MPSF contest on Thursday (April 16) in Riverside.

    It was USC's sixth win in its past 7 matches (and eighth in its last 11) as the Trojans improved to 17-8 overall and 14-7 in the MPSF. CBU dropped its eight straight match to fall to 6-21 overall and 2-19 in league play.

    The teams meet again this Saturday (April 18) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center in the MPSF regular season finale. A victory by the Trojans would earn them the No. 4 seed in the upcoming MPSF Tournament and they would host a quarterfinal match on April 25.

    Slaught hit .471 in the match. Larry Tuileta added 9 kills for the Trojans while hitting .571, Andy Benesh had 8 kills while hitting .500, Micah Christenson had 7 digs and 4 blocks and Robert Feathers had 5 blocks.

    For Cal Baptist, Roy Powell and Jonathan Tuttle each had 12 kills, with Tuttle hitting .391. Kevin Kustura had 11 digs.

    USC hit .465 in the match to CBU's .247. The Trojans had 8 blocks and 5 aces.

    USC forged a 9-7 lead in the first set, built it to 12-9 and then used an 8-0 run to go ahead 23-15 before finishing the set while hitting .458 and getting 10 digs and 3 blocks. The second set was tied at 10-10 before Troy scored 4 of the next 5 points to go up 14-11, but later in the set CBU tallied 3 consecutive points to tie it at 23-23 and the set extended before a Benesh kill and a Lancer hitting error ended it as USC hit .650. The Trojans went on an 8-0 run to build an 15-8 lead in the final set and held off the Lancers the rest of the way to capture the set while serving 3 aces and getting 12 digs.