No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Cal Baptist To Earn MPSF Tourney Quarterfinal Host Bid

    Micah Christenson
    April 18, 2015

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    The No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team swept Cal Baptist, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19, in the teams' Mountain Pacific Sports Federation regular season finale on Saturday (April 18) in USC's Galen Center, thereby earning the Trojans a bid to host an MPSF Tournament quarterfinal match next week.

    The Trojans will be the MPSF Tourney's fourth seed and will host No. 6 BYU, the fifth seed, next Saturday (April 25) at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center. The winner of that match will advance to a semifinal match on April 30 between the winner of the UC Irvine-UCLA quarterfinal match. That semifinal will be held at the site of the tourney's highest remaining team.

    USC, which also swept Cal Baptist on the road on Thursday (April 16), ended the regular season with an 18-8 overall mark and finished in sole possession of fourth place in the MPSF with a 15-7 mark. The Trojans have won 7 of their last 8 matches (and 9 of the past 12).

    CBU concluded its season on a 9-match losing streak, finishing with a 6-22 overall mark and 2-20 in the MPSF for 11th place.

    It was Senior Night for USC, as All-American setter Micah Christenson, middle blockers Robert Feathers, Chris Lischke and Tyler Cundiff and opposite hitter Cristian Rivera were honored in a post-match ceremony.

    Rivera had a match-high 13 kills while hitting .417 and he added 6 digs. Teammate Alex Slaught had 11 kills, Larry Tuileta added 10 kills and Christenson had 9 digs and 2 aces.

    For Cal Baptist, Jonathan Tuttle had 10 kills and 6 digs, Caleb Miller added 7 kills, Enrique Garcia had 7 blocks and Zachary Melcher had 9 digs.

    USC hit .298 to CBU's .154 and the Trojans served 4 aces. The Lancers had 11.0 blocks to USC's 6.0.

    USC scored 3 consecutive points to open a 16-13 margin in the first set and CBU couldn't catch up. In the second set, the Trojans scored 5 out of 6 points to build a 10-6 lead and steadily extended it while hitting .516. USC used a 5-0 run in the third set to go up 13-8, all the edge it needed.