No. 8 USC Men's Volleyball Is Swept At No. 4 BYU In MPSF Tourney

    Bill Ferguson

    April 19, 2014

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    The No. 8-ranked USC men's volleyball team ended its 2014 season with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-17 loss in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament quarterfinal match at No. 4 BYU on Saturday (April 19).

    USC finished with a 16-11 overall record. BYU, the tourney's top seed, is now 19-8 and will host next week's MPSF tourney semifinals and final.

    The Trojans' 48 combined points in the match were its fewest in the rally scoring era that began in 2001. USC's 13 points in the opening set were its fewest in a 25-point set since getting 13 vesus Hawaii in 2002.

    BYU hit .519 in the match to USC's .211. The Cougars also had more blocks (12.0 to 2.0) and aces (5 to 0). USC outdug BYU, 27-17.

    Lucas Yoder led the Trojans with 10 kills and 6 digs, while Andy Benesh added 6 kills as he hit .556.

    For BYU, Taylor Sander had 13 kills (hitting .524) and 4 aces, Josue Rivera had 10 kills (hitting .588) with 6 blocks, Tim Dobbert had 10 kills (hitting .500) and 5 digs, Michael Hatch had 6 kills (hitting .667) with 6 blocks and Devin Young had 5 blocks.

    BYU got off to a 5-0 start in the opening set and extended the lead to 7-1 and then 12-5 and the Trojans could never recover as the Cougars hit .464. BYU used a 7-0 run in the second set to build a 14-6 lead as it hit .565. The Cougars scored 4 unanswered points in the third set to go up 13-9 and USC not could catch up as BYU hit at a .538 clip.

    The last time USC finished a season with a 16-11 mark was in 2010 and the Trojans followed up by advancing to the NCAA Final Four the next two years.