Murphy Troy Leads U.S. Men's Volleyball To Sweep Over Mexico In Rio Olympics|
Aug. 15, 2016
Former USC All-American Murphy Troy came off the bench to post a match-best 10 kills to lead the U.S. men’s volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-11, 25-19 Group Play victory over Mexico on Monday (Aug. 15) in the Rio Olympics, clinching a berth in the quarterfinals for the U.S.
With its top 4 finish in Pool A, the U.S. will now face a to-be-determined Pool B opponent on Wednesday (Aug. 17) in the quarters in a match that can be viewed via live stream on NBCOlympics.com .
After starting off with a pair of losses (to No. 12 Canada in 3 sets and No. 4 Italy in 4 sets), the fifth-ranked U.S. squad won its final 3 Group Play contests, beating No. 1 Brazil in 4 sets, No. 11 France in 4 sets and today’s sweep over No. 26 Mexico.
Troy, the 2011 National Collegiate Player of the Year while at USC, also had 2 blocks and 2 digs against Mexico in his first extended action of the 2016 Olympics. He previously had seen brief action as a serving substitute against Brazil and France.
Fellow Trojan All-American Micah Christenson had 32 assists, 2 kills and 1 block against Mexico while starting his fifth match at setter in the Rio Games.