USC Men's Volleyball Hosts No. 7 UCLA for Pair of Matches
The USC men's volleyball team (1-0 overall, 1-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation), coming off a season-opening road upset victory over No. 6 UCLA following a delayed start to Troy's 2021 campaign, now hosts the No. 7 Bruins (2-2, 2-2 MPSF) twice this week: on Thursday (Feb. 18) and Saturday (Feb. 20), both at 5 p.m. PT. The Thursday match will be in the Galen Center. Saturday's contest, which will be held in the upstairs Galen Pavilion, was originally set to be the Trojans' season opener on Jan. 30 but was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the USC program and then rescheduled. There will be Crosstown Cup points on the line in these matches.
FOLLOW THE TROJANS
All of USC's home matches in the Galen Center are video-streamed live for free on USCTrojans. com, except for matches televised live on Pac-12 Network. USC's online announcers are ex-Trojan player and assistant coach Mark Beltran and onetime Northeastern player/Winthrop assistant coach Paul Duchesne. Fans also can follow USC home matches through Live Stats at USCTrojans.com and all matches via Twitter (@USCmensvolley).
USC is unranked in the curtrent AVCA Division I-II Top 15 poll, but did receive votes. UCLA is No. 7.
USC trails in the UCLA series, 98-46, but won the most recent meeting (3-1 at UCLA on Feb. 13).
The winner of the USC-UCLA men's volleyball series in 2021 scores 10 points toward the Crosstown Cup, a trophy awarded annually to the school with the most successful athletic year against the other. The competition was formerly known as the Crosstown Gauntlet. Points are awarded to the winner of each Trojan-Bruin head-to-head contest and the Crosstown Cup will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end (100 points is the magic number). USC has won the Crosstown Cup 11 times in the competition's 18 years (last year's was suspended when the coronavirus pandemic cancelled spring sports). Currently, this season's Crosstown Cup competition is tied, 25-25.
POSTPONED MATCHES DUE TO PAUSE
USC paused team activities on Jan. 22 due to a confirmed case of COVID-19. As a result, USC's first 3 scheduled matches of 2021 (Jan. 30 at UCLA, Feb. 4 versus Pepperdine, Feb. 6 at Grand Canyon) were postponed. The UCLA match was rescheduled to Feb. 20 and the Grand Canyon match to March 17, while a new date for the Pepperdine match has yet to be decided.