No. 7 Grand Canyon Sweeps USC Men's Volleyball On Road
Camden Gianni served a school-record-tying 7 aces to go along with his team-high 8 kills and .429 hitting percentage to lead the No. 7 Grand Canyon men's volleyball team to a 25-14, 15-12, 25-20 sweep over visiting and unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match in Phoenix, Ariz., on Wednesday (March 17).
Grand Canyon improved to 3-4 overall and in the MPSF, while USC fell to 2-8 overall and in the MPSF.
Grand Canyon served a school-record 12 aces, the most allowed by the Trojans since Ohio State's 14 in 2019. Gianni's 7 aces were the most by an opposing player versus USC since Hawaii's Costas Theocharidis had 9 in 2002.
USC's 46 combined points were its fewest in a match since tallying 44 versus Long Beach State in 2017.
Billy Fauntleroy led USC with a match-best 10 kills, while Clay Dickinson added 7 kills and Cole Paxson had 5 digs.
Christian Janke added 8 kills and 3 aces for GCU, Hugo Fischer had 8 kills, Ian McLain had 7 kills while hitting .667 and Heath Hughes had 9 digs. Gianni also had 6 digs.
Grand Canyon hit .380 (a Trojan opponent high for 2021) to USC's season-low .123. The Lopes also had more blocks (7.0 to 2.0) and digs (27 to 17). The Trojans did not serve an ace for the first time this season.
Grand Canyon got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the first set and kept pulling away as the Lopes served 6 aces (including 3 in a row) and hit .643 in the set.
The second set started in similar fashion, with GCU opening a 3-0 lead and USC never recovered as the Lopes served 5 more aces.
In the third set, Grand Canyon scored 5 out of 7 points in one stretch to build a 12-8 lead and was never threatened.
USC now returns home for a 3-match series next week against Stanford, hosting the Cardinal in the Galen Center at 5 p.m. on Friday (March 26) and Saturday (March 27) and at 2 p.m. on Sunday (March 28).