USC Men's Volleyball Downs Stanford In 4 Sets
Brandon Browning had 12 kills and Danny Sutton Farrell had 9 blocks to lead the USC men's volleyball team to a 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-23 win over visiting Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Friday (March 26) in USC's Galen Center.
USC improved to 3-8 overall and in the MPSF, while Stanford fell to 1-11 overall and in the MPSF.
The teams continue their 3-match series with Galen Center contests this Saturday (March 27) at 5 p.m. PT and Sunday (March 28) at 2 p.m. PT.
USC's 16.0 blocks in the match tied an MPSF season high, as did Farrell's 9 blocks. It was the most blocks by a Trojan since Sam Lewis' 11 in 2018 against Penn State.
Vecas Lewin added 10 kills for USC while hitting .643 and he had 6 blocks and Billy Fauntleroy also had with 6 blocks along with 10 kills. Clay Dickinson had 8 kills and 7 digs and Chris Hall had a match-best 11 digs with his 37 assists.
For Stanford, Luke Turner had a match-high 13 kills plus 6 digs, Kupono Browne added 8 kills off the bench and Aidan Peters had 7 kills, 7 digs and 4 blocks.
USC hit .298 to Stanford's .165. The Trojans had 32 digs, the Cardinal had 26. Stanford posted 9.0 blocks.
Stanford held a 10-5 lead in the opening set before USC crept back to tie it at 19-19 and the Trojans soon moved ahead at 22-20 only to see the Cardinal knot it at 22-22 before USC tallied 3 of the set's final 4 points, including the last 2 on a Browning kill and a Stanford attack error.
USC scored back-to-back points to open an 11-9 lead in the second set and slowly pulled away while hitting .368, getting 6 blocks and serving 2 aces in the set.
USC led the third set 12-10 before Stanford came back to take a 20-18 lead, then USC moved ahead at 22-21 only to see the Cardinal score 4 of the set's final 5 points (Stanford had 3 service aces in the set).
A 4-point run gave Stanford a 7-3 edge in the fourth set, but soon after USC went on its own 4-point run to tie it at 13-13 and the set stayed tight until 3 unanswered points gave the Trojans a 22-20 lead, enough to hold off the Cardinal.