Stanford Swept at USC
LOS ANGELES – Stanford men's volleyball fell to USC in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-17, Saturday, at the Galen Center.
USC (4-8) out hit Stanford (1-12) .286 to .047 and held advantages in blocks (6.5-5.0), digs (30-24) and aces (3-0). The Cardinal was hurt by 22 hitting errors and registered just a 51 percentage sideout rate for the match.
Freshman opposite Kupono Browne finished with a team-high eight kills, three digs and two blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Kevin Lamp added six kills, five digs and a block, while freshman outside hitter Aidan Peters had four kills, three digs and two blocks.
Sophomore setter Nathan Lietzke recorded 11 assists in two sets played. Senior Mason Tufuga replaced him at setter midway through the second and totaled nine assists, two kills and a dig. Redshirt sophomore libero Justin Lui registered a team-best seven digs to go with two assists.
Senior Kyler Presho and redshirt freshman Ethan Hill were the starting middle blockers for the Cardinal. Hill had two kills and two blocks, while Presho notched two kills and three blocks in two sets played. Sophomore Nathaniel Gates started the third for Presho and finished with two kill.
USC was led by Clay Dickinson's 12 kills on .435 hitting, while Brandon Browning added six kills, two digs and three blocks.
Stanford and USC close out the weekend on Sunday. First serve is scheduled for 2 p.m. from the Galen Center.