USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Stanford
Clay Dickinson had 12 kills while hitting .435 to help the USC men's volleyball team defeat visiting Stanford for the second consecutive night, this time with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-18 sweep in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Saturday (March 27) in USC's Galen Center.
USC improved to 4-8 overall and in the MPSF, while Stanford fell to 1-12 overall and in the MPSF.
It was USC's first 3-0 victory over an opponent since late in the 2019 season. Stanford's 50 points in the match were the fewest allowed by the Trojans since Concordia tallied just 46 points in the 2019 opener.
The teams conclude their 3-match series on Sunday (March 28) at 2 p.m. PT in the Galen Center. USC won the first meeting in the series on Friday (March 26), 3-1.
Brandon Browning added 6 kills and 3 blocks for USC, Billy Fauntleroy had 5 kills and 8 digs and Chris Hall had 7 digs.
For Stanford, Kupono Browne had 8 kills, Kevin Lamp had 6 kills and 5 digs, Justin Lui had 7 digs and Kyler Presho had 3 blocks.
USC hit .286 overall to Stanford's .047, a season low by a Trojan opponent. USC also had more digs (30 to 24), blocks (6.5 to 5.0) and aces (3 to 0).
USC scored back-to-back points to open a 9-7 lead in the first set, then extended it to 14-10 and kept pulling away.
The Trojans overcame an early 5-2 deficit in the second set by scoring 11 of the next 13 points for 13-7 lead and were never threatened while hitting at a .500 clip in the set.
USC scored the first 4 points of the third set and lengthened its lead to 10-2, and Troy held that edge the rest of the way as substitute players came in midway through the set.