USC Men's Volleyball Sweeps Stanford For Second Straight Match
Brandon Browning had 11 kills while hitting a school-record tying .917, Clay Dickinson also had 11 kills and Billy Fauntleroy had 5 aces with 10 kills to help the USC men's volleyball team to a 25-14, 25-18, 25-22 victory over visiting Stanford in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Sunday (March 28) in USC's Galen Center to give the Trojans a sweep in the 3-match weekend series with the Cardinal.
USC improved to 5-8 overall and in the MPSF, while Stanford fell to 1-13 overall and in the MPSF.
The Trojans defeated Stanford 3-1 on Friday (March 26) and 3-0 on Saturday (March 27). It marks the first time that USC posted back-to-back 3-0 wins since 2017.
Browning's .917 hitting percentage (11 kills, 0 errors, 12 attempts) tied the USC rally scoring era record first set by Josh Day against UC Santa Barbara in 2003 (also 11-0-12). And it was the highest by an MPSF player since UCLA's Daenan Gyimah hit at the same clip in 2019 (also 11-0-12).
USC served a season-high 8 aces. No Trojan had more aces in a match than Fauntleroy's 5 aces since Micah Christenson had 6 versus BYU in 2013.
Fauntleroy hit .438. Danny Sutton Farrell had a match-high 4 blocks for the Trojans and Chris Hall had a match-best 7 digs.
For Stanford, Kupono Browne had 10 kills while hitting .529, Kevin Lamp added 9 kills (hitting .438) and Luke Turner had 8 kills.
USC hit a season-high .461 to Stanford's .277. The Trojans had more aces (8 to 2), blocks (7.0 to 4.0) and digs (19 to 14).
USC jumped out to a 6-1 start in the first set and steadily extended that margin while hitting .556 and serving 3 aces in the set.
In the second set, the Trojans scored 6 out of 7 points to build a 7-4 lead before the Cardinal went on a 4-point run to go up 13-12, but USC soon after restored order by going on a 6-0 run to move out to a 19-14 lead and Stanford couldn't recover as Troy hit. 529 and served 4 more aces.
Stanford scored the first 4 points of the third set, but USC tied it at 14-14 and a bit later went on a 5-point run to build a 21-17 lead, all it needed to close out the match.
USC now travels to play No. 2 BYU for a pair of MPSF matches on Thursday (April 1) and Friday (April 2).