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No. 12 USC Men's Volleyball Defeats Erskine 3-0 to Improve to Best Start Since 2015

Jan 14, 2022

Adam Flood led the team with 8 kills hitting .818 to help the USC men's volleyball team sweep Erskine 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-13) on Friday morning (Jan. 14) at the Galen Center. 
 
USC improves to 4-0 for the first time since 2015, and Erskine drops to 0-3. 
 
In the first ever meeting of the two teams, Lucas Frassrand hit a perfect match (1.000) tallying 5 kills. Three other Trojans collected 5 kills: George Dyer (.833), Luke Hobus (.714) and Brandon Browning (.444). Those were career-high numbers for Dyer and Hobus. Defensively, Flood and Nate Tennant each had 5 digs and Frassrand collected 3 blocks (1 BS and 2 BA). 
 
For Erskine, Kacper Rybarczyk collected 9 kills hitting .143 while Aidon Love added 4 kills hitting .444.
 
As a team, USC hit .569 to Erskine's .041. USC's .569 hitting percentage is a rally scoring era match record (previously was .543 vs. CSUN in 2015). 
 
USC sprinted to an early 11-5 lead in the first set. The Trojans never faltered and maintained a solid lead throughout the first set to win 25-16. Setter Chris Hall distributed the ball evenly amongst his hitters who were efficient in terminating. Lucas Frassrand hit 1.000 and Brandon Browning hit .750 in the first set, each collecting 3 kills with no errors. USC's Austin Stuard and Adam Flood both made appearances in the set, with Stuard collecting 1 dig and Flood with 1 kill. 
 
The Trojans were firing on all cylinders in the second set. After taking a 12-6 lead to start, USC began to feature some new faces off the bench. In addition to Adam Flood, who tallied three more kills in the second set, Gus Acord, Luke Hobus, Kyle Paulson and George Dyer each contributed for the Trojans claiming the second set 25-13. 
 
Set three featured a new lineup of fresh faces for the Trojans. Adam Flood, Markus Olsson, Nate Tennant, Luke Hobus, George Dyer, Kyle Paulson and Gus Acord started the set for USC with Christian Thomas coming off the bench. This young group was able to gain experience, and they won the set with a decisive 25-13 score. 
 
Next up, USC travels across town to challenge Penn State and Ohio State in the Pac-12 / Big Ten Challenge hosted by UCLA in Westwood. The Trojans take on the Nittany Lions on Friday (Jan. 21) at 7:30 p.m. PT and the Buckeyes on Saturday (Jan. 22) at 5 p.m. PT.