No. 5 USC Men’s Volleyball Defeats No. 14 Stanford in Rematch in Maples Pavilion
STANFORD, Calif.—Simon Gallas had 20 kills while hitting .441 to help the No. 5 ranked USC men's volleyball team defeat No. 14 Stanford 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 25-22, 25-21) at Maples Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. on Saturday (Mar. 26).
USC improves to 17-4 on the 2022 season (4-2 MPSF), while the Cardinal dropped to 10-9 overall (2-4 MPSF).
In addition to his 20 kills, Gallas recorded 6 digs and 2 blocks. Sam Kobrine added on 18 kills of his own (.316) and tallied 8 digs, 2 assists and 1 block. Out of the middle, Lucas Frassrand collected 8 kills (.400), while tallying 4 blocks, 3 digs, 1 ace and 1 assist.
For the Cardinal, Will Rottman collected 16 kills hitting .250, while Kevin Lamp added 13 kills hitting .400.
As a team, USC hit. 353 compared to Stanford's .286.
Stanford kicked off the match by taking a 10-6 lead. USC battled back to close the point gap at 20-22, but Stanford closed out the set by winning 25-23.
The Trojans found their groove in the second set and jumped to an early 9-3 lead. They maintained a strong lead the entire set and won 25-17 to even out the match at 1-1 overall.
After exchanging points back and forth, Stanford jumped ahead 12-9. The Trojans fought their way back into the set and tied it up at 22-22. USC had the last word by winning the set 25-22 to take a 2-1 overall lead in the match.
After starting the fourth set tied at 6-6, the Trojans and the Cardinal continued to battle it out. The two teams remained tied at 17-17. With their eye on the prize, the Trojans made the final push and won the fourth set 25-21 to win the match.
Up next, the Trojans return to Los Angeles to take on crosstown rival UCLA. The Bruins will take on the Trojans in the Galen Center Pavilion on Thursday (Mar. 31) at 7 p.m. PT, and then USC will travel to Westwood for a rematch with UCLA in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday (Apr. 2) at 5 p.m. PT.