No. 5 USC Men’s Volleyball Drops Five-Set Match to No. 1 UCLA
WESTWOOD, Calif.--Ethan Champlin had 16 kills (.414) and Kevin Kobrine added 12 kills (.440) as the No. 1 ranked UCLA men's volleyball team defeated No. 5 USC 3-2 in a close match at Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif. on Saturday (Apr. 2).
USC falls to 17-6 on the season (4-4 MPSF) while the Bruins improved to 17-3 (7-1 MPSF).
Simon Gallas and Sam Kobrine led the team by each recording 10 kills for the Trojans, hitting .212 and .069, respectively. Gallas also tallied 3 digs, 2 blocks, 1 ace and 1 assist, while Kobrine collected 8 digs, 2 aces and 1 assist.
George Dyer scored 6 kills for the Trojans (.214) and also tallied 2 digs and 1 ace.
As a team, UCLA hit .384 compared to USC's .150.
The Trojans arrived at Pauley Pavilion seeking vengeance after losing 3-0 to the Bruins on Thursday (Mar. 31) at home in the Galen Center Pavilion. USC took an early 9-5 lead and forced UCLA to call a timeout to regroup. Fans were able to watch some Kobrine-on-Kobrine action as the two brothers, USC's Sam Kobrine and UCLA's Kevin Kobrine, were lined up against each other. The Bruins battled back to even out the score at 20-20, but a clutch ace from Kobrine shifted the energy to the USC side of the net and the Trojans closed out the first set with a 25-23 score, hitting .438 as a team.
The Bruins took a 14-12 lead in the second set and continued to hold the momentum. USC never stopped fighting, the but UCLA prevailed and took the set 25-19 to tie up match at 1-1 overall.
USC sprinted to a 12-6 lead to kick off the third set. The Trojans were passing well and firing from all cylinders as Hall was able to run his offense. USC never lost control of the set and closed it out with a 25-17 score to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The pendulum of momentum shifted back to the Bruin side of the net in the fourth set. UCLA jumped to a 13-5 lead, and the Trojans struggled to come back from the point deficit. The Bruins continued to push points and took the fourth set 25-12 to force a decisive fifth set.
USC took an early 5-4 lead in the fifth set, but the Bruins battled back and the Trojans found themselves trailing 8-10. To the excitement of the crowd in Pauley Pavilion, the fifth set provided many thrilling rallies, but the Trojans were unable to terminate to steal back the lead. The Bruins won the fifth set with a close 15-12 score and claimed the match.
A pair of MPSF matches await the Trojans next week. USC returns to the Galen Center Pavilion to take on Concordia on Friday (Apr. 8) at 7 p.m. PT to celebrate Senior Night. The following night, (Saturday, Apr. 9), the Trojans travel down to Irvine, Calif. to face the Eagles in their home gym.