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Simon Gallas' 15 Kills Helps No. 6 USC Men's Volleyball Sweep Concordia at Home on Senior Night

Apr 8, 2022

LOS ANGELES—Simon Gallas had 15 kills while hitting .414 to help the No. 6 ranked USC men's volleyball team sweep Concordia 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-18) at the Galen Center Pavilion on Friday (Apr. 8) on Senior Night. 
 
USC improves to 18-6 on the 2022 season, while the Eagles dropped to 10-13 overall. 
 
Sam Kobrine tallied 11 kills of his own (.250) and added on 6 digs, 5 blocks, 1 ace and 1 assist. Junior Lucas Frassrand collected 9 kills out of the middle to mark his highest hitting percentage of the season at .750. 
 
For Concordia, Owen Chun collected 10 kills hitting .071, while Jonathan Carlson added 7 kills hitting .389.
 
As a team, USC hit. 432 compared to Concordia's .173. 
 
The Trojans came out ready to play for their seniors with a fast start leading at 10-5. The Eagles battled back into the set trailing by one point as USC led 11-10. The pin hitters were dominant for the Trojans with Brandon Browning and Simon Gallas leading the charge in kills as USC won the first set 25-20. 
 
The Eagles found their groove in the second set. USC and Concordia exchanged points back and forth almost the entire set until Gallas scored on a long rally to bring USC within one point at 22-23. This point switched the momentum back in favor of the Trojans, and Hall found his hot hand for the remainder of the set. Gallas scored the final three points of the set to claim the win for the Trojans at 25-23. USC took a 2-0 overall lead in the match.
 
The Trojans had their eyes on the finish line and sprinted to a 10-5 lead to open the third set. Hall and his middles were extremely efficient as 8 of the 14 kills in the third set were out of the middle. USC never lost control of the set and won 25-18. 
 
After the match, USC honored its six seniors: Jameson McKibbin, Liam Schroeder, Sam Kobrine, Brandon Browning, Cole Paxson and Chris Hall. 
 
Up next, USC travels down to Irvine, Calif. for a rematch against the Eagles tomorrow night (Apr. 9) at 7 p.m. PT.