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No. 5 USC Men’s Volleyball Defeats No. 10 Grand Canyon in Five Set

Apr 15, 2022

PHOENIX—Simon Gallas had 23 kills while hitting .474 to help the No. 5 ranked USC men's volleyball team defeat No. 10 Grand Canyon in a 3-2 comeback win (21-25, 25-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12) in Phoenix on Friday (Apr. 15). 
 
USC improves to 20-6 on the 2022 season (7-4 MPSF), while the Lopes dropped to 16-10 overall (6-5 MPSF). 
 
The last time USC won a match in five sets after trailing 2-0 was against Sacred Heard in March 2017. 
 
In addition to his 23 kills, Gallas recorded 9 digs, 3 aces, 3 blocks and 1 assist to score 28.0 points for the Trojans. Sam Kobrine added on 17 kills of his own (.262) and tallied 4 digs, 2 aces and 1 block. Out of the middle, Lucas Frassrand collected 7 kills (.214) and 4 blocks. 
 
For the Lopes, Camden Gianni collected 16 kills hitting .229, while Hugo Fischer added 14 kills hitting .414.
 
As a team, USC hit. 286 compared to Grand Canyon's .228. 

Should the Trojans win tomorrow night's match, USC would earn the two seed in the conference tournament. The Trojans could also earn the two seed with a split this week, provided they won the sets/points battle over GCU. In the event USC, GCU, and Pepperdine each finish 7-5, the highest percentage of sets won in the head-to-head matches between the tied teams would determine the seeds (each team would have been 1-1 in matches vs. the others). The Trojans can do no worse than the four seed for the MPSF tournament.

The Lopes came out and took a 10-7 lead to begin the match. USC battled their way back into the set to tie it up at 18-18 to force Grand Canyon into a timeout. The Lopes made the final push at the end to win the first set 25-21. 
 
The momentum from set one stayed with Lopes moving into the second set. Grand Canyon sprinted to a 19-10 lead and never lost control of the set as they closed it out with a 25-15 score. 
 
Going down two sets lit a fire in the Trojans for a comeback. USC opened the third set taking a 11-4 lead. The Trojans, led by pin hitters Kobrine and Gallas, continued to score points and maximize on Grand Canyon's errors. USC won the third set 25-14. 
 
After exchanging points back and forth, the Trojans took a 14-11 lead in the fourth set. Setter Chris Hall continued to run a balanced offense and led USC to a 25-23 win to even out the match 2-2 overall. 
 
USC took a 5-1 lead to open the fifth set. Gallas continued to dominate at the net and put points on the board for the Trojans. With a kill from Sam Kobrine on the outside, USC won the fifth set 15-12 and took the match.
 
The Trojans are scheduled for a rematch against Grand Canyon tomorrow afternoon (Apr. 16) in Phoenix at 4 p.m. PT.