USC Men’s Volleyball Sweeps Grand Canyon to Secure No. 2 Seed for Conference Tournament
PHOENIX—Simon Gallas had 19 kills while hitting .404 to help the No. 5 ranked USC men's volleyball team sweep No. 10 Grand Canyon 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 27-25) in Phoenix on Saturday (Apr. 16).
With this victory, the Trojans secured the No. 2 seed in the MPSF Tournament which begins next week.
USC improves to 21-6 on the 2022 season (8-4 MPSF), while the Lopes dropped to 16-11 overall (6-6 MPSF).
This is the most regular season wins (21) since USC had 24 wins in 2012, and the most conference wins (8) since also winning 8 in 2017.
In addition to his 19 kills, Gallas recorded 7 digs, 2 blocks and 1 ace for the Trojans. Sam Kobrine added on 14 kills of his own (.346) and tallied 6 digs, 1 block and 1 ace. Out of the middle, Lucas Frassrand collected 9 kills, hitting an impressive .900 and added 1 ace and 1 dig.
For the Lopes, Hugo Fischer collected 14 kills hitting .226, while Camden Gianni added 11 kills hitting .357.
As a team, USC hit. 352 compared to Grand Canyon's .228.
The Trojans were locked in to start the match, and it showed as they took a 9-6 lead to force an early Grand Canyon timeout. Hall found success with his pin hitters as Gallas, Kobrine and Browning scored throughout the set. The Trojans never faltered and won the first set 25-22.
The Lopes began to find their groove in the second set. After Grand Canyon took a 13-9 lead, the Trojans found themselves battling from behind. Maximizing off Grand Canyon errors as well as kills from Gallas and Schroeder, USC tied up the set at 18-18. Kobrine went on a hot streak of kills, and Gallas closed out the set as the Trojans won 25-22 to take a 2-0 overall lead in the match.
Grand Canyon was determined not to let this match end in three sets. They jumped ahead by five points holding a 15-10 lead. USC, led by Gallas, had to battle its way back into the set. The Lopes led 22-20, but in true "Fight On" fashion, USC evened out the score at 25-25 and won the final two points to claim the set and the match.
The Trojans will now begin their MPSF Tournament run. The entire tournament will be played in UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Westwood, Calif. USC, the No. 2 seed, will face No. 7 seed Concordia in the Quarterfinals on Wednesday (Apr. 20) at 2 p.m. PT.
Should the Trojans win, they will advance and play in the Semifinal match on Thursday (Apr. 21) at 7 p.m. PT. The MPSF Championship match will take place on Saturday (Apr. 23) at 6 p.m. PT.