Los Angeles, Calif. – No. 15 Pacific Men's Volleyball picked up its first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) victory of the season with a 3-1 decision over No. 7 USC on the road on Sunday, January 20. The Tigers controlled the entire match winning 25-18, 25-21, 26-28, 27-25.
The victory improves the Tigers to 2-2 and 1-2 in conference play, while the loss drops USC to 2-2 and 2-1 in MPSF play.
Junior Adam Troy, senior Taylor Hughes and sophomore Tommy Carmody helped in the Tigers first victory over the Trojans since January of 2007. Troy picked up a team-best 15 kills, Hughes added 13 put-aways and 10 digs, while Carmody added nine blocks and seven kills.
The Orange and Black dominated the opening set taking the game 25-18. Troy led the Tigers in the opening frame with three kills and a pair of blocks, while senior setter Patrick Tunnell picked up eight assists.
Tunnell played a flawless set in the second game recording 14 assists for the Tigers en route to a 25-21 match victory. Hughes added six kills in the second frame to lead Pacific in the set victory.
The sweep for Pacific would not happen as USC took a back and forth battle in the third set, 28-26, but the Tigers bounced back resiliently with a 27-25 set and match victory over the Trojans.
Pacific returns home next weekend with a match beginning at 7 p.m. against UC Santa Barbara on Friday, January 25.