Men’s volleyball splits series with No. 5 Hawaii

first_imgThe USC men’s volleyball team (3-11, 3-9 MPSF) upset No. 5 Hawaii (10-5, 5-5 MPSF) in a five-set battle (25-18, 20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 17-15) after losing to them in five sets on Monday. The Trojans were led by junior outside hitter Lucas Yoder. Yoder tallied up 21 kills and 11 digs while hitting .279. He also led the team Monday night with 16 kills while hitting .448. Senior outside hitter Alex Slaught recorded the second most kills on the team with 15, while sophomore opposite Jon Rivera recorded 11 kills. Sophomore setter Jack Yoder recorded 56 assists in the win and another 37 the night before.Junior middle blocker Andy Benesh led the team with five kills. Rivera and Slaught both recorded five kills. Senior middle blocker Tommy Leonard tallied up two kills. Monday night, Leonard led the team with six kills, while Jack Yoder put up four and Benesh tallied three. Towards the end of the fifth set, it was 14-11 Hawaii. USC managed to battle off that match point and score three straight points to tie it at 14-all. Hawaii recorded a kill to make it 15-14, but USC scored another three straight points to take the set 17-15. Slaught secured the win with a kill to finish out the set. This was the Trojans’ fourth consecutive five-set match, but the only one that the team has won in that span. This win against the Rainbow Warriors broke USC’s three match losing streak.There were a total of 27 tie scores throughout the match, but only eight lead changes. Twelve of the tie scores came in the fourth set, which the Trojans won 26-24.Despite being out-blocked 16.0 to 8.5, the Trojans still out hit the Rainbow Warriors .245 to .238. USC also recorded two more kills than Hawaii, 63 to 61. USC also recorded more digs than Hawaii, 49 to 39. The win against the Rainbow Warriors finished up USC’s week long 4 match homestand. The Trojans won’t play another match until they face off at No. 10 UC Santa Barbara next Wednesday, February 24th. USC’s next home match will be the following Saturday when they host No. 3 UCLA.last_img read more

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Kevin Correia, Hanley Ramirez remind Dodgers what they’re missing in loss to Mets

first_imgCorreia wasn’t entirely at fault. Two of the runs were unearned. For that, it was hard not to blame Ramirez, even though he wasn’t officially charged with any errors. The Mets hit four balls to the shortstop in the fateful third inning.One was a medium-high pop-up that Ramirez barely moved to catch. The second was a line drive by Daniel Murphy over his head.The third was a hard ground ball by David Wright that a more nimble shortstop might have fielded. Ramirez dove to his right and the ball deflected off his glove, giving Wright a base hit. The fourth was a routine ground ball with two outs by Juan Lagares. Ramirez’s throw to first base was low, and Gonzalez couldn’t make the catch as the ball skipped past him. Correia’s next pitch, to Ruben Tejada, cleared the fence for a two-run home run.At the plate, Ramirez went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts.“I thought he looked a little rusty at the plate for the most part,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “Maybe,” Ramirez said. “Let’s see.”With Ramirez back in the lineup, the Dodgers were missing their two best defensive shortstops. Miguel Rojas was on the bench (though he later entered the game in left field). Erisbel Arruebarrena was on his way to Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, having been demoted to make room for Ramirez on the active roster.The Dodgers collected nine hits off Bartolo Colon (12-10) and two relievers. They went 2 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base.In the sixth inning, the Dodgers fell victim to their second triple play this season. With Yasiel Puig on second base and Adrian Gonzalez on first, Matt Kemp grounded into a routine 5-4-3 double play.Puig unwisely rounded third base and was thrown out at home plate by a few steps.“It’s just a little disappointing because he had another one of these in a similar type game,” Mattingly said. “He ended up having that crazy slide and he was safe. We’re down eight runs. It was the wrong play then too, and he was safe. Today it’s the wrong play.”According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Dodgers had not hit into two triple plays in the same season since 1955.Puig has generally done well learning from his rookie mistakes, and the Dodgers have generally hit well in the clutch. Their 409 RBIs with runners in scoring position rank first in the National League, including an NL-best 170 with two outs. But Correia hasn’t generally pitched well this season. Ramirez hasn’t fielded well at shortstop, rust or no rust. These problems could linger into the postseason.Before the trade, Correia said he was playing for a team that tended to look ahead “a few starts, a week.” With the Dodgers, Correia isn’t auditioning for a possible postseason roster spot. The focus, he said, is on the next game.“That’s the farthest thing from our mind,” he said. “The last thing we need to be doing is penciling ourselves into the playoffs.” “Who knows really,” Correia said. “I didn’t know if I was going to get one or two or three (starts). You never know. I know this could’ve been one of my last starts before I went back to the bullpen.”In his third start as a Dodger, Correia couldn’t make the most of his limited opportunity. He was shelled for seven hits and seven runs in three innings Sunday before being removed with a 7-1 deficit. Three of the seven hits cleared the fence, including a tape-measure three-run homer by Lucas Duda in the Mets’ big third inning.“I think they guessed right and I missed wrong,” Correia said.On his 34th birthday, Correia saw his earned run average for the season rise to 5.09.“This is going to bother me for a while,” he said, “just because of the situation I was in.” No video clips from the third inning of the Dodgers’ 11-3 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday will be saved for future highlight reels. The Mets’ five-run outburst eliminated any chance of the Dodgers separating themselves from the San Francisco Giants in the standings for a day, or of Kevin Correia having a truly happy birthday.Those things could be forgiven for a day and forgotten in a moment. But since Correia is only replacing an injured Hyun-Jin Ryu, and since Hanley Ramirez spent the last 15 days on the disabled list, the inning was a larger reminder of what the Dodgers were missing.Correia (2-1) had won his first two starts since being obtained from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash. The veteran right-hander knew his time in the starting rotation was limited, and he’ll probably return to the bullpen once Ryu is activated from the 15-day disabled list. That could happen in the coming week.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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