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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Liverpool close gap on top four

first_imgLiverpool moved within two points of the Champions League places and stretched their unbeaten run to 13 league games with a hard-earned win at Swansea.Swansea dominated the first half but, thanks to Simon Mignolet’s fine saves from Bafetimbi Gomis and Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was goalless at the interval.Liverpool were vastly improved after the restart and scored a fortuitous winner when Jordi Amat’s clearance deflected off Jordan Henderson and into the net.The Reds remain fifth in the Premier League table but are just two points behind fourth-placed Manchester United, who they host on Sunday.The mouth-watering prospect of that match at Anfield served as inspiration for Liverpool, who were aiming to seize on the indifferent recent form of their rivals for the top four.There was also the matter of personal pride for manager Brendan Rodgers, returning to the club he managed for two years before moving to Anfield in 2012. Rodgers’ final game in charge of Swansea was a 1-0 victory against Liverpool a month before his move.The Swans, who have not beaten Liverpool in the league since then, were aiming to become the first team to beat the Reds in the Premier League in 2015, and they made a purposeful start.Their fluid five-man midfield controlled possession early on, while Gomis had the first genuine chance as his low shot was pushed away by Mignolet.The Belgian goalkeeper produced an even better save five minutes later, stretching to turn a curling effort from Sigurdsson around the post.Having been in such fluent form lately, Liverpool were restricted to a couple of hopeful long-range shots by Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. Their frustration was typified by yellow cards for Henderson and Raheem Sterling but, having withstood so much pressure, they might have been relieved to enter the break on level terms.Liverpool emerged for the second half a different team, with Coutinho and Joe Allen both forcing Lukasz Fabianski into saves.Rodgers’ side increased the tempo and, moments after bringing on club captain Steven Gerrard, they took the lead in fortuitous circumstances.Henderson bore down on goal and, although Amat got to the ball first, his sliding clearance hit the Liverpool midfielder and looped into the net.The visitors took control from that point and, while Sturridge could only hit the post when well set in injury time, Liverpool were ultimately comfortable winners as they sealed a 10th win in 13 league games. Simon Mignolet’s first-half save from Gylfi Sigurdsson helped ensure a sixth successive away league clean sheetSteven Gerrard returned as a second-half substitute after a month out with a hamstring injury Daniel Sturridge – who has hit three goals since returning from injury in late January – hit the post for LiverpoolBrendan Rodgers’s Liverpool side have taken 32 points from the last 36 availablelast_img read more

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