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Natalie Orr | Posted: 5 Mar 2022 | Updated: 8 Jul 2022
Natalie Orr

No. 15 BYU falls 3-0 to No. 6 USC


PROVO, Utah — No. 15 BYU men’s volleyball suffered its ninth consecutive loss after the No. 6 USC Trojans swept (18-25, 10-25, 17-25) the Cougars in the Galen Center on Saturday. This is BYU’s longest losing streak since losing 14 straight back in 1990.

BYU now holds an overall season record of 5-11 and the Cougars are 0-4 in the MPSF. 

The No. 2 team in the NCAA in team attacks per set (28.21), the Trojans put up 38 kills and a .523 hitting percentage. On the flip side, the Cougars had a season-low night, tallying their lowest kill count, 23, and lowest clip, .076.

USC’s Simon Gallas and Lucas Frassrand each led offensively with 10 kills on the night. 

BYU's Teon Taylor started the night with a quick kill. BYU’s lead was short-lived as USC’s Gallas laid down three straight kills to put the Trojans on a 5-0 run. While USC still held a lead, the team forfeited three points due to service errors. Kills by BYU's Gavin Julien and freshman outside hitter Luke Benson allowed BYU to stay close behind at 10-6.

BYU's Davide Gardini and Benson tacked on kills, but the Trojans maintained their edge with a kill and the first ace of the night, thanks to Chris Hall. Benson fired back with another two kills. The Trojans continued to match the Cougars’ points, holding a six-point lead at 16-10.

From there, BYU's Kuponu Browne, Benson, Gardini and Julien tallied kills in attempts to close the gap. However, those efforts were canceled out after six detrimental errors by the Cougars allowed the Trojans to reach set point at 24-18. One more USC kill solidified a .526 clip and a set win at 25-18 for the Trojans.

The Trojans started the set with a 3-0 run, including two kills by USC’s Sam Kobrine. A service error put the Cougars on the board before USC’s Liam Schroeder slammed two more kills to start another 3-0 run for USC, extending its lead to 7-2.

Browne and Gardini tacked on kills, however, a 10-2 run by USC commenced, featuring three kills and an ace by Korbine and six BYU errors. This propelled the Trojans ahead to 20-8. The Cougars earned two more points due to USC errors, but three more kills and two aces by the Trojans secured another set win for USC at 25-10.

Set three featured the first tied scores of the evening. Ramanis tallied a quick kill to give BYU the lead. From there, the teams traded points, tying another three times by 4-4. USC broke away with a 3-0 run due to consecutive BYU errors. Ramanis slammed another kill, but USC’s Frassrand countered with three of his own, keeping the Trojans ahead at 10-6.

The teams traded points until Frassrand showed off with another two kills, widening USC’s lead to 15-10. Freshman opposite hitter Anthony Cherfan contributed to BYU’s tally with two kills. Four BYU errors paired with four USC kills gave the Trojans a 10-point lead at 23-13. 

The Cougars posted a 4-1 run in an attempt to make a comeback, but their .105 clip proved insufficient. One final USC kill sealed the Trojans their third set-win at 25-17. 

Up next, BYU will host Concordia University Irvine in the Smith Fieldhouse for a two-match series starting on Friday, March 11 at 7 p.m. MDT.


Natalie Orr | Posted: 28 Feb 2022 | Updated: 5 Apr 2022
Natalie Orr

No. 15 BYU looks to end losing skid at No. 6 USC this weekend


PROVO, Utah — No. 15 BYU men’s volleyball hits the road to face Mountain Pacific Sports Federation foe No. 6 USC for two matches in the Galen Center on Friday, March 5 and Saturday, March 6. 

The history between the Cougars and the Trojans dates back to 1990. Currently, BYU leads the all-time series 45-14.

No. 15 Brigham Young University Cougars (5-9, 0-2 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)

  • Last weekend, BYU faced Grand Canyon University in its first MPSF series of the season. GCU walked away with two close victories. It was 3-1 on Friday, with some tight set scored and 3-2 on Saturday, with the Cougars failing to convert on two match-point opportunities in the fifth set. The losses extend BYU’s losing streak to seven straight matches. 
  • Senior outside hitter Davide Gardini led the way offensively last weekend, putting down 15 kills on Friday and a career-high 29 kills on Saturday. His previous high was 26. The last time a Cougar tallied 29 or more kills in a match was Taylor Sander at USC in March 2011.
  • Nationally, BYU ranks No. 13 in assists per set (11.41), No. 16 in hitting percentage (.284), No. 16 in kills per set (12.02), No. 19 in blocks per set (2.026) and No. 19 in team attacks per set (26.59).
  • Gardini ranks No. 11 in the NCAA in kills per set (3.82), No. 14 in points per set (4.45) and No. 16 in attacks per set (8.10).
  • Out of BYU’s 14 matches this season, head coach Shawn Olmstead has had 11 different starting lineups, as the Cougars continue to rebuild after losing five starters from last season.
  • The Cougars finished the 2021 season with a 20-4 record, its eighth MPSF conference championship title, a trip to the NCAA national championship game and a No. 2 national ranking.

No. 6 University of Southern California Trojans (11-3, 1-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation)

  • Last weekend, USC faced its first conference opponent, Pepperdine. On Wednesday, the Trojans suffered a 3-2 loss to the Waves, but made a comeback on Sunday with a 3-1 victory.
  • USC’s three losses this season came against Ohio State, Long Beach State and Pepperdine.
  • Cole Paxson has dominated the MPSF weekly honors this season, earning Defensive Player of the Week twice and Offensive Player of the Week once.
  • Redshirt sophomore outside and opposite hitter Simon Gallas ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in attacks per set (9.46), No. 3 in kills per set (4.37) and No. 3 in points per set (5.08).
  • Redshirt senior setter Chris Hall ranks No. 2 in the NCAA in assists per set (11.25).
  • In the NCAA, the Trojans rank No. 2 in assists per set (12.51), No. 2 in digs per set (9.77) and No. 2 in team attacks per set (28.21). They lead the conference in all three categories. Additionally, they rank No. 3 in kills per set (13.17), No. 5 in hitting percentage (.336) and No. 7 in opponent hitting percentage (.786).