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Road Loss, Again In Five
LOS ANGELES -- The No. 2 BYU men's volleyball sunk its second match against No. 1 USC in another five set thriller (18-25, 25-23, 16-25, 25-22, 10-15) on Saturday.
Robb Stowell, Taylor Sander and Futi Tavana finished the game in double-figure kills with 22, 17 and 11 respectively. Stowell also added 10 digs for his second double-double of the season.
In his first back-to-back start of the season for the Cougars, setter Ryan Boyce tallied 10 assists on Saturday for a weekend total of 76. Boyce recorded a career-and team-high 66 assists in Friday's match.
Joe Kauliakamoa added 45 assists and four kills on Saturday against USC.
Similar to yesterday's scores, the Cougars and Trojans took turns winning sets before USC took the fifth. The Trojans captured sets one, three and five with the Cougars taking two and a match-extending fourth.
The Cougars hit just .218 compared to USC's .345 on the night.
Again on the road, BYU will travel to Cal State Northridge for two matches next weekend on Friday and Saturday, March 18 and 19.
Road Games Against First-Ranked USC
This weekend, about midway through the 2011 season, the second-ranked BYU men's volleyball team will face its toughest test yet as they head to California to take on No. 1 USC on their home court this Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5.
The last time BYU and USC met when the Trojans held a No. 1 ranking was back in 1991.
The Cougars head to USC with a 13-4 overall record and 9-3 holding in league play. Junior Robb Stowell leads the BYU attack on 233 kills and an overall .344 attacking percentage. Taylor Sander and Futi Tavana are also recording double-digit kills with 170 and 128, respectively, while Tavana is currently the only BYU player to have recorded over 100 blocks this season.
Setter Joe Kauliakamoa has recorded 535 assists this season as he paces the Cougar offense, averaging 9.91 per set.
The Trojans will host the Cougars with a 10-1 record led by Murphy Troy’s 158 kills and a .398 attacking percentage. Pepperdine gave USC its only loss of the season two weeks ago but the Trojans have bounced back from there and are currently on a four-match win streak. The team went 16-11 overall last season and returned six starters.
USC is averaging 14.5 kills/set compared to BYU’s 12.8 but the Cougars are averaging more blocks per set than the Trojans with 3.1 compared to 2.6.
Live stats are available for both matches through the BYU men's volleyball schedule page.