Tanner Syftestad, UC San Diego (Photo courtesy of UCSD Athletics).
March 14, 2017
*UC SAN DIEGO 3, Cal Baptist 1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-16, 25-22)
Recap by UCSD
LA JOLLA, Calif. - Tanner Syftestad came within two kills of his career high, putting down 29, as the University of California San Diego defeated visiting California Baptist University, 3-1, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) men's volleyball match inside RIMAC Arena on Tuesday night. Set scores were 25-18, 24-26, 25-16 and 25-22.
UC San Diego and California Baptist began the night on 10- and seven-match losing skids, respectively. The result moved UC San Diego to 6-15 overall and 3-11 in the MPSF. CBU is now 3-16 overall and 1-13 in league play. The teams are still scheduled to contest a non-conference matchup in Riverside on April 12 to conclude the regular season.
Syftestad comfortably led all players with his 29 kills, coming on efficient .472 (29-4-53) hitting. He ran his streak of matches with at least a share of the team high in kills, to 17 straight. Syftestad had tallied 31 kills in a five-set home triumph over Hope International back on Jan. 28, those coming on a career-high 56 attacks.
Syftestad added a match-high four service aces, all coming in the opening frame, as well as six total blocks to share the match high, and four digs.
Two Tritons reached double figures in digs, in senior outside hitter Ian Colbert (13) and redshirt freshman outside hitter Xander Jimenez (11). Jimenez also served three aces as UCSD totaled 11 as a team.
UCSD remains in home action and welcomes Division II rival Concordia Irvine into RIMAC Arena for a non-conference tilt this Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m.
USC 3, Harvard 2 (25-16, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8)
Recap by USC
LOS ANGELES -- Gianluca Grassohad 18 kills (hitting .300) to be USC's leading scorer for the third match in a row in the Trojans' 3-2 victory over Harvard, 25-16, 19-25, 25-18, 22-25, 15-8 on Tuesday night (March 14). The non-conference match played in USC's Galen Center marked the Trojans' third win in a row as they improved to 9-12 overall.
As a team, USC hit .376 while sophomore outside hitterWoody Cookscored 15 kills (hitting .414) andteammate freshman opposite hitterLucas Lossonetallied up 15 kills of his own (hitting .400). Junior setterGert Lishadished out 56 assists and sophomore liberoMatt Douglashad an excellent night as he recorded 16 digs.
For Harvard, senior outside hitter Casey White led the Crimson with 18 kills (hitting .300). As a team, Harvard hit .211 on the night.
USC collected 67 kills to Harvard's 50, but the Trojans only recorded 9.5 team blocks to the Crimson's 10.5. It was another big night from the service line as USC served up five aces, while Harvard scored six of their own.
The Trojans were once again without top outside hitterLucas Yoderwho is recovering from an abdominal strain.
Points were exchanged back-and-forthto open up the first set, but the Trojans went on a six-point run to make the score 12-6. USC's momentum continued, and the Trojanswent on to nab the first set 25-16. Harvard came back fighting with fire in the second set. With a tight score at 7-8, they capitalized on a missed serve by the Trojans and turned it into a three-point swing leaving USC trailing at 7-11. Although Grasso, Cook and Lossone were effective from the pins, it was not enough to secure the set which Harvard would win 25-19.
Similar to the previous two sets, the score remained close early on. A big kill from Cook followed by an ace from Benesh forced the Crimson into a timeout with the Trojans leading 20-15. USC continued to push points, and Lossone would claim the third set for the Trojans with a solo block. Harvard sprinted into the fourth set andjumped ahead 6-1 forcing USC into an early timeout. The Trojans would fight back closing the gap to tie up the score at 19-19. The Crimson then made the final push to take the fourth set 25-22. In the decisive fifth set, Benesh put up two blocks in a row to give USC a 7-4 lead. Harvard then fought back with three points in a row to tie up the score at 7-7. The Trojans regained momentum with two aces in a row from Benesh followed by two kills from Cook to make the score 12-7. USC made the final push to claim the set 15-8 and win the match.
USC's next action will bring them back to the Galen Center where they will take on Sacred Heart in a non-conference match on Sunday (March 19) at 7 p.m. PT.