No. 6 USC blanks Hope International
McKibbin notches 11 kills, six digs in Trojans sweep of Royals
LOS ANGELES -- Maddison McKibbin had 11 kills and six digs and Steven Mochalski added 10 kills with six digs to lead the No. 6 USC to a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of Hope International in a non-conference match on Thursday night at the Galen Center.
USC improved to 7-4 overall, while Hope International dropped to 2-4.
McKibbin, getting his first start of the season after missing USC's first nine matches with a sprained ankle, hit .348. The Trojans started four young players who have yet to see much action in their careers: freshman outside hitter Cristian Rivera (five kills, five digs), freshman middle blocker Chris Lischke (five blocks), sophomore setter Chris Trefzger (25 assists, seven blocks) and sophomore libero J.B. Green (seven digs).
For Hope International, Thomas Cervetti had 12 kills and six digs, Dominique Blonski added 11 kills and Henry Valiente contributed seven digs.
USC hit .280 compared to the Royals' .150 and the Trojans had more blocks (14.5 to 5.0) and aces (4 to 1).
Troy scored four consecutive points to open a 16-12 lead in the first set and the Royals could never catch up. With the score tied at 22-22 in the second set, USC used a Steven Shandrick kill followed by a Trefzger solo block and then a Hope International hitting error to close out the set. The Trojans went on a 7-0 run in the third set to build a 13-9 lead and were never threatened the rest of the way.