LOS ANGELES — Tony Ciarelli had 14 kills and Micah Christenson had nine digs and six blocks to lead the No. 4 USC to a 25-19, 25-15, 25-20 sweep against No. 6 Penn State in a non-conference match on Friday.
USC won its seventh consecutive match to improve to 12-4 overall, while the Nittany Lions now are 13-3 after dropping their second contest in a row after an 11-match winning streak.
The Trojans hit .295 to PSU’s .069 and outblocked the Nittany Lions, 14.0 to 5.0. USC also served four aces.
Tanner Jansen and Maddison McKibbin each had seven kills and seven digs for Troy, while Steven Shandrick and Robert Feathers each posted five blocks (Feathers also had two aces).
For Penn State, Tom Comfort had nine kills, while Joe Sunder had seven kills and nine digs and Connor Curry had 10 digs.
USC fell behind 8-3 in the first set, but caught up at 15-15 and then Troy scored the set’s final five points while hitting .462 and getting four blocks. The Trojans opened up a quick 6-3 lead in the second set and steadily pulled away while hitting .400 and adding 7.0 blocks. It was more of the same for USC in the third set, as Troy got out to a 4-0 lead and was never threatened.