No. 1 USC downs Cal St. Northridge
Trojans win second consecutive MPSF regular-season title
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. -- No. 1 Southern California won its second consecutive Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title with a 25-19, 28-26, 25-17 win at No. 11 Cal State Northridge in an MPSF regular-season ending match on Saturday.
USC, which improved to 22-4 overall and claimed the league crown with an 18-4 MPSF record, will be the No. 1 seed in the MPSF tourney.
It was USC's 17th consecutive victory, its longest winning streak since a school-record 30 in a row in 1990-91. It also was Troy's 14th MPSF victory in a row, its longest streak since capturing 18 consecutive league matches in 1991-92.
Cal State Northridge, 12-17 overall and 8-14 in the MPSF, will be the No. 8 seed.
Tony Ciarelli led the Trojans with a match-high 19 kills while hitting .818 (one error on 22 attempts). Teammate Maddison
McKibbin added eight kills (.312) and had four blocks, Robert Feathers had a match-best six blocks and Henry Cassiday had a match-leading 10 digs.
For CSUN, John Baker had 11 kills, Brandon Lebrock added 10 kills and Julius Hoeffer had six kills (hitting .500) and served 2 aces.
USC hit . 425 to the Matadors' .247.
The Trojans used a 5-0 run to open a 19-12 lead in the first set and held off CSUN while hitting .464. The second set was close throughout until back-to-back kills by Feathers and Ciarelli provided the final points. Another 5-0 USC run gave USC an 18-12 margin in the third set and it was never threatened while hitting .474.