May 9, 2009

PROVO, Utah -- Jordan DuFault had 14 kills, including the final one in the fifth set and UC Irvine won its second NCAA volleyball title in three years, beating Southern California 3-2 Saturday.

The Anteaters rallied from a 2-1 deficit to reclaim the national title they won two years ago with the five-set win over the Trojans.

Top-seeded UC Irvine (27-5) led the fifth set 14-12 when Ryan Ammerman set up DuFault for the winning kill. Tony Ciarelli got to the ball before it hit the floor, but he bumped it high over the USC bench and Riley McIbbin couldn't get to it to make the save and the Anteaters rushed onto the floor.

Taylor Wilson led the Anteaters with 21 saves and Ammerman finished with 55 assists.

Murphy Troy had 26 kills for USC (21-11).