In the quarterfinals of the MPSF tournament on Saturday, USC men's volleyball upset No. 5 Pepperdine 3-1 (25-22, 19-25, 26-24, 25-18) on the road. This was the first time since 2011 when a six seed upset a three seed in the MPSF tournament. It was the Trojans' second upset over a Top-five ranked team in a three-week span including a senior night upset over No. 3 UCLA in five sets.
In the win over the Waves, redshirt junior outside hitter Jack Wyett led the team with 20 kills while hitting .459. Junior outside hitter Gianluca Grasso had 19 kills while hitting .607. The Trojans out-hit the Waves .387 to .267. USC also recorded more kills (57 to 55), digs (50 to 35), and blocks (8.0 to 6.0) than Pepperdine.
Wyett was named to the 2018 All-MPSF first team. After a two-year hiatus from the team, Wyett led the Trojans during the regular season with 373 kills and 140 digs. He was second on the team with 46 blocks during the regular season. Nationally, Wyett sat 11th in kills averaged per set, 3.73.
The Trojans now head out to Provo, Utah to face top-seed No. 4 BYU. USC fell to BYU in both matches this season in four sets. The Cougars are coming off of a bye in the quarterfinals and this is the fourth time in the last six years BYU will be hosting the MPSF semifinals.
Our sports anchor Mary Paige Nesfeder was joined by Wyett in-studio to discuss the team's upset over Pepperdine and what the Trojans will be doing to prep for the rest of the MPSF tournament.