USC snaps losing streak with win over Concordia

Clay Dickinson and Billy Fauntleroy pierced through Concordia’s defense, combining for 33 kills.

USC crushed Concordia in its final matchup of a three-match series Saturday, winning in four games. The Trojans hit at an astounding 44.1% rate, while holding Concordia to a mere 16% mark.

The entire Trojan team produced in an efficient manner, with senior setter Chris Hall positioning everyone for offensive mastery. Most of Hall’s 45 assists went to redshirt junior utility hitters Billy Fauntleroy and Clay Dickinson, who combined for 33 of the Trojans’ 60 kills.

The first match was a tough loss for USC. The game went into extra points, and Concordia scraped by with a 26-24 victory after quality plays by graduate student outside hitter Jordan Hoppe.

From there on out, USC had full control of the game. During the second set, the Trojans went on a 7-0 run with sophomore middle blocker/opposite Lucas Frassrand serving. Junior outside hitter Brandon Browning sliced through Concordia’s defense, landing five kills on six attempts  during this set alone.

The third set fit the exact same description. The Trojans propelled themselves on an 8-1 run and played with composure and tenacity throughout the set. From broken plays to crisp setups from Hall and senior libero Cole Paxon, virtually everything translated into points. The Trojans cruised to victory, winning the second and third sets 25-15 and 25-17 respectively.

Even though Concordia couldn’t find its rhythm as a unit, graduate student outside hitter Raymond Barsemian still posted impressive numbers. He threw down a game-high 19 kills, which made up nearly half of his team’s 41 total kills.

USC shut Concordia down at the net, particularly during the fourth and final game. Even though the Eagles technically recorded more total attacks than the Trojans, USC’s blocking up front squashed any salvaging efforts Concordia put together.

The Trojans closed out this contest with a 25-18 victory. On the match as a whole, Frassrand, Fauntleroy and redshirt senior middle blocker Vecas Lewin combined for 12 blocks, which equaled Concordia’s entire team blocking production.

Not only did the Trojans take advantage of Concordia’s mistakes, but the team as a whole came out with improved energy. USC emphatically placed itself back in the win column and will look to continue this momentum this Wednesday at Grand Canyon.