LOS ANGELES - Carl Eberts and Sebastian Brady each banged down a match-high 11 kills, but it wasn't enough to get past the top-ranked team in the nation as No. 15 UC San Diego was swept at USC Friday.
Set scores were 25-23, 28-26 and 25-23 at the Galen Center. The Tritons fell to 6-15 overall and 3-12 in the MPSF, while the Trojans continued to roll and improved to 13-1 overall and in the league.
Neither team hit particularly well, but USC was aided by a solid blocking performance. UCSD hit .181 (41-24-94) and USC swung at .232 (34-15-82) overall. The Trojans out-blocked the Tritons 12 to five.
Brady hit .600 with 11 kills and two errors in 15 attacks. He finished with a team-high 12.5 points. It was the second double-digit kill total for Brady, a freshman middle blocker, this season. He set a career-high with 15 kills at No. 2 BYU.
Eberts continues to put kills down as he's totaled 10 or more in 12 of his last 14 matches. He added a team-best six digs.
For the second time this season, Murphy Troy and Tony Ciarelli led the Trojans in kills against UCSD. This time, Troy had 11 and Ciarelli 10. Troy and Henry Cassiday led all players with seven digs.
In the first set, UCSD was down 24-21, but shook off two set points with a Brady kill and an ace by Vaun Lennon. However, Troy ended it with a kill off a Riley McKibbin set.
Set two featured 16 tie scores, the last coming at 26-26. USC used back to back kills by Austin Zahn and Troy to finally put the set away.
The Tritons came back from four points down in the third set to take a 17-16 lead after a kill by Phil Bannan. UCSD's last lead would come at 20-19. At 23-23, Troy again came up with a big kill and his ensuing block, along with Zahn, gave the match to the Trojans.
UCSD plays at No. 11 Pepperdine's Firestone Fieldhouse Saturday (7 p.m.). The Tritons swept the season series in 2010, but the Waves are up 1-0 this year as they took a 3-1 victory on Feb. 4 at RIMAC Arena.
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