The USC pair representing the United States closed out the beach volleyball World University Championship with a victory.
USC outside attackers Lucas Yoder and Christopher Orenic defeated the Slovakian team of Jernej Tomazin and Sergej Drobnic 21-16, 13-21, 15-10 on Saturday in Estonia to finish in 23rd place at the international tournament.
Yoder and Orenic advanced to the elimination stage of the World University Championship after they went 1-2 in pool-play and finished their pool in third place. The U.S. team, though, lost its opening-round match in the elimination stage to drop into the consolation bracket.
Yoder and Orenic went 2-6 overall at the World University Championship and accumulated 52 points in the tournament’s rankings. The pair entered the tournament ranked No. 31 out of the 32 teams in the field.
The USC teammates were one of the two U.S. men’s pairs to compete at the World University Championship. Former All-EIVA Harvard opposite Branden Clemens and former Concordia-Irvine setter Brendan Duff finished the international tournament in 14th place.
Both Yoder and Orenic will return to USC senior seasons and attempt to lead the Trojans back to the postseason after finishing last season in 11th place in the MPSF and not qualifying for the conference tournament.