VIDEO: Ferguson breaks down upcoming matches, USC’s chances at MPSF title

The Trojans enters the final week of the regular season with two remaining conference matches and a chance to win the MPSF regular season championship.

No. 1 USC closes its regular season on the road with matches against No. 10 Long Beach State at 7 p.m. Thursday and Cal State Northridge at 7 p.m. Saturday. The Trojans can win a share of the MPSF regular season title if they win one of these matches and will win the conference out-right and get the No. 1 seed for the MPSF Tournament if they win both matches.
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VIDEO: Q&A with USC coach Bill Ferguson

No. 6 USC one week after playing two matches against No. 1 BYU will continue its road trip against highly nationally ranked teams.

USC will travel to play No. 3 UC Irvine on Friday before playing UC San Diego on Saturday to close-out a four-match road trip. The Trojans (3-2, 0-2 MPSF) lost both matches to the Cougars last week, while the Anteaters defeated the Tritons during the weekend to snap a two-match losing streak.

Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing for UC Irvine.
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VIDEO: Q&A with USC coach Bill Ferguson

The undefeated Trojans will get its biggest test of the season so far this weekend.

No. 6 USC will play No. 1 BYU in a conference two-match series on Friday and Saturday in Provo, Utah. USC (3-0) defeated Long Beach State and Cal State Northridge last week to open MPSF play, while BYU (5-1) swept then-No. 1 UC Irvine in a two-match series last week to move back atop the national rankings.

Check out this video interview with USC coach Bill Ferguson as he discusses his team’s play last week and preparing to to travel to BYU.
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Projected preseason top 10 national rankings: No. 6 USC

USC is projected by Off the Block to be No. 6 in the preseason national rankings.

Off the Block throughout December will reveal its projected men’s volleyball preseason top 10 national rankings and will profile a top-10 team each day. The Off the Block projected preseason rankings were created independently of the AVCA Coaches Poll and the Volleyball Magazine Top 10 Media Poll.

The college men’s volleyball season begins on Jan. 3 and concludes with the Final Four in May.
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Trojans to unveil new look squad at preseason USC Fall Invitational

Opponents and fans will get their first look at a rebuilt USC team this weekend.

After losing three All-Americans from a team that reached the Final Four last season, the Trojans will open their preseason Friday at home with the USC Fall Invitational.

USC coach Bill Ferguson said Thursday that he expects to use multiple lineups in the Trojans’ five matches during the two-day preseason tournament at the Galen Center Pavilion.
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Top USC recruit Christenson to battle in preseason for starting setter

A top freshman recruit will be on the USC roster for the upcoming season.

USC coach Bill Ferguson said Thursday that freshman setter Micah Christenson, the 2011 Honolulu Star-Advertiser Boys Volleyball Player of the Year, will not be redshirted and could be in the starting lineup for the 2012 season.

Christenson will compete against junior Jeff Carlson throughout the preseason for the Trojans’ starting setter position, Ferguson said.
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Postmatch news conference: USC vs. UC Santa Barbara

Fear the underdog Gauchos.

UC Santa Barbara will take its historic postseason run all the way to the national championship match as it upset USC in four games in the NCAA Tournament semifinals on Thursday in University Park, Pa.

Middle attacker Dylan Davis had a season-high 15 kills and was one of three Gauchos with at least 15 kills in the victory. UC Santa Barbara also out-hit USC .394 to. .333, including hitting .500 in the final game.
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Q&A with USC at the men’s volleyball NCAA Tournament

USC coach Bill Ferguson and senior co-captains Murphy Troy and Riley McKibbin held a news conference Wednesday to discuss their upcoming NCAA Tournament match.

The No. 1 seed USC will play the No. 4 seed UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Tournament semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday in University Park, Pa.

The Trojans became the first team in 16 years to be ranked No. 1 from the preseason to the end of the regular season. This national semifinals match will also be a rematch of the MPSF championship match, which UC Santa Barbara won in five games Saturday.

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2011 All-MPSF men’s volleyball teams released

USC’s domination of the MPSF in the regular season continued with the conference awards.

All six USC starters received All-MPSF accolades and outside attacker Murphy Troy was named the MPSF Player of the Year as the MPSF announced its all-conference awards Thursday.
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