No. 4/4 UCLA makes quick work of rival No. 11 USC

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Bates

It didn’t take long for No.4/4 UCLA to dispense of its cross-town rival.

Setter Andrew Rowan guided the offense .492 attack percentage as UCLA in about 75 minutes swept No. 11 USC 25-20, 25-10, 25-14 on Thursday in Los Angeles.

The Bruins committed a conference season-low seven attack errors – 10 fewer errors than the Trojans. UCLA also did not commit an attack error and hit a match-best .824 attack percentage in its 15-point second-game victory.

Five UCLA players finished with more than five kills and at least .400 attack percentage playing in front of a road crowd of 2,102 people.


Outside attacker led all players with 10 kills on a .400 attack percentage, including having a game-high five kills in the second game. Outside attacker Cooper Robinson added nine kills and hit .467 in the opener of the home-and-home series.

Opposite Grant Sloane along with middle attackers Sean McQuiggan and Merrick McHenry each had six kills. In addition, both middle attackers did not commit an attack error with McQuiggan having a perfect 1.000 attack percentage.

UCLA accompanied the offensive performance with nine aces – eight more aces than USC.

Robinson finished with a match-high three aces, while both McHenry and Rowan added two aces.

USC in the loss hit .054 and was limited to negative attack percentage in second and third games. The Trojans also had two of three starting pin hitters finish with a negative attack percentage.

Opposite Jack Deuchar led USC with eight kills and was the only Trojan to hit more than .200.

UCLA with this victory has now won seven consecutive matches against USC dating back to 2021.