USC Men's Volleyball in NCAA Championship

The USC Men's Volleyball team is set to take the floor Thursday at the NCAA Championship. The Trojans are playing for their fifth NCAA title, but their first since 1990.

USC (23-5) is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll and is the No. 2 seed in the tournament. They earned their birth by way of the only at-large bid given, after falling in five sets to UC-Irvine in the MPSF tournament.

UC-Irvine (24-5) will be the No. 1 seed at the NCAA Championship.

This is the Trojans' second consecutive trip to the Final Four, their third in the last four seasons.

Coach Bill Ferguson's USC team is lead this season by four All-Americans including outside hitter Tony Ciarelli, middle blockers Steven Shandrick and Robert Feathers, as well as libero Henry Cassiday. The USC arsenal of hitters is quarterbacked by AVCA Newcomer of the Year and MPSF Freshman of the Year, setter Micah Christenson.

The Trojans will take on No. 3 seed Lewis (26-6) in the second semifinal, Thursday at 8 p.m in the Galen Center. Lewis enters the tournament ranked No. 7 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.

The first semifinal will feature UC-Irvine versus Penn State (23-5), Thursday at 6 p.m.

This is the first time in history USC will host the Men's Volleyball NCAA Championship.

The NCAA title match is set for Saturday at 7 p.m.

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