It was a battle to the very last set, but No. 2 USC's resilience got the best of No. 12 Minnesota tonight.
The Trojans beat the Golden Gophers, 3-2 (23-25, 24-26, 25-13, 25-21, 15-7) in a drawn out match at Rec Hall. USC dropped the first two sets, and it looked like Minnesota had an upset in the books. But the Trojans surged the final three sets, taking advantage of 12 service errors and 21 hitting errors through the first four sets by the Golden Gophers.
Minnesota was sloppy in the final set, and looked to have run out of gas on the court. Redshirt senior outside hitter Hailey Cowles had .000 hitting percentage after the fourth set with only six kills and as many errors in 30 attempts.
For USC, senior outside hitter Alex Jupiter had .349 hitting percentage with 20 kills through four sets.
The match wrapped up at around 8:30 p.m., with the Penn State/Oregon match set to begin at 8 p.m. The fans in Rec Hall were feeling some angst toward the end of with USC vs. Minnesota, and proceeded to let out a huge cheer when things wrapped up.
Penn State will play Oregon in about 15 minutes, so stay with us for live coverage.