USC advanced to the NCAA men's volleyball championship match against UC Irvine, but not without a scare from Lewis University, which featured a Southern California connection.
Geoff Powell, a redshirt freshman outside hitter from Claremont, recorded 17 kills and forced USC Coach Bill Ferguson to make adjustments to stop him as the Trojans held off the Flyers for a 25-18, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 victory at the Galen Center.
The 6-foot-4 Powell also had 17 kills last week in Lewis' five-set victory over Ohio State in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. tournament final at Columbus, Ohio.
So how did Powell, who led Claremont High to a 31-1 record his senior year, wind up at Lewis, which is located in Romeoville, Ill.?