Not even a power outage could slow down the sixth-ranked Stanford men's volleyball team in its quest to leave Los Angeles with a victory Sunday.
The Cardinal beat host USC, 25-20, 19-25, 25-19, 25-8, in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match delayed 12 minutes when the Galen Center lights went dark during warmups because of complications due to stormy weather in the area.
Senior Madison Hayden, who missed Stanford's victory over Cal Baptist on Friday night due to ankle issue, led the Cardinal with 13 kills, six digs and a season-high aces.
Freshman Jordan Ewert added a season-best 11 kills for Stanford (7-1, 5-1 MPSF), which won its fourth straight.
The Cardinal own sole possession of second place in the highly-competitive MPSF, a game back of undefeated UCLA (10-0, 6-0), and a game ahead of Hawaii (8-1, 3-1), BYU (6-2, 4-2), Long Beach State (7-2, 4-2), UC Santa Barbara (8-3, 4-2) and Pepperdine (5-2, 4-2).
The Trojans (1-7, 1-5) were fresh off an upset over the Waves before Stanford arrived to put its mark on the conference race.
The MPSF standings are likely to undergo a face lift over the next couple of weeks. The Cardinal travels to the second-ranked 49ers on Friday night and to Cal State Northridge (7-2, 2-2) on Saturday while UCLA visits Hawaii, which has won 16 straight at home dating to last year, for a pair of matches this weekend.
The Rainbow Warriors visit Stanford for matches Feb. 12 and 13.
The Cardinal recorded a hitting percentage of .360 against the Trojans, led by Conrad Kaminski, who had 10 kills on .533 hitting, and setter James Shaw, who had seven kills on .875 hitting to go with 46 assists.
Kaminski also had a match-best eight blocks, helping Stanford out-block USC, 13 1/2-6. Sophomore Kevin Rakestraw added a pair of solo blocks. Sophomore libero Evan Enriques collected a team-high nine digs.
The eight points the Trojans scored in the fourth set were their fewest in a non-fifth set since the rally scoring era began in 2001.
Stanford went on a 3-0 run in the first set to open an 11-8 edge and USC was never able to catch up as the Cardinal hit .370. The Trojans rallied to win the second set, building an early 5-2 lead and steadily extending it while recording 12 digs.
It was all Stanford afterward. The Cardinal hit .429 in the third set and used an 8-0 run early in the fourth set to gain an 11-3 advantage.
By the time Hawaii arrives, Stanford will have played eight of its first 10 matches on the road.