Until the end of his career at San Clemente High, few would have contested that Cory Yoder was destined to play at USC.
And, so it is that five years later, the 6-foot-3 redshirt senior will play the biggest match of his final collegiate campaign at USC's Galen Center.
But Yoder, the son of USC volleyball legend Bob Yoder, nephew of former USC player David Yoder and older brother of Erin Yoder, who was a freshman defensive specialist for USC women's team last fall, will start at outside hitter for UC Irvine when the two teams square off Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in an Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Tournament semifinal match between the top two teams in the national poll.
No. 1-ranked USC (22-2) is the top seed in the eight-team tournament that will provide its winner an automatic berth to the four-team NCAA Championship, May 5 and 7 at Penn State.