Seventh–ranked UCLA made it two in a row in the Islands with a straight set win over 12th-ranked Ohio State in a second round match in the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu. Scores of the match were 25-14, 25-23, 25-21. UCLA is now 2-1 on the season and will close out tournament action on Saturday night in a match against the host school, #14-ranked Hawai’i.
UCLA jumped out to a 4-0 lead over the Buckeyes in set one. The Bruins stayed in control throughout, enjoying leads of 8-4 and 19-9 before winning the set 25-14.
In set two, UCLA moved out to a 9-5 advantage. The Bruins owned a 20-14 margin before the Buckeyes mounted a challenge and closed to 21-18 and 24-23. Senior hitter Gonzalo Quiroga’s kill gave the Bruins the set 25-23.
Set three was more hotly contested. The set was knotted up at 7-all and then at 14-all. UCLA grabbed an 18-16 advantage and went on to secure a 25-21 verdict.
Senior Robart Page led the Bruin attack with 12 kills. Quiroga finished with 10 kills, seven digs and five aces. Freshman Michael Fisher put down seven balls in a return to his home state. Trent Kersten and Spencer Rowe had six kills each. Steve O’Dell totaled 38 set assists and three aces.
First serve for the Saturday night match against Hawai’i is at 9 p.m. PT. UCLA returns home to begin MPSF play in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 17 against fourth-ranked Stanford.