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Top-Ranked Bruins Take Down Defending NCAA Champs
By: UCLA Athletics

UCLA, which moved into the top spot in the national rankings earlier in the day, capped off its Monday with a straight-set win over the defending NCAA champs from UC Irvine. The victory marked the seventh straight win on the season for the Bruins who upped their record to 7-1 and 4-0 in the MPSF. Scores of the match were 25-14, 25-23, 25-23.

UCLA trailed only at 0-1 in the first set on the way to a 25-14 win. Freshman Michael Fisher helped the Bruins get off to the good start with three kills and two aces. Robart Page added six kills for UCLA which opened up an 8-4 advantage and then moved out to a 15-10 lead before putting the Anteaters away.

Set two was a hotly contested affair with 14 ties. Gonzalo Quiroga broke a 19-all tie with one of his seven kills in the set and UCLA was able to take a 22-19 lead. Irvine came back to tie it at 23-all, before the Bruins took the set on a kill by Page and a UCI blocking error.

UCLA broke out to a 7-2 lead in the third set only to see Irvine charge back and take the lead at 11-10. The visitors then extended the margin to 16-12 before coach Speraw called his second timeout of the set. Irvine errors helped UCLA climb back into the set and a Quiroga kill knotted things up at 19-all. A Quiroga ace handed UCLA a 22-20 lead and then his final kill of the evening pushed the Bruins to the win at 25-23.

Quiroga finished with 14 kills, hitting .435, and added three aces. Page totaled 11 kills. Fisher recorded 10 kills and three aces. Michael Beals registered 37 set assists and an ace. Ian Sequeira had six digs.

 UCLA will now hit the road for a Thursday night MPSF battle at UC San Diego. First serve will be at 7:00 p.m. The Bruins and Anteaters will meet again on Saturday night Feb. 1, in Irvine, at 7 p.m.

EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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