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Volleyball Conquers Lancers in Three Sets
By: UCLA Athletics

Tenth-ranked UCLA dropped Cal Baptist in three sets on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion to move within one win of clinching a spot in the MPSF Tournament. Scores of the match were 25-20, 25-12, 25-23. UCLA improves its records to 17-10 overall and 14-9 in MPSF action. The Bruins end the night tied with Long Beach State for sixth place in the league standings, one match back of UCSB (15-8), a half-match behind UC Irvine (14-8) and a half-match ahead of Hawai’i (13-9).

The Bruins came out swinging in set one, hitting .667 in a 25-20 win. After falling behind 6-7, UCLA rallied to tie the score at 7 on a Spencer Rowe kill and then took the lead on a spike from Robart Page at 8-7. The Bruins upped their advantage to 16-12 behind the serve of Steve O’Dell and never led by less than three points down the stretch.

UCLA moved out to a 4-1 margin in the second set and was never headed, hitting .680 in a 25-12 victory. Kills by Rowe and Trent Kersten sealed the deal for the Bruins who totaled 25 attacks and 17 kills, without an error in the set.

Cal Baptist stormed out to a 0-4 edge in set three prompting a quick timeout from the UCLA bench. A Rowe kill evened the score at 7-all and the Bruins grabbed their first lead of the set at 8-7 after a Page block. UCLA went on to lead by as many as three points on a couple of occasions before CBU leveled the score at 14. The Lancers put some good swings together and soon owned a 16-19 lead. A Mitch Stahl spike halted the visitor’s three-point run and the Bruins went on to even the score at 20-all after scoring plays from Rowe and Kersten. A Rowe swing put the Bruins up 23-22. CBU tied it up at 23 before handing the Bruins a look at match point on a service error. Gonzalo Quiroga ended the match with his 12th kill of the evening.

Rowe, hitting .625, and Quiroga, hitting .556, tied for team-high attack honors with 12 kills. As a unit, the Bruins registered a season-best .522 hitting percentage for the contest. Kersten added five kills and three blocks. Jackson Bantle recorded eight digs. O’Dell had two service aces, a pair of blocks and 34 set assists. Stahl finished with seven kills, an ace and a block.

The Bruins are home to conclude the regular season on Saturday night against No. 3-ranked BYU. The Senior Night match will be played in the Wooden Center beginning 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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