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Volleyball Clinches Tournament Bid in Win Over BYU
By: UCLA Athletics

Tenth-ranked UCLA clinched a spot in the MPSF Tournament with a win over third-ranked BYU in four sets on Saturday night in a jam-packed Wooden Center. Scores of the match were 25-23, 23-25, 25-13, 25-20. UCLA improved its record to 18-10 on the year and its 15-9 mark was good for the fifth-seed into the league playoffs. The Bruins will square off with fourth-seeded UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. in Santa Barbara.

Both teams hits over .350 in a hotly contested first set. BYU jumped out to a 2-6 lead, forcing a quick timeout from the home bench. After a Mitch Stahl kill, a couple of Gonzalo Quiroga aces and a Spencer Rowe spike, the score was even at six. Another Stahl kill ended one of the longest rallies of the season and handed UCLA a 7-6 lead. The one-point margin would be its biggest cushion of the set until the end. Another Quiroga ace pushed UCLA into a 23-22 lead. A BYU kill forced the 17th tie of the set to even things up at 23-all. The Cougars then surrendered a point on a service error. The Bruins took set one on Steve O’Dell’s kill at the net.

BYU grabbed another 2-6 lead to begin the second set. It took longer for UCLA to get things even, but a Stahl ace did the trick for a 14-all tie. The Cougars went up 15-17, but UCLA knotted the score at 17 after an attack error. The score was tied at 18 following a Cougar service error. However, the next three points belonged to BYU, and soon the set did as well, by a 23-25 margin.

UCLA exploded out to a 12-3 advantage in set three behind the strong service game of freshman Stahl, who recorded three aces in a six-point spree. An ace from Robart Page made it 16-6 and a couple of aces from Quiroga made it 22-10. The Bruins owned the set 25-13 after outhitting the Cougars .429 to .077.

The Cougars took a 0-4 lead to begin set four. Following a Bruin timeout, UCLA rallied to tie the score at 6-all on a kill by Trent Kersten. The scored was level at sevens and at nines before UCLA moved into the lead for good at 10-9 on a Quiroga kill. O’Dell made a key block for a 15-12 edge. Rowe added another block to make it 20-16. A Quiroga ace, the Bruins’ school record tying 14th of the contest, had UCLA in front 23-17. A BYU service error put the Cougars on the brink of termination and a kill from Rowe ended the Senior Night match at 25-20.

Quiroga led the team with 14 kills. Stahl and Quiroga each recorded six of the UCLA total of 14 service aces. Page added 13 kills and a couple of aces. Rowe totaled 10 kills, nine digs and three blocks. Kersten chipped in with seven kills and three blocks. The Bruins owned the nets with a block advantage of 10.5 to 4.0 on the evening. O’Dell had 42 set assists and a couple of blocks. Jackson Bantle recorded a team-high 10 digs.

The Bruins, seeded fifth, will play next Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the MPSF Tournament at #4 seed UCSB. The teams split a pair of matches during the regular season. Eighth-seeded USC will be at #1 BYU. On the other side of the bracket, #6 UC Irvine will play at #3 Stanford. Second-seeded Pepperdine hosts #7 Long Beach State. All matches are slated to begin that night at 7 p.m.

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Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)