Bruins Outlast Anteaters in Five at UC Irvine

March 7, 2008

Final Stats

Tenth-ranked UCLA registered a key conference road victory Friday night as it heads into next week's two-match showdown with BYU at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins outlasted No. 6 UC Irvine, 3-2 at the Bren Center.

In front of 2,888 fans, UCI's largest home crowd of the season, UCLA prevailed 25-30, 30-27, 30-28, 19-30, 15-10 in two hours and 23 minutes. UCLA's third straight victory raised its record to 13-9, 8-6 in MPSF play. The defending national champion Anteaters fell to 10-11, 6-8.

UCLA was led by Garrett Muagututia and Sean O'Malley with 20 kills each. Ryan Ratelle added 14 kills and Matt Wade totaled 63 set assists. Senior libero Tony Ker recorded a match-high 17 digs, raising his career total to 1,125. He also recorded his 55th career double-digit digs match and his 59th errorless passing match.

UCI's John Steller posted a career-high 25 kills, five digs and six block assists. Sophomore Cole Reinholm matched his career-high with 14 kills and also fired three service aces.

The Anteaters dominated the net, out-blocking UCLA 15-5. They also served four aces to the Bruins' three and hit for a beter percentage, .333 to .325. The Bruins had more kills 74-70 and more digs, 46-43.

UCI led 18-17 in game one before a kill by Reinholm was followed by a block by Aaron Harrell and Cory Yoder to give the Anteaters a three-point cushion. UCI captured the set 30-25 on a triple block by Harrell, Yoder and Steller

Game two was tied at 25-25 before UCLA used an Anteater service error and a kill by Muagututia to take a 27-25 lead. That was all they needed as the Bruins won 30-27.

UCLA was in control of game three with an 18-11 lead before UCI rallied with a 9-2 run to tie the score at 20-20. A kill by Muagututia and an Anteater attack error gave the Bruins a 25-23 advantage. The teams traded points to end the game, 30-28. O'Malley added seven kills for UCLA in the set.

UCI jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game four and cruised to a 30-19 victory to force game five. Steller pounded eight kills, while Anthony Spittle added 14 assists and Brent Asuka had four digs.

With the score tied 7-7 in game five, the Bruins took advantage of a UCI service error followed by two attack errors to go up 10-7 on their way to the 15-10 victory. UCI was its own worst enemy, hitting .000 (6-6-18) in the final frame.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
(21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18)
Friday, Mar 04
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-22, 25-15, 25-23)
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 25-21, 25-18)
Thursday, Mar 24
Northridge, CA
(19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7)
Saturday, Mar 26
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
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)