Bruins Fall to 49ers in Four Games

Jan. 18, 2008

Final Stats

The UCLA men's volleyball team lost in four games to Long Beach State Friday night, suffering its first conference loss of the season.

Long Beach State won 30-27, 30-18, 24-30, 30-28 in an hour and 52 minutes before 1003 fans. The fifth-ranked 49ers remained unbeaten at 6-0 overall, 4-0 in league play. The Bruins, who lost for the first time in four matches, fell to 5-2 overall, 3-1 in league play.

In Game 1, the Bruins watched a three-point lead evaporate when The Beach tied the score at 18-18 on UCLA sophomore Brett Perrine's hitting error. The teams traded points until the 49ers broke from a 26-26 tie with a 4-1 run to claim a 1-0 lead.

The Beach used its momentum from Game 1 to skirt out to an early 8-3 lead in Game 2 before piling on the points as the Bruins couldn't find a rhythm. UCLA hit .067 for this game, while the 49ers sizzled at .438. Seven kills by LBS senior Paul Lotman and four by sophomore Dean Bittner helped give the visitors a 2-0 lead and plenty of momentum.

In Game 3, it was the Bruins who sizzled with a new lineup. Every starter was replaced except for outside hitter Garrett Muagututia and libero Tony Ker. Muagututia pounded seven kills in this game, and received help from junior Ryan Ratelle, who added six, and Sean Nichols who spiked four. As a team, the Bruins hit .471 and outgunned the 49ers 21 kills to 15.

Game 4 was a tug-of-war with neither team gaining more than a three-point advantage. After The Beach took a 25-22 lead the Bruins called timeout and stormed back with three points of their own to tie it. At 27-27, Long Beach State pulled away on a kill by Lotman and an ace by Fletcher Anderson. After a kill by Muagututia, Lotman spiked another kill to end it.

Muagututia led the Bruins with 16 kills and 18.5 points, followed by Ratelle, who pounded a career high of 11 kills and scored 12 points.

Lotman led all players with 25 kills (.321) and 26 points. Bittner added 17 kills, two aces, five block assists and 21.5 points.

The Bruins travel to USC (Jan. 23) and Pepperdine (Jan. 25) before returning to Pauley Pavilion for a four-match home stand that begins with Cal Baptist on Jan. 30.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Feb 06 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
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
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
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship