April 4, 2007
Fourth-ranked UCLA outlasted NAIA power Cal Baptist in five games Wednesday night in a non-league contest in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins won 30-23, 22-30, 30-25, 20-30, 15-11 in two hours and 13 minutes in front of 423 rowdy fans. The victory raised the Bruins' overall record to 16-10. The Lancers fell to 18-10.
Tough serving and solid hitting in Game 5 pulled the Bruins through this match. UCLA served two aces against zero errors and hit .474 (10-1-19) in the final game to edge a hot Cal Baptist team. The Lancers committed a pair of service errors and were called for a blocking error in Game 5, three points which proved to be the difference in the match.
Cal Baptist out-hit UCLA .390 to .272 and won the blocking battle 14.0-9.0. The Bruins did not block a ball in the final two games.
Three UCLA players amassed double-digit kills, led by senior Paul George and second-year freshman Brett Perrine who each recorded 15. Perrine scored a career-high 20.0 points, adding an ace and six total blocks. He also led the Bruins in attack percentage at .667. Senior Steve Klosterman added 10 kills and 13 points.
CBU's Shamsu Awudu led both teams with 25 kills (.476), followed by 23 from Donald Balaiba.
On Fri., Apr. 6, the Bruins host No.2 UC Irvine. UCLA will end its regular season home schedule on Wed., Apr. 11 against Long Beach State. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.