UCLA Sweeps Pacific

April 13, 2008

The seventh-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team defeated Pacific in three games Saturday at the Spanos Center in Stockton.

The Bruins won 30-24, 30-23, 30-23 in 89 minutes before 186 fans. The victory enabled the Bruins to finish with a 17-13 overall record, 12-10 in MPSF play. The Tigers fell to 4-24, 1-21.

The Bruins also learned that they will host an MPSF quarterfinal playoff match against Pepperdine on Sat., Apr. 19 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Waves lost in five at home against ninth-place Hawaii and tied with the Bruins for fourth place. UCLA won the tiebreaker with its two league victories against Pepperdine.

Against Pacific, Game 1 started well for the Bruins as they surged to an early 7-2 lead behind a service ace from junior Ryan Ratelle. Errors plagued Pacific over the next few points and UCLA jumped out to a 10-4 lead using three consecutive Tiger errors as a launching point.

After a timeout the Tiger offense woke up and was able to narrow the gap to 12-7 behind a kill from senior Pekka Seppanen. With a 15-10 lead, UCLA asserted its dominance, scoring 10 of the next 20 points to continue its lead, 25-20. A kill by junior Sean O'Malley gave the Bruins Game 1.

In Game 2, the Bruins continued to dominate, taking a 10-4 lead before a UOP timeout changed the momentum. The Tigers rallied to score five of the next seven points, and trailed 12-9 before the Bruins established themselves again and took a 24-17 lead. Several more errors hurt the Tigers' comeback chances and a service error by Pacific gave UCLA game point, 29-23. Sophomore Garrett Muagututia spiked a ball from the outside to end the game, 30-23.

With their backs against the wall, Pacific roared out to a 4-0 lead behind a service ace from Seppanen in the third game. UCLA was forced to call a timeout. The Bruins mounted a scoring run of their own, but the Tigers answered with and offensive resurgence. Consecutive kills by sophomore Jason Borchin, Seppanen, and Blake Gentry gave Pacific a 9-4 lead.

The honeymoon would not last long however, as UCLA battled back with two kills from O'Malley to come within one, 14-13. A service ace by D.J. Stromath, gave the Bruins a 16-14 lead. Pacific never recovered, and its momentum left the floor as the Tigers fell behind, 23-17. UCLA's firepower proved to be too much as Pacific struggled to mount any sort of comeback. The Bruins closed out the game, match, and the Tigers' season, 30-23.

O'Malley led the Bruins with 18 kills (.417), followed by nine kills each from Muagututia and Ratelle.

Senior Simon Chen-Byerley led the Tigers with 10 kills (.333).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-17, 25-18)
Friday, Feb 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
(32-30, 25-21, 25-19)
Sunday, Feb 21
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
(21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Feb 24
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-13)
Saturday, Feb 27
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16)
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 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA