Feb. 22, 2008
Sixth-ranked UCLA fell in four games at Cal State Northridge Friday, marking its fourth setback in its last six conference matches.
CS Northridge won 30-28, 29-31, 35-33, 30-28 in two hours and 14 minutes in front of 836 fans at the Matadome. The loss dropped the Bruins to 10-7 overall, 7-6 in league play. The Matadors improved to 12-4, 8-3. It was the second straight loss for the Bruins and pulled them down to fifth place. The Matadors remained solidly in third place.
In the third game thriller, the Bruins squandered three game points before losing on a pair of aces by CSUN's Kevin McKniff. UCLA's Jeff Woodley gave the Bruins a 33-32 lead on a kill before the Matadors reeled off three straight points on a UCLA hitting error and McKniff's aces.
The setback negated a career performance by the Bruins' Garrett Muagututia, who pounded a career high of 31 kills (.480). Junior Sean O'Malley added 10 kills in an attack that hit .316. Senior Libero Tony Ker led both teams with 17 digs.
For CSUN, Isaac Kneubuhl and Eric Vance each recorded 18 kills and Cody Loe added 15.
The Bruins travel to Ball State next week for a pair of non-league matches against the unranked Cardinals.