March 28, 2008
Eighth-ranked UCLA fell in five games on the road to unranked UC San Diego for the first time in series history on Friday night.
The Tritons won 26-30, 30-25, 32-30, 31-33, 15-9 in two hours and 30 minutes in front of 390 fans at the RIMAC Arena. UCSD, which won its second straight match, improved to 8-15 overall, 3-13 in MPSF play. The Bruins fell to 14-11, 9-8.
UCSD's victory snapped UCLA's 44-match victory streak in the series.
UCLA outhit UCSD .361-.188 in the first game. The last tie of the game came at 15-15 as UCLA went on a 9-5 run to open a 26-20 lead. UCSD closed to three points at 29-26 but it was too late as the Bruins took the opener.
There were 15 ties in game two, the last coming at 23-23. From that point, UCSD scored four straight, including a big block by Calvin Ross and Adam Levins and led 27-23. A UCLA attack error gave the Tritons the final point and the match was tied.
The third game was tied 11 times and UCLA held game point at 29-27. Out of a Triton timeout, UCSD pulled even after a UCLA service error and Frank Fritsch kill. Tied at 30-30, Phil Bannan and Ross recorded a block to give the Tritons game point. Fritsch served up an ace and the Tritons held a 2-1 advantage.
In game four, UCSD built an 18-13 lead after a Jason Spangler solo block. UCLA stormed back to tie the game at 21-21. With the score tied again at 28-28, Spangler gave the Tritons match point after a kill. UCLA responded with a kill and a block to earn a game point of its own. A red card was then attributed to UCLA, evening the score at 30-30 and giving the Tritons the sideout. Russ Hardy followed with a kill to give the Tritons another match point. The Bruins got back-to-back kills from Jeff Woodley to earn a game point. Jamie Diefenbach recorded a kill to force game five at 33-31.
Game five was all Tritons. Houseman recorded UCSD's first three kills and UCSD led 5-2, forcing the Bruins to call an early timeout. The Tritons kept the pressure on with two more kills to lead 8-3 when the teams changed courts. UCSD did not let the Bruins closer than five points, closing out the match on a kill by Hardy.
In the fifth game, UCSD recorded 11 kills against one error in the fifth game, compared to just three kills and three errors by UCLA.
Garrett Muagututia led the Bruins with 14 kills, followed by 12 from Ryan Ratelle. Brett Perrine added 10 kills (.625). Sophomore setter Kevin Ker led the Bruins with 30 set assists while splitting time with junior Matt Wade who had 22.
Four players led the Tritons with double-digit kills, led by Spangler with 30.
The Bruins travel to No.3 Long Beach State on Sat., Mar. 29 for a 7 p.m. match at the Pyramid.