Bruins Fall to Tritons in Five

March 28, 2008

Final Stats

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.

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
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 - 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
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA