UCLA Sweeps USC in Men's Volleyball

March 31, 2007

Box Score

Fourth-ranked UCLA avenged a Jan. 27 loss to USC on Saturday night, sweeping the Trojans at the Galen Center.

The Bruins won 30-27, 30-20, 30-26 in 94 minutes front of 1,100 fans on USC's new home court. The victory raised the Bruins' overall record to 15-10, 10-9 in MPSF play. USC fell to 10-13, 7-11.

The victory also gave the Bruins 2.5 points in the Lexus Gauntlet standings, raising UCLA's lead in the cross-town series to 50-22.5.

The Bruins won this match at the service line. They served six aces against just 15 errors and constantly threw USC's offense off-balance all evening with pinpoint service placement and off-speed shots. Senior Paul George served four aces in Game 1 to provide the difference in the opening set.

Freshman setter Kevin Ker guided the offense to a hitting percentage of .394, distributing 40 assists. Ker also tied a career-high by scoring seven points on four kills, an ace and four block assists.

Redshirt freshman quick hitter Shaun Nichols, in his first start, led the Bruins with a career-high of 13 kills (.579) and six block assists. Senior Steve Klosterman added 12 kills and 13.5 points.

As a team the Bruins out-blocked the Trojans, 8.5-4.0 and out-served them six aces to two. The Bruins limited their rivals to a hitting percentage of .210.

USC's Juan Figueroa led both teams with 19 kills (.324).

UCLA returns home for three matches over the next two weeks: Apr. 4 vs. Cal Baptist, Apr. 6 vs. UC Irvine and Apr. 11 vs. Long Beach State. All matches start at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)