March 1, 2008
Fourteenth-ranked Ball State beat No.7 UCLA for the second straight night at Worthen Arena in Muncie, Ind.
The Cardinals won 30-21, 30-26, 30-24 in 86 minutes before a crowd of 3,572, eclipsing Friday night's season-high for attendance. Ball State won its seventh straight and 11th in its last 12 matches, raising its record to 12-6, The Bruins, who lost their fourth straight, fell to 10-9.
Once again, neither team hit efficiently, but Ball State made fewer mistakes across the board. For the second straight night, the Cardinals out-blocked the Bruins, 14-8, and were more composed on the service line, producing three aces against eight errors. The Bruins committed 16 service errors with just three aces. Ball State hit .273, and UCLA hit just .126
Sophomore Garrett Muagututia led the Bruins with 11 kills, but made 15 errors in 32 attempts. Freshman Weston Dunlap recorded nine kills and Sean O'Malley added seven. Junior setter Matt Wade started, but managed just five assists before giving way to Kevin Ker, who led the Bruins with 32 assists. Senior Tony Ker recorded eight digs, inching closer to the all-time UCLA career record.
Marcus Imwalle led the Cardinals with 12 kills, followed by senior Patrick Durbin, who added 10 (.474).
The Bruins return home Tues., Mar. 4 for a non-league match against Lewis at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The next night UCLA hosts UC Santa Cruz.