March 4, 2008
Tenth-ranked UCLA stopped its four-match skid and senior All-American Tony Ker broke the school's career digs record Tuesday night in a four-game victory over visiting Lewis University.
The Bruins won 30-27, 23-30, 30-25, 30-24 in one hour and 58 minutes before 310 fans in Pauley Pavilion. The victory raised the Bruins' overall record to 11-9 and ended their four-match losing streak, which tied the longest in school history. The Flyers, who had won four straight matches, fell to 11-6 overall.
Senior All-American Libero Tony Ker set the all-time UCLA digs mark, recording 14 digs to increase his career total to 1,095. The previous record was held by Adam Shrader (2001-04), who had 1,089. Ker also raised his total of career double-digit digs to 53 and his season total to 11. Earlier this season, he set the single match digs record of 27 against Hawaii (Jan. 5).
In this match, the Bruins overcame 26 service errors by out-gunning the Flyers 73 kills to 58. The Bruins also hit .393 to the Flyers' ratio of .255. UCLA won the battle at the net, out-blocking Lewis, 10.0-9.5.
Junior Sean O'Malley spiked a career-high of 23 kills (.514) and sophomore Garrett Muagututia added 18 (.355). Junior Ryan Ratelle came off the bench and slammed 10 kills (.600) and added two total blocks for 11.5 points.
Jared Dayton and Drew Pickering each led Lewis with 13 kills.
The Bruins host UC Santa Cruz on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion before traveling to UC Irvine on Fri., Mar. 7 for an MPSF match at 7 p.m. in the Bren Center.