April 4, 2008
Seventh-ranked UCLA reverted to its poor play Friday, falling in three games to No.2 Cal State Northridge in Pauley Pavilion.
The Matadors won 30-25, 30-28, 30-24 in 90 minutes before 1,359 fans. The victory raised CSUN's record to 21-5, 16-4 in MPSF play. UCLA fell to 16-12, 11-9. The loss also dropped the Bruins into fifth place in the league race, which means they do not control their own fate for a home court date in the conference playoffs.
The Bruins followed Wednesday's solid effort in beating UC Santa Barbara with one of their poorest against CS Northridge. Sophomore Garrett Muagututia, who slammed a career high of 31 kills in the Feb. 22 loss at Northridge, could not put down a ball on this night. His line of 6-12-21, no aces and no blocks was one of the worst of his career.
As a team, the Bruins were out-blocked, 11.5-3.5 and served just one ace while committing 26 service errors. The Matadors served five aces and hit .345.
Junior Sean O'Malley continued his solid play, slamming a match-high 14 kills (.480), followed by 12 kills (.500) from Ryan Ratelle, who scored 13.5 points. In his final regular season home match, senior Tony Ker recorded seven digs and raised his career total to 1,186, a national leader.
Isaac Kneubuhl led the Matadors with 11 kills (.375) and four block assists for 13.0 points. Eric Vance added 10 kills and 12 points.
UCLA will complete the conference season with a road series in the Bay Area next week. They will meet Stanford on Fri., Apr. 11 and Pacific on Sat., Apr. 12.