Feb. 6, 2008
Fourth-ranked UCLA suffered an embarrassing three-game upset to rival USC Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion.
USC won 30-24, 30-24, 30-24 in 95 minutes in front of 1,174. UCLA fell to 8-4 overall, 5-3 in league play. USC improved to 6-6, 5-4. USC also won its second consecutive match in Pauley Pavilion and recorded its first set of back-to-back victories since 1991.
The Bruins had no answer for USC's quick attack and could not find a hot hitter, committing a season-high 26 hitting errors and converting just 11.6% of its attempts. Conversely, the Trojans out-blocked the Bruins 16-7 and recorded 49 kills to UCLA's 37. USC hit .352, including .484 for Game 3.
Only junior Ryan Ratelle registered double-digit kills for UCLA, recording 12 and leading the Bruins with 13 points. Junior Garrett Muagututia added nine kills, two aces, two total blocks and 12.5 points. Senior Tony Ker recorded the 1000th dig of his career.
Senior Juan Figeroa led USC with 15 kills (.435), followed by 12 (.381) from C.J. Schellenberg and 11 (.364) from freshman Murphy Troy.
The Bruins continue their homestand on Saturday, hosting Pepperdine at 7 p.m. in the 31st annual Kilgour Cup.