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Trent Kersten
No. 3 Bruins Cage Tigers in Straight Sets
By: UCLA Athletics

Third-ranked UCLA began its road trip with a straight set win at Pacific on Sunday afternoon. Scores of the match were 25-15, 28-26, 25-20. UCLA outhit the Tigers .302 to .155 on the day and improved to 12-3 overall and 9-2 in MPSF action.

UCLA grabbed the early lead on a pair of Trent Kersten aces right out of the gate and exploded out to a 15-2 advantage. Jackson Bantle, with four kills, led a group of four freshmen who were on the court for the Bruins at times in set one. Hagen Smith, Grant Chalmers and Mitch Stahl joined in on the action. The visitors led 23-14 before putting the set away by a score of 25-15.

Set two was a different story as there were 16 ties and six lead changes. UCLA took a 5-4 lead on a Gonzalo Quiroga kill and moved to a 9-5 margin. The Tigers came back to even things up at 13. The score was still tied at 21-all when Pacific went on a run. The host team went up 25-26 before UCLA rallied to tally the final three points of the set, the final kill coming from Quiroga.

Pacific moved to an early 5-6 lead in the set three. A dump by setter Smith leveled the score at six-all. The score was even at 14 until plays by Smith and Clayton Paullin handed UCLA a 16-14 advantage. UCLA then enjoyed leads of 19-15, 22-19 before bringing home the 25-20 win on a kill by Paullin.

Bantle finished with a season-high 10 kills and had just one error on 17 swings for a .529 percentage. Quiroga topped the Bruins in kills with 15 and aces with three and hit .522. Smith totaled 32 set assists, eight digs and a block. Paullin had six kills and four blocks. Kersten blocked five balls to go along with his pair of aces. Chalmers had a team-best nine digs.

UCLA will complete the two-match swing through the Bay Area with a battle on Monday evening at 5 p.m. at No. 9 Stanford. The match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

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Sunday, Jan 03 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Jan 05 - 4:00 PM PST
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 08 - 4:30 PM PST
at Penn State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 15 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Jan 16 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 7:00 PM PST
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
Saturday, Jan 23 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 05 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Feb 06 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA