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Bruins Go Down in Four Versus Pepperdine
By: UCLA Athletics

Seventh-ranked UCLA dropped a four-set decision to No. 5 Pepperdine in an MPSF match played on Tuesday night in Pauley Pavilion. Scores of the match were 18-25, 30-28, 23-25, 22-25. The Bruins are now 14-7 overall and 11-6 in MPSF play.

The Waves outhit the Bruins .328 to .156 for the match and out dug the home team 49-33. UCLA hit .200 or below as a team in three of the four sets. Pepperdine held a slight edge in total team blocks of 11.5 to 8.5.

In set one, Pepperdine gained the early momentum and moved out to a 5-10 advantage. The Waves stretched the margin out to 6-14 before UCLA climbed back into the set. Behind the serve of freshman Jackson Bantle, the Bruins registered five straight points to close to within 11-14. Robart Page and Mitch Stahl combined on a block and each had a kill during the run. UCLA still trailed 14-17 after a Spencer Rowe kill. However, the Waves would not be caught and went on to own a 18-25 decision.

UCLA fell behind 1-4 in set two, but rallied to tie the score at four behind some nice play from freshman setter Hagen Smith. The Bruins moved out to a 12-8 lead following a Stahl kill and led 17-12 after a Gonzalo Quiroga spike. Pepperdine came back and tied the score at 19-all. It would be even at each point up to 28. The Bruins held off two Pepperdine set points to take the second set on a kill by Quiroga and an ace from Bantle by a 30-28 count.

The score was even through the first part of set three and was tied at points 11 through 15. A Page kill halted a three-point Wave run and made the score 16-18. The Bruins closed to 21-22 on a Smith ace and then tied the score at 22 on a Quiroga kill. A Page kill leveled the score at 23-each, but it was the last point of the set for the Bruins who lost 23-25.

UCLA stormed out to a 3-0 lead in set four behind the serve of Quiroga. The Bruins still led 7-4 after a Page block. Pepperdine caught the Bruins at 15 and took the lead for good at 16-17. Kills from Quiroga and Rowe brought the home squad within two at 18-20 and 19-21, respectively. UCLA held off one match point, but could not stave off a second and Pepperdine captured the set 22-25.

Quiroga was the UCLA kill leader with 16. He hit .205 on the night. Page added 13 kills and hit .067. Rowe had a season-high 10 kills and posted a .529 hitting percentage to go with three block assists. Smith totaled 42 set assists, four digs, an ace and a season-best five block assists. Ian Sequeira led UCLA with nine digs.

UCLA is back in action on Saturday night against No. 9-ranked USC. First serve will be at 8 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Tickets will be available at the door.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
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
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA