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Bruins Earn Invitational Title with 3-1 Win Over Hawai'i
By: UCLA Athletics
 

Seventh-ranked UCLA won its fourth straight Outrigger Hotels Invitational after posting a 3-1 victory over 14th-ranked Hawai’i on Saturday night in Honolulu before over 3,500 fans. Scores of the match were 25-19, 14-25, 25-19, 25-16 . UCLA returns home with a 3-1 record on the season.

The Bruins broke open a close battle in set one on a block byTrent Kersten which put UCLA in front 19-15. The visitors led 22-16 after a kill by Gonzalo Quiroga and went on to take the initial set 25-19.

Hawai’i grabbed the early lead in set two at 6-4 and moved out to a 20-10 advantage. Bruin timeouts offered no answers and the host team captured set two by a score of 25-14.

UCLA took a 7-6 lead on a kill by Robart Page in set three. Hawai’i came back to lead before the Bruins managed to even things up at 15 on a kill by Quiroga. Some nice serving from setter Steve O’Dell helped to open up a little cushion for the Bruins. After kills by Page and Jackson Bantle, UCLA owned a 23-19 margin. Kersten’s kill provided set point and a 25-19 win.

In set four, UCLA established an early lead at 6-4 and gradually moved the margin out to 15-10 at the media timeout. The Bruins continued their steady play and led 23-16 after a kill by Page. Spencer Rowe and Quiroga teammed up on a block to end the match at 25-16.

Page, who was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, led UCLA with 16 kills. Kersten totaled 10 kills, hit .667 and had five blocks. Quiroga added 10 kills and seven digs. Rowe blocked six balls. Ian Sequeira registered nine digs. O'Dell finished with 37 set assists and a couple of aces. Quiroga and O’Dell joined Page on the All-Tournament team

UCLA returns home to begin MPSF play in Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 17 against fourth-ranked Stanford at 3 p.m. The Bruins will host UOP on Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. in Pauley. Tickets will be available at the door.

EVENT INFORMATION
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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
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-17, 25-18)
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
at CSUN
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
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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