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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.

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