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Volleyball Wins in Three Over UC San Diego
By: UCLA Athletics

Fifth-ranked UCLA returned home for the first time in almost a month and dealt UC San Diego a straight-set loss in Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night. Scores of the match were 25-18, 25-21, 25-15. The win lifted the Bruin records to 14-6 overall and 11-5 in MPSF action.

The Bruins outhit UCSD .414 to 0.79 on the match and won the battle at the net 12.0 blocks to 3.5. Freshman Mitch Stahl totaled a season-best seven blocks while freshman Jackson Bantle and Robart Page each matched their season-highs with five blocks each.

In set one, UCLA grabbed an 8-7 lead and never gave it back. Three straight aces by Gonzalo Quiroga made it 11-7 Bruins. The visitors cut the margin to 13-12, but kills from Spencer Rowe and Page provided a 19-15 cushion. UCLA went on to a 25-18 win. Page and Bantle finished with four kills apiece and Stahl added three blocks.

UCLA took a 4-2 lead in set two on a Rowe block and made it 11-7 on a Quiroga blast. The difference was 17-9 following a Bantle kill. UCSD sliced the margin to 22-21, but a Quiroga ace and a Page kill restored order. The Bruins captured the set 25-21.

In set three, a Stahl block made it 6-3 and his kill made it 8-5 Bruins. UCSD closed to within one point at 10-9, but the Bruins soon pulled away and took a 15-9 edge on a Bantle kill. A Page kill put UCLA ahead by a touchdown at 21-14. Points from Bantle and Stahl finished off the Tritons and gave the Bruins a 25-15 decision.

Page led UCLA with 12 kills and added five kills. Bantle, who had five blocks, and Quiroga each finished with nine kills. Stahl had four kills, hit .600 and made seven blocks. Hagen Smith registered 32 set assists and a team-best nine digs.

UCLA remains at home next week to host No. 4 Pepperdine on Tuesday night and No. 6 USC on Saturday evening. 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 - 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
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