No.2 Bruins Look to Sweep No.4 BYU

Feb. 22, 2002

The No.2 ranked UCLA men's volleyball team, which defeated No.4 BYU on Thursday night, continues its homestand against the defending NCAA champions on Saturday, Feb. 23.

The Bruins and Cougars will meet at 1 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. Patrons attending Saturday's match will be admitted free to the 7 p.m. UCLA-Oregon State women's gymnastics meet, scheduled for 7 p.m., by presenting their volleyball ticket stub.

The Bruins-Cougars volleyball match will be carried live on with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Tony Luftman calling the action.

Thursday's victory gave the Bruins (14-2, 9-1) possession of first place in the MPSF race. BYU (10-3, 8-3) fell to fourth place.

UCLA won the match 25-30, 31-29, 26-30, 23-30 in two hours and five minutes before 1,158 spectators.

In the match, junior Scott Morrow led the Bruins with 17 kills (.556) and four block assists. Senior Matt Komer added 16 kills (.333) six digs, two block assists and an ace. Junior Cameron Mount recorded 14 kills, six digs, two blocks and an ace.

Senior Joaquin Acosta led the Cougars with 20 kills (.350) and 12 digs. Three other BYU players added 11 kills.

In the pivotal second game, the Bruins rallied from an early four-point deficit to tie the game at 14-14 after a BYU hitting error and a kill by UCLA setter Rich Nelson. At 28-28, BYU took the lead on a kill by junior Luka Slabe to force game point. But the Bruins tied it on Morrow's kill and took the lead on another kill by Mount. A BYU hitting error gave the Bruins the game.

In team statistics, the Bruins held the Cougars to an attack percentage of .301, 40 points below their average, while hitting .346 overall.

Next week the Bruins travel to CS Northridge (2/26) and UC Santa Barbara (3/1).

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