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No.1 UCLA Prepares for League Season at Long Beach State, Jan. 25
By: UCLA Athletics

Jan. 21, 2002

The No. 1 ranked UCLA men's volleyball team will begin its 2002 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season at Long Beach State, Jan. 25, in a 7:30 p.m. match at the Pyramid.

The Bruins return home on Sat., Jan. 26 to host UC San Diego at 7 p.m. in the John Wooden Center. Saturday's match is Scout Night with all uniformed scouts admitted free (with guest). In addition, the first 100 fans admitted will receive a free sports bottle.

The Long Beach State match will be carried live on the internet beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tune in to for play-by-play action from Lou Riggs and commentary from Paul Nihipali.

The Bruins, 5-1 overall, earned the nation's No.1 ranking after winning their sixth Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, HI, last week.

The Bruins defeated No. 11 Lewis, 3-1, on Jan. 17, No. 1 Penn State, 3-0, on Jan. 18, and No. 5 Hawaii, 3-0, on Jan. 19.

Freshman outside hitter Jonathan Acosta earned Outrigger Hotels Invitational MVP honors. Senior outside hitter Matt Komer was voted onto the all-tournament team for the second straight year.

Acosta slammed 49 kills in three matches for an average of 4.9 kills per game. He also hit for a .418 percentage in 86 attempts and averaged 1.7 digs per game. He was named AVCA National Player of the Week for his efforts.

Komer slammed 36 kills in three matches and added nine digs and six total blocks.

Long Beach State, 2-5 overall, lost in four games to No. 4 Pepperdine on Jan. 18 at the Pyramid. Outside hitter Scott Touzinsky led the 49ers with 16 kills, but was limited to a percentage of .122.

UC San Diego, 0-3 overall and 0-2 in MPSF play, was beaten at home in four games by USC on Jan. 18 and swept by Pepperdine on Jan. 19. The Tritons are led by outside hitter Jim Waller, who is averaging 4.7 kills per game.

"I was pleased with the way we played last week," said Head Coach Al Scates. "We were able to win on a hostile court, we won close games and we responded to pressure.

"We just have a lot of confidence at the end of close games," he continued. "[vs. Hawaii] Our passing was very good. Our setter had a lot of options."

The turning point in the match against Hawaii came in Game 1 when the Bruins rallied from a 29-27 deficit and scored four straight points to win 31-29. Acosta slammed two kills and recorded a block assist during the run.

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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 - 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