Muscle Milk Rotator Sponsor
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.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
(21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18)
Friday, Mar 04
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-22, 25-15, 25-23)
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 25-21, 25-18)
Thursday, Mar 24
Northridge, CA
(19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7)
Saturday, Mar 26
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)