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Varsity Spikers Edge Alumni, 3-2
By: UCLA Athletics

Jan. 5, 2002

The UCLA men's volleyball varsity team defeated the Alumni, 3-2, Saturday in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins won 30-21, 30-19, 19-30, 24-30, 20-18 in two hours and seven minutes in front of 536 fans.

Freshman Jonathan Acosta led the Bruins with 16 kills and senior Matt Komer added nine kills and two aces.

Former Academic All-American Ed Ratledge and 2001 AVCA All-American Mark Williams each added 11 kills for the Alumni team. Williams also contributed six total blocks, including two solos, an ace and six digs. Former Libero of the Year Matt Davis led the Alums with 10 digs.

The Alumni almost rallied for an upset after dropping the first two games by 20 combined points. A new lineup in Game 3, combined with the insertion of the varsity's second string produced an 11-point turnaround and cut the Bruins' lead to 2-1.

The Alumni capitalized on several of the varsity's mistakes to win Game 4 by six points. In Game 5, both teams had chances at match point. Williams, who ranks third on UCLA's all-time aces list, served into the net at 15-14 to tie the score. A kill by the varsity gave them a 16-15 lead, but Williams got it back with a kill to tie it at 16-16. After another Bruin kill gave the varsity a one-point edge, the Alums took an 18-17 lead on a kill by Ratledge and a block by Williams. But three straight points, including a kill and a block by Acosta, gave the Bruins their second straight victory over the former Bruins.

UCLA's next home match will be Sat., Jan. 26 against UC San Diego at 7 p.m. in the John Wooden Center. For the next two weekends the Bruins will participate in preseason tournaments: at UC Irvine Jan. 11-12 and at Hawaii, Jan. 17-19.

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