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.
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.