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No.2 Bruins Begin Crucial Homestand with No.4 BYU
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/21/2002

Feb. 21, 2002

The UCLA men's volleyball team, which defeated UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday in a tight four-game match, continues its homestand this week with a key series against defending NCAA champion BYU.

Tonight the Bruins (13-2, 8-1) will host the Cougars (10-2, 8-2) at 7 p.m. UCLA and BYU will battle again on Saturday at 1 p.m. Both matches will be played in Pauley Pavilion where the Bruins are unbeaten this season in four matches.

Both matches will be broadcast live on with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali calling the action.

A victory by the Bruins tonight will keep them in second place of the MPSF race behind undefeated Hawaii.

BYU lost four starters from last year's NCAA championship team, including All-American setter Hector Lebron. This season, juniors Mike Wall (4.8 kpg) and Joaquin Acosta (4.2 kpg) lead the Cougar attack. Acosta is the first cousin of UCLA freshman outside hitter Jonathan Acosta.

The Cougars defeated UC Irvine, 3-1, on Wednesday, completing a sweep of their series with the Anteaters. In the match, senior Mike Wall and junior Luka Slabe each slammed 22 kills and hit better than .480. Acosta added 15 kills (.429), seven digs and three blocks.

Against UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 19, junior Cameron Mount recorded a season-high of 24 kills (.476), six digs and five block assists. Senior Matt Komer added 13 kills, six digs and two blocks and freshman Kris Kraushaar contributed a career-best 10 kills (.304), six digs and four blocks. Scott Morrow, who led both teams with 10 block assists, blocked the final two points to ice the match in a 35-33 Game 4 victory.

"We stayed with the game plan," said UCLA Head Coach Al Scates. "We tried to take away their favorite shots. We knew they would eventually go to them. When they did, we were waiting for it."

Although the Gauchos boasted five players with double-digit kills, the Bruins held them to a .260 attack percentage, more than 100 points below their average.

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