No.2 Bruins Begin Crucial Homestand with No.4 BYU

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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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
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