Feb. 18, 2002
The UCLA men's volleyball team, which split a pair of matches last week in the Bay Area, returns home for three matches against UC Santa Barbara and BYU.
The Bruins (12-2, 7-1) will host the UCSB Gauchos (9-3, 6-3) on Tues., Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. Defending NCAA champion BYU (9-2, 7-2) comes to Westwood for a two-match series beginning Thurs., Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. and ending on Sat., Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. All matches will be played in Pauley Pavilion.
All three matches will be broadcast live on uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali calling the action.
In the Bay Area over the weekend, the Bruins defeated Pacific, 3-1, but were upset by eighth-ranked Stanford, 3-1.
Against the Tigers, UCLA senior Matt Komer tied his season high with 20 kills (.375) and added nine digs and five block assists. Junior Cameron Mount added 18 kills (.467) with five digs, and quick hitter Scott Morrow contributed 11 kills (.625) and five block assists.
The Bruins out-blocked the Tigers, 13.5-8.5 and limited UOP's hitting percentage to .315, while hitting at a .391 clip.
Against Stanford, Komer led UCLA with 16 kills (.344), nine digs, three aces and three block assists. Mount added 14 kills and eight digs, and Morrow recorded 12 kills (.474), two block assists and a pair of digs.
All-American Curt Toppel led Stanford with 18 kills, seven digs, three aces and three block assists. Junior outside hitter Billy Strickland added 16 kills (.393), four solo blocks and three digs.
Sixth-ranked UC Santa Barbara reeled off six straight victories to open the season, then lost a pair of matches on the road to Pacific and Stanford last month. The Gauchos have strung together three straight victories since losing in three at Pepperdine, Feb. 3.
Senior outside hitters Ben Koski (3.8 kpg) and Andy Rivera (3.5 kpg) lead UCSB, which is hitting .374 as a team.
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.