Feb. 7, 2002
The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team outlasted No.2 Pepperdine, 3-2, Thursday night in a key MPSF match at Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins won 30-28, 30-28, 28-30, 25-30, 17-15 in two hours and 14 minutes before 934 in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA raised its record to 10-1 overall, 5-0 in MPSF play. Pepperdine fell to 10-3, 5-1.
Junior Cameron Mount led the Bruins with 21 kills (.371), nine digs and two blocks. Senior Matt Komer added 18 kills (.361), 12 digs and two blocks and aces. Junior Scott Morrow spiked a season high of 15 kills (.429) and added four block assists. Libero Adam Shrader recorded a career high of 21 digs.
Freshman Sean Rooney led the Waves with a match-high 28 kills (.404), followed by junior Brad Keenan's 17 kills (.483) and team-high seven blocks.
In the deciding fifth game, the Bruins held an 11-9 lead, but Pepperdine tied the score at 11-11 on a controversial touch call off a kill by Rooney. The Bruins scored the next two points on a kill by Komer and a hitting error by the Waves' Fred Winters. After a Pepperdine timeout, the visitors tied it at 13-13 on two unforced errors by the Bruins. UCLA had match point at 14-13 and 15-14, before scoring two straight points on a kill by sophomore Chris Pena and Kennan's wide spike attempt.
The victory gives the Bruins sole possession of first place in the MPSF heading into Saturday's showdown with USC at Pauley Pavilion. First serve begins at 7 p.m.