Bruins Beat Warriors for 5th Straight Outrigger Title

Jan. 20, 2002

Second-ranked UCLA swept fifth-ranked Hawaii to win its fifth consecutive Outrigger Hotels Invitational title in Honolulu, HI, Saturday night.

The Bruins won 31-29, 30-18, 30-26 in 96 minutes before 7,868 fans. They raised their overall record to 5-1. The Warriors fell to 3-2.

Freshman outside hitter Jonathan Acosta earned tournament MVP honors by slamming 14 kills and recording six digs. For the tournament he spiked 51 kills as the Bruins beat Lewis 3-1 and Penn State 3-0 before sweeping Hawaii.

Sophomore quick hitter Chris Pena led the Bruins with 16 kills (.625) and senior Matt Komer, who earned a spot on the all-tournament team for the second straight year, added 11 kills (.292) and three digs.

Hawaii's Costas Theorcharidis and Jose Delgado led the Warriors with 12 kills apiece. The Bruins held Theocharidis, last year's AVCA Player of the Year, to a hitting percentage of .156.

After an attack error by Acosta gave the Warriors a 29-27 lead in Game 1, things began to unravel for the hosts. Acosta atoned by slamming a kill, and Theocharidis was blocked by UCLA setter Rich Nelson and quick hitter Scott Morrow to tie the score at 29-29. A block by Acosta and Morrow gave the visitors the lead, and a kill by Acosta gave them a 1-0 advantage.

Hawaii's troubles continued in Game 2 as the Bruins took a 4-0 lead before the hosts called timeout. The Bruins got another point for a 5-0 lead and eventually built a 24-14 lead before cruising to a 30-18 victory.

Game 3 was a cat and mouse affair. The Bruins moved out to a 3-1 lead only to watch it evaporate when they committed three straight hitting errors. The Warriors built a four-point lead before the Bruins rallied to tie the game at 15-15 after a kill by Nelson, and a block by Morrow and freshman Brennan Prahler. Neither team could sustain an advantage until Hawaii committed two unforced errors that cost them the match. At 23-23, Hawaii setter Kimo Tuyay was called for a bad set and Acosta served an ace off Libero Jake Muise. Hawaii called timeout but Acosta's kill gave the Bruins a 26-23 advantage. From there the UCLA needed only to keep pace with Hawaii. Pena ended the match with a kill to the sideline.

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Sunday, Jan 03 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Jan 05 - 4:00 PM PST
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 08 - 4:30 PM PST
at Penn State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 15 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Jan 16 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 7:00 PM PST
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
Saturday, Jan 23 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 05 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Feb 06 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
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