April 8, 2002
The UCLA men's volleyball team plays in its final regular season home match Wed., Apr. 10 vs. Cal State Northridge (13-13, 8-12) at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (23-6, 15-5) also travel to UC Irvine (5-12, 11-16) on Fri., Apr. 12 for their final regular season league match.
The CS Northridge match will be broadcast live on uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali calling the action.
The Northridge match also will feature a pre-game ceremony honoring UCLA senior Matt Komer for his outstanding career.
The Bruins defeated CS Northridge, 3-0, at the Matadome on Feb. 27. In that match, junior Cameron Mount spiked a team-high of 14 kills with six blocks and three aces. Senior Matt Komer added 13 kills, six digs and five total blocks.
UCLA has defeated UC Irvine twice this season: 3-0 on Jan. 11 in UCI's tournament and 3-2 on Mar. 15 in a league match at Pauley Pavilion. In the Mar. 15 contest, the Bruins skipped out to a 2-0 lead before the Anteaters stormed back to capture Games 3 & 4. The Bruins won Game 5, 15-11. Komer recorded 21 kills (.447), and added four blocks, nine digs and two aces. Mount and freshman Jonathan Acosta each added 15 kills with eight and six total blocks, respectively.
Currently, the Bruins are mired in a three-match losing streak, their longest slump since a four-match skid in 1999.
"We did the best we could with what we had," said Coach Al Scates. "We're not an elite team with [Morrow and Acosta] missing, and that's the bottom line."
Morrow has been sidelined with a knee injury since Mar. 16, and Acosta has been nursing an abdominal injury all season. Both players could return by the conference playoffs, which begin Apr. 20.
Over the weekend, the Bruins were swept at Hawaii. In the first match on Apr. 5, Hawaii's Costas Theorchardis, the 2001 MPSF Player of the Year, slammed 29 kills (.333) as the Warriors recovered from a 30-19 loss in Game 1, to take the next three games, 30-26, 30-16, 30-25. The following night, the Warriors hit .477 as a team and limited the Bruins to a percentage of.159.