Feb. 23, 2002
The second-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team was defeated, 3-2, by No.4 BYU Saturday, giving the Cougars a split in the league series.
BYU (11-3, 9-3) won 28-30, 30-28, 31-29, 31-33, 15-12 in two hours and 30 minutes in front of 1,189 spectators in Pauley Pavilion,
The loss drops the Bruins into second place behind Hawaii (7-1, 10-3) in the MPSF standings, one-half match ahead of Pepperdine (13-4, 8-2). BYU is one-half match behind Pepperdine in fourth place.
Senior Matt Komer and junior Cameron Mount led the Bruins with 18 kills apiece. Freshman Paul Johnson came off the bench and recorded six kills (.462) and six block assists. Junior Scott Morrow added nine kills and six block assists.
Senior Mike Wall led the Cougars with 31 kills (.404), and four other players recorded double-digit kills. Freshman setter Carlos Moreno had 74 assists in leading BYU to a hitting percentage of .324.
UCLA won the blocking battle, 13.0-10.5.
In a match where neither team led by more than four points, mistakes proved costly to both teams. The Cougars were able to overcome 24 service errors, including nine in Game 1.
At 29-28 in Game 1, BYU gave away the game when senior outside hitter Joaquin Acosta was called for being in the net.
BYU overturned the momentum in Game 2 when it scored the final three points to win, 30-28. With the Bruins leading 28-27 after a kill by UCLA setter Rich Nelson, the Cougars won the game on two hitting errors by Mount and a kill by Acosta.
In Game 3, the Bruins climbed back from a four-point deficit to tie it 29-29 on a kill by Komer. But kills by Wall and junior Rafael Paal gave BYU a two-games-to-one lead.
In Game 4, the Bruins lost a three-point lead and nearly the game when BYU roared back from a 29-27 deficit. Acosta and Wall spiked a pair of kills to tie the game at 29-29, and an ace by sophomore Jonathan Alleman gave the Cougars a 30-29 lead and match point. But UCLA regrouped and tied it on a kill by freshman Gray Garrett. Another kill by Acosta gave BYU a 31-30 lead and match point No.2. A service error by Moreno and a pair of attack errors by Acosta gave the Bruins the game and tied the match, 2-2.
In the fifth game, BYU took a 9-6 lead on a couple of UCLA miscues and was able to hold on for a three-point win.
The Bruins will travel to CS Northridge (2/27) and UCSB (3/1) before beginning a six-match homestand on Mar. 6. Against Lewis.