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UCLA Defeats Lewis in Outrigger Opener
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/17/2002

Jan. 17, 2002

Second ranked UCLA defeated No.11 Lewis in the opening match of the Eighth Annual Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

The Bruins, 3-1, won 30-25, 23-30, 30-24, 30-24 in two hours. UCLA is the four-time defending champion of this event.

Redshirt Freshman Jonathan Acosta led the Bruins with 18 kills (.433) and five block assists, followed by junior Cameron Mount's 14 kills and six total blocks. Senior Matt Komer added 11 kills and sophomore Chris Pena served a career- high of four aces. Redshirt freshman Paul Johnson came off the bench to lead the Bruins with eight block assists and six kills (.455).

Freshman Gustavo Meyer led Lewis with 15 kills and James Elsea added 13 (.375). UCLA held Lewis All-American Fabiano Barreto to just five kills in 20 attempts and a hitting percentage of -.150.

The Bruins broke a tight first game with 7-1 run and took a 15-9 lead. Lewis closed to 22-23 after a kill by Barreto. From that point, the Bruins outscored the Flyers 7-3 with the help of four Lewis mistakes down the stretch.

In Game 2, it was Lewis that broke open a 2-2 tie and never let the Bruins regain the lead. When the Bruins tied the game 8-8 on Acosta's kill, Lewis ran off three straight points on kills by Elsea and Meyer. UCLA never got closer than three points and Lewis finished the game by scoring the last four points.

Game 3 proved to be the turning point in the match. Lewis jumped out to a 3-1 lead before the Bruins tied it 3-3 on a block by Acosta and Mount. But the Flyers went ahead 7-4 on kills by Elsea and Jeff Soler. The Bruins stormed back and tied the game at 8-8. Again the Flyers took the lead and held it until the Bruins tied it again, 18-18, on a block by Johnson and setter Rich Nelson. Finally, the Bruins took a two-point lead on Meyer's hitting error and an ace by Pena. The Flyers tied it at 24-24 on a service error by Johnson. A kill by Mount gave the Bruins a 25-24 lead and then the 6-8 junior stood on the service line and served the next five points to close out the game. His final serve was an ace.

The Bruins held the lead throughout In Game 4, jumping out to an 8-3 advantage on the strength of a 5-0 run when the game was tied at 3-3. Lewis closed to 10-12, but UCLA built a 20-14 lead on kills by Acosta and Komer. Lewis never came closer than three points before Mount's kill ended the match.

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