Gauchos Upset Bruins in Five

April 20, 2002

Sixth-seeded UC Santa Barbara upset third-seeded UCLA Saturday night in the first round of the MPSF playoffs in Pauley Pavilion.

UC Santa Barbara (18-10) won 28-30, 27-30, 30-28, 32-30, 15-8 in two hours and 22 minutes before a raucous crowd of 874.

Although starters Jonathan Acosta and Scott Morrow returned to the lineup for UCLA after nursing injuries, the Bruins were unable to contain UCSB senior Andy Rivera, who slammed 30 kills (.542) and recorded nine digs and five total blocks.

Acosta led the Bruins with 22 kills (.381) and Morrow added 11 (.381) and four block assists as three other UCLA players tallied double-digit kills. Junior Cameron Mount had 16 kills (.345) and senior Matt Komer added 14.

The Bruins lost Game 5 on a variety of untimely mistakes. The Gauchos scored five straight points after a 5-5 deadlock. Two blocks by the Gauchos, a long spike attempt by Mount, an ace by UCSB's Jan Carlo Zegarra and a kill by Rivera accounted for the run.

The Bruins' season ends with an overall record of 25-7.

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