March 8, 2002
The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team continued its six-match homestand by defeating No.14 Pacific, 3-0, in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (18-3, 12-2) won 33-31, 30-22, 31-29 in 90 minutes before 393 spectators. The Tigers fell to 6-13 overall, 4-11 in league play.
Both teams recorded 10 blocks, but the Bruins managed to limit the Tigers' attack to a percentage of .226.
Aaron Wachtfogel led UOP with 15 kills, but was held to a hitting percentage of .171. Tim Gerlach added 13 kills (.579) and Sean Rogers contributed 11 (.429).
The Tigers overcame a four-point deficit in Game 1 to tie the score at 27-27. Both teams played tag until the Bruins broke a 31-31 tie on a kill by Komer and a UOP hitting error.
In Game 2, the Bruins took control after the Tigers tied it at 15-15. Two kills by Mount, and a pair of UOP hitting errors gave the Bruins a four-point lead that was never threatened.
Pacific managed to keep Game 3 close and took a 27-26 lead before a kill by Mount tied up the score. The Tigers called timeout after Mount and sophomore Chris Pena blocked a kill attempt by Wachtfogel to give the Bruins a 28-27 lead. A UCLA service error tied the score, but a kill by Mount gave the Bruins at 29-28 advantage. Gerlach tied it up at 29-29 with his 15th kill, but Mount slammed two kills after long rallies to complete the sweep.
The Bruins will host Stanford Saturday, Mar. 9 at 5 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Cardinal (12-7, 11-5) defeated UC Irvine, 3-0, on Friday in Irvine.