March 6, 2002
The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team began its six-match homestand on a victorious note by sweeping No.9 Lewis Wednesday in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins (17-3) won 30-21, 34-32, 30-25 in 88 minutes before 414 fans. The loss dropped the Flyers to 12-6 overall.
The non-conference match featured the return of UCLA freshman Jonathan Acosta, who had been sidelined since January 25 with an abnominal strain.
Acosta wasted no time at his outside hitter's spot, slamming 13 kills and hitting at a .611 ratio. Senior Matt Komer added 12 kills (.381), followed by 11 kills apiece from juniors Scott Morrow (.500) and Cameron Mount (.400). Sophomore Chris Pena contributed 10 kills (.643) and added three blocks. The Bruins served nine aces and Komer blistered the Flyers for five aces. Both figures were season-highs.
Lewis All-American Fabiano Barreto led both teams with 22 kills.
In Game 2, the Bruins battled back from an 18-22 deficit to tie the game at 24-24 after a pair of kills by Komer. Two kills by Barreto gave the Flyers a 26-24 lead. With the Bruins trailing 25-27, a kill and two straight aces by Komer gave the hosts the lead at 28-27. Two UCLA mistakes gave the Flyers game point at 29-28. The Bruins tied it on a kill by Acosta. Barreto's kill gave the visitors another game point at 30-29. Acosta's kill tied the game once more, and a block by Pena gave the Bruins their first game point at 31-30. After Lewis tied the game at 31-31 on a kill by quick hitter Kevin Miller, Acosta gave UCLA the lead with another kill. Again, the Flyers tied the game on a kill by Barreto. A kill by Komer gave the Bruins a 33-32 lead, and a block by Komer and Morrow gave UCLA the game and a two-games-to-none lead.
UCLA will host Pacific on Fri., Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. and Stanford on Sat., Mar. 9 at 5 p.m. Both MPSF matches will be played in Pauley Pavilion.