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UCLA Defeats Penn State in Outrigger Invitational
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  01/18/2002

Jan. 18, 2002

Second-ranked UCLA defeated No. 1 Penn State in the second round of the Eighth Annual Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Honolulu, HI.

The Bruins, 4-1, won 38-36, 30-20, 33-31. UCLA is the four-time defending champion of this event. Penn State fell to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the tournament.

Redshirt freshman Jonathan Acosta led the Bruins with 17 kills (.577) and five digs, followed by senior Matt Komer's 14 kills (.571) and four block assists. Junior Cameron Mount added 11 kills (.421) as the Bruins hit for a percentage of .500. They also served six aces to the Nittany Lions' three.

Outside hitter Carlos Guerra led the Nittany Lions with 15 kills, junior Zeliko Koljesar added 14 (.375) and Zach Slenker went for 13 (.423). Penn State hit for a percentage of .353.

Neither team led by more than two points in the first game. Penn State rallied from a 23-25 deficit to tie the game at 26-26 on a block by Norman Keil and Jason Hawkins. Each team traded leads and the Bruins fought off five Penn State game points with timely blocks and kills by setter Rich Nelson and Acosta. Finally, at 36-36, the Bruins won after PSU committed a pair of hitting errors.

In Game 2, the Bruins raced out to a 14-6 lead on several kills by quick hitter Chris Pena. Acosta, who spiked eight kills in this game, staked the Bruins to a commanding 23-13 lead. UCLA won it by matching PSU point for point down the stretch.

In Game 3, the Bruins built leads of 7-4 and 11-7 only to watch the Nittany Lions tie the game at 12-12 and then take a 19-16 lead. The Bruins tied the game at 20-20 on an ace by Komer and the game see-sawed from there. Penn State earned a game point at 29-28 on a kill by Hawkins, but the Bruins tied it at 29-29 on a kill by freshman quick hitter Paul Johnson. Guerra gave PSU a 30-29 lead with a kill and the Bruins answered with a kill from Mount. An error by Koljesar gave the Bruins a 31-30 lead, but Guerra tied it with another kill. A kill by Acosta and a block by Komer and Pena gave the Bruins the sweep.

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