Bruins Fall in Five at Hawai'i Invitational
Jan. 13, 2013
The fifth-ranked Bruins dropped a five-set match to host Hawai'i in the third round of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Invitational on Saturday night in Honolulu. Scores of the match were 20-25, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24 and 16-14 in favor of UH. UCLA's record fell to 5-2, while the win was the first of the season for Hawai'i, now 1-4 on the year. Both teams played the full five sets in each of their three matches during the Invitational.
In set 5, UCLA opened up leads of 2-0 and 6-4 before Hawai'i rallied to go in front 7-6 and coach John Speraw called a timeout. The Bruins responded with four straight points, taking a 10-7 edge on a UH hitting error. After an Hawaii service ace narrowed the margin to 11-10, a Gonzalo Quiroga spike made it 12-10 for the Bruins. Another Quiroga kill lifted UCLA to a 14-11 cushion and Hawai'i called a timeout. The Bruins would not score another point in the match as Hawai'i took advantage of several UCLA hitting errors down the stretch to come away with a 16-14 win.
In set 1, the Bruins scored the first three points of the night. The match was then tied up at 6, 9, 13 and 16. After Hawai'i grabbed an 18-17 lead, the Bruins came back to go up 19-18 on a kill by Spencer Rowe. A couple of aces by Steve O'Dell made it 24-18. Dane Worley hit off the block for the deciding point in a 25-20 Bruin win.
In set 2, UCLA moved out to a 6-2 lead on an ace by Quiroga. The Bruins still led 14-8 after an ace by Robart Page. However Hawai'i answered with six straight points to even the match at 14-all. Another ace by Quiroga gave UCLA a 17-14 edge and a kill by Worley put the Bruins up 23-21. UH then scored the final four points of the set.
In set 3, the score was tied early at 3, 4 and 5. Hawai'i then went out to a 10-8 margin, before UCLA tied it up at 10. After UH took a 16-14 lead, the Bruins battled back and moved ahead 17-16 on a block by O'Dell and Clayton Paullin. A Scott Vegas ace made it 21-17 and UCLA brought home the win on a block by Page at 25-20.
In set 4, UCLA went up 3-0 and held leads of 10-7 and 12-9 before Hawai'i battled back to tie the score at 13. It would be the first of 11 ties down the stretch as neither team led by more than two points. The set was even at 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 before UH scored the final two points for the win, 26-24.
Page led the Bruins with 18 kills and added 10 digs. Quiroga totaled 15 kills and five aces. Worley spiked 12 balls and recorded eight digs. Evan Mottram had 13 digs. O'Dell handed out 44 set assists on the night.
Page and Worley represented the Bruins on the all-tournament squad. Worley was selected Most Outstanding Player. UCLA returns to MPSF Conference play on Tuesday night when it plays host to Long Beach State at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins will travel to meet UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 18.
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