BYU Upsets Men's Volleyball in Three
March 6, 1998
LOS ANGELES - Third ranked BYU upset top ranked UCLA 3-0 Friday night in Pauley Pavilion, spoiling the Bruins' bid for an undefeated season and creating a first place tie in the MPSF Pacific Division.
The Bruins, 16-1 overall and 10-1 in league play, were unable to overcome the Cougars' dominating block, hitting just .225 while losing the battle at the net 19.0-4.5. BYU's Shane Van Beest, the country's top blocker, stuffed 11 balls and pounded 19 kills as the Cougars, playing their third match in four days, improved to 9-2 overall and in league play.
Ossie Antonetti and Ryan Millar each spiked 22 kills for BYU, which hit .349 and outdug the Bruins, 52-48. Antonetti led all players with 18 digs.
The Bruins were led by Adam Naeve's 23 kills and .477 hitting percentage. Fred Robin spiked 16 kills, but hit just .222, and Evan Thatcher added 15 kills.
The victory, BYU's first ever at Pauley Pavilion, kept the Cougars' in the hunt for the Pacific Division race and produced a one-loss tie between UCLA and Pepperdine. The Bruins defeated the No.2 ranked Waves, 3-2 on the road Jan. 29, and Pepperdine beat BYU twice in early February.
The Bruins and Cougars meet again Sat., Mar. 7 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
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