No. 8 UCLA Sweeps No. 9 UC Santa Barbara

1/16/2009

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Eighth-ranked UCLA stopped a two-match skid with a sweep over No.9 UC Santa Barbara Friday in the second conference match for both teams.

The Bruins won 33-31, 30-28, 30-28 in 92 minutes in front of 701 spectators in Pauley Pavilion. The victory raised UCLA's record to 3-2 overall, 1-1 in MPSF play. UCSB is also 2-3 in all matches, but fell to 0-2 in league play.

In Game 1 the Bruins nearly lost a late three-point lead (27-24) after UCSB called a timeout following UCLA freshman Jack Polales' kill. The Gauchos tied the score at 28-28 on Scott Slaughter's kill, and took the lead 31-30 on Jeff Menzel's kill. Two kills by UCLA's Brett Perrine and an error by Menzel gave the Bruins Game 1.

The Bruins moved out to a five-point lead in Game 2, 23-18, before the Gauchos came storming back on four kills by Menzel and a couple of blocks. At 29-28, the Bruins called timeout then scored the game point on a kill by freshman Kyle Caldwell.

In Game 3, the Bruins held another five-point lead at 28-23 before the Gauchos put together a 4-0 run on two aces and a pair of kills by Menzel. But a pair of kills by Perrine gave UCLA its 130th victory over UCSB in the series.

Junior Garrett Muagututia led UCLA with 14 kills (.414), two aces and one block assist for 16.5 points. Perrine followed with 13 kills (.346), a pair of aces and three block assists. Three other players added six kills.

The Bruins improved their passing on this night, successfully receiving 94 percent of serves. They aced the Gauchos seven times.

Menzel led both teams with 24 kills (.419).

Following a road match at Long Beach State on Jan. 21, the Bruins return home to host UC San Diego on Jan. 23.

Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.

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