No. 10 UCLA Pulls Off 3-1 Win Over No. 5 BYU

3/27/2009

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PROVO, Utah - Tenth-ranked UCLA upset No.5 BYU in four games in Provo, UT on Friday night.

UCLA won 30-27, 30-27, 28-30, 30-25 in front of 2,278 fans at Smith Fieldhouse. The Bruins raised their record to 10-12, 6-9 and the Cougars fell to 13-9, 9-6. The victory was just UCLA's third on the road this season and their first in Provo since 2005. The loss was BYU's second at home this season and first since January.

In the first set, the Bruins started out the scoring, trading points until BYU began a 4-0 run, achieving a two-point lead at 5-3. The Cougars would chalk up a four-point lead at 10-6 with three kills in a row from Tuttle, Stewart and Russell Lavaja, their biggest lead of the first set.

BYU was up in set one until the Bruins knotted the score at 26-26 following a BYU blocking error. The Bruins posted a 5-0 run ending at 26-29, BYU being able to get in one more point before UCLA finished off the set 27-30.

The second set was dominated by UCLA, the Cougars tallying their first lead at 19-18 after a triple block. Da Pron led the team in kills in set two with five, bringing his overall percentage to .462 on the night. BYU posted four blocking errors and six service errors to give the second set to the Bruins 30-27.

Coming down to the wire, the Cougars posted a 5-1 run to finish off set three 30-28, sending the match into thr fourth set. BYU tallied the first point of the set, holding the lead until the Bruins posted a 3-0 run, bringing their lead to 20-17. The Cougars would regain the lead at 23, trading points until the final four.

The one win for the Cougars wasn't enough with UCLA winning the fourth set 30-25, finishing off the match three sets to one. In set four, the score was tied 14 times, 12 of those in the first 13 points.

Four players were in double figures for the Bruins, led by Jack Polales with 16 kills, an ace and three total blocks. Senior Sean O'Malley added 14 (.360) and three total blocks. Junior Garrett Muagututia and freshman Nick Vogel each added 10 kills and freshman Thomas Amberg added eight. Amberg and Vogel combined for 13 total blocks.

The two teams meet again Saturday night at 7 p.m. Mountain Time.

Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.

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