No. 10 UCSD Sets School Record For Wins; Sweeps Pacific In RIMAC

4/3/2009

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LA JOLLA, Calif.  -  The 10th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team set the school record for wins and conference wins in a season in a 30-19, 30-22, 30-24 sweep against Pacific in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation action on Friday night. 

"We are proud of our accomplishment," said Head Coach Kevin Ring.  "We are going to enjoy it tonight and get ready for a big match against Stanford tomorrow." 

With the win, UCSD improves to 11-12, 7-11 MPSF, while the Tigers drop to 3-23, 0-17 MPSF.  Jason Spangler led the Tritons with 11 kills while Will Ehrman added 10 kills.  UCSD outhit the Tigers .434 - .136.

The Tritons served up six aces, but had 20 service errors on the night.  "I thought we served well, but had too many service errors," said Ring.  "Our tough serving got them out of system."  Ehrman led the Tritons with two aces on the night.

UCSD also outblocked Pacific 7.0-2.0.  Pacific was paced by Jeff Hendershot with nine kills.

With the scored tied at 6-6 in the first set, the Tritons went on a 15-6 run to take a 21-12 lead.  The Tritons would later add a 5-0 run as UCSD cruised to the 30-19 win.  UCSD hit .458 in the first set and Pacific was held to just .036.

In the second set, the Tritons jumped out to a 10-5 lead after consecutive kills by Ehrman.  The Tritons took a 23-14 edge on a service run by Frank Fritsch.  When all was said and done, Fritsch served eight consecutive points and UCSD was in control again.  The Tritons won the set 30-22 as UCSD hit at a blistering .480 clip in the set.

In the third set, Pacific was within 21-19 before two Pacific errors gave the Tritons a slight edge at 23-19.  The Tritons would not let the Tigers get closer than four points the rest of the way as Gerald Houseman sent down the match ending kill, his ninth kill of the match at 30-24.

Phil Bannan had 35 assists, five blocks and six digs while Eric Leserman had a match-high nine digs.

UCSD is back in action when it hosts Stanford on Saturday night.  First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. in RIMAC Arena

Article courtesy of UC San Diego athletics.

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