Seniors Lead No. 10 UC San Diego to Sweep of Grand Canyon


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LA JOLLA, Calif. - The 10th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team made quick work of Grand Canyon, defeating the Antelopes 30-12, 30-20, 30-20 in its season finale on Saturday evening in RIMAC Arena.  The Tritons finish the 2009 campaign with a school record 13 wins (13-15) on the year.  Playing in their final collegiate matches, seniors Aaron Hedland (match-high 16 kills), Gerald Houseman (nine kills on .667 hitting) and Eric Leserman (six digs no reception errors in 18 attempts) led the way.  As a team, UCSD hit at a .451 clip and held GCU to .025. 

The Tritons had eight different student-athletes record kills.  Joel Davidson added seven kills on .778 hitting while Jason Spangler sent down five kills on .667 hitting.  Erik Sierks played the third set at setter and had 16 assists as UCSD hit .483 in the final set.

GCU was led by Tyson Crandell and Taylor Griffin with four kills apiece.

The Tritons took command from the start, scoring the first eight points of the match on a service run by Spangler.  UCSD led 19-5 after kills by Hedland and Calvin Ross.  Houseman put down the final kill at 30-12 UCSD.

GCU took an early 5-3 lead in the second set before the Tritons got into rhythm.  Tied at 10-10, The Tritons scored nine of the next 10 points to take control of the set.  Houseman again ended set two with a kill at 30-20.

The Tritons used more of the same in the third set, taking the lead from the beginning.  GCU did cut the deficit down to 18-16, forcing the Tritons to call timeout.  Out of the timeout, the Tritons scored nine straight points on a Peter Johnson service run to break open the set.  Houseman ended the third set with a kill, just like the previous two sets.

UCSD finishes 2009 with a school record 13 wins and its highest ever MPSF finish, ninth place, just missing the MPSF playoffs

Article courtesy of UC San Diego athletics.

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