UCLA legend Al Scates Nabs Career Win No. 1200
The third try was the charm for UCLA Coach Al Scates as his seventh-ranked Bruins outlasted eighth-ranked Long Beach State on the road for career victory No. 1,200.
UCLA won 30-24, 22-30, 23-30, 30-28, 16-14 in two hours and 14 minutes before 912 fans. The Bruins raised their record to 15-11 overall, 10-9 in MPSF play. The Beach fell to 14-12, 8-12.
Scates, in his 48th season, earned his milestone victory after successive losses last week. No other Division I coach in either gender has more career victories in collegiate volleyball.
The Bruins won this match by dominating the net, 21.0 total blocks to the 49ers' 10.5. In the end, it was UCLA's block that created the final three points in Game 5.
With Long Beach ahead 14-12 in the final game, the Bruins received serve when The Beach's Kyle Friend committed a service error to make it 14-13. A block by sophomore Nick Vogel and freshman Jonathan Bridgeman tied the score. The final two points were Long Beach State hitting errors, caused mainly by UCLA's blockers.
Statistically, blocking was the only area where UCLA dominated. The Beach out-served the Bruins 10-5 and out-hit them 65 kills to 56.
Sophomore Jack Polales led UCLA with 18 kills and seven total blocks for 21.5 points, followed by 17 kills and four total blocks from senior Garrett Muagututia. Sophomores Thomas Amberg and Vogel combined for 15 kills and 19 blocks and senior setter Kevin Ker scored 7.5 points, including all five of UCLA's aces.
Dean Bittner and Dan Alexander combined for 34 kills, eight aces and eight total blocks for The Beach.
*Article courtesy UCLA athletics.