Feb. 24, 2010

 

Courtesy of UCSD Athletics

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -
The 14th-ranked UC San Diego men's volleyball team upset No. 3 UCLA, sweeping the Bruins 30-22, 30-25, 30-26 on Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion in front of 998 fans. It was UCSD's second-ever win over UCLA, and first ever on the UCLA campus. The Tritons have now won two of the 36 all-time meetings. The Tritons hit at a .567 clip in the first match and finished the night hitting at a .427 attack percentage. The Bruins were held to a .260 percentage. With the win, UCSD improves to 5-11, 2-9 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while UCLA drops to 9-7, 8-5 MPSF.

The Bruins entered the match as one of the hottest teams in the MPSF having won four of their last five and eight of their last 10. UCLA defeated No. 1 Cal State Northridge for the second time this season, this past week.

UCSD's only other win against UCLA came on March 28, 2008, a five-set victory in RIMAC Arena.

Frank Fritsch led the way for UCSD with 16 kills on .419 hitting while Joel Davidson added 12 kills. Jason Spangler added 11 kills against one attack error and Cyrus Kiani had nine kills.

Phil Bannan directed the offense with 48 assists and the team hitting percentage of .427. Spangler also added two service aces, bringing his career total to 78, two short of tying the all-time mark at UCSD for aces in a career.

The Tritons set the tone early in the first set and never trailed. UCSD jumped out to leads of 16-7 and 20-9. UCSD hit at a .567 clip with 22 kills in the set, compared to just 11 for UCLA as the Tritons took the set 30-22.

There were 12 ties and seven lead changes in the second set as the Bruins took their final lead at 15-14. UCSD tied it on a Davidson kill and retook the lead on a setting error. Leading 25-23, the Tritons got a point off a Bruin service error and a Fritsch kill to lead 27-23. After a UCLA side out, the Tritons got another Fritch kill followed by an ace by Erik Sierks to pull away. UCSD took the set 30-25.

The third set was the closest of the night with 23 ties and six lead changes. The Tritons outhit UCLA .405 - .184 but the Bruins were able to keep things close. UCLA was the first to reach the 20 point mark in the third set, leading 20-19 and later 25-24. The Tritons followed the deficit with three consecutive kills by Kiani, Bannan and Davidson to pull ahead 27-25. After a service error pulled the Bruins within 27-26, Fritch sent home a kill and a huge block by Kiani and Bannan gave UCSD match point at 29-26. A UCLA attack error ended the set in favor of the Tritons.

UCSD is back in action on Friday night when it travels to No. 11 UC Irvine. First serve is set for 7:00 p.m. on the UCI campus.