LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Thirteenth-ranked UC San Diego suffered a three-set sweep at the hands of the fifth-ranked Bruins of UCLA in Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) men's volleyball action on Saturday night. Set scores were 25-10, 33-31 and 25-22.
The match marked UCSD's debut at UCLA's New Pauley Pavilion. The Tritons' only victory all-time at Pauley Pavilion came on Feb. 24, 2010, 3-0, just prior to the arena closing for renovation. UCSD fell to 4-8 overall and 2-6 in the MPSF with its second loss this season to the Bruins. The Tritons had rallied from a two-set deficit, only to lose in five, in the Asics Invitational semifinals in Santa Barbara on Jan. 5.
UCLA improved to 8-5 overall and 4-3 in league play. UCSD had had the Bruins' number over the last several years, still now sporting a 6-8 record over the last 14 meetings since their first-ever win in the all-time series in 2008.
Carl Eberts produced a team-high 10 kills, while sophomore libero Kevin McGinnis turned in a match-high 11 digs. Vaun Lennon added nine kills. He and Eberts had six digs apiece. Junior middle Sebastian Brady collected six kills and four total blocks.
UCSD was thoroughly dominated in set one on Saturday, getting out-hit .524 to -.095 in the frame.
The second game featured 11 tie scores and four lead changes as the Tritons turned back three set points, storming back from a 24-20 deficit to extend things at 24-24. Brady was in on a pair of combination blocks during the run, with Lennon adding a kill and a block assist. After seven more deadlocks, the Bruins finally pried the set away on a Lennon attacking error and Spencer Rowe kill.
UCSD held slim leads throughout the early portion of the third set, but back-to-back kills by Scott Vegas and Gonzalo Quiroga gave the home side a 13-11 advantage and forced a Triton timeout. The Bruins took it from there.
Quiroga wound up with match highs of 17 kills and four service aces, with Vegas adding 11 kills. Dane Worley stuffed the box score with five kills, two assists, three aces, a team-high 10 digs and two blocks.
UCSD remains on the road next weekend, travelling further north to league foes Pacific and Stanford to round out a four-match road stretch. First serves in Stockton and Palo Alto, respectively, are each set for 7 p.m.
Triton Notes: With 10 more kills tonight, Carl Eberts increased his career total to 889, ninth-most in program history, as he vies to become just the fifth Triton ever to reach the 1,000-kill plateau ... Eberts has 47 matches with 10-plus kills for his career, including eight this season ... Chase Frishman now has 536 digs for his career, fifth-most all-time at UCSD ... Kevin McGinnis' match-high 11 digs fell one short of equaling his career high and marked his fourth performance with double-digit digs, with three of them coming this season and two of them now against UCLA.
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