LA JOLLA, Calif. - Carl Eberts had a match-high 14 kills, but it wasn't enough as No. 14 UCSD was defeated in straight sets by No. 7 UCLA Saturday at RIMAC Arena. Scores were 25-20, 25-23 and 25-21 in favor of the Bruins, who won their seventh straight match.
UCLA used a solid .346 (39-12-78) attack percentage and nine blocks to help the team improve to 15-9 overall and 8-8 in the MPSF. UCSD, which had won its last two and was coming off an upset over third-ranked Ohio State, dropped to 8-16 and 4-13.
"Not enough firepower from the service line, not enough firepower attacking and it's a disappointing loss," said UCSD head coach Kevin Ring.
For the 15th time in his last 17 matches, Eberts recorded 10 or more kills. The outside hitter added five digs and two blocks and had a match-high 16 points.
Phil Bannan continued his torrid serving with four aces on the night. He has 46 this season, just eight short of UCSD's single season record. Eric Mai holds the mark with 54 in 1997. Bannan also had five digs and a pair of blocks.
Calvin Ross hit .556 in the middle with six kills and only one error in nine attacks.
The Tritons hit .207 (34-17-82) for the match.
"I felt like we've been playing some pretty good volleyball and we just didn't play very well tonight at all," said Ring.
UCLA was paced by Gonzalo Quiroga and Weston Dunlap, who had 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Thomas Amberg and Kyle Caldwell created most of the problems at the net for UCSD as Amberg finished with eight blocks and Caldwell seven. Libero Tom Hastings led all players with 10 digs.
It was the second time the Bruins had beaten the Tritons this season. At UC Santa Barbara's annual tournament in early January, UCLA topped UCSD, 3-1, in the first round. The two squads will meet again shortly as UCSD plays at UCLA on Friday, Apr. 1.
UC San Diego takes to the road for its next four matches, beginning with a tilt at UC Santa Barbara on Mar. 31.
"We've been good on the road," said Ring. "We've been very competitive on the road with a lot of good teams."
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