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Mike Brunsting finished with 41 assists.
UCSD Starts With Four-Set Exhibition Win Over Brandon University
Release: Monday 01/02/2012 

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team unofficially got its 2012 season underway Monday with a four-set exhibition win over Brandon University at RIMAC Arena.

It took a few extra points, but the Tritons managed to pull out the 25-13, 21-25, 26-24 and 28-26 victory.

UCSD out-hit Brandon .244 (52-23-119) to .174 (41-22-109), owned a 42-31 advantage in digs and aced the Bobcats 10 times. Brandon led the battle at the net, out-blocking UCSD 11 to seven.

UCSD freshman opposite Chris Andrulis put together a solid collegiate debut, finishing with 15 kills and 10 digs, both match-highs. He hit .370 with the 15 kills to go along with five errors in 27 attacks.

Two other Tritons hit double digit totals in kills as outsides Carl Eberts and Vaun Lennon each had 11. Eberts added two aces, seven digs and four blocks while Lennon had four aces and five digs.

Setter Mike Brunsting had a match-best 41 assists and middle blocker Greg Smith hit .538 with nine kills and two errors in 13 swings.

Brandon, located in Manitoba, Canada, was led by Sam Tuivai, who recorded 12 kills, five digs and seven blocks. Jonathan Sloane had nine kills, hitting .529 with no errors in 17 attacks. He also ruled at the net with a match-high eight blocks.

Following its lone tune-up of the preseason, UCSD jumps right into Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) play this week with matches at Hawaii on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6. 

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