LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team was defeated by Princeton, 3-2, Wednesday at RIMAC Arena as the Tigers rallied from two sets down to hand the Tritons their fifth straight loss.
UCSD (2-7) won the first two sets by scores of 26-24 and 25-23, but Princeton (1-2) came back furiously to win the next three by scores of 28-26, 25-21 and 15-8. The match featured 55 tie scores, but only one of those came in the fifth set.
The Tigers posted a .323 (65-23-130) attack percentage and held the Tritons to .213 (65-32-155) hitting by stifling their offense with 16 blocks. Princeton also had a 44-36 advantage in digs. UCSD committed 17 errors from the service line, but did have four aces while the Tigers had none.
Three Tritons hit double-figure kill totals as Vaun Lennon led with 18 and was followed by Sebastian Brady with 14 and Carl Eberts with 10. Brady was the most consistent, recording a .520 attack percentage with only one error in 25 swings.
Mike Brunsting had a career-high 59 assists and added four blocks. Libero Chase Frishman had a team-best seven digs.
Princeton was led by freshman Cody Kessel, who led all players with 22 kills. Will Siroky and Michael Dye each had 10 kills while Scott Liljestrom and Tony Ensbury each had a match-high 10 digs. At the net, Siroky had eight blocks and Davis Waddell and Dye finished with five apiece.
Princeton exploded to take a 8-2 lead in the fifth frame, due primarily to dishing out five blocks during the run. Waddell had two solo stuffs and combined on a third in the flurry. A kill by Lennon got the Tritons back within four at 12-8, but the Tigers ran off the next three points to take the match.
The Tritons had won the previous 11 match-ups between the two squads. Princeton's last win came in January of 1997, also a five-setter.
UCSD plays at Hope International Friday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. The match at Darling Pavilion in Fullerton will be covered by live stats.
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