stop
Photo by: Ken Grosse/UCSD Athletics
Nick Iorfino put down a team-high 16 kills for the Tritons.
UCI Offense Too Much, UCSD Falls to Two-Time Defending National Champion in Four Sets
Release: Saturday 04/04/2014 
by UCSD

LA JOLLA, Calif. - The UC San Diego men's volleyball team ran into a powerful UC Irvine offense and suffered a four-set defeat against the seventh-ranked and two-time defending national champion Anteaters Friday evening at RIMAC Arena. Scores of the match were 25-20, 22-25, 25-18 and 25-13.

UC Irvine hit a blistering .561 as a team, compiling 63 kills while making just eight errors in 98 attacks. The Anteaters also held an 8-3 advantage in blocks. 

UCSD dropped to 2-22 overall and 1-21 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) with the loss. UCI, which has won eight of its last nine matches, is now 17-9 on the season and 14-8 in league play.

The Tritons hit .260 on the night with 46 kills and 20 errors in 100 attempts. Nick Iorfino paced the team with 16 kills, the lone player on the roster to hit double-digits in that category. Scot Metzger and Johl Awerkamp each finished with eight kills, while setter Mike Brunsting totaled 41 assists. Libero Tanner Howard led UCSD defensively with six digs.

The Anteaters had three players with 10 or more kills, including Jeremy Dejno (match-high 20), Connor Hughes (12) and Collin Mehring (10). Mehring hit .643 (10-1-14) and Dejno swung at a .633 (20-1-30) clip. Scott Kevorken registered seven kills and no errors in eight attacks and Michael Brinkley led all players with 10 digs.

UCI scored the first two points of the match on back-to-back kills by Dejno and Mehring and led for the rest of the opening set. UCSD kept it close and trailed by just two points, 15-13, following a kill by Iorfino. However, the Anteaters took five of the next seven points to go up 20-15 and essentially seal the first set win.

The first two points of the second frame went to the Tritons on a kill from Iorfino and an attack error by the Anteaters. UCSD stayed in front until three consecutive points by UCI tied the set at 18-18. A service error gave the edge back to the Tritons, but another three-point run by UC Irvine gave it a 21-19 lead. UCSD turned it on after that, scoring six of the next seven points to close out the set. Awerkamp placed a pair of service aces during the run.

The third and fourth sets began with UCI scoring the first two points and holding a lead for the remainder of each stanza.

In the third, the Anteaters used a four-point run to take a 15-9 advantage. UCSD got within four points at 20-16, but could not close the gap any further.

The fourth set saw UCI rush out to a 7-1 lead. A later three-point run put the Anteaters up by 11 at 20-9. They ended up hitting a match-best .684 in the set, dropping 13 kills and making zero errors in 19 attacks.

UC San Diego plays a non-conference match against UC Merced on Saturday, April 5, at 7 p.m. The two teams have never met as the Bobcats are a first-year, independent program.

#TritonsRising

Wednesday, October 29
M Tennis at So Cal Intercollegiate Championships
All Day
Los Angeles
Friday, October 31
M Water Polo at UC Davis
6:00 PM
Davis
W Volleyball vs. San Francisco State
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Saturday, November 01
M Water Polo at Santa Clara
1:00 PM
Santa Clara
W Volleyball vs. Sonoma State
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
Sunday, November 02
Fencing at IFCSC Duals
10:00 AM
Pasadena
W Soccer at Cal Poly Pomona (First Round)
11:30 AM
Pomona
M Soccer vs. Cal State Stanislaus (First Round)
12:00 PM
UC San Diego
Wednesday, November 05
W Volleyball at Cal Poly Pomona
7:00 PM
Pomona
Thursday, November 06
M Water Polo vs. Long Beach State
6:00 PM
UC San Diego
M Basketball at Loyola Marymount (exhibition)
7:00 PM
Los Angeles
Friday, November 07
W Soccer at Semifinals/Final
TBA
Turlock
M Soccer at Semifinals/Final
TBA
Turlock
Swimming & Diving at UC Santa Barbara
12:00 PM
Santa Barbara
W Volleyball vs. Cal State San Bernardino
7:00 PM
UC San Diego
2014 NCAA MWP Champs (mid-ad)
Birch Aquarium (mid-ad)