Feb. 8, 2006
Los Angeles, Calif. - The No. 10 UCSB men's volleyball team fell to No. 7 UCLA 30-22, 30-21, 30-26 Wednesday night, ending the Gauchos' two-game winning streak.
The Bruins won in 82 minutes in front of 380 fans in Pauley Pavilion. The Gauchos fell to 5-6 overall, 4-5 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. The victory raised the Bruins' record to 7-5 overall, 2-3 in league play.
Junior Paul George led the Bruins with nine kills, followed by seven apiece from Steve Klosterman, David Russell and freshman Ian Jackson, who started his second straight match. Russell and Klosterman each hit .538. Freshman Matt Wade started his second straight match and recorded 33 set assists and four kills (1.000). Sophomore Tony Ker recorded a match-high 14 digs.
The Bruins were outstanding at the net, recording 11.5 total blocks to the Gauchos' six. UCLA's aggressive play up front limited UCSB to a hitting percentage of .051. The Bruins hit .330.
For the fourth straight match, the Gauchos were without All-American Evan Patak, among the national leaders in aces, kills and points. Jared Godinez led UCSB with nine kills, but hit just .227. Bryan Berman recorded eight kills and added four service aces while Theo Brunner and Derek Otte finished with seven kills apiece.
The Gauchos will return home Saturday to host No. 3 UC Irvine at 7:00 at Robertson Gym.