Jan. 19, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The third-ranked Pepperdine men's volleyball team suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the top-ranked UCLA Bruins, 30-18, 30-21, 30-27, Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, Calif.
UCLA (6-0, 2-0 MPSF) looked as if it would run away with the match in game three breaking open what was a tightly-contested game in the early going by taking a four-point lead, 18-14. But John Mayer recorded a solo block and combined with Andy Hein on the next point to even the game at 19-all. The two teams took turns siding out the next several points until the Bruins finally capitalized on a pair of Wave errors to gain the advantage they needed and completed the sweep, 30-27.
UCLA took control of game one with a 6-0 run early giving the Bruins a five-point advantage, 6-1, a lead it would never relinquish. The Bruins would put more distance between them and the Waves with a 5-0 at the 12-8 mark before cruising to the 30-18 win. Pepperdine was off balance the entire match resulting in just a .108 attack percentage, UCLA hit .414 for the game.
The Waves opened game two with Mayer at setter spelling freshman Jonathan Winder who missed the rest of the match with an unspecified hand injury. After falling behind 6-2 Pepperdine responded with a 6-3 run to pull within one, 9-8, forcing the Bruins into a timeout. After Rooney and Hein combined for back-to-back kills, the Waves held their first lead of the night at 10-9. UCLA regained the lead at 16-15 and without the 6-foot-8 Winder, used its decisive height advantage to over power the Waves down the stretch, winning 30-21 and taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bruins Paul Johnson and Steve Klosterman each logged 13 kills in the match to led UCLA, which hit at a .385 clip in the match.
Pepperdine will return to action on Friday as they head to Irvine to face the 12th-ranked Anteaters.