No. 10 UCLA Outlasts No. 6 UC Irvine, 3-2


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Irvine, Calif. - The UCLA men's volleyball team outlasted UC Irvine, 3-2 (25-30, 30-27, 30-28, 19-30, 15-10) in front of a season-high 2,888 fans at the Bren Center Friday.

The 10th-ranked Bruins improve to 13-9 overall and 8-6 in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation, while No. 6 UCI goes to 10-11 on the year and 6-8 in league play.

UCLA was led by Garrett Muagututia and Sean O'Malley with 20 kills each. Ryan Ratelle added 14 kills and Matt Wade totaled 63 set assists. Senior libero Tony Ker recorded a match-high 17 digs.

UCI's Jon Steller posted a career-high 25 kills, five digs and six block assists. Sophomore Cole Reinholm matched his career-high with 14 kills and also fired three service aces. Freshman Cory Yoder added 11 kills, while middle blocker Aaron Harrell recorded a match-high eight blocks and hit .588 on 11 kills in 17 attempts with just one error. Libero Brent Asuka posted 10 digs, the 11th time this season he has hit the double-digit mark.

The Anteaters dominated the net, out-blocking UCLA 15-5.

UCI lead 18-17 in game one before a kill by Cole Reinholm was followed by a block by Aaron Harrell and Cory Yoder to give the Anteaters a three-point cushion. UCI would go on to take the set 30-25 on a triple block by Harrell, Yoder and Jon Steller.

Game two was tied at 25-25 before UCLA used an Anteater service error and a kill by Garrett Muagututia to take a 27-25 lead. That was all they would need as the Bruins would win 30-27.

UCLA was in control of game three with an 18-11 lead before UCI rallied on a 9-2 run to tie the score at 20-20. A kill by Muagututia and an Anteater attack error gave the Bruins the 25-23 advantage. The teams would trade points to end the game, 30-28. Sean O'Malley added seven kills for UCLA in the set.

UCI jumped out to a 7-2 lead in game four and cruised to a 30-19 victory to force game five. Jon Steller pounded eight kills, while Anthony Spittle added 14 assists and Brent Asuka had four digs.

With the score tied 7-7 in game five, the Bruins took advantage of a UCI service error followed by two attack errors to go up 10-7 on their way to the 15-10 victory. UCI was its own worst enemy, hitting .000 (6-6-18) in the final frame.

Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.

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