The UCLA Bruins welcome the Concordia Eagles to the John Wooden Center tonight for an MPSF matchup. The Bruins are looking for their third win in a row after defeating both Pepperdine and George Mason last week.
Against George Mason, the Bruins broke out their brooms and swept the Patriots, 25-17, 25-13, 25-20. The Bruins outhit George Mason, .493 to .123, for the match as well as outhitting the Patriots in each set. Overall, the Bruins only committed six attack errors for the match while George Mason committed nineteen.
The first set was pretty evenly matched up to the point where George Mason tied the set, 12-12. That’s when the Bruins went on an 11-3 run to take a 23-15 lead. The teams split the next four points and UCLA won the set 25-17.
George Mason started the second set by jumping out to a 1-0 lead, but that would prove to be the Patriots’ only lead of the set. The Bruins scored the next four points and didn’t look back. The Patriots did narrow the lead to just one point at 7-6, but they couldn’t tie it back up before UCLA went on a 6-1 run to make it 13-7. With the score 15-10, the Bruins went on another run. This time, it was a 6-0 run and it was 21-10, Bruins. UCLA finished up the set seven points later with a final score of 25-13.
The teams battled through the first ten points of the third set, splitting them 5-5, before George Mason took a 6-5 lead that would prove to be the Patriots’ last lead of the match. The Bruins tied it up on a kill by Jake Arnitz while a George Mason attack error gave UCLA a 7-6 lead. UCLA would stretch their lead to as many as seven points on six different occasions on their way to a 25-20 win to take the match, 3-0.
Arnitz and Christian Hessenauer led UCLA with 10 kills each while Micah Ma’a added 31 assists.
Earlier this season, UCLA swept Concordia on the road and, frankly, there’s no reason why that shouldn’t be the case again tonight.
This is your UCLA vs. Concordia men’s volleyball open thread.