March 29, 2017
*Ucla 3, USC 0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-17)
Recap by UCLA
The No. 6 UCLA men's volleyball team registered its sixth straight win on the season by posting a sweep over No. 11 USC in an MPSF match played at the Galen Center on Wednesday night. Scores of the match were 25-18, 25-19, 25-17. Jake Arnitz led the Bruin attack with 12 kills and had no errors on 19 swings for a .632 percentage. UCLA out served the Trojans 8 to 0 for the match and hit .373 for the contest to .088 for the home team.
The serve of Hagen Smith helped to break open a close first set. Smith registered two aces in a four-point run which lifted the Bruins to a 10-5 lead. Dylan Missry came out firing at the line, as well, and his pair of aces extended the UCLA advantage to 17-10. Kills by Arnitz made it 20-12 and then 24-17. The Bruins took the set on a Trojan service error at 25-18. Arnitz finished the set with five kills to go with three block assists. Mitch Stahl added five block assists.
A series of service errors by both teams left the score even at 8-all. A kill and an ace by Stahl pushed the Bruins up 10-8. A couple of Trojan errors handed UCLA a 12-9 edge. Kills by Arnitz and Missry made it 15-11. Smith's career-high tying third ace of the match put the Bruins in front 18-13. A Missry blast made it 21-14. Christian Hessenauer's kill delivered a 23-15 lead. A service error sent the Bruins to set point and Oliver Martin finished it off with a kill for a 25-19 win. UCLA hit .500 for the set and Missry totaled five kills.
A pair of kills by Arnitz broke a 5-all tie in set three. A net call and a pair of aces by Missry, his third and fourth of the match, made it 10-6. UCLA enjoyed a 16-11 edge after kills by Stahl and Arnitz. Martin's kill put UCLA up 18-13. Hessenauer's spike and block assist, with Stahl, made it 21-13. Another Stahl kill pushed the score to 22-16. Kills by Missry, Stahl and finally Arnitz ended the set at 25-17.
Stahl tied his career-high with nine block assists in the match. Smith had 33 set assists and nine digs, in addition to his three aces. Missry finished with 10 kills and four aces. Hatch added six digs. UCLA won the blocking battle 10.5 to 6.0. The Bruins are now 16-7 overall and 9-6 in league play. Next up is an MPSF match at Cal Baptist on Saturday at 7 p.m.