April 2, 2017
*STANFORD 3, UC San Diego 2 (25-12, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11)
Recap by Stanford
STANFORD, Calif. – Fifth-year senior Gabriel Vega refused to lose his final match in Maples Pavilion, propelling No. 9 Stanford to a 25-12, 23-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-11 comeback over UC San Diego Saturday.
The win clinched an MPSF playoff berth for Stanford (12-11, 7-9 MPSF). The Cardinal has now appeared in the postseason nine of the past 10 years under head coach John Kosty.
Vega tied his career-high with 21 kills on .362 hitting to go with seven digs and two blocks. He had just six kills after the first three sets. He recorded 10 in the fourth and was a perfect five-for-five in the fifth set.
Vega was joined by redshirt juniors Clay Jones and Colin McCall in a postmatch Senior Night ceremony as the trio played its final match in Maples Pavilion.
McCall finished with 12 kills on .381 hitting and five digs, while Jones tallied seven kills, six digs and an ace. Middle blocker Kevin Rakestraw hit .450 with 11 kills, four blocks and four digs.
Freshman setter Paul Bischoff registered the second 50-assist match of his career, while collecting six digs, four blocks and two kills. Junior libero Evan Enriques finished with 12 digs and three assists.
Stanford opened the match with a dominating 25-12 win in the opening set, hitting .450 as a team. UC San Diego (7-17, 3-13 MPSF) rallied back to win the next two sets, holding the Cardinal to an .083 and an .057 attack percentages in the second and third sets, respectively.
The Cardinal made adjustments in the fourth set, posting 18 kills on .419 hitting to force a decisive fifth set. Stanford jumped out to an early lead in the final frame, never trailing as it improved to 4-0 in five-set matches this season.
UC San Diego was led by senior Ian Colbert who turned in a team-high 16 kills on .324 hitting. Sophomore Nathan Thalken added 11 kills and five blocks, while redshirt junior middle Bryan Zhu had 10 kills on a .538 attack percentage and five blocks for the Tritons.
Stanford closes out the regular season next week, travelling to UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The MPSF first round playoff matches will be played on April 15.
*Ucla 3, CAL BAPTIST 2 (25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 20-18)
Recap by UCLA
The No. 6-ranked men's volleyball team won a hard-fought five set decision at Cal Baptist in an MSPF match played on Saturday night in Riverside. Scores of the contest were 25-23, 23-25, 25-15, 23-25, 20-18. Jake Arnitz connected for a season-high 21 kills to lead the Bruins attack. It was the seventh straight win for UCLA which tied its longest win streak of the season and improved to 17-7 overall and 10-6 in league action. Next up are a couple of league matches on Friday (5 p.m.) and Saturday (7p.m.) against No. 4-ranked Hawai'i (22-4, 12-4) in the Wooden Center to close out the regular season.
A series of errors put the Bruins down 1-3 to start set five. An Arnitz kill moved UCLA within one at 2-3, but Cal Baptist scored the next two points for a 2-5 advantage. A couple of errors and another kill by Arnitz made it 5-6. The Bruins came back to go in front 8-6 lead on a pair of blocks by Micah Ma'a and Mitch Stahl and another CBU error. UCLA went ahead 10-8 following a kill by Jackson Bantle. Two kills and Bruin attack errors put CBU back in front 11-13. A Michael Fisher kill and a Ma'a block evened the score at 13-all. UCLA then fought off five match points with a service error and multiple kills by Arnitz and Fisher. Stahl gave UCLA a look at match point with an ace for a 19-18 lead. A CBU attack error ended the battle at 20-18.
Set one was tightly contested through a 12-all tie. Cal Baptist then ran out to a 14-17 lead. Christian Hessenauer's kill and Stahl's ace pulled the Bruins to within one. A block by Oliver Martin and Dylan Missry tied the score at 20. The score was then level up at 21 and 22. UCLA grabbed the lead after a Lancer service error. An ace by Missry took it to set point and Stahl's kill finished off the set in a 25-23 win. UCLA hit .294 with Arnitz and Martin totaling four kills each. Stahl recorded an ace in his 16th straight match.
UCLA fell behind 3-8 and 6-12 in set two. An ace by Hagen Smith cut the margin to 8-12 and another ace from Stahl made it 12-14. The Bruins tied it at 16-all on a kill by Missry. The score was then even at points 17, 18, 19 and 20. CBU tallied the next three points and went on to a 23-25 win. UCLA hit .217 for the set.
A pair of aces by Jackson Bantle helped the Bruins forge an 8-4 lead to begin set three. Michael Fisher came off the bench to give the Bruins a lift and his kill made it 14-8. Kills from Martin and then Bantle upped the margin to 17-9. Another Fisher kill made it 22-12 and then an Arnitz swing finished off the set for a 25-15 victory. UCLA hit .364 for the set to -.067 for the Lancers.
CBU launched out to a 1-5 lead in set four. The Bruins cut the gap to 6-8 and then 9-11 after kills by Fisher. Ma'a came on to set and assisted on three of the next four kills, two by Arnitz and one by Bantle, which made it 14-15. Another run by the Lancers pushed the margin back to 14-19. The Bruins sliced the deficit to 21-22 after a pair of Fisher kills. UCLA evened the score at 23 on a block by Hessenauer and Arnitz, but CBU tallied the next two points for the set win.
Fisher finished with a season-high 11 kills and hit .429 for match. Stahl also added 11 kills (.389), three aces and five blocks. JT Hatch added 13 digs from the libero position. UCLA outhit the Lancers .252 to .200 for the match and won the battle at the service line 12 aces to three.