Men's Volleyball Falls To UCLA, 3-1
April 2, 2003
LOS ANGELES - Marcin Jagoda had 21 kills and Jonathan Acosta added 20 kills to lead the No. 10-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team to a 30-28, 30-26, 27-30, 30-26 win over unranked USC in a Mountain Pacific Sports Federation match on Wednesday (April 2) in USC's Lyon Center.
UCLA improved to 14-12 overall and 9-10 in the MPSF to stay alive for the eighth and final berth in the league's post-season tournament. USC dropped its ninth consecutive match to the Bruins to fall to 6-22 overall and 2-17 in the MPSF.
Four Trojans had double figures in kills: Joao Grangeiro (14), Josh Day (13), Mark Dusharme (11) and Derek Otte (10). Day, who hit .435, and Dusharme each had 5 blocks, while Grangeiro had a match-high 12 digs and Phil Small added 6 blocks.
Jagoda hit .421 for UCLA, which outhit the Trojans, .308 to .198, but the Bruins had 23 serving errors. Teammate Chris Pena had 11 kills while also hitting .421 and he posted a match-leading 8 blocks. Adam Shrader had 11 digs and Saul Zemaitaitis served 3 aces.
USC held leads of 25-22 and then 27-26 in the first game, but UCLA then scored the next 3 points to gain control. The Bruins then opened up an early 7-4 margin in the second game and extended it to 22-16 before Troy pulled back within 25-24, but UCLA held on while hitting .389 in the game to USC's .176. The Trojans rebounded in the third game, hitting a blistering .529 and opening up a 20-15 lead which UCLA couldn't overcome. The final game seesawed back and forth, with UCLA getting off to an 8-5 start only to have USC counter with its own 13-9 lead before the Bruins took a 21-18 edge which they never relinquished.
USC next hosts No. 7 UC Irvine this Saturday (April 5) at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center in the Trojans' final home match of the 2003 season.