It was CBU that came out on top Thursday night, as the student section stormed the court after a 3-2 Lancer win.
"This crowd was awesome and made this night so exciting," said CBU Head Coach Wes Schneider. "They created a great environment for us. Last time out I didn't feel we played with that kind of urgency, but tonight we knew that with a great crowd we had to come out and give them what they came to see."
Fans got what they came to see and then some.
In a match that had gone back and forth all night, the Bruins tried to find one final rally in the fifth game, but the home energy was too much to overcome.
CBU led 12-9 late in the game, but UCLA stormed back with three straight points. Guilherme Koepp stopped the run with a kill that fell in just under the end line and on match point Amir Lugo-Rodriguez and Brett Anderson combined to stuff Dane Worley, giving the Lancers the win and igniting the celebration.
"When we're clicking offensively and on the serve, it takes a lot of pressure off of us defensively," said Schneider. "I thought we did well in those areas. It shows we've been working on them and have been getting better every week."
Right out of the gates it was a battle as no team held a lead larger than four points in the opening game. The Bruins grabbed that four point lead when they held set point at 24-20 after a late three point run.
The Lancers battled back, getting a service error from UCLA and then a triple block from Levi Cabral, Lugo-Rodriguez and Anderson to pull within two. A pair of bad sets evened the game and gave away the Bruins' set point.
The teams traded points until CBU's Brazilian duo pounded back to back kills for the win. Koepp hit a ball off the UCLA block and then Cabral followed by blasting a ball in for the win, sending the capacity crowd into a frenzy.
After giving the second game away, the Lancers came out fired up in the third, jumping ahead 6-1 right off the bat. This time it was the Bruin's turn to make a comeback.
Facing a 23-20 deficit, UCLA clawed its way back and evened the game on a bad set by the Lancers. CBU would not give it away though, taking set point as Gonzalo Quiroga served a ball into the net. UCLA would try to attack an overpass by the Lancers on the following point, but Clayton Paulin's rip sailed long, giving CBU the win.
The Lancers led 15-12 midway through the fourth game, but the Bruins stormed back and forced a decisive fifth game on an ace by Robart Page.
Koepp led the way for CBU with 22 kills and just behind him was Cabral with 21. Anderson posted 55 assists and also notched 11 digs.
UCLA's Quiroga led all players with 24 kills.
The 1,185 fans in attendance was just 190 short of the all-time record in the Van Dyne Gym. It was the first time any CBU program has hosted the Bruins.
CBU's win in front of the capacity crowd moves the Lancers to 6-5 overall, 3-3 MPSF and drops the Bruins to 8-6, 4-4.