By Daniel Cross Sports Information Graduate Intern
LOS ANGELES, Calif. --- California Baptist University
traveled to the John Wooden Center to face No. 2 UCLA in a hard fought
CBU fell (25-16, 25-19, 25-15), in the third time the
Lancers have faced a top three opponent this season.
"It was a tough night tonight and most guys weren't able to do what they usually can," said Interim Head Coach Allan Vince. "There is still a lot of season left and this was a very tough team, this doesn't describe our season. UCLA is a very classy team and execute exactly the way they need to."
In the opening set, the Lancers battled back and forth with
the Bruins, but after a five-point Bruin rally the Lancers were forced
to call a timeout. An ace by Gonzalo Quiroga at 17-11 would boost the
momentum for the Bruins and seal the first set victory.
The Lancers had seven kills on 24 attempts, hitting .042,
while the Bruins had 15 kills on 26 attempts hitting .423. Jonathan Tuttle led
the Lancers with two kills on three attempts, hitting .667. Bruin setter Kyle
Caldwell led the Bruins with five kills on five attempts hitting a perfect
The second game was a lot like the first, as the Lancers
kept it very competitive and only trailed by one or two points early in the
set. It wasn't until a Lancer error opened up the gap for the Bruins, who took a
four-point lead at 13-9. Lancer Aaron McCalmont responded with the next play,
firing off a huge kill to push it to 13-10. The Bruins would go on a roll and
cap the second set off after a Lancer service error to take the game.
The Lancers had a tremendous difference in the
hitting margin, as they hit .320 with 13 kills on 25 attempts. The Bruins on
the other hand hit a booming .632 with 13 kills on 19 attempts and only forced
one attacking error.
The Lancers started out strong in the third set going point
for point with the Bruins. With the set tied at 10-10 the Bruins would rally
off four straight points to take back the momentum it had in the earlier sets.
The Bruins would move the score to 20-13 after a smashing kill by Nick Vogel. UCLA ended the match with two aces by Scot Vegas.
"The Bruins are a great point scoring team," said Vince. "We need to always defend our point running when we get it and just take this as an experience and learn from it. Hopefully our guys will spark some fire and finish the season strong."
The Lancers finished the match hitting .101, while the Bruins hit .441 on the match. The Bruins out-blocked the Lancers 12-3 and recorded more assists, 35-25, and digs, 22-18.
CBU moves to 3-13 on the season and will travel to
Lindenwood, Mo. to take action in the Lindenwood tournament on March 2.
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