By Cindy Luis
LA JOLLA, Calif. – For the first time in school history, the UC San Diego men’s volleyball team defeated No. 8 UCLA 26-30, 30-25, 32-30, 31-33, 15-9 on Friday night in RIMAC Arena. The win was UCSD’s first over the Bruins in 34 meetings. Jason Spangler slammed down a career-best 30 kills and Eric Leserman became UCSD’s career-leader in digs with a match-high 19. After dropping a heartbreaking game four, UCSD was on fire in the fifth game, led by Gerald Houseman’s five kills. The Tritons hit at a .556 clip and held the Bruins to just .000 in the final game. With the win, UCSD improves to 8-15, 4-13 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation while the Bruins drop to 14-11, 9-8 MPSF.
The eight wins for the Tritons ties a single-season school record.
Other scores from Friday
USC def. Pacific, 30-18, 30-16, 31-29
Pepperdine def. Stanford, 30-22, 30-27, 31-29
BYU def. UC Santa Barbara 25-30, 30-25, 29-31, 30-24, 15-11
CSU Northridge def. Hope International, 30-20, 30-22, 30-20