Casebeer leads UCLA to victory
No. 3 Bruins defeat No. 9 Lewis in four sets in Hawaii
Last Updated - January 13, 2012 9:52 GMT
HONOLULU - Senior outside hitter Jeremy Casebeer set career highs with 16 kills and 19 points to lead the third-ranked UCLA Bruins past Lewis University 3-1 in the opening match of the Outrigger Hotels Invitational.
UCLA improved to 3-1 with the win while the Flyers fell to 1-2 with the loss. Set scores were 27-25, 23-25, 25-15 and 25-18.
In the first set, the Bruins were able to maintain a steady lead for much of the set and found themselves ahead 24-21 with a chance to go up 1-0. But the Flyers would not go quietly, and after a Thomas Amberg service error and two Greg Petty kills they were able to even the match at 24-24. UCLA would rebound though, and after trading points the Bruins got a kill from Weston Dunlap and a created a Flyers' attacking error to take the first set 27-25.
No. 6 USC 3, No. 5 Long Beach State 0 No. 13 Hawaii 3, Springfield (DIII) 0 No. 3 UCLA 3, No. 9 Lewis 1
After falling to Lewis in the second set, the Bruins immediately fought back and jumped out to a 6-0 early lead in the third set. From there, they cruised to a 25-15 third set victory after hitting an astounding .609 in the set. UCLA continued that momenutum from the third set into the fourth and easily won the fourth set 25-18, thus closing out the Flyers in four.
Casebeer also added five digs and a game-high five total blocks. Senior Weston Dunlap and sophomore Gonzalo Quiroga registered double-digit kills as well with 12 and 11 respectively. Dunlap also hit a game-high .579 in the match (min. 10 attempts). Senior setter Kyle Caldwell had 45 assists in the match and added five kills and three block assists as well.
Senior Thomas Amberg played well at the net with four block assists while sophomore Evan Mottram led the team with 14 digs.
Overall, UCLA hit .400 while holding Lewis .135 hitting percentage and outblocked the Flyers 11.5 to 6.0. Jay Petty led the Flyers with 13 kills on the evening.