The servegate controversy between UCLA and BYU will continue as the Cougars successful won thier protest to replay the fifth game overtime session.
The UCLA athletics department announced Saturday afternoon that after a BYU protest UCLA’s five-match victory on Friday has been nullified the teams will conclude the match later tonight.
“Due to a protest by BYU, last night’s match will be replayed beginning at the score of 16-16 in the fifth set starting at 7 pm. UCLA will be serving to begin the replay,” the UCLA athletics department said in a statement released Saturday evening. “After the replay of the fifth set has concluded, the Bruins will honor their senior class, both teams will be introduced and then tonight’s scheduled match will be played.”
The Bruins defeated the Cougars in their two-match series opener in part because of a controversial call on a serve in the fifth game overtime. With BYU serving match-point at 16-15, the officials initially ruled the Cougars’ serve landed inside the back-line for a match-winning ace.
That call resulted in large protest from UCLA as coach Al Scates left the bench and walked across the court argue with the officials. In addition, UCLA players refused to leave the court or line-up to shake hands with the BYU players in protest of the call.
Event security also went on the court to stand in between the players and officials.
After almost 10 minutes of arguing from both UCLA and BYU, the officials decided to replay the point. The replay point ended in a BYU service error, and UCLA eventually won the fifth game 20-18.
The UCLA had moved into a tie for second place in the MPSF and a half-match behind first-place UC Irvine, while BYU it would have drop into fourth place.