The offense for No. 2/2 UCLA is just that good — even against one of the top teams in the nation.
UCLA had a season-high .455 attack percentage as it defeated No. 4/4 UC Irvine 25-21, 25-22, 18-25, 25-19 in a non-conference match on Saturday in Irvine, California.
All-American setter Micah Ma’a guided the Bruins offense to commit three or fewer errors in three of the four games, including the team hitting a match-best .727 and having zero attack errors in the final game. In addition, Ma’a finished with 56 assists and came within two assists of tying the NCAA record this season for most assists in a four-game match.
The Bruins (10-1, 0-0 MPSF) had four players with double-digit kills against the Anteaters (10-2, 0-0 Big West).
Both middle attacker Daenan Gyimah and outside attacker JT Hatch contributed 14 kills and had at least a .500 attack percentage. Opposite Christian Hessenauer also led UCLA with 15 kills, while outside attacker Dylan Missry had 13 kills.
Every UCLA starter, except for Ma’a, hit at least .375 to help the Bruins earn their fourth victory against a top-five nationally ranked team this season.
UC Irvine opposite Karl Apfelbach in the loss had a match-high 17 kills.
This is the second time that UCLA has defeated UC Irvine the first five weeks of the season. The Anteaters in their only other loss this year blew a two-game lead and lost to the Bruins in five games in January.
Check out the video highlights of the match filmed by Off the Block associate editor Jonathan Bates.