Video: Ma’a leads new UCLA offense in season-opening sweep vs. NJIT

The debut of a new offensive system wasn’t an issue for Preseason All-American setter Micah Ma’a.

With the Bruins running 5-1 offense, Ma’a guided the team to more than a .300 attack percentage in every game as UCLA swept NJIT 25-17, 25-22, 25-20 on Wednesday in Los Angeles.


UCLA for the start of this season switched to the traditional offensive system with Ma’a being the permanent setter after the team spent the last two years using a two-setter system in a 6-2 offense. In addition, Ma’a finished with a match-high 32 assists, and UCLA out-hit NJIT .384 to .242 in the non-conference match.

The Bruins had four players finish with at least five kills, including opposite Christian Hessenauer who had a match-high 12 kills on a .688 attack percentage.

Opposite Piotr Namiotko in the loss led NJIT with eight kills while hitting .429.

The Highlanders also committed 18 service errors — three more than the Bruins — and more than five service errors in each of the final two games.

Check out the video highlights of this match filmed by Off the Block senior correspondent Jonathan Bates.