SANTA BARBARA, Calif.— No. 3 UC Santa Barbara topped No. 12 UCLA for the second time this season Tuesday night defeating the Bruins 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-20). in Robertson Gym. UCLA edged out the Gauchos in the first set, but UCSB would storm back to take the final three straight behind another career performance from senior outside hitter Radny DeWeese.
The Gauchos (13-2) have now won seven straight, which is the longest streak of the season. UCLA fell to 8-9 on the year.
The back-to-back reigning Big West Conference Athlete of the Week was up to no good once again besting his career-high kills record for the second straight match. After posting 20 kills last week, DeWeese opened this week of play with 22 on a .364 (22-6-44) attack percentage. He rounded out his performance with an ace, four digs, three block assists, and a pair of solo blocks. He has now posted solos in each of the last three matches.
As a team, the Gauchos outshined the Bruins on the stat sheet posting a team attack percentage of .267 compared to UCLA's dismal .057. This was largely thanks to UCSB's defense that saw an incredible 16 total team blocks and 36 digs.
Service errors and early mistakes plagued UCSB through the first set as they watches their lead disappear, while the Bruins built enough momentum to close out the first set on top. The fire would be lit from the first set loss as each of the next three sets was dominated by the Gauchos, including a third set that a saw a nine-point margin of victory as the Gauchos held UCLA to -.087 hitting.
Senior Setter Casey McGarry posted a rare double-double with 37 assists to pair with a match-high 12 digs, while also chipping in on three blocks. Sophomore Ryan Wilcox joined DeWeese in double digits posting 10 kills and senior Keenan Sanders was a wall at the net notching seven block assists and a solo.
UCSB is set to open conference play at home this Friday welcoming No. 6 UCSD to Rob Gym.