NORTHRIDGE — The UCLA men's volleyball team recently got back from a trip to Hawaii, and with many players suffering from jet lag, it seemed an ideal opportunity for Cal State Northridge to snap an eight-match losing streak against the Bruins.
Think again. Though UCLA, ranked second nationally, was not its usual explosive self, the sixth-ranked Matadors did not play up to their potential either. Worn out and all, the Bruins cleaned house with a 15-2, 15-12, 15-9 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation victory Friday night at Matador Gym.
The victory was the eighth consecutive UCLA sweep of Northridge. UCLA leads the series, 31-2.
"They didn't have to do much," Northridge Coach John Price said. "They were real flat and we didn't take advantage of that at all. We just never got in a rhythm."
The Bruins (3-1, 1-0 in MPSF play) cruised to an 8-0 lead in the first game. Jason Hughes nailed an ace for the Matadors (3-3, 2-1) and a UCLA net violation gave Northridge its second point a couple of plays later.