USC and UCLA’s volleyball teams both won national championships over the weekend.
UCLA had the chance to win two championships but USC’s Beach Volleyball team defeated UCLA on Sunday to claim the program’s third straight title and fifth overall.
UCLA’s Men’s Volleyball team is one of the most historic programs in the country with 19 championships and on Saturday they had a chance to bring title No. 20 home to Westwood and win their first championship since 2006.
With the No. 1 ranking and only two losses during the season, it was UCLA’s title to lose. But beating their opponent, Hawaii was no easy task. Hawaii also only had two losses and held the No. 2 ranking, making the championship a dual of volleyball juggernauts.
Despite the challenge, UCLA rallied from behind 23-21 to win the first set, 28-26. But then, they lost the second set, 33-31; an exciting way to start. Both teams displayed their emotions after each point, and neither were willing to back down.
But after, UCLA found another gear and edged out Hawaii, 25-21, in the following two sets to win the championship.
The 17 year championship drought was over, and UCLA was back on top.
Sophomore Ido David dominated around the net with 23 kills and 47 attacks. Senior Alex Knight trailed him with 15 kills and two aces; Knight was awarded the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player after the win.
After claiming victory in one volleyball championship, UCLA had a chance to do the same in Beach Volleyball on Sunday. However, that match did not go their way, as they lost to USC, 3-2.
USCs title was their third in a row, becoming the first team to achieve such a a feat.