Sept. 28, 2010
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Friday, Oct. 1
7 p.m. - #12 UCLA (10-2, 0-1) at Washington State (6-6, 0-2)
Saturday, Oct. 2
7 p.m. - #12 UCLA (10-2, 0-1) at #10 Washington (12-1, 1-1)
Gametracker and free video (Washington match only) at UCLABruins.com
PAC-10 ROAD TRIP CONTINUES IN WASHINGTON
The 12th-ranked Bruins (10-2, 0-1 Pac-10) wrap up their three-match road trip to open Pac-10 play this weekend at Washington State (6-6, 0-2) on Friday and #10 Washington (12-1, 1-1) on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com. Free video will also be available for the Washington match only.
The Bruins host the Bay Area schools next weekend in their Pac-10 home opener, entertaining a pair of undefeated teams in eighth-ranked California on Friday and #1 Stanford on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker and free audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com.
NEXT WEEKEND'S PROMOTIONS
Next Friday's Pac-10 home opener against California will be the GolDEN Game for UCLA students. In-game promotions for members of the Bruin Den will include Den-themed games at halftime and free food. Fans will also have the ability to receive four free tickets to the Bruins' matchup with the Golden Bears by becoming a fan of the UCLA Athletics Facebook page or a follower of the UCLA Athletics Twitter page. Saturday's match against Stanford will be Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Bruins will wear pink jerseys and fans will have the opportunity to bid on game-worn jerseys through a silent auction. Giveaways for the match include pink UCLA t-shirts, pink ribbon temporary tattoos and a raffle for a pink jersey and a signed team poster. It is also High School Night, so plan to show up early for both matches. Pauley Pavilion gates open at 6 p.m.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
UCLA dropped one position to 12th in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll. The Bruins lost 40 points, the first time this season they have not gained positive points. UCLA remained at 11th for the second straight week in the latest Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll and gained 10 more points. UCLA was selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.
BRUINS ON THE NET
All remaining home contests will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker and/or live stats will also be available for all home matches and most road contests.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins lost the third set for the first time this season against USC last Friday ... Juniors Katie Camp and Lainey Gera lead all Pac-10 players in blocks and digs per set, respectively. Camp is at 1.35 bps, while Gera, who became the 20th player in UCLA history to post 1,000-career digs against the Trojans, has 4.67 dps. Camp is also eighth in hitting percentage at .383, junior Lauren Van Orden is seventh with 10.72 assists per set and senior Dicey McGraw is ninth at 3.84 kills per set ... the Bruins are 7-0 in sweeps, but just 3-2 when a match goes past the third set ... UCLA is a perfect 9-0 when winning the opening set ... the Bruins are 10-0 when leading in kills and hitting percentage ... UCLA has not lost (10-0) when holding its opponent under a .230 hitting percentage.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
The Cougars dropped their first two matches of Pac-10 play last weekend against the Oregon schools, falling in three at Oregon and in four at Oregon State. Washington State is hitting .232 as a team and averaging 12.70 kills, 1.35 aces, 12.91 digs and 1.93 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Meagan Ganzer has 44 percent of the Cougars' kills, leading the team with 5.60 kps and 10 aces. Senior middle blocker Brittany Tillman is the only other player averaging more than 2.00 kps at 2.14. Tillman is second in bps at 0.81, trailing freshman Marcelina Glab's 0.90 bps. Sophomore Oceana Bush leads the team with 4.16 dps, while freshman Sara Biondi quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 10.25 assists per set. Andrew Palileo is in his third year as the Cougars' head coach and holds a record of 34-38.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. COUGARS
The Bruins have won 14 straight against the Cougars and lead the all-time series 41-7. During their 14-match winning streak, the Bruins have won 42 of 47 sets with 10 sweeps. Last season, UCLA swept Washington State in Pullman on Oct. 17, 25-12, 26-24, 25-12. Bojana Todorovic was just shy of a double-double with eight kills and 11 digs. In the home match at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 13, the Bruins won in four, 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23. Dicey McGraw had a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, Lainey Gera posted 26 digs and Todorovic recorded 15 digs. The Bruins are 19-5 all-time in Pullman and have won seven straight there. Washington State's last victory in the series was a five-set triumph on Oct. 25, 2002 in Pullman.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
The Huskies split during their opening weekend of Pac-10 play, sweeping Oregon State but falling in four at Oregon. UW had won 36 straight sets to open the season before dropping the first and then eventually the match in Eugene. Washington is hitting .342 as a team and averaging 14.30 kills, 1.90 aces, 13.07 digs and 2.51 blocks per set. Four Huskies are averaging more than 2.00 kps, led by senior outside Kindra Carlson's 4.28 kps. Senior outside hitter Becky Perry is second with 3.65 kps, junior middle blocker Bianca Rowland is third at 2.83 kps and sophomore outside Kylin Munoz is fourth with 2.21 kps. Rowland leads the squad with 1.17 bps, while sophomore middle Kelcey Dunaway is second at 1.14 bps. Defensively, freshman libero Jenna Orlandini tops the team with 4.47 dps, while senior Jenna Hagglund runs the offense and is averaging 12.20 assists per set. Jim McLaughlin is in his 10th year as the Huskies' head coach and holds a record of 233-61.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
The Huskies have won seven in a row against the Bruins, but UCLA still leads the all-time series 40-17. Last season, the Bruins lost in four in Seattle, 19-25, 24-26, 26-24, 18-25. Mari Hole posted 12 kills and eight digs in that match, Bojana Todorovic had a double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs and Lainey Gera added 28 digs in the defeat. On Nov. 14 at Pauley, the Bruins fell in straight sets, 19-25, 18-25, 21-25. Gera recorded 22 digs and Todorovic added 15. UCLA is 19-11 all-time in Seattle, but has dropped seven straight road contests, with its last victory coming in a five-set triumph on Oct. 3, 2003. The Bruins' last win overall in the series was a five-set victory in Westwood on Sept. 28, 2006.