12th-Ranked Bruins Head to Hawai'i for Three Top 25 Matches

Aug. 30, 2011

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Thursday, Sept. 1
8 p.m. PT - #12 UCLA vs. #23 Long Beach State
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Friday, Sept. 2
8 p.m. PT - #12 UCLA vs. #22 Ohio State
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Sunday, Sept. 4
8 p.m. PT - #12 UCLA at #10 Hawai'i
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The 12th-ranked Bruins will battle three Top 25 teams this weekend as they travel to Honolulu for the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic. UCLA will play #23 Long Beach State on Thursday, #22 Ohio State on Friday and #10 Hawai'i on Sunday. All three contests will start at 8 p.m. PT/5 p.m. PT.

Live stats will be available for all three matches this weekend in Hawai'i. In addition, video with a fee for the UCLA-Hawai'i match will also be available. You can find links on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com. The next audio broadcast at UCLABruins.com will be on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at Pepperdine.

The Bruins travel to a pair of Southern California rivals next week, facing Pepperdine on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at 5 p.m. and third-ranked USC on Friday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. in their first ever Pac-12 match.

UCLA dropped one spot to 12th in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, losing 23 points. The Bruins are one of six Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 16. UCLA came in at 11th for the second straight week in the Volleyball Magazine rankings with 110 points, eight more than last week. In the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, the Bruins were fifth with 90 points.

Since 1974 with the inception of the Hawai'i women's volleyball program, UCLA has traveled to Honolulu at least once each year for 35 of the past 38 campaigns, including every season since 1980. The Bruins are 60-32 (.652) in matches played in Honolulu and 40-5 (.889) in matches against teams other than Hawai'i (UCLA is 20-27 at UH). UCLA has been part of a tournament in the Aloha State every year since 1988 and is 51-18 (.739) in its previous 23 Hawai'i tourneys. Thirteen of those 18 losses have come at the hands of the Rainbow Wahine. The Bruins have gone undefeated in Hawai'i tournaments eight times.

For the first time since 2006, the Bruins did not start a season with a 2-1 record, as they swept the competition at last weekend's LMU Invitational. UCLA had the same record through its first three matches every season from 2007-10 ... junior Bojana Todorovic tied a school record with eight service aces on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton and has 13 aces in her first three matches. The eight aces tied the mark set by Liz Masakayan (Oct. 19, 1983 vs. San Diego State) and also set a school record for aces in a three-set match. The previous record of seven was held by Elaine Youngs (Nov. 13, 1992 vs. Colorado) ... senior Lauren Van Orden posted her first double-double of the season, 10th as a Bruin and 26th of her career against Cal State Fullerton with 25 assists and 10 digs ... senior Lainey Gera had a pair of double-figure digs matches on Saturday with 14 versus Fullerton and 10 against Loyola Marymount to give her 63 for her career ... Todorovic, who was the only Bruin to play in all nine sets last weekend, was named the LMU Invitational MVP and was joined by Gera on the All-Tournament Team ... sophomore Kelly Reeves recorded her seventh double-figure kills match with a team-best 11 against LMU ... the only Bruins not to appear in a match last weekend were seniors Katie Camp (left knee) and Sara Sage (right shoulder), who are both recovering from offseason surgeries. Both have been practicing and are expected back in the next week.

The 49ers hosted their own tournament last weekend and went 2-1, sweeping Prairie View A&M and UMBC, while losing to seventh-ranked Washington in four sets. Long Beach State, which dropped one spot to 23rd in this week's AVCA Top 25 poll, averaged 13.30 kills, 1.10 aces, 12.30 digs and 3.20 blocks per set with a .294 hitting percentage during the first weekend. Three players averaged over 3.00 kps last weekend, junior Janisa Johnson (3.50), senior Caitlin Ledoux (3.30) and sophomore Haleigh Hampton (3.20). Head coach Brian Gimmillaro, in his 27th year at Long Beach with a record of 705-172, employed two setters last weekend. Sophomore Ashley Vazquez appeared in eight sets and averaged 8.88 aps, while freshman Erin Juley played in four sets and averaged 8.00 aps. Defensively, Johnson posted 3.40 dps and senior Lauren Minkel averaged 2.71 dps. At the net, freshman Alma Serna averaged 1.70 bps, while Hampton recorded 1.40 bps. The 49ers went 25-8 last year and finished second in the Big West Conference with a 12-4 record, returning 11 letterwinners and five starters from that squad which lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bruins and the 49ers have a long history, but have played only twice since 2004, with both matchups coming in 2009. UCLA, which leads the all-time series 55-19, dropped a three-set decision (19-25, 16-25, 14-25) on Sept. 19 in Fullerton, but rebounded with a sweep in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 4 at Pauley Pavilion (25-20, 25-20, 25-16). Lainey Gera averaged 4.83 dps in the two matches. The Bruins are 18-8 in neutral-site matches with the 49ers, but the teams have never met in Hawai'i.

The Buckeyes went 4-0 last weekend at the West Virginia Mountaineer Invitational, sweeping Valparaiso, New Hampshire, Towson and West Virginia. Ohio State averaged 15.75 kills, 0.92 aces, 17.08 digs and 2.58 blocks per set with a .253 hitting percentage. Three players averaged over 3.00 kps, led by a familiar face to Bruin fans. Junior Mari Hole, who played her first two collegiate seasons at UCLA, averaged 3.92 kps and 2.17 dps. Sophomore Kaitlyn Leary (3.50) and junior Emily Danks (3.08) also averaged over three kills a set. Junior Amanda Peterson quarterbacks the offense and averaged 12.25 assists per set last weekend. Defensively, senior Sarah Mignin posted 4.58 dps, while junior Mariah Booth (1.17) and sophomore Kelli Barhorst (1.08) each averaged over a block per set. Ohio State went 24-12 and 10-10 (sixth) in the Big Ten Conference, advancing to the NCAA Regional Semifinals. The Buckeyes return eight letterwinners and three starters from that team, coached by fourth-year head coach Geoff Carlston (65-42). UCLA is 8-1 all-time (6-1 at neutral sites) against Ohio State, with the last meeting coming in Honolulu on Sept. 1, 2002, a three-set sweep by the Bruins. The two teams have also met in Honolulu on Sept. 7, 1990 (UCLA 3-1) and Sept. 6, 1998, which marked Ohio State's lone win in the series, a five-set triumph.

The Rainbow Wahine swept the competition at their home tournament last weekend, beating San Francisco and Arizona in three sets and Wichita State in four. Hawai'i averaged 14.90 kills, 2.20 aces, 13.70 digs and 1.90 blocks per set with a .317 hitting percentage. Senior Kanani Danielson (4.00) and freshman Jane Croson (3.20) both averaged over three kills a set. Sophomore Mita Uiato handles the setting duties and posted 12.00 assists per set. Defensively, junior Emily Maeda averaged 4.00 dps, while sophomore Emily Hartong recorded 1.00 bps. Dave Shoji, in his 37th year at Hawai'i, holds a record of 1048-179 and returns 12 letterwinners and five starters from last year's squad that went 29-3, won the Western Athletic Conference with a 16-0 record and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins and the Rainbow Wahine have played each other at least once a season since 1974, the first year of women's volleyball at Hawai'i. UCLA trails the all-time series 36-32 and has dropped two in a row to Hawai'i, but had previously won four straight. The Rainbow Wahine hold a 27-20 advantage at home, with each of the last 10 matchups coming in Honolulu (UH 6-4). Lainey Gera has three double-figure digs contests to her credit against Hawai'i (4.55 digs per set), including 23 a year ago. Rachael Kidder (13) and Kelly Reeves (12) each had double figures in kills in last year's four-set loss (22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 21-25).

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