Top-Ranked Bruins Travel to #20 Oregon, Oregon State

Nov. 9, 2011

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Friday, Nov. 11
7 p.m. - #1 UCLA at #20 Oregon
Online Coverage: Live Stats | Video (Fee)

Saturday, Nov. 12
7 p.m. - #1 UCLA at Oregon State
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Video

The top-ranked Bruins (22-3, 15-2 Pac-12), tied for first in the conference, embark on their final regular-season road trip this weekend. UCLA will face #20 Oregon (17-7, 10-6) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (14-12, 6-10) on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Avoid the lines and assure yourself of getting tickets to the remaining women's volleyball home matches. Tickets are available via Ticketmaster by clicking here. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for youths (plus Ticketmaster fees). Students can obtain one free ticket per Bruin Card at the John Wooden Center Box Office prior to the match.

Live stats or Gametracker will be available for both of this weekend's matches. In addition, there will be live video for a fee for the Oregon contest and free video for the Oregon State match. Links can be found on the women's volleyball schedule page.

The Bruins start a three-match homestand to round out the regular season next weekend against the Arizona schools. UCLA faces Arizona on Friday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. and Arizona State on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 1 p.m.

The Bruins retained their top spot in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, recording 1,478 points (21 more than last week) and 47 first-place votes (6 more than last week). Prior to last week, the last time the Bruins were ranked #1 was in the 2000 preseason poll. The Bruins also remained at first in this week's Volleyball Magazine rankings, receiving 197 points (2 more than last week) and nine first-place nods (1 more than last week). In the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, the Bruins were fifth with 90 points.

Junior Rachael Kidder is first among all Pac-12 players in conference matches only with 4.86 kills and 5.33 points per set. As a team in Pac-12 matches, the Bruins are first in opponent's hitting percentage (.156) and second in hitting percentage (.281), assists per set (14.15) and kills per set (15.12). Overall, UCLA is in the top half of the Pac-12 standings in six categories, ranking second in opponent's hitting percentage (.145), third in hitting percentage (.254), assists per set (13.53), kills per set (14.43) and digs per set (16.07) and fifth in blocks per set (2.45). Kidder is second in kills per set (4.60) and fourth in points per set (5.14). The full team and individual rankings can be found on page four of this release.

Junior Rachael Kidder is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in two statistical categories, coming in at 12th in kills per set (4.60) and 13th in points per set (5.14). Senior Lauren Van Orden is 30th in assists per set at 11.02. As a team, the Bruins are in the Top 30 in three categories. They are ninth in assists per set (13.53), 10th in kills per set (14.43) and 26th in hitting percentage (.254).

The Ducks bring a three-match winning streak into Friday's contest with the Bruins, having swept Colorado on Oct. 30 and winning on the road in four at Arizona State last Friday and in three at Arizona last Sunday. Oregon has won five of six, with the only defeat coming at home to Utah in five sets on Oct. 28. The Ducks have wins against two ranked foes, then-#1 Penn State on Aug. 26 and then-#7 Washington on Oct. 22, but have also lost in six other matchups with ranked teams. Oregon is hitting .233 as a team, averaging 14.75 kills, 1.11 aces, 15.65 digs and 1.75 blocks per set. Junior Alaina Bergsma is first on the squad with 4.60 kills per set, tied for the team lead with 17 aces, third with 0.61 blocks per set and fourth with 2.32 digs per set. Three others, junior Katherine Fischer (2.90), freshman Liz Brenner (2.72) and sophomore Ariana Williams (2.56), are also averaging at least two kills a set. Sophomore Lauren Plum handles the setting duties and is posting 11.88 assists per set. Junior Haley Jacob leads the back row and is averaging 4.24 digs per set, while junior Milica Krstojevic and freshman Savannah Paffen are tied for the lead in blocks at 0.69 per set. Jim Moore is in his seventh year at Oregon and has a 132-78 record in Eugene and a 484-234 mark in 22-plus seasons of coaching.

UCLA has won the last three matchups with Oregon and leads the all-time series 51-5. The Bruins claimed a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory at the John Wooden Center on Oct. 15. Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs, Rachael Kidder (17), Tabi Love (16) and Kelly Reeves (10) were all in double figures in kills and Lainey Gera (28) and Bojana Todorovic (10) were in double figures in digs. The Bruins are 47-1 all-time when winning the first set against the Ducks and are 21-4 in Eugene. Last year at Oregon, the Bruins won in four sets on Nov. 19, 2010. The Ducks' last win in the series was a five-set triumph in Eugene on Nov. 21, 2009.

The Beavers, who host USC on Friday, were swept in a pair of matches last weekend at the Arizona schools which snapped their three-match winning streak. Oregon State is 1-6 against ranked teams this season, beating then-#22 Long Beach State on Sept. 10. The Beavers are hitting .183 as a team, averaging 12.01 kills, 1.18 aces, 15.20 digs and 2.38 blocks per set. Junior Camille Saxton is first on the squad with 3.53 kills per set and 34 service aces. Senior Dre Shaw is second with 2.65 kps and 2.62 digs per set, while freshman Arica Nassar is third with 2.16 kps and first with 0.94 blocks per set. Junior Megan McBride has been handling the setting duties of late, averaging 7.18 assists per set. Sophomore Becky Defoe is the leader in digs per set at 4.56. Taras Liskevych is in his seventh year at Oregon State and has a record of 73-127 in Corvallis and a 340-211 mark in 15-plus seasons of coaching.

UCLA won its eighth in a row over Oregon State with a sweep on Oct. 14 at the John Wooden Center, 25-14, 25-17, 25-14. Tabi Love (13), Priscilla Duke-Ezeji (11) and Zoë Nightingale (10) all had double figures in kills, while Lainey Gera (17) and Kelly Reeves (10) each had double figures in digs. UCLA leads the all-time series 49-3 and is 24-1 at Oregon State, winning the last nine in Corvallis. The Beavers' last win was a five-set triumph in Westwood on Oct. 12, 2007 and their last win at home was a four-set win on Nov. 19, 2001.

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