Top-Ranked Bruins Host Washington Schools

Nov. 1, 2011

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Friday, Nov. 4
7 p.m. - #10 Washington at #1 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video

Sunday, Nov. 6
1 p.m. - Washington State at #1 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video

The top-ranked Bruins (20-3, 13-2 Pac-12), tied for first in the conference, look to maintain that spot as they host #10 Washington (18-4, 10-4) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Washington State (12-12, 4-10) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.

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.

All seating at the John Wooden Center for women's volleyball matches is general admission, first-come first-served. Gates and the ticket office open at 6 p.m. for both nights and tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for youths (16 and under) and free for students with a valid Bruin Card. Parking is $11 in Lot 4 (corner of Charles E. Young Drive North and Westwood Plaza), which is the closest lot to the Wooden Center.

Gametracker, free video and free audio will be available for both matches this weekend at Darren Preston, Michael Sondheimer and Connor Reeves will call all the action. Links can be found on the women's volleyball schedule page.

The Bruins will embark on their last regular-season road trip next weekend, facing Oregon on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.

With the five teams above them losing in last week's poll, the Bruins jumped from sixth to first in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll. UCLA recorded 1,457 points and 41 first-place votes. The last time the Bruins were ranked #1 was in the 2000 preseason poll. The Bruins are also up five spots to first in the Volleyball Magazine rankings, receiving 197 points and eight first-place votes. In the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, the Bruins were fifth with 90 points.

The Bruins have produced their 13th-straight, 20-win season ... UCLA is 7-0 at home this season. The last time the Bruins went undefeated at home was 1999 when they went 11-0 ... the Bruins are a perfect 10-0 on Fridays ... UCLA is 10-0 when hitting .270 or better ... defensively, the Bruins are 19-0 when holding their opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... UCLA swept all four matches with the Bay Area teams for the first time since 2000 and won a three-set contest at Stanford for the first time in 11 years ... the Bruins' .411 hitting percentage against Utah on Oct. 22 was a season best ... UCLA posted back-to-back, eight-ace matches last weekend and have recorded at least eight four times this season ... junior Rachael Kidder recorded 23 kills in three sets versus Utah, the most kills for a Bruin in a three-set match since Sept. 2, 2001 when Kristee Porter had 25.

Junior Rachael Kidder maintained her top spot among all Pac-12 players in conference matches only with 4.80 kills per set. The junior is also second in points per set in league contests at 5.28. As a team in Pac-12 matches, the Bruins are second in hitting percentage (.269), opponent's hitting percentage (.152), assists per set (13.85) and kills per set (14.83). Overall, UCLA is in the top half of the Pac-12 standings in six categories, ranking third in opponent's hitting percentage (.142), assists per set (13.29), kills per set (14.20) and digs per set (16.02), fourth in hitting percentage (.245) and sixth in blocks per set (2.46). Kidder is second with 4.54 kps and third with 5.09 pps. Junior Bojana Todorovic ranks second with 0.39 service aces per set, senior Lainey Gera is fourth at 4.86 digs per set and senior Lauren Van Orden is fifth with 10.71 assists per set.

Junior Rachael Kidder is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in two statistical categories, coming in at 11th in kills per set (4.54) and 12th in points per set (5.09). As a team, the Bruins are in the Top 50 in three categories. They are 13th in assists per set (13.29), 17th in kills per set (14.20) and 44th in hitting percentage (.245).

The Huskies (18-4, 10-4 Pac-12) had lost three of their last four heading into last weekend when they beat Arizona State in five on Friday and Arizona in three on Sunday in Seattle. Washington is 3-4 against ranked teams this season, beating Long Beach State, UCLA and Oregon, while losing to USC, California, Stanford and Oregon. The Huskies are hitting .249 as a team, averaging 12.67 kills, 1.64 aces, 14.31 digs and 3.57 blocks per set. Three players are posting at least 2.00 kills per set, led by freshman Krista Vansant, who is at 3.41 kps, 21 aces (first on the team) and 2.49 digs per set, which is second on the club. Junior Kylin Muñoz is second with 2.94 kps and senior Bianca Rowland is third at 2.06 kps and first with 1.67 blocks per set. Senior Evan Sanders (9.53 assists per set) and sophomore Jenni Nogueras (5.64) have been sharing the setting duties. Sophomore Jenna Orlandini is first on the team with 4.36 digs per set and tied for second with 19 aces. At the net, senior Lauren Barfield (1.51 bps) and freshman Summer Ross (1.14 bps) are second and third behind Rowland. Ross also has 19 aces. Jim McLaughlin is in his 11th season at Washington and has a 263-73 record and a 345-116 mark in 15-plus years of coaching.

Washington swept UCLA in Seattle on Sept. 17, 26-24, 25-12, 25-20. Rachael Kidder led the Bruins with 16 kills, 10 digs and a .433 hitting percentage, while Lainey Gera added 18 digs. The Bruins still hold a 41-19 advantage in the all-time series and are 20-6 in Westwood. Last Oct. 29 at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins came back from 2-1 down to beat the Huskies. Kidder had 24 kills, Gera posted 20 digs and Lauren Van Orden recorded 64 assists and eight digs. UCLA's last four wins in the series have been at home and the last three victories have been in five sets. The Bruins are 34-5 against the Huskies when winning the opening set, but 7-14 when dropping the first.

The Cougars (12-12, 4-10 Pac-12), who play at USC on Friday, snapped a five-match losing streak with a sweep of Arizona State on Saturday. Washington State is 0-6 against ranked teams this season, getting swept four times. The Cougars are hitting .203 as a team, averaging 11.66 kills, 1.18 aces, 12.52 digs and 2.04 blocks per set. Senior Meagan Ganzer leads the squad with 4.91 kills per set and is second with 24 aces, while junior Rachel Todorovich is second at 2.26 kps. Sophomore Camryn Irwin quarterbacks the offense and is posting 9.78 assists per set and 25 aces, which leads the team. Defensively, freshman Shawna Lum is first with 2.82 digs per set, while freshman Stephanie Hagins tops the team with 0.92 blocks per set. Jen Greeny is in her first season as Washington State's head coach.

Behind 10 kills from Rachael Kidder and eight by Kelly Reeves, UCLA swept Washington State in Pullman on Sept. 16, 25-12, 25-19, 25-21. The Bruins have won 17 in a row against the Cougars, winning 51 of 56 sets, and lead the all-time series 44-7. UCLA is 23-2 at home and has won 13 in a row in Westwood. The Bruins posted a 25-10, 25-12, 25-14 win last Oct. 31 at Pauley Pavilion, as Kidder had 14 kills.

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