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Thursday, Nov. 15
5 p.m. - California at #5 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Video | Audio
Friday, Nov. 16
7 p.m. - #1 Stanford at #5 UCLA
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BRUINS BID FAREWELL TO WOODEN, SAY HELLO TO PAULEY
The defending national champion and fifth-ranked Bruins play their final match at the John Wooden Center this season on Thursday against California at 5 p.m., and then move down Bruin Walk to host top-ranked Stanford in the new Pauley Pavilion on Friday at 7 p.m.
With the month of Movember in full swing, the UCLA women's volleyball team will continue its participation in the recognition of men's health awareness. All fans wearing a mustache, real or fake, will receive free admission to each of the final three regular-season matches against California (Nov. 15), Stanford (Nov. 16) and USC (Nov. 23). Simply show your mustache at the entrance to gain admittance. On Friday in women's volleyball's debut at New Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins will unveil their 2011 NCAA Championship banner before the match. In addition, the band will be in attendance. Crowds are expected to be big for Friday's contest, so fans are encouraged to line up early for entrance, with doors opening 60 minutes prior to first serve.
BRUINS ON THE NET
Free online video, audio and Gametracker will be available for both matches this weekend. Links will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins travel to Eugene to take on fourth-ranked Oregon next Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., and then return home for their final match of the regular season against #8 USC on Friday, Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. On Sunday, Nov. 25 at 1 p.m., ESPNU will air the NCAA Selection Show, as 64 teams will find out where their postseason journey begins.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins sit in fifth in both national polls this week. UCLA received 37 additional points to jump up one spot in the latest AVCA Coaches poll. The Bruins are one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 8 in the nation (#1 Stanford, #4 Oregon, #6 Washington and #8 USC). UCLA moved up one position to fifth in this week's Volleyball Magazine poll, gaining seven points.
UCLA enters the week in the top 10 nationally in three categories, ranking fourth in hitting percentage (.299) and kills per set (14.77) and sixth in assists per set (13.82). The Bruins are also 23rd in blocks per set at 2.73, making them one of two teams (Penn State) ranked in the Top 25 in hitting, kills, assists and blocks per set ... UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in hitting percentage and is second in kps and aps. The Bruins also have the highest hitting mark in the conference in league matches at .300 ... UCLA's .530 hitting percentage at Colorado on Nov. 9, the highest in the rally-scoring era (since 2001), was the second time it has eclipsed the .500 mark this season (Idaho, Sept. 7). It was the 15th time the Bruins have surpassed the .300 mark and they are undefeated when doing so. UCLA went over the .300 plateau 12 times all of last year ... 13 of the Bruins' 20 victories have been sweeps ... UCLA is 14-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins reached the 20-win mark for the 14th-straight season with Saturday's victory at Utah ... UCLA is 8-0 at home this season. The last time the Bruins were undefeated during a home schedule was in 1999 (11-0) ... UCLA is 18-1 when winning the opening set (only loss at Washington, Sept. 26).
Senior Tabi Love enters this week's play at 12th nationally in kills per set (4.55) and 20th in points per set (4.93). Sophomore Zoë Nightingale is 26th in blocks per set (1.35) ... Love is second among all Pac-12 players in pps and third in kps. She also has the most kps (4.89) and pps (5.23) in conference matches only ... three different Bruins had career-high hitting percentage totals on Friday at Colorado (Nightingale, .643; Love, .640; senior Rachael Kidder, .579) ... junior Kelly Reeves surpassed the 500-kill mark on Friday at Colorado and now has 511 for her career. She also has 757 digs and 51 aces as a Bruin ... with her 24 kills at Arizona State on Nov. 3, Love has cracked the 20-kill mark eight times this year. Her 24 kills against Washington State (Oct. 26) and 25 versus Washington (Oct. 28) were the first times she had posted at least 20 at home. The previous five occasions were on the road (20 at Nebraska, career-high 26 at Hawai'i, 24 at Colorado State, 25 at Washington, 25 at Stanford). Love also has four aces and 1.74 dps over her last nine matches, posting her first double-double as a Bruin at Arizona State (24 kills, 11 digs) on Nov. 3 ... over the last three matches (all starts), freshman Becca Strehlow is averaging 11.92 assists per set and setting the Bruins to a .327 hitting percentage. She also has 21 digs, 13 blocks and 17 kills. Strehlow had seven kills at both ASU and Utah (Nov. 10) and a career-high seven blocks at Utah ... sophomore Megan Moenoa has produced at least five digs in 11 of her last 13 matches, including 12 to go with 34 assists against Washington State (Oct. 26) for her second-career double-double ... senior Bojana Todorovic, who has 58-career, double-figure digs contests, surpassed the 1,200-dig mark at Utah. She sits eighth on UCLA's all-time list with 1,211. Jenny Johnson is seventh in Bruin lore with 1,214 digs, while Jenny Evans is sixth (1,234). Todorovic is also 16th in Bruin history with 108 aces. She has four over her last three matches ... Kidder (1,355 kills) is two away from moving into 16th on UCLA's all-time list. Lauren Fendrick has 1,356, and she is followed on the list by Jeanne Beauprey/Dicey McGraw (T-14th, 1,365) and Daiva Tomkus (1,389) ... over her last 13 matches, junior Mariana Aquino is hitting .415 with 52 kills and just eight errors in her last 106 attempts. Aquino has eight contests this season with at least four kills and no errors ... Nightingale, who set a career high with 11 kills against Washington (Oct. 28), is averaging 1.47 blocks per set over her last 15 contests (78 blocks in 53 sets). The sophomore has produced at least five blocks in 14 matches, which leads the team ... junior Meg Norton is averaging 2.11 dps over her last 11, with at least four digs in 10 of the 11 contests and a career-high 18 at Stanford on Oct. 12.
SCOUTING THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
California (14-12, 8-8) has won four of its last six matches, with both losses coming in five sets to Arizona State and Washington. Among the four wins during that stretch was a five-set triumph at Oregon on Nov. 2. The Bears are hitting .244 as a team, averaging 13.06 kills, 1.14 aces, 14.70 digs and 2.99 blocks per set. Four players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by junior Adrienne Gehan's 3.06. Sophomore Christina Higgins is second with 2.75 kps, senior Shannon Hawari is third at 2.68 kps and senior Correy Johnson is fourth with 2.59 kps. Junior Joan Caloiaro handles the setting and is posting 10.16 assists per set. Defensively, freshman Mary McKennon is first on the team with 3.54 dps, while senior Kat Brown (1.40 bps), Hawari (1.30) and Johnson (1.05) are each averaging above a block per set. Rich Feller is in his 14th year at California and has a record of 282-149 in Berkeley and a 581-316 mark in 27-plus seasons as a head coach.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. GOLDEN BEARS
The Bruins improved to 55-6 all-time against the Golden Bears following a sweep in Berkeley on Oct. 14 (25-18, 25-21, 25-18) for their third-straight win in the series. Tabi Love had 16 kills and seven digs, Rachael Kidder posted 11 kills and Bojana Todorovic added 14 digs, as the Bruins hit .303 as a team. UCLA is 26-3 at home against California, winning in four sets last Sept. 24 at the John Wooden Center (25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-15). Four of Cal's six victories have been in five sets.
SCOUTING THE STANFORD CARDINAL
Since starting the season 2-2, Stanford has won 22 straight matches and is 16-0 in Pac-12 contests. Following a stretch of three-consecutive, five-set matches from Oct. 12-21, the Cardinal have won 18 of their last 20 sets. Stanford is hitting .273 as a team, averaging 14.18 kills, 0.89 aces, 17.13 digs and 2.97 blocks per set. Four players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by the 2.97 for junior Carly Wopat, who also leads the squad with 1.52 bps. Freshman Jordan Burgess is second with 2.86 kps and 3.43 dps, freshman Inky Ajanaku is third with 2.38 kps and second with 1.16 bps and freshman Brittany Howard is fourth with 2.23 kps. Freshman Madi Bugg (8.08 assists per set) and senior Karissa Cook (6.00) have split the setting duties, with Bugg ranking first on the squad with 20 aces. Sophomore Kyle Gilbert is tops on the squad with 4.27 dps. John Dunning is in his 12th year as Stanford's skipper and has a record of 335-59 with the Cardinal and a 772-161 mark in 27-plus seasons as a head coach.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CARDINAL
With a five-set win on Oct. 12 in Palo Alto, Stanford improved its record in the overall series to 43-38, snapping a victory stretch of four of five for the Bruins. Rachael Kidder had 25 kills and 10 digs, Tabi Love also had 25 kills, Bojana Todorovic posted 22 digs, Meg Norton added 18 digs, and Megan Moenoa (66 assists, 16 digs) and Kelly Reeves (14 kills, 15 digs) each had double-doubles. Stanford won 25-23, 19-25, 28-26, 17-25, 16-14. The Bruins and the Cardinal have split the previous 36 matchups in Los Angeles, but UCLA has won the last two, both in five sets. Last Sept. 23 at the John Wooden Center, UCLA won 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 27-29, 15-9.