10th-Ranked Bruins Embark on Final Regular-Season Road Trip

Nov. 16, 2010

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Friday, Nov. 19
7 p.m. - #10 UCLA (19-7, 9-6 Pac-10) at #23 Oregon (18-8, 6-8 Pac-10)

Sunday, Nov. 21
12 p.m. - #10 UCLA (19-7, 9-6 Pac-10) at Oregon State (8-20, 1-13 Pac-10)

Gametracker/live stats at UCLABruins.com

The 10th-ranked Bruins (19-7, 9-6 Pac-10) travel north for their final regular-season road trip as they face 23rd-ranked Oregon (18-8, 6-8) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (8-20, 1-13) on Sunday at 12 p.m. Gametracker/live stats will be available at UCLABruins.com.

The Bruins play their final regular-season home match next Friday, Nov. 26, the day after Thanksgiving, against cross-town rival and sixth-ranked USC at 5 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The NCAA selection show, which will announce the 64-team field, will be aired on Sunday, Nov. 28 at 12 p.m. on ESPNEWS.

UCLA gained 39 points in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, but remained at 10th for the third straight week. The Bruins have been ranked between 10th and 14th during each week of the regular season. UCLA jumped up one spot to ninth in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 rankings, earning five more points. The Bruins were selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.

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.

Junior Lainey Gera was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Monday after tying a school record for digs in a three-set match against Arizona State with 28 and following that up with a 27-dig effort versus Arizona. The POW award is the first of Gera's career, the first this season for the Bruins and the 55th all-time for UCLA ... the Bruins are 16-0 when winning the opening set ... UCLA is a perfect 17-0 when out-hitting its opponent and 13-0 when hitting .250 or better ... the Bruins are 15-0 when holding their foe under a .200 hitting percentage ... UCLA is 8-0 this season when winning the fourth set of a match, but 0-6 when dropping the fourth ... the Nov. 6 loss at Cal was the only time this season the Bruins have lost in five sets (3-1) and the first time they lost when up 2-1 in a match ... the Oct. 29 win over Washington snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Huskies and was just the second time this year the Bruins have won when getting out-hit (.329-.268). The .329 percentage marked the first time since Sept. 4, 1994 (at Hawai'i) that UCLA has won a match when its opponent hit over .300 ... the 105 digs at Arizona on Oct. 15 marked the first time the Bruins have had triple figures in digs since Nov. 20, 2007 against Pepperdine and the most since producing 109 against Washington on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Gera jumped back up to first in the Pac-10 in digs per set at 4.84. She is averaging 5.00 dps during conference action ... juniors Katie Camp and Lauren Van Orden are in the Pac-10 Top 10 in two categories. Camp is eighth in blocks per set (1.12) and ninth in hitting percentage (.333), while Van Orden is fifth in assists per set (11.45) and eighth in aces per set (0.26). Senior Dicey McGraw is 10th with 3.78 kills per set ... as a team, the Bruins, who have led the Pac-10 in dps in each of the last three seasons, are once again atop the standings with 15.61 dps ... nationally, the Bruins rank 17th in assists per set (13.34) and 23rd in kps (14.15). Van Orden is 16th in aps ... Van Orden has 13 contests with at least 40 assists and leads all players in double-doubles with six, including four during Pac-10 play ... freshman Kelly Reeves posted her 10th double-figure digs match of the year against Arizona on Saturday with 13, which was two shy of her career best ... junior Sara Sage came off the bench to post seven kills and only one error in 11 attempts (.545) in just two sets against Arizona on Saturday ... Gera surpassed Jenny Evans (1,234) and Ashley Bowles (1,269) on the all-time digs list last weekend and is now fourth with 1,283. Next up is Nellie Spicer, who is third with 1,299 digs ... McGraw has double figures in kills in 17 of her last 18 matches and was one shy of a career high with 23 against Arizona on Saturday ... Camp notched her sixth double-figure kills match against Arizona and has at least four blocks 13 times this year ... sophomore Bojana Todorovic notched her third double-double of the season and the seventh of her career with 10 kills and 11 digs to go with a season-high three aces against Arizona ... sophomore Rachael Kidder has 12 straight matches with double figures in kills after posting 14 in each contest last weekend and is averaging 4.08 kills per set during that stretch ... freshman Mariana Aquino is hitting .395 over her last eight matches with 39 kills and seven errors in 81 attempts ... freshman Meg Norton is averaging 2.17 digs per set over her last three matches.

Oregon has struggled during the last month of Pac-10 play, but comes into Friday's contest on a two-match winning streak after a five-set win at Arizona State on Nov. 6 and a four-set triumph at Oregon State last Friday. Prior to their win streak, the Ducks had lost five in a row, including four by sweep. Oregon is hitting .263 as a team with 14.19 kills, 1.69 aces, 13.83 digs and 1.84 blocks per set. Senior Heather Meyers (3.69), sophomore Katherine Fischer (3.46) and sophomore Alaina Bergsma (3.18) are each averaging over 3.00 kps, while freshman Ariana Williams is fourth with 2.04 kps. Meyers also leads the team with 59 aces and a .309 hitting percentage. Freshman Lauren Plum handles the setting duties and is posting 11.82 assists per set. Defensively, sophomore Haley Jacob is tops on the squad with 4.04 dps, while sophomore Jocelyn Levig leads the way with 0.85 bps. In Pac-10 action, the Ducks are hitting .227 with 14.02 kills, 1.24 aces, 14.14 digs and 1.48 blocks per set. Meyers is again on top with 3.84 kps and 23 aces, with Bergsma (3.51 kps) and Fischer (3.18) close behind. Plum (11.53 aps), Jacob (4.12 dps) and Levig (0.80 bps) all lead the team in their respective categories. Jim Moore is in his sixth year at Oregon and sports a 114-68 record.

Senior Dicey McGraw posted double figures in kills with a match-best 16 and hit a career-high .556 with only one error in 27 attempts, as the 11th-ranked Bruins swept #16 Oregon on Oct. 23 at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-23, 25-17, 25-18. Sophomore Rachael Kidder was also in double figures in kills with 10, as she added seven digs. Junior Katie Camp posted nine kills and four blocks, hitting .533 with only one error in 15 attacks. McGraw added five blocks and freshman Kelly Reeves recorded seven kills and six digs. Junior Lainey Gera had a match-best 15 digs, while junior Lauren Van Orden registered 40 assists and six digs. The Bruins hit .330 for the match.

The Bruins hold a 49-5 all-time edge over the Ducks and are 20-4 in Eugene. However, UCLA has dropped its last three contests at McArthur Court, including a five-set defeat last Nov. 21 that saw the Bruins win the first two sets before dropping the final three. UCLA's last victory in Eugene was a straight-set triumph on Sept. 21, 2006.

Oregon State has dropped 12 straight contests since starting Pac-10 play with a 1-1 record. The Beavers' lone victory was a four-set triumph against Washington State on Sept. 25. Since then, Oregon State has lost seven times in three sets, three times in four sets and twice in five. The Beavers are hitting .207 as a team with 12.39 kills, 1.42 aces, 12.62 digs and 2.58 blocks per set. Senior Jill Sawatzky paces Oregon State with 3.85 kps to go along with a team-high 28 aces. Sophomore Megan McBride quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 8.77 assists per set. Freshman Becky Defoe is tops in digs at 3.04 dps, while freshman Mona Kressl leads the squad with 1.15 bps. In Pac-10 action, the Beavers are hitting .188 with 12.08 kills, 1.04 aces, 12.50 digs and 2.27 blocks per set. Sawatzky is averaging a team-best 3.54 kps, while junior Dre Shaw is posting 2.21 kps. McBride (8.60 aps), Defoe (3.16 dps) and Kressl (1.20 bps) all lead the team in their respective categories. Taras Liskevych is in his sixth year at Oregon State and has a record of 58-112.

Sophomore Rachael Kidder had a match-high 23 kills, while senior Dicey McGraw added 11 kills, as the 11th-ranked Bruins defeated Oregon State in four sets on Oct. 22 at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-13, 25-23, 23-25, 25-14. Kidder hit .341 in 41 attempts for her second career match with 20-plus kills and added six digs and two aces. Freshman Mariana Aquino had a perfect evening with a career-high seven kills and no errors in 14 attacks for a .500 hitting percentage, adding a team-best five blocks. In the backcourt, junior Lainey Gera (17) and sophomore Bojana Todorovic (11) each had double figures in digs. The Bruins hit .278 for the match.

The Bruins are 47-3 all-time against the Beavers and have won six in a row in the series, with the last four being sweeps. UCLA is 23-1 in Corvallis and has claimed eight in a row at Oregon State. The Beavers' lone win at home against the Bruins was a four-set triumph on Nov. 19, 2001. OSU's last win in the series came at Pauley Pavilion in five sets on Oct. 12, 2007.

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