Bruins Earn #7 National Seed, Host First and Second Rounds

Nov. 25, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - The defending national champion Bruins open up their title defense on Friday at the New Pauley Pavilion when they host LIU Brooklyn at 8 p.m. San Diego and Michigan State also head to Westwood and will square off at 5:30 p.m. Friday's winners will play in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $18 (adults) and $12 (students/youths) for all-session and $10 and $8 for single-session. Fans can purchase tickets at the Pauley Pavilion box office the day of the match or by calling 310-UCLA-WIN.

UCLA earned an at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament, finishing the regular season with a record of 22-7 and tying for fourth in the Pac-12 Conference (14-6). The Bruins defeated cross-town rival USC in four sets on Friday to close the regular season.

LIU Brooklyn earned an automatic bid into the field of 64 by winning the Northeast Conference Tournament Championship. The Blackbirds have won 19 straight matches and finished the regular season with a record of 25-7 and a 16-0 mark in NEC play.

The Bruins have played LIU Brooklyn just once, sweeping them on Sept. 16, 2006 in College Park, Md.

Michigan State went 23-9 and tied for sixth in the Big Ten standings with an 11-9 record. The Spartans come into the NCAA Tournament on a two-match losing streak after falling to Penn State and Michigan last week.

The Bruins are 3-0 all-time against the Spartans, with the last matchup coming at Pauley Pavilion in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 3, 2000. UCLA came back from a 2-1 deficit to beat Michigan State in five sets.

San Diego enters the tournament with a 21-6 overall record, having defeated BYU on Nov. 17 to share the West Coast Conference title with the Cougars (13-3). The Toreros have won four of their last five.

The Bruins are 7-0 all-time against the Toreros. The two teams are no strangers to each other, as they met in the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year at the John Wooden Center, with UCLA winning in four. Three of the seven meetings have been in the NCAA Tournament, with UCLA sweeping San Diego in 2003 (first round) and 2005 (second round).

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE