Eighth-Ranked Bruins Stay Local for Two Matches

Sept. 6, 2011

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Wednesday, Sept. 7
5 p.m. - #8 UCLA at Pepperdine
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video

Friday, Sept. 9
7 p.m. - #8 UCLA at #9 USC
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | TV - FSN (Tape Delay)

Off to their best start since 2006, the eighth-ranked Bruins look to improve on their 6-0 record with two road matches at Pepperdine (3-2) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. and #9 USC (4-2) on Friday at 7 p.m.

Wednesday's match at Pepperdine will mark the first of three straight contests with free live audio at UCLABruins.com. Friday's match at USC and next Monday's 2011 home debut against Cal State Northridge will also be available at UCLABruins.com. Both matches next week will have Gametracker and free live video will be available on Wednesday courtesy of Pepperdine. Links can be found on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.

Friday's contest against USC will be televised by Fox Sports Net on tape delay. Anne Marie Anderson and former Bruin Holly McPeak will call all the action. The first airing of the match will be on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 4:30 p.m. on Fox Sports West, right before the UCLA-San Jose State football game. The match will air a few more times throughout the week on FSN West or Prime Ticket.

The Bruins play three times next week, making their home debut against Cal State Northridge on Monday, Sept. 12. The match, taking place in UCLA's 2011 home away from home, the John Wooden Center, will begin at 7 p.m. The Bruins then head north to face Washington State on Friday, Sept. 16 and Washington on Saturday, Sept. 17. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

Following their 3-0 weekend in Hawai'i, the Bruins improved four spots to eighth in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, earning 1080 points (200 more than last week) and one first-place vote. The Bruins are one of six Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 16. UCLA also came in at eighth in the Volleyball Magazine rankings with 141 points, 31 more than last week. In the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, the Bruins were fifth with 90 points.

The Bruins have started a season 6-0 for the first time since 2006. That year, UCLA began its campaign with 20 straight wins and advanced to the NCAA National Semifinals ... junior Bojana Todorovic tied a school record with eight service aces on Aug. 27 against Cal State Fullerton and has 20 aces in her first six matches to lead all Bruins and Pac-12 players. The eight aces tied the mark set by Liz Masakayan (Oct. 19, 1983 vs. San Diego State) and also set a school record for aces in a three-set match. The previous record of seven was held by Elaine Youngs (Nov. 13, 1992 vs. Colorado) ... senior Lauren Van Orden has two double-doubles this year after recording her 11th as a Bruin and 27th of her career on Thursday against Long Beach State with 43 assists and 12 digs ... senior Lainey Gera notched her 29th-career contest with at least 20 digs after doing it in back-to-back matches with 27 against Ohio State on Friday and 23 at Hawai'i on Sunday ... Gera has been named to the LMU Invitational and the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic All-Tournament teams, as Todorovic (LMU) and junior Rachael Kidder (Hawai'i) were named those respective tournaments Most Outstanding Players ... Kidder was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week, her first career honor, following last weekend's play in Hawai'i. She had a double-double on Sunday with 17 kills and a career-best 12 digs, adding two aces and six blocks, which tied a personal best ... sophomore Kelly Reeves tallied her first double-double of the year and fifth of her career with 10 kills and 12 digs versus Long Beach State ... sophomore Mariana Aquino tied a career high with eight kills and 10 blocks on Sunday against the Rainbow Wahine. It was the seventh time in her career that she has had at least five blocks in a match ... junior Tabi Love led all players with 18 kills in the championship match of the Wahine Classic on Sunday. It was her second double-figure kill contest this season and 38th of her career, with the previous 36 coming at Minnesota ... all 18 Bruins on the roster have appeared in at least one match this season.

The Waves went 2-1 last weekend at their home tournament, defeating Georgia and UC Santa Barbara before losing to Miami Florida on Saturday. Following a 1-1 showing at a season-opening tournament at Texas, with a win versus Mississippi and a loss to the fourth-ranked Longhorns, Pepperdine is 3-2 heading into Wednesday's matchup with UCLA. The Waves are averaging 14.33 kills, 1.72 aces, 17.50 digs and 2.19 blocks per set, hitting .222 as a team. Three players are averaging over 3.00 kps, led by senior Kim Hill, who is first on the team with 3.61 kps and fifth with 2.39 dps. Senior Lilla Frederick is second with 3.44 kps and third with 3.33 dps, while freshman Katie Messing is third with 2.78 kps and second with 0.72 bps. Sophomore Kellie Woolever quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 11.22 assists per set to go with 3.50 dps, which is second on the squad. Freshman Michaela Christiaansen is tops on the team with 4.22 dps, while freshman Samantha Cash is first with 1.11 bps. Pepperdine is coached by former Bruin Nina Matthies, who is in her 29th year and has a record of 533-315.

The Bruins lead the all-time series 50-11 and have won six in a row against the Waves. UCLA and Pepperdine have met every season since the rivalry began in 1976. Last year on Sept. 8 at Pauley Pavilion, Rachael Kidder had 11 kills and Lainey Gera (16) and Kelly Reeves (15) each had double figures in digs in a three-set win (25-20, 25-20, 25-15). The Bruins have won three straight in Malibu (14-6 all-time), including a four-set sweep on Sept. 16, 2009 (24-26, 25-14, 25-15, 25-22). Gera recorded 18 digs for UCLA, which hit .270 for the match. She also produced 17 digs in the 2008 contest, a 3-1 win at Pauley. Pepperdine's last victories in the series and in Malibu have been in five sets (Nov. 25, 2003 in Malibu and Oct. 26, 2004 in Westwood).

The Trojans fell victim to one of the biggest upsets of the early season last Friday, getting swept by unranked UCF in Fort Myers, Fla. USC rebounded though to finish its Florida swing with sweeps of Florida Gulf Coast, Furman and Clemson to move to 4-2 on the season. The Trojans, who play at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday before Friday's match with UCLA, went 1-1 during the opening weekend at Penn State, beating Minnesota in five and falling to the host team in five. USC is averaging 13.82 kills, 1.23 aces, 12.64 digs and 1.77 blocks per set, hitting .306 as a team. Senior Alex Jupiter is one of four players averaging at least 2.00 kps, posting a team-best 4.71 kps to go with 2.29 dps, which is second on the squad. Senior Lauren Williams (2.86), junior Katie Fuller (2.18) and sophomore Kirby Burnham (2.00) are also above 2.00 kps. Senior Kendall Bateman is the setter and is averaging 11.05 assists per set. Sophomore Natalie Hagglund is the top backrow player, recording 4.23 dps, while freshman Hannah Schraer leads the team with 0.67 bps. Mick Haley is in his 11th year at the helm of the Trojans and has a 259-61 record at USC and a 1,032-249 mark in 34-plus years of head coaching.

After the Bruins swept the season series in 2009, the Trojans returned the favor in `10 with a four-set win at Galen Center on Sept. 24 and a five-set triumph at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 26. In the contest at USC, Rachael Kidder had 14 kills, Katie Camp added 11 and Lainey Gera (22), Bojana Todorovic (15) and Kelly Reeves (12) each had double figures in digs in the 25-19, 19-25, 25-16, 25-19 USC triumph. At UCLA, Todorovic (21 kills, 12 digs) and Lauren Van Orden (63 assists, 10 digs) had double-doubles, Kidder (15) and Sara Sage (10) had double figures in kills and Gera (28), Reeves (13) and Meg Norton (12) notched at least 10 digs in a 20-25, 25-21, 25-20, 20-25, 15-13 USC win. Gera is averaging 4.44 digs per set in her six contests against the Trojans, while Todorovic is posting 3.12 dps in her four matchups. UCLA leads the all-time series 56-51 and is 20-19 at USC.

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