10th-Ranked Bruins Face #3 Stanford, #2 California This Weekend

Nov. 2, 2010

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Friday, Nov. 5
7 p.m. - #10 UCLA (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10) at #3 Stanford (18-2, 9-2 Pac-10)

Saturday, Nov. 6
7 p.m. - #10 UCLA (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10) at #2 California (20-1, 10-1 Pac-10)

Gametracker at UCLABruins.com

The 10th-ranked Bruins (17-5, 7-4 Pac-10), winners of four in a row and six of their last seven, head to the Bay Area this weekend to take on the top two teams in the conference, facing #3 Stanford (18-2, 9-2) on Friday and #2 California (20-1, 10-1) on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.

Both matches this weekend will be broadcast on tape delay by Fox Sports Net, with Paul Sunderland and former Bruin Holly McPeak at the call. The first showing of the UCLA-Stanford contest will be on Saturday, Nov. 6 at 12 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket. The UCLA-California match will be shown on Sunday, Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. on FSN Prime Ticket, with a re-airing on Monday, Nov. 8 at 11 p.m.

The Bruins return home next weekend and will play the Arizona schools at Collins Court in the John Wooden Center, which will be UCLA's home in 2011 during the Pauley Pavilion renovation. The Bruins entertain Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 12 at 6 p.m. and Arizona on Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.

UCLA came in at 10th in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, tying its season-best ranking from Oct. 11. The Bruins earned 89 additional points and their total of 972 is the most they have received in one ranking this year. UCLA has been ranked between 10th and 14th during each week of the regular season. The Bruins earned nine more points in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top 20 rankings and were in 10th for the second straight poll. UCLA was 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.

Friday's victory 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 Bruins have hit .268 or better in four straight matches after going five in a row without breaking the .200 mark. The .369 percentage against Washington State on Sunday was their third-highest total this year and highest mark in Pac-10 action ... UCLA is 3-0 in five-set matches this season ... the Bruins have not lost a match when winning the fourth set (7-0) ... UCLA is 14-0 when winning the opening set ... the Bruins are a perfect 15-0 when out-hitting their opponent and 12-0 when hitting .235 or better ... UCLA is 14-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the 105 digs at Arizona on Oct. 15 was 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 ... junior Lainey Gera continues to lead all Pac-10 players in digs per set at 4.72. Junior Lauren Van Orden is fifth in assists per set (11.17) and sixth in service aces per set (0.28), while junior Katie Camp is 10th in hitting percentage (.337) ... 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 15.45 dps ... nationally, the Bruins rank 28th in assists per set (13.10) and 35th in kps (13.90). Van Orden is 25th in aps ... Van Orden had a career-best 64 assists on Friday against Washington ... with 10 digs on Sunday versus Washington State, freshman Kelly Reeves tallied her eighth double-figure digs match of the year ... Gera is seventh all-time in UCLA history in digs with 1,196. Next up are Jenny Johnson (1,214) in sixth and Jenny Evans (1,234) in fifth. Gera produced her 22nd-career match with 20-plus digs on Friday ... senior Dicey McGraw had double figures in kills in a career-high 13 straight contests before seeing the streak snapped on Sunday ... Camp has at least four blocks in nine matches this season ... sophomore Rachael Kidder is averaging a team-best 4.05 kps during Pac-10 action, the sixth-highest total among league players. She has eight straight matches with double figures in kills and three contests with at least 20 kills after posting 24 on Friday ... freshman Mariana Aquino has recorded a pair of perfect hitting nights in her last four matches. She had eight kills and no errors in 12 swings for a .667 hitting percentage on Friday and notched seven kills and no miscues in 14 attempts (.500) on Oct. 22 against Oregon State. The freshman is hitting .512 in her last four contests (23 kills-2 errors-41 attempts).

Stanford won both matches at the Oregon schools last weekend in sweeps to move to 18-2 overall and 9-2 in Pac-10 play. The Cardinal's two losses were a four-set defeat to California on Oct. 22 and a five-set setback at UCLA on Oct. 9. Of Stanford's nine conference wins, six have been sweeps. The Cardinal are hitting .322 as a team this season, averaging 14.91 kills, 1.07 aces, 15.12 digs and 2.55 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman leads the way with 5.64 kps, adding a .382 hitting percentage, 2.70 dps, 0.64 bps and 17 aces, which is tied for the team lead. Sophomore outside Hayley Spelman is second with 2.36 kps to go with a .326 percentage. The Cardinal run a 6-2 offense with senior Cassidy Lichtman (8.67 assists per set) and sophomore Karissa Cook (6.14). Lichtman is tied for the team lead with 17 aces and has added 2.51 dps and 0.65 bps. Senior libero Gabi Ailes is the leader in dps at 4.55, while junior Stephanie Browne (1.14) and freshman Carly Wopat (1.03) each average over a block per set. During Pac-10 play, the Cardinal are hitting .313 with 14.74 kills, 1.08 aces, 15.51 digs and 2.49 blocks per set. Klineman is first with 6.23 kps to go with a .391 percentage, 2.72 dps and 0.67 bps. Spelman is second with 2.72 kps. Lichtman is averaging 10.62 aps and 2.44 dps, while Cook has 5.23 aps. Ailes has paced the squad with 12 aces and 5.23 dps, while Browne (1.17) and Wopat (1.11) are both over a block a set in conference. John Dunning is in his 10th year at Stanford and holds a record of 280-47.

Behind a career-high 25 kills from sophomore Rachael Kidder and 25 digs by junior Lainey Gera, the 12th-ranked Bruins ended #1 Stanford's undefeated run with a five-set victory on Oct. 9 at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-21, 16-25, 25-27, 25-23, 15-12. Kidder posted her first-career double-double by adding 11 digs to go along with four blocks, while junior Lauren Van Orden also had a double-double with 55 assists and 10 digs to go with four blocks and two aces. Senior Dicey McGraw (14) and junior Katie Camp (10) were in double figures in kills, with Camp producing a team-best six roofs. Sophomore Bojana Todorovic tied a career high with 16 digs, while freshman Kelly Reeves added seven kills. The Bruins hit .157 for the match.

For the first time since 2000, the Bruins have a winning streak against the Cardinal with two straight victories after their triumph on Oct. 9 at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA had snapped an 18-match losing streak to the Cardinal with a five-set win at Stanford on Oct. 31 of last year in a contest that resulted in Andy Banachowski's 1,100th-career coaching victory. UCLA won the first two sets 25-18 and 34-32, but Stanford came back to win the next two 25-19 and 25-21 before the Bruins rallied to a 15-11 victory in the fifth. Dicey McGraw (12 kills, 15 digs) and Bojana Todorovic (14 kills, 10 digs) each had double-doubles, while Lainey Gera added 28 digs. Stanford leads the overall series 41-36 and is 21-12 on The Farm against UCLA. The Bruins' last season sweep of the Cardinal was in 2000.

California has won five straight since its only loss of the year at USC in five sets on Oct. 9. The Bears, who host USC on Friday, are 15-0 in three-set matches and 4-0 in four sets. California is hitting .316 as a team with 14.58 kills, 1.11 aces, 13.70 digs and 3.10 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey is first on the team with 5.24 kps, adding a .341 hitting percentage, 13 aces, 2.27 dps and 0.59 bps. Sophomore opposite hitter Correy Johnson (2.23), sophomore middle blocker Kat Brown (2.11), freshman outside hitter Adrienne Gehan (2.10) and sophomore middle blocker Shannon Hawari (2.05) are also averaging more than 2.00 kps, with Hawari leading the squad with a .412 percentage. Senior Carli Lloyd handles the setting duties with 11.60 assists per set. Sophomore libero Robin Rostratter leads the squad with 21 aces and 3.85 dps, while Brown (1.38), Hawari (1.23) and Lloyd (1.04) are each averaging over a block per set. During Pac-10 play, the Golden Bears are hitting .286 with 14.60 kills, 0.85 aces, 14.35 digs and 3.22 blocks per set. Murrey is posting 5.65 kps in league action, followed by Johnson (2.25) and Gehan (2.05). Lloyd is averaging 11.75 aps during Pac-10 play, while Rostratter holds a team-best 4.15 dps and nine aces. Brown (1.56), Hawari (1.27) and Lloyd (1.17) are averaging over a block a set in Pac-10 play. Rich Feller is in his 12th year at California and holds a record of 232-127.

Sophomore Rachael Kidder had a career-high 17 kills and senior Dicey McGraw added 10, but the 12th-ranked Bruins lost in four to seventh-ranked California on Oct. 8 at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 18-25, 25-18, 15-25, 22-25. Junior Katie Camp added eight kills, while junior Lainey Gera posted nine digs. The Bruins had a season-high nine aces, including four from junior Sara Sage, who came into the match with just four aces for her career. UCLA hit .142 for the match, as California recorded 17 blocks.

The Bruins still lead the all-time series against the Golden Bears 52-5 and are 22-2 in Berkeley. UCLA claimed a four-set victory at Haas Pavilion last Oct. 30. The Bruins won the first two sets and held on for a four-set victory (25-20, 25-20, 16-25, 25-19). Sara Sage had 11 kills and five blocks, Dicey McGraw tallied 10 kills and Lainey Gera added 20 digs. Prior to the Bruins' sweeping the Bears last season, Cal had claimed three straight in the series, all in five sets.

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