Oct. 26, 2010
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Friday, Oct. 29
7 p.m. - #7 Washington (17-3, 6-3 Pac-10) at #11 UCLA (15-5, 5-4 Pac-10)
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Sunday, Oct. 31
1 p.m. - Washington State (6-13, 0-9 Pac-10) at #11 UCLA (15-5, 5-4 Pac-10)
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HOMESTAND CONCLUDES AGAINST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS
The 11th-ranked Bruins (15-5, 5-4 Pac-10), winners of four of their last five, begin the second half of Pac-10 play this weekend against seventh-ranked Washington (17-3, 6-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Washington State (6-13, 0-9) on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.
THIS WEEK'S PROMOTIONS
Before you go out trick-or-treating on Sunday night, spend the afternoon at Pauley Pavilion for the Bruins' match against Washington State. Fans who wear a Halloween costume will receive free admission to the match. On Friday, the UCLA band will be in attendance.
The Bruins are on the road next weekend at the Bay Area schools, facing Stanford on Friday, Nov. 5 and California on Saturday, Nov. 6. Both matches start at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both contests at UCLABruins.com and the matches will also be broadcast by Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins earned 32 more points in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, but remained at 11th for the second straight ranking. UCLA has been ranked between 10th and 14th during each week of the regular season. The Bruins received the same number of points in the latest Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, but moved up one spot to 10th. UCLA was selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.
BRUINS ON THE NET
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.
NEWS AND NOTES
UCLA is 13-0 when winning the opening set ... the Bruins are a perfect 14-0 when out-hitting their opponent and 10-0 when hitting .235 or better ... UCLA is 13-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins have not lost a match when winning the fourth set (6-0) ... UCLA is 2-0 in five-set matches this season ... 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 4.84. Juniors Katie Camp and Lauren Van Orden rank in the Pac-10 Top 10 in two categories. Camp is eighth in blocks per set (1.06) and 10th in hitting percentage (.344), while Van Orden is fifth in service aces per set (0.30) and sixth in assists per set (11.00) ... 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 15.88 dps ... nationally, the Bruins are 31st in assists per set (13.10) and 30th in kps (13.96). Van Orden is 27th in aps ... Van Orden, who had an ace in 10 straight matches, saw the streak come to an end against Oregon on Saturday ... junior Sara Sage has nine aces in her last four matches after recording just four in her previous 68 contests ... Gera moved into seventh all-time in UCLA history in digs with 1,167. Next up is Jenny Johnson (1,214) in sixth ... senior Dicey McGraw has double figures in kills in 12 straight contests, while sophomore Rachael Kidder has at least 10 kills in six in a row.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
The Huskies rebounded from an 0-2 result in the Bay Area by sweeping the Arizona schools in Seattle last weekend. Washington was forced to a fifth set against Arizona on Friday, but claimed a win before sweeping Arizona State the next evening. The Huskies also have sweeps of UCLA, Oregon State and Washington State to their credit and defeated USC in five, while falling on the road to California in three and Oregon and Stanford in four. They are 7-0 at home this year, but just 4-3 in away contests. Washington is hitting .297 as a team, averaging 13.88 kills, 1.52 aces, 13.55 digs and 2.58 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Kindra Carlson leads the team with 3.86 kps and 23 aces and is followed by senior outside Becky Perry (3.77) and junior middle blocker Bianca Rowland (2.86). Rowland leads the team with a .402 hitting percentage and also has 1.08 bps. Defensively, the team leader in bps is junior middle Lauren Barfield (1.28), while freshman libero Jenna Orlandini is tops with 4.55 dps. Senior Jenna Hagglund handles the setting duties and is averaging 11.89 assists per set. During Pac-10 play, the Huskies are swinging at a .246 percentage, averaging 13.48 kills, 1.09 aces, 14.15 digs and 2.68 blocks per set. Perry leads the way in conference action with 3.91 kps, followed by Carlson (3.55) and Rowland (2.82). Barfield is the top blocker at 1.48 bps, Orlandini is averaging 4.82 dps and Hagglund is posting 11.64 assists per set. Jim McLaughlin is in his 10th year at Washington and holds a record of 238-63.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
Senior Dicey McGraw had 12 kills and nine digs, while junior Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 29 assists and 10 digs, but the Bruins lost in three sets on Oct. 2 in Seattle. Set scores were 25-20, 26-24, 25-17. Sophomore Bojana Todorovic was a kill and a dig shy of a double-double with nine apiece, as she hit .364 with just one error in 22 attempts. Junior Katie Camp had a perfect hitting night, posting six kills and no errors in 14 swings for a .429 hitting percentage to go with three blocks. Van Orden was joined in the double-figure digs category by junior Lainey Gera (13) and freshman Kelly Reeves (10). The Bruins hit just .115 for the match. Washington led most of the opening set to take an early lead, but UCLA battled in the second in a set that featured 16 ties and eight lead changes and neither team leading by more than two. The Bruins had a set point at 24-23, but the Huskies scored the final three points to go up 2-0. UCLA led early 5-4 in the third, but Washington came back with five of the next seven and never trailed for the rest of the set. Becky Perry had a double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs, Kindra Carlson added 13 kills and Bianca Rowland posted 10 kills. Jenna Orlandini recorded 17 digs and Lauren Barfield had seven kills and no errors in 10 swings (.700) with nine blocks, as the Huskies hit .331 as a team.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
The Huskies have won eight straight, but the Bruins still lead the all-time series 40-18. UCLA is 19-6 at home against Washington, but has lost three in a row, with its last victory coming in five sets on Sept. 28, 2006. The Huskies swept the Bruins last season on Nov. 14 at Pauley Pavilion (25-19, 25-18, 25-21).
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
The Cougars, who play USC on Friday, are still looking for their first Pac-10 victory. Washington State, which went 6-4 in non-conference play, have been swept six times and lost in four twice. The Cougars came close to their first conference win last Friday against Arizona State, holding a 2-1 lead in Pullman before seeing the Sun Devils win the last two sets. Washington State is hitting .190 as a team, averaging 11.82 kills, 1.18 aces, 12.49 digs and 1.93 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Meagan Ganzer is the biggest part of the Cougar offense, averaging 5.12 kps. Sophomore right side hitter Rachel Todorovich is the only other player posting at least 2.00 kps at 2.08. Freshman setter Sara Biondi quarterbacks the offense and is recording 9.63 assists per set. Defensively, sophomore libero Oceana Bush leads the squad in dps at 3.88, while freshman middle blocker Marcelina Glab is the top blocker at 0.75 bps. The Cougars are hitting just .119 in Pac-10 action, averaging 10.10 kills, 0.84 aces, 11.23 digs and 1.95 blocks per set. Ganzer is averaging 4.00 kps, while Todorovich is at 2.33. Bush (3.29 dps), Biondi (8.55 aps) and Ganzer (0.81 bps) lead the team in those respective categories. Andrew Palileo is in his third year at Washington State and holds a record of 34-45.
THE FIRST TIME AROUND: BRUINS VS. COUGARS
Sophomore Bojana Todorovic had a season-best 11 kills and posted a career-high .529 hitting percentage with just two errors in 17 swings, as the Bruins defeated Washington State in a sweep on Oct. 1 in Pullman. Set scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-17. Senior Dicey McGraw had a match-high 13 kills and hit .393 with only two errors in 28 attacks. Sophomore Mari Hole added eight kills, seven digs and a career-best four blocks, while junior Lauren Van Orden posted 38 assists, six digs and two aces. Junior Lainey Gera had 17 digs, freshman Kelly Reeves notched nine and Todorovic added eight. The Bruins hit .262 as a team. The first half of the opening set was close, with 11 ties and four lead changes. But tied at 13, the Bruins scored five in a row and 12 of the last 16 to take the first. The Cougars got out to early leads in the second and third sets, but the Bruins came back both times to finish off the sweep. Megan Ganzer had 11 kills to pace the Cougars, who hit .057 as a team.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. COUGARS
The Bruins have won 15 straight against the Cougars and lead the all-time series 42-7. UCLA is 22-2 in Westwood against Washington State and has defeated the Cougars 12 straight times in Los Angeles. Wazzu's last victory at UCLA was a four-set triumph on Oct. 24, 1997. The Bruins have won 39 of the last 42 sets against the Cougars.