10th-Ranked Bruins Look to Keep Momentum Going at Arizona Schools

Oct. 12, 2010

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Friday, Oct. 15
7 p.m. - #10 UCLA (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) at #25 Arizona (14-4, 3-2 Pac-10)

Saturday, Oct. 16
7 p.m. - #10 UCLA (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) at Arizona State (6-11, 1-4 Pac-10)

Gametracker at UCLABruins.com

The 10th-ranked Bruins (12-4, 2-3 Pac-10) are back on the road again this weekend, facing #25 Arizona (14-4, 3-2) on Friday and Arizona State (6-11, 1-4) on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.

The Bruins open up a four-match homestand next weekend against the Oregon schools, facing Oregon State on Friday, Oct. 22 and 17th-ranked Oregon on Saturday, Oct. 23. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.

With its upset victory over Stanford, UCLA moved into the Top 10 of the AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll for the first time this season, vaulting two spots from 12th to 10th. The Bruins gained an additional 165 points, their biggest one-week point jump of the year. UCLA moved up three spots to ninth in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, receiving 25 more points for its biggest one-week point jump in those rankings. 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.

The Bruins' match against Stanford was their first five-set contest this season ... junior Lainey Gera continues to lead all Pac-10 players in digs per set at 4.56. Juniors Katie Camp and Lauren Van Orden rank in the Pac-10 Top 10 in two categories. Camp is fifth in blocks per set (1.20) and eighth in hitting percentage (.352), while Van Orden is fifth in service aces per set (0.31) and sixth in assists per set (10.78). Senior Dicey McGraw is ninth in kills per set at 3.68 ... 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 15.32 dps ... nationally, the Bruins are 33rd in assists per set (12.95) and 38th in kps (13.84). Van Orden is 33rd in aps ... the Bruins are 11-0 when winning the opening set and just 1-4 when dropping the first ... UCLA has not lost a fourth set in four matches ... the Bruins are 11-0 when out-hitting their opponent and 8-0 when hitting .250 or better ... UCLA is 10-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... Van Orden has an ace in nine straight matches ... McGraw has double figures in kills in eight straight contests ... sophomore Rachael Kidder set back-to-back career highs in kills with 17 against California on Friday and 25 versus Stanford on Saturday ... junior Sara Sage had four aces against Cal after coming into the match with four aces in her career ... the nine aces against the Golden Bears were a season best for the Bruins.

Arizona went on the road last weekend and swept the Oregon schools, claiming five-set victories in both matches. The Wildcats were trailing 2-1 in each contest, but came back to win the last two sets to post a pair of triumphs. The Wildcats have won four in a row, including a sweep of rival Arizona State and a four-set victory at New Mexico State, since dropping their first two Pac-10 matches against the Bay Area schools. On the season, the Wildcats are hitting .271 and are averaging 13.63 kills, 1.16 aces, 13.00 digs and 2.34 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Tiffany Owens, the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Week, is pacing Arizona with 4.00 kps and 3.03 dps, placing second with 13 aces and a .324 hitting percentage. Senior outside Whitney Dosty (3.54), junior middle blocker Cursty Jackson (2.49) and junior middle Courtney Karst (2.48) are also averaging more than 2.00 kps. Jackson also leads the team with a .387 hitting percentage and 1.22 bps. Senior Paige Weber handles the setting duties and holds a squad-best 11.33 assists per set and 19 service aces. Freshman libero Candace Nicholson is second on the team with 2.69 dps. In five Pac-10 contests, the Wildcats are swinging at a .261 percentage, averaging 13.95 kills, 0.76 aces, 14.52 digs and 2.19 blocks per set. Owens is posting 4.86 kps and 3.67 dps during conference action. Karst is second at 3.10 kps and followed by Dosty (3.00 kps) and Jackson (2.33 kps and 1.29 bps). Weber is averaging 12.10 aps in Pac-10, while Nicholson is at 3.48 dps. David Rubio is in his 19th year at Arizona and holds a record of 354-204.

The Bruins have swept the season series with the Wildcats in each of the last two years and lead the all-time series 49-17. Last season in Tucson on Sept. 26, UCLA dropped the opening set, but came back to win the final three. Dicey McGraw had a double-double with 20 kills and 15 digs, while Lainey Gera added 21 digs. The Bruins swept the Wildcats on Nov. 27 at Pauley behind nine kills from Mari Hole and 16 digs by Gera. The Bruins are 21-10 all-time in Tucson, with the Wildcats last home victory coming on Nov. 24, 2007 in four sets. The Bruins have won seven of the last eight overall against the Wildcats.

Arizona State, which hosts USC on Friday, snapped a five-match losing streak with a five-set triumph at Oregon State on Saturday. The Sun Devils had been swept by Arizona and California and lost in four to Oregon and Stanford before coming back from 2-0 down to beat the Beavers in Corvallis. Arizona State is hitting .215 as a team and is averaging 12.46 kills, 1.24 aces, 13.91 digs and 2.24 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Sarah Reaves leads the squad with 3.96 kps to go along with 2.44 dps. Two others, sophomore outside Ashley Kastl (3.19) and freshman outside Danica Mendivil (3.02), are also averaging over 3.00 kps. Junior Cat Highmark quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 10.55 assists per set. Sophomore middle blocker Erica Wilson leads the team in both aces with 15 and bps at 0.99, while senior libero Sarah Johnson tops the squad with 4.36 dps. In conference play, the Sun Devils are hitting .228 with 12.47 kills, 1.16 aces, 14.42 digs and 2.55 blocks per set. Reaves is the leader at 4.32 kps, while Mendivil is posting 3.32 kps. Highmark is averaging 10.37 aps in Pac-10 action, Wilson is first with 1.26 bps and Johnson is tallying 3.95 dps. Jason Watson is in his third year at Arizona State and holds a record of 32-46.

The Bruins saw their 13-match winning streak against the Sun Devils snapped in Tempe last Sept. 25, but responded with a sweep at home on Nov. 28 in the regular-season finale. Despite a double-double from Dicey McGraw, who had 13 kills and 11 digs, UCLA fell in three for its first loss to Arizona State since 2002. UCLA returned the favor with a three-set win at Pauley behind 23 digs from Lainey Gera and 11 from Bojana Todorovic. UCLA leads the all-time series 61-7 and is 26-5 in Tempe. The Bruins are a perfect 54-0 when winning the first set against the Sun Devils.

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