Third-Ranked Bruins Head to Honolulu for Three Matches
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Friday, Sept. 7
8 p.m. PT - #3 UCLA vs. Idaho
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Saturday, Sept. 8
8 p.m. PT - #3 UCLA vs. San Diego State
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Sunday, Sept. 9
8 p.m. PT - #3 UCLA at #9 Hawai'i
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The defending national champion and third-ranked Bruins travel to Honolulu this weekend for the Verizon Volleyball Challenge. UCLA will take on Idaho on Friday, San Diego State on Saturday and ninth-ranked Hawai'i on Sunday. All matches will start at 8 p.m. PT.

Live stats will be provided for this weekend's matches in Hawai'i, with links available on the women's volleyball schedule page at

The Bruins play twice next week, returning to the John Wooden Center to take on 12th-ranked Pepperdine on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. UCLA then travels to Fort Collins, Colo. to face Colorado State on Saturday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. PT.

The Bruins remained at third in both national polls this week. UCLA gained seven points in this week's AVCA Coaches poll and earned one first-place vote. The Bruins received three additional points in this week's Volleyball Magazine rankings to also stay at third. The Bruins were ranked as the preseason #1 for just the third time in program history. On the last two occasions, UCLA won the National Championship in 1990 and finished runner-up in 1992. The Bruins are one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 13 in the nation (#5 USC, #7 Washington, #8 Stanford and #13 Oregon). Two remaining non-conference opponents are also ranked in the Top 25 (#9 Hawai'i and #12 Pepperdine). UCLA was also ranked #1 in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches poll.

The Vandals are 2-5 through the first two weeks of the season, having lost four in a row. Idaho was on a tour of southern California last week, dropping five-set decisions to Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara and four-set matches to Northeastern (at UCSB) and Cal State Northridge. Three of Idaho's five losses have been in five sets. The Vandals are hitting .190 as a team, averaging 12.53 kills, 1.12 aces, 16.12 digs and 2.30 blocks per set. Junior Allison Walker leads the team with 4.69 kps and is second with 3.12 dps. Sophomore Alyssa Schultz is tops on the squad with 1.22 bps and second with 2.50 kps. Senior Ryann Carter has handled the setting duties and is averaging 9.31 assists per set. Senior Janelle Chow is leading the team in dps at 4.78. Debbie Buchanan is in her 13th season as Idaho's head coach and has a record of 181-179. The Bruins have swept both meetings with the Vandals. Both matchups came on Sept. 5 six years apart in Minneapolis (2003) and Reno (2009).

The Aztecs are 5-0 on the season, hosting their own tournament last weekend and defeating Utah State, Montana and Sacred Heart. San Diego State also has a win against then-#17 California on Aug. 25. The Aztecs are hitting .317 as a team, averaging 15.06 kills, 1.39 aces, 12.72 digs and 2.86 blocks per set. Sophomore Michelle Waber is leading the team with 3.82 kps, while senior Andrea Hannasch is second with 3.22 kps and 1.28 bps. Junior Summer Nash is third on the squad with 2.53 kps. Junior Johnna Fouch has started every match at setter and is averaging 6.94 assists per set, but sophomore Chloe Mathis is also producing 5.12 aps. Defensively, senior Kristi Jackels is posting 3.39 dps and junior Emily Harris is at 1.44 bps. Deitre Collins-Parker is in her fourth year at San Diego State and has a record of 53-41 to go with a 215-232 mark in 15-plus seasons as a head coach.

The Bruins have won 11 straight against the Aztecs and lead the all-time series 48-12, but the two squads haven't met since Oct. 8, 1998 when UCLA swept San Diego State in San Diego. The Aztecs' last win in the series was a five-set triumph in San Diego on Nov. 5, 1986. Each of SDSU's last two victories have been in five.

The Rainbow Wahine are 5-1 on the season after falling victim to a five-set upset at home against California last Sunday. Hawai'i has stayed at home for the first two weekends and has three-set wins over Albany, San Francisco and Baylor and four-set triumphs versus Saint Mary's and Stanford. The Rainbow Wahine are hitting .291 as a team, averaging 14.68 kills, 0.91 aces, 14.73 digs and 2.50 blocks per set. Junior Emily Hartong leads the team with 4.45 kps to go with 2.68 dps. Sophomore Jane Croson is second with 3.86 kps to go with 2.38 dps, while freshman Jade Vorster is third with 2.24 kps. Junior Mita Uiato is handling the setting duties and is averaging 10.05 assists per set and 2.91 dps, which is second on the team. Junior Alyssa Longo is tops on the squad with seven aces and 3.05 dps, while sophomore Kalei Adolpho is first with 1.25 bps. Dave Shoji is in his 38th season as head coach and is 1,081-182.

The Bruins and the Rainbow Wahine have played each other at least once a season since 1974, the first year of women's volleyball at Hawai'i. UCLA trails the all-time series 36-33, but defeated Hawai'i last season in four sets (25-20, 28-26, 20-25, 25-17). Rachael Kidder had 17 kills, 12 digs and six blocks, Tabi Love led all players with 18 kills and Mariana Aquino posted eight kills and only one error in 18 swings (.389) with 10 blocks. The Bruins have won five of their last seven against the Rainbow Wahine. Hawai'i holds a 26-21 advantage at home and claimed a four-set win there in 2010.

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