Sept. 11, 2012
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Wednesday, Sept. 12
7 p.m. - #18 Pepperdine at #2 UCLA
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio
Saturday, Sept. 15
6 p.m. PT - #2 UCLA at Colorado State
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Video | Audio
BRUINS HOST PEPPERDINE, TRAVEL TO COLORADO STATE
The defending national champion and second-ranked Bruins host #18 Pepperdine at the John Wooden Center on Wednesday in a 7 p.m. match that will be televised by Pac-12 Networks. UCLA then travels to Colorado State for a Saturday tilt at 6 p.m. PT.
ABOUT PAC-12 NETWORKS
In its inaugural season, the Pac-12 Networks brings an unprecedented level of exposure to its acclaimed member institutions that have combined to collect a record 450 NCAA titles. The 82 televised Pac-12 women's volleyball matches are just a portion of 217 exciting events including football, men's and women's soccer, men's water polo, field hockey and cross country telecast over 100 days this fall, putting the Conference of Champions on a national stage.
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BRUINS ON THE NET
Gametracker and free audio will be provided for Wednesday's match against Pepperdine. Saturday's contest at Colorado State will also feature Gametracker, as well as audio and video. Links will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins open up Pac-12 play next week, facing #3 USC at Galen Center on Wednesday, Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. and hosting Oregon State at the John Wooden Center on Friday, Sept. 21 at 8 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on ESPNU (USC) and Pac-12 Networks (Oregon State).
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
Following a 3-0 weekend and riding a five-match winning streak, the Bruins moved up one spot to second in both national polls this week. UCLA gained 67 points in this week's AVCA Coaches poll and earned one first-place vote. The Bruins received nine additional points in this week's Volleyball Magazine rankings to jump up to second. 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 9 in the nation (#3 USC, #5 Washington, #7 Stanford and #9 Oregon). The Bruins are 1-1 against Top 25 teams this season, falling at then-#4 (now-#1) Nebraska on Aug. 25 and winning at then-#9 (now-#8) Hawai'i last Sunday. One remaining non-conference opponent is also ranked, as the Bruins face #18 Pepperdine on Wednesday. UCLA was also ranked #1 in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches poll.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins hit .519 as a team against Idaho last Friday, which was the highest hitting percentage in a match for UCLA in the rally scoring era (since 2001) ... UCLA is third in the nation in blocks per set at 3.12 and 13th in hitting percentage at .299. In addition, sophomore Karsta Lowe ranks 16th nationally in hitting percentage at .442. Lowe ranks third among Pac-12 players in hitting ... UCLA has hit .295 or better in each contest during its current five-match winning streak ... the Bruins have held their opponent under a .170 hitting percentage in each of their six wins this season ... junior Kelly Reeves surpassed the 600-career dig mark at Hawai'i and has 601 as a Bruin ... after being held below the mark all last season, senior Tabi Love has cracked the 20-kill mark twice in the first seven matches (20 at Nebraska, career-high 26 at Hawai'i) ... senior Bojana Todorovic reached 20 digs in a match for the third time against the Rainbow Wahine. Her other two matches came in back-to-back contests in 2010 at Arizona (career-high 25) and Arizona State (20). Todorovic is 53 digs away from becoming the 21st member of the UCLA 1,000-dig club ... Todorovic became the 18th Bruin to tally 100 aces for her career when she had one at Hawai'i ... senior Rachael Kidder is five kills away from 1,100 for her career. Next up on the all-time Bruin list is Ali Daley (24th, 1,112) ... sophomore Zoë Nightingale went three straight matches without a hitting error (Aug. 31-Sept. 7), recording 17 kills in 28 swings (.607) ... in 12 fewer matches, Lowe has already surpassed her kill (53 in 2011, 62 this year) and block (15-16) totals from last season.
SCOUTING THE PEPPERDINE WAVES
The Waves (6-2) went 2-1 last weekend at the Colorado State Tournament, beating New Mexico State in four and FIU in three, while losing to the host Rams in three. Pepperdine is 1-0 against ranked teams, sweeping then-#7 Illinois on Aug. 25 in Dayton, Ohio. The Waves are hitting .250 as a team and averaging 14.57 kills, 0.93 aces, 14.61 digs and 2.14 blocks per set. Two players are averaging at least 3.00 kps, led by junior Jazmine Orozco's 3.43 to go with 2.25 dps, which is third on the squad. Freshman Taylor Racich is second at 3.07 kps and 1.00 bps. Junior Kellie Woolever handles the setting duties and is averaging 11.11 assists per set to go with 3.32 dps, which is second. Defensively, sophomore Michaela Christiaansen is first with 3.71 dps, while senior Victoria Adelhelm is tops with 1.21 bps and nine service aces. Former Bruin Nina Matthies (nee Grouwinkel) is in her 30th year at the helm of the Waves and has a 561-322 record.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WAVES
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Waves 50-12, but Pepperdine won a five-set thriller in Malibu last Sept. 7 (21-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-20, 15-13). Rachael Kidder had 25 kills, nine digs and five blocks, Tabi Love posted 14 kills and Kelly Reeves added eight kills and 10 digs. Last year's victory for Pepperdine snapped UCLA's six-match winning streak in the series. The Bruins and the Waves have met every season since 1976. UCLA owns a 22-5 mark at home in the series.
SCOUTING THE COLORADO STATE RAMS
The Rams are on a four-match winning streak after sweeping their home tournament last weekend with wins over then-#12 Pepperdine, FIU and New Mexico State. Colorado State began the year on a three-match winning streak, and then dropped three straight, including a loss to then-#14 Tennessee, before taking four in a row to move to 7-3 on the season. The Rams are hitting .250 as a team, averaging 12.92 kills, 0.97 aces, 13.81 digs and 3.11 blocks per set. Senior Dana Cranston is one of four Rams averaging over 2.00 kps and the only one above 3.00, as she comes in at 3.32 to go with a team-high seven aces. Sophomore Deedra Foss is the setter and is averaging 10.38 assists per set. Defensively, senior Izzy Gaulia is first with 3.95 dps, while senior Megan Plourde is tops with 1.70 bps. Tom Hilbert is in his 16th year as CSU's skipper and is 389-99 to go with a 563-171 career mark in 23-plus seasons of head coaching.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. RAMS
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Rams 6-1, but the two teams haven't met since 2000 when Colorado State won its only matchup in five sets in Gainesville, Fla. UCLA is 2-0 in Fort Collins, including a three-set sweep on Sept. 21, 1994. The Bruins also had a five-set win at CSU on Sept. 5, 1985.