Friday, Nov. 22 at the John Wooden Center
Arizona State at UCLA
Online: Live Video and Stats
Sunday, Nov. 24 at the John Wooden Center
Arizona at UCLA
Online: Live Video and Stats
BRUINS AT WOODEN CENTER AGAINST ARIZONA SCHOOLS
The Bruins begin a four-match homestand to close the regular season on Friday against Arizona State at the John Wooden Center at 6 p.m. UCLA then hosts Arizona on Sunday at 1 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. Both matches will feature live video and stats at UCLABruins.com.
TICKETS AND PROMOTIONS
Tickets for all home women's volleyball matches can be purchased in advance here or at the UCLA Central Ticket Office on campus. Tickets are also available for purchase the day of the match at the John Wooden Center ticket office. In addition, it is Movember, which means all mustaches, real or fake, are welcome to this weekend's matches. With said mustache, you will receive free admission to Friday and/or Sunday's contests at the John Wooden Center.
The Bruins close out the regular season with a pair of home contests at Pauley Pavilion next week, facing #8 USC on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. (live on Pac-12 Networks) and Utah on Friday, Nov. 29 at 5 p.m. (live video stream at UCLABruins.com). The NCAA Selection Show will air on ESPNU on Sunday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins have won 44 straight matches when hitting .300 or better, including six times this season and twice in as many weekends (Washington State, Nov. 15; Oregon State, Nov. 8) ... UCLA surpassed the 15-block mark for the third time this season on Nov. 10 against Oregon with 16.5. The top two totals of 17 roofs have come at Long Beach State (Sept. 18) and Oregon State (Oct. 12) ... nationally, the Bruins are 31st in kills per set (13.98), 35th in assists per set (13.02) and 43rd in hitting percentage (.252). Among Pac-12 teams, UCLA is fourth in hitting and fifth in kps and aps ... the Bruins are five wins away from 1,200 for the program’s history ... UCLA is 8-2 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins are 11-2 when winning the second set ... UCLA is also 9-2 when winning the battle of the blocks ... senior Kelly Reeves has six straight double-doubles to give her a team-best 12 on the season, averaging 3.28 kps and 3.44 dps during the last half dozen matches. Reeves surpassed the 1,100 dig mark against Oregon and now has 1,136, which is 12th in UCLA history. Next up on the list are Lauren Fendrick (11th, 1,138), Liz Masakayan (10th, 1,142) and Kaitlin Sather (9th, 1,153) ... sophomore Karly Drolson has surpassed double figures in digs in five of her last seven matches, including a career-high 32 at California on Nov. 3. It is the first time since 2010 (Lainey Gera) that a Bruin had surpassed the 30-dig mark, as well as one of five times this year Drolson has reached at least 20 digs ... sophomore Maddy Klineman has posted double figures in kills in seven of the last eight matches, averaging 2.70 kps during that stretch. Klineman hit a career-best .529 against Oregon State on Nov. 8 with 11 kills and only two errors in 17 attempts ... junior Megan Moenoa has at least 37 assists in eight consecutive contests, posting 11.79 aps, 2.09 dps and 0.52 bps during the last eight contests. Three of those matches have led to double-doubles, including at Cal when she had a career-best 68 assists to go with a season-high 13 digs ... senior Mariana Aquino tied career highs in kills (17) and digs (6) at Washington State on Nov. 15, while hitting a personal-best .682. Aquino, who is 32nd nationally with a .388 hitting percentage, has also served an ace in seven straight contests ... junior Zoë Nightingale has taken over the team lead in bps thanks to posting at least three blocks in 12 straight matches. Nightingale has surpassed five blocks in half of those contests, including an eight-roof effort against Oregon on Nov. 10 ... junior Karsta Lowe, who has double figures in kills in 25 of 26 matches, is 25th in the nation in kps (4.29) and 31st in pps (4.68). Lowe surpassed the 20-kill mark for the seventh time this year at Washington State when she had 22 ... senior Madie Smith has at least six digs in four of her last five matches. She produced a season-best 10 to go with six assists against Oregon.
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Arizona State (17-11, 6-10 Pac-12) has split in each of its last two weekends, which both occurred in Tempe. Last week, the Sun Devils swept Colorado, but fell in four to Utah. Arizona State is hitting .218 as a team, averaging 13.49 kills, 1.01 aces, 16.35 digs and 2.35 blocks per set. A pair of players are averaging over 3.00 kps, led by sophomore Macey Gardner, who has 4.57 kps. Freshman BreElle Bailey is second at 3.04 kps. Sophomore Bianca Arellano handles the setting duties and is posting 10.65 aps and 2.89 dps, which is second on the squad. Senior Stephanie Preach, who is the team leader in dps at 4.61, is also first in digs with 21. Sophomore Whitney Follette is tops on the squad with 1.08 bps.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. SUN DEVILS
UCLA improved to 67-8 all-time against Arizona State with a sweep in Tempe on Oct. 20 (25-23, 25-20, 25-21). Karsta Lowe led all players with 17 kills, Kelly Reeves added nine kills and 13 digs and Karly Drolson posted 16 digs. The Bruins have now won six in a row against the Sun Devils and are 35-1 all-time in Westwood versus ASU, including 17 straight wins. Arizona State’s last victory in the series came in Tempe in four sets on Oct. 16, 2010, while its only win at UCLA came in five sets on Oct. 14, 1995. Overall, the Bruins have won 18 of the last 19 sets in the series and 21 straight sets in Westwood.
SCOUTING THE ARIZONA WILDCATS
Each of Arizona’s last five matches have been sweeps, with the only loss of the five being at the hands of Pac-12 leader Washington. The Wildcats (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12), who play at USC on Friday, are hitting .217 and averaging 13.43 kills, 1.02 aces, 17.00 digs and 2.72 blocks per set. Two players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by Madi Kingdon’s 4.43. The junior is also first with 34 aces and second with 3.03 dps. Junior Jane Croson is second at 2.88 kps. Freshman Penina Snuka handles the setting and is averaging 10.11 aps. Senior Candace Nicholson is tops on the squad in dps at 4.30, while sophomores Olivia Magill (1.17) and Halli Amaro (1.14) are each posting at least a block per set.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. WILDCATS
Arizona won its second straight against UCLA with a sweep in Tucson on Oct. 18 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20). Karsta Lowe led the Bruins with 15 kills, Megan Moenoa had a double-double with 20 assists and 12 digs and Karly Drolson recorded 18 digs. The Bruins lead the all-time series 52-21 and are 27-8 in Westwood. UCLA swept Arizona last year on Oct. 7, returning the favor after the Wildcats won in three in Los Angeles on Nov. 18, 2011.