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Courtesy: UCLA Athletics
Monday Night MPSF Volleyball: No. 3 UCLA at No. 8 Stanford
Courtesy: UCLA Athletics  
Release:  02/24/2014

Tonight — The third-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team (12-3, 9-2) is on the road at No. 8 Stanford (9-5, 6-5) on Monday evening at 5 p.m. The match against the Cardinal will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. The Bruins will remain on the road and play two matches at Hawai'i on Feb. 28 and Mar. 1.
Live Coverage —  The match at Stanford will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Live stats for that match can be found at http://gostanford.com/liveStats/liveStats.dbml. Fans may also follow the matches on UCLA's live Twitter feed @UCLAMensVB.
Rankings — The Bruins are ranked in third place in today's listing. Stanford came in at No. 8.
Scouting the Opponent — Stanford dropped UCSB in three straight sets on Friday night. Prior to that, the Cardinal lost in five sets to BYU on Feb. 15.
Stat Comps — Hitting % UCLA .316 / Stan .325; Set Ast per set UCLA 12.81/Stan 12.32; Serve ace per set UCLA 1.51 / Stan 1.58; Digs per set UCLA 9.87/ Stan 9.45; Blks. per set UCLA 2.39/ Stan 2.18
A Look Back —  UCLA dropped its season-opener (Jan. 4) in four sets to Stanford (22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22) in the UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. Quiroga, topped the Bruin attack with 14 kills, hit .333 and added two aces. Spencer Rowe, chipped in with eight kills and three block assists. Freshman Mitch Stahl registered 12 kills and four block assists in his first career match. Freshman libero/setter Hagen Smith had 6 digs. UCLA used a career-high 26 kills by Page to help defeat then top-ranked Stanford (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 29-31, 15-11) in Pauley on Jan. 17.  He registered a career-best 29.5 points  with two aces and three block assists. For his efforts, the senior from New York was named MPSF/Molten Player of the Week. Freshman Jackson Bantle posted solid numbers across the board -- kills (9), aces (2) and digs (8) --  vs. Stanford.  
Recapping Previous Action — Gonzalo Quiroga led UCLA with 15 kills, three aces and four blocks and hit .522 in a straight set win (25-15, 28-26, 25-20) at Pacific on Sunday. The Bruins hit .302 with freshman setter Hagen Smith doling out 32 set assists and freshman hitter Jackson Bantle recording 10 kills and a .529 hitting percentage. UCLA hit .284 in its win over CSUN (25-15, 25-18, 34-32) behind setter Smith who was making his first start. Robart Page had a monster match with 21 kills and hit .400. The Bruins went down to defeat against Long Beach State in four sets (16-25, 20-25, 25-22, 23-25). Quiroga spiked a season-best 20 balls and managed three aces and three blocks.
Coach Speraw: Year Two at UCLA — John Speraw (UCLA '95) is in his second season as the head coach at his alma mater. In year one,  the Bruins went 21-11 and advanced to the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. In 10 seasons at UC Irvine, Speraw led the Anteaters to three NCAA championships (2007, 2009, 2012), and a 199-106 (.646) overall record. On Mar. 25, 2013, he was named head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the next quadrennial ending at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. In the summer of 2012, he had served as an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the London Olympics. Speraw earned AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2006 and was given the USA Olympic Committee's National Coach of the Year award in 2007.
Trending Numbers —UCLA began last week second to Stanford in the MPSF listings in hitting % .317 and in service aces/set 1.48 ... Gonzalo Quiroga topped the MPSF with his 0.54 service aces/set average ... The nine-match winning streak, snapped at Pepperdine, was the team's longest under coach Speraw ... The Bruins had an eight-match home win streak stopped by Long Beach on Feb. 12 ... UCLA's 9-1 overall start was its best since the 2012 squad opened by winning 12 of its first 13 matches (10 in a row overall and the first seven MPSF matches), the lone loss was to UCI, coached by Speraw ... The last Bruin winning streak longer than 10 in a row was the 14 straight wins which ended the 2006 championship season ... Gonzalo Quiroga has double-digit kills in 13 of the 15 matches this season ... Quiroga has at least three service aces in five matches this season ... Robart Page has double-digit kills in13 matches and has gone over the 20-kill mark three times this season ... Before this season, the last time UCLA was ranked #1 by AVCA was Mar. 5, 2012 - wk 9.
Last Three Matches — Block leaders in the last three matches:  Trent Kersten (9), Spencer Rowe (9), Gonzalo Quiroga (8) ... Kills Leaders in last three: Quiroga (42), Robart Page (40) ... Ace Leaders in last three: Quiroga (8), Kersten (2) ... Dig Leaders in last three: Hagen Smith (29), Quiroga (28),  Grant Chalmers (19), Page (16).
Coming Up — The Bruins return home on Mar. 8 at 7 p.m. in Pauley to host UCSD. Tickets will be available at the door or for information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN or check the website at uclabruins.com.

 


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