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Bruins Head North for the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge
By: UCLA Athletics

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Friday, Sept. 5
UCLA vs. #9 Illinois
8 p.m.
Stanford's Maples Pavilion
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online: Live Stats

Saturday, Sept. 6
UCLA vs. #1 Penn State
5 p.m.
Stanford's Maples Pavilion
Online: Live Stats

UCLA travels to Stanford’s Maples Pavilion this weekend for the Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge. The Bruins face a pair of teams they bested on their way to the 2011 NCAA Championship, taking on ninth-ranked Illinois on Friday at 8 p.m. and top-ranked and defending national champion Penn State on Saturday at 5 p.m.

The UCLA-Illinois match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks, with live stats also available on the women's volleyball schedule page at Only live stats will be available for Saturday's match against Penn State.

The Bruins travel home Sunday only to head back on a plane on Tuesday to Honolulu prior to playing in the Outrigger Resorts Volleyball Challenge. UCLA faces San Francisco on Thursday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., #20 Hawai’i on Friday, Sept. 12 at 10:30 p.m. and Utah State on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 5 p.m.

The Bruins have won 46 straight matches when hitting .300 or better, including twice last weekend in wins against Binghamton and LIU Brooklyn ... UCLA is two wins away from 1,200 for the program’s history ... head coach Michael Sealy is eight wins away from 100 for his career.

Through one weekend, the Bruins are third among Pac-12 teams in assists per set (13.78) and opponent hitting percentage (.110) and fourth in kills (14.89), blocks (2.78) and aces (1.56) per set. Individually, senior Karsta Lowe is second in kps (6.25) and points per set (7.31), tied for fourth with fellow senior Zoë Nightingale in bps (1.38) and fifth in hitting percentage (.463). Senior Julie Consani is second in assists per set (11.89), while sophomore Taylor Formico is tied for second in digs per set (4.67).

The home matches for this season’s UCLA-USC rivalry have switched, with the September tilt now being played at Galen Center and the November contest taking place at Pauley Pavilion.

Originally, the Bruins were scheduled to host the Trojans on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at Pauley Pavilion and travel across town on Friday, Nov. 28.

Due to the Sunset Blvd. water main break on July 29, which caused flood damage to UCLA volleyball’s two home venues, Pauley Pavilion and the John Wooden Center, the Bruins and the Trojans will switch home dates.

The Sept. 23 match at Galen will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks at 8 p.m., while the Nov. 28 contest at Pauley will air live on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m.

A decision as to the sites, as well as any potential dates and time changes, for the remaining nine UCLA home matches on the 2014 slate will be announced shortly.

Illinois hosted the Illini Classic last weekend, sweeping all three matches against Long Beach State, Southern Illinois and 20th-ranked North Carolina. The Fighting Illini hit .324 as a team, averaging 13.67 kills, 1.00 aces, 13.78 digs and 2.44 blocks per set. Redshirt junior Jocelynn Birks had 3.56 kps and 2.56 dps, senior Morganne Criswell posted 3.00 kps and senior Liz McMahon produced 2.67 kps and 1.11 bps. Redshirt sophomore Allison Palmer (6.11 assists per set) and junior Alexis Viliunas (4.33) split the setting duties last weekend, while freshman Brandi Donnelly averaged a team-best 3.67 dps.

The most recent meeting between UCLA and Illinois came in the National Championship match on Dec. 17, 2011 in San Antonio, Texas. The teams traded 25-23 scores in the first two sets, with UCLA winning the opener. In the third, the Bruins were down two set points, but scored the last four of the set to win it 26-24, cementing the championship with a 25-16 victory in the fourth. Only two members of the current team saw action in that contest, with Zoë Nightingale recording eight kills and a career-high 11 blocks, while Karsta Lowe appeared in one set. The Bruins have won all 11 meetings with Illinois, including 10 on neutral sites. Six of the 11 victories have been straight-set wins, four have come in four sets and one in five.

Penn State hosted its own tournament last weekend and won all three matches in sweeps, defeating TCU, Iona and William and Mary. The Nittany Lions hit .436 as a team, averaging 14.78 kills, 1.11 aces, 11.11 digs and 2.44 blocks per set. Freshman Ali Frantti averaged 3.44 kps, junior Megan Courtney posted 3.11 kps and redshirt junior Aiyana Whitney had 2.78 kps. Senior Micha Hancock quarterbacks the offense and averaged 11.33 assists per set.

Like Illinois, Penn State was on the Bruins’ path to the NCAA Championship in 2011. Meeting in the Regional Semifinals in Lexington, Ky., UCLA recorded a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 victory. Of the current Bruins, Zoë Nightingale had four kills and three blocks in that match, while Karsta Lowe appeared in one set. The Bruins lead the all-time series with Penn State 8-4 and are 7-3 against the Nittany Lions in neutral sites. UCLA has won four of the last five, with the lone Penn State victory in that stretch coming on Aug. 30, 2008 in Honolulu (3-0).

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA