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Men's Volleyball to Host No. 5 Pepperdine in NCAA Finals Rematch
By: UCLA Athletics

January 25, 1999


Upcoming Matches
Jan. 27 vs. Pepperdine*, 7 p.m. (PP)
Jan. 30 vs. LMU*, 7 p.m. (JWC)

*MPSF matches. PP-at Pauley Pavilion. JWC - at John Wooden Center

Recent Results*:
Jan. 20 UCLA d. Penn State, 3-0
Jan. 21 Lewis d. UCLA, 3-2
Jan. 22 UCLA d. Hawaii, 3-0

*Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Hawaii

Projected Starters:

 #3  Brandon Taliaferro, Jr., S, San Clemente, CA (1.0 kpg, 15.3 apg,1.0bpg)
 #5  Mark Williams, So., OH, Los Angeles, CA      (2.7 kpg, 2.4 dpg, 0.7 bpg) 
 #9  Evan Thatcher, Jr., Op, Encinitas, CA        (3.9 kpg, 1.4 dpg, 0.6 bpg)
#14  Fred Robins, Sr., OH, Waimanalo, HI          (3.4 kpg, 1.7 dpg, 0.4 bpg)
#15  Danny Farmer, Sr., Q, Los Angeles,  CA       (2.7 kpg, 1.2 dpg, 0.7 bpg) 
#18  Adam Naeve, Jr., Q, Westchester,    CA       (3.9 kpg, 1.0 dpg, 1.6 bpg)

Defending NCAA men's volleyball champion UCLA hosts a pair of key MPSF Mountain Division matches this week against local rivals.

The top-ranked Bruins, 3-1 overall and 1-0 in league play, host Pepperdine, 5-0, 1-0, Wed., Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. On Sat., Jan. 30, the Bruins entertain Loyola Marymount, 1-1, 0-1, at 7 p.m. in the John Wooden Center.

Wednesday's match will be broadcast live on with Lou Riggs calling play-by-play and Michael Sondheimer providing commentary.

Last May, the Bruins defeated the Waves, 3-0, in Hawaii to win their 17th NCAA championship and fourth title in six years. The Bruins won three of four matches against the Waves during the season, dropping the MPSF championship match, 3-1, in Pauley Pavilion. Overall, UCLA leads the series, 61-16.

UCLA has won 56 consecutive matches against Loyola Marymount in a series that dates to the late 1970s. The Bruins swept the Lions twice in three matches last season. Playing in their final match against each other in Pauley Pavilion will be the Farmer twins Tim, a senior outside hitter for LMU, and Danny, a senior middle blocker for UCLA.

Last weekend the Bruins captured their second straight Outrigger Hotels Invitational title in Hawaii, a tournament they have won three times in five years. The Bruins swept Penn State (1/20) and Hawaii (1/22), but were defeated by No.2 Lewis University, 3-2 (1/21). With three teams tied with identical 2-1 tournament records (Hawaii defeated Lewis, 3-2 on Jan. 21), UCLA was awarded the invitational title by virtue of its 8-3 record in all games. Junior All-Americans Brandon Taliaferro and Adam Naeve were named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year. For the week, Naeve spiked 43 kills, while hitting .511, and recorded 19 blocks, 12 digs and three aces.

"Our goal always is to win the NCAA Championship," said Head Coach Al Scates. "Nothing changes. [The loss to Lewis] helped us realize early that we have to focus. We'll get better." Scates' victory over Hawaii on Jan. 22 was the 950th of his career. He leads all volleyball coaches in all divisions with his career record of 950-148 (.866). He also holds the single sport NCAA record with 17 national championships.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Feb 06 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship