January 25, 1999
UCLA VB QUICK FACTSUpcoming 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
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
#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 broadcast.com 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.