January 5, 1999
LOS ANGELES - Seventeen-time NCAA men's volleyball champion UCLA will host a talent-stocked Alumni team Sat. Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. in the John Wooden Center.
The defending national champions, who return three starters from last season's 28-4 team, will face a squad of former Bruins that includes Olympians, All-Americans and professional veterans.
Headlining the roster for the Alumni team will be current USA National Team members Jeff Nygaard, Tom Stillwell and Erik Sullivan, former All-Americans Paul Nihipali and Stein Metzger and beach volleyball stalwart Kevin Wong.
Also expected to appear, but not play, will be three-time Olympic gold medalist Karch Kiraly and beach volleyball legend Sinjin Smith.
The Bruin varsity features returning All-Americans Brandon Taliaferro, Adam Naeve and senior Fred Robins. Al Scates, who enters his 37th season as head coach, boasts the sport's most impressive record with 946 victories and 17 NCAA titles.