March 9, 1998
Second ranked UCLA, which split a pair of MPSF matches over the weekend with third ranked BYU, travels to Stanford and Pacific this weekend for a pair of league matches.
The Bruins, 17-1 overall and 11-1 in league play, meet Stanford (10-3, 9-3) at 7 p.m. on Mar. 13. UCLA plays at Pacific (6-10, 3-9) at 7 p.m. on Mar. 14.
The Stanford match will be a rematch of last year's NCAA final, which the Cardinal won, 3-2 at Ohio State. Gone from Stanford's 1997 team are four starters, including All-American Mike Lambert. The Bruins feature five returning starters who played in the NCAA title match. The Bruins lead the series with the Cardinal, 45-6, but have lost two of the last three meetings.
UCLA leads the series with UOP, 7-0, and beat the Tigers twice last season. The Tigers have been weakened by an injury to sophomore outside hitter Vladmir Andric, who was the team's kill leader at 7.75kpg.
Over the weekend, the Bruins and BYU Cougars traded sweeps. On Friday, Mar. 6, the Cougars spoiled the Bruins' bid for an undefeated season by handing UCLA its first loss of the year, 15-12, 15-10, 15-8 in Pauley Pavilion. The victory was BYU's first in Pauley Pavilion. Outside hitter Ossie Antonetti recorded a double-double, spiking 22 kills and digging a match high 18 balls. Opposite Ryan Millar added 22 kills and middle blocker Shane Van Beest recorded a match high 11 blocks.
On Sat., Mar. 7, Bruins coach Al Scates unveiled a new lineup. He replaced sophomore opposite Evan Thatcher, who spiked 15 kills and hit .333 the previous night, with senior Ben Moselle. Outside hitters Fred Robins and Mark Williams also started, giving the Bruins three primary passers. All three responded on offense and defense to spark the victory. Moselle spiked a career high 26 kills in 50 attempts and hit .440; Williams added 12 kills and a season high nine digs; and Robins dug 22 balls and blocked six, both season highs.
"We were much more aggressive at the net [Saturday]," said Scates. "We served better [than Friday], which set up our block well."
Sophomore quick hitter Adam Naeve led the Bruins Saturday with five aces and served six straight points in Game 1 to give the Bruins a commanding 7-1 lead. Overall, the Bruins aced the Cougars eight times on Saturday, compared to twice on Friday.
UCLA VB QUICK FACTS Upcoming Matches* Mar. 13 UCLA at Stanford, 7 p.m. Mar. 14 UCLA at Pacific, 7 p.m. *All match times PST. Recent Results Mar. 3 UCLA d. Loyola (Chicago), 3-0 Mar. 6 BYU d. UCLA, 3-0 Mar. 7 UCLA d. BYU, 3-0 Probable Starters: #3 Brandon Tailaferro, 6-5, So., S, San Clemente, CA (1.2kpg, 16.3apg, 1.8dpg, 0.7bpg) #14 Fred Robins, 6-6, Jr., OH, Waimanalo, HI (2.6kpg, 1.9dpg, 0.3bpg) #5 Mark Williams, 6-7, Fr., OH, Los Angeles, CA (3.0kpg, 2.3dpg, 0.5bpg) #17 Tom Stillwell, 6-8, Sr., Q, Northridge, CA (3.4kpg, 1.6dpg, 1.2bpg) #18 Adam Naeve, 6-10, So., Q, Westchester, CA (5.5kpg, 1.6dpg, 1.1bpg) #20 Ben Moselle, 6-4, Sr., OH/Op, Encinitas, CA (3.4kpg, 1.8dpg, 0.7bpg) OR #9 Evan Thatcher, 6-8, So., Op, Encinitas, CA (3.8kpg, 1.6dpg, 0.7bpg) Substitutions: #15 Danny Farmer, 6-4, Jr., Q, Los Angeles, CA (2.9kpg, 1.1dpg, 0.7bpg) #19 Charlie Jackson, 6-0, Sr., S, Poway, CA (0.2dpg)