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Men's Volleyball Splits with BYU
By: UCLA Athletics

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)
EVENT INFORMATION
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
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
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
at CSUN
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
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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