March 16, 1998
Second ranked UCLA, which split a pair of MPSF matches over the weekend with sixth ranked Stanford and Pacific, travels to Hawaii this weekend after hosting Rutgers, Mar. 17.
The Bruins, 18-2 overall and 12-2 in league play, meet the fourth ranked Rainbows (15-4, 10-2) Mar. 20 and 21 at the UH Special Events Center. Friday's match will be the only league contest of the weekend for the Bruins and Rainbows.
On Tuesday, Mar. 17, the Bruins host Rutgers (13-5) in a 7 p.m. non-league match in Pauley Pavilion.
The Rainbows, 6-4 at home this season lead the nation in home attendance with an average of 6,703. UCLA swept Hawaii on Jan. 9 in the finals of the Outrigger Hotels Invitational, but UH senior outside hitter Naveh Milo sat out that match with a leg injury. Since then the Rainbows have won 11 of 14 matches and have moved into first place of the MPSF Pacific Division.
"I expect to see [Milo] pass about two-thirds of the court," said UCLA head coach Al Scates. "They'll be a different team than the one we faced in January."
Middle blockers Andre Breuer (2.19) and Dejan Miladinovic (1.25) make the Rainbows the third best blocking team in the conference at 7.70 bpg. In addition, UH ranks second in league serving (1.67) behind the Bruins (2.08), and Milo leads the league in dig average at 2.92.
UCLA leads the series with Hawaii 30-7 and has won four straight, including two straight at the Special Events Center.
The Bruins and Scarlet Raiders will be renewing their series for the first time since 1982. UCLA leads 4-0. Hawaii swept Rutgers twice last week in a pair of non-league matches in Honolulu.
Last Saturday the Bruins defeated Pacific 3-0 in Stockton after dropping a three-game decision at Stanford, Mar. 13.
Against the Tigers, the Bruins hit .493, highlighted by junior Danny Farmer's match and career high 20 kills. Senior Tom Stillwell added 19 kills and three blocks, while sophomore Evan Thatcher contributed 14 kills.
At Stanford, Friday the 13th proved unlucky for the Bruins as they comitted 26 service errors, including 13 in Game 1 to lose 15-11, 15-12, 15-9. The victory was the Cardinal's second straight over the Bruins, although Stanford still trails in the series, 45-7.
"We just didn't play very well," said Scates. "[Quick hitter] Adam Naeve and [setter] Brandon Taliaferro weren't connecting well."
Naeve, the Bruins' kill leader, spiked just 17 kills with 10 errors in 43 attempts. Senior Ben Moselle was the Bruins' kill leader with 20.
UCLA VB QUICK FACTS Upcoming Matches* Mar. 17 UCLA vs Rutgers, 7 p.m. Mar. 20 UCLA at Hawaii*, 9 p.m. Mar. 21 UCLA at Hawaii, 9 p.m. *All match times PST. *MPSF match Recent Results Mar. 13 Stanford d. UCLA, 3-0 Mar. 14 UCLA d. Pacific, 3-0 Probable Starters: #3 Brandon Tailaferro, 6-5, So., S, San Clemente, CA (1.1kpg, 17.0apg, 1.7dpg, 0.7bpg) #14 Fred Robins, 6-6, Jr., OH, Waimanalo, HI (2.5kpg, 2.4dpg, 0.5bpg) #5 Mark Williams, 6-7, Fr., OH, Los Angeles, CA (3.0kpg, 1.7dpg, 0.4bpg) #17 Tom Stillwell, 6-8, Sr., Q, Northridge, CA (3.6kpg, 1.6dpg, 1.2bpg) #18 Adam Naeve, 6-10, So., Q, Westchester, CA (5.6kpg, 1.6dpg, 1.2bpg) #20 Ben Moselle, 6-4, Sr., OH/Op, Encinitas, CA (3.5kpg, 1.7dpg, 0.6bpg) OR #9 Evan Thatcher, 6-8, So., Op, Encinitas, CA (3.9kpg, 1.5dpg, 0.3bpg) Substitutions: #15 Danny Farmer, 6-4, Jr., Q, Los Angeles, CA (3.4kpg, 1.1dpg, 0.7bpg) #19 Charlie Jackson, 6-0, Sr., S, Poway, CA (0.2dpg)||