Sixth-Ranked Bruins Host Washington State and Washington

Oct. 23, 2012

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Friday, Oct. 26
8 p.m. - Washington State at #6 UCLA
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio

Sunday, Oct. 28
12 p.m. - #5 Washington at #6 UCLA
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio

The defending national champion and sixth-ranked Bruins conclude their four-match homestand this weekend at the John Wooden Center, hosting Washington State on Friday at 8 p.m. and #5 Washington on Sunday at 12 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.

Gametracker and free audio will be provided for both matches this weekend. Links will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at

Following a four-match homestand, the Bruins head out on the road for four straight, starting with a trip to the desert against Arizona on Friday, Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. and Arizona State on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. The Arizona contest will be televised on Pac-12 Networks.

The Bruins remained at sixth in this week's AVCA Coaches poll, earning 20 additional points. UCLA is one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 7 in the nation (#2 Stanford, #3 Oregon, #5 Washington, #7 USC). The Bruins were ranked as the AVCA preseason #1 for just the third time in program history. On the last two occasions, UCLA won the National Championship in 1990 and finished runner-up in 1992. The Bruins were also at sixth for the third straight week in the Volleyball Magazine poll, earning seven additional points. UCLA was also ranked #1 in the preseason Pac-12 Coaches poll.

The Bruins enter the week sixth nationally in hitting percentage at .300 and are also seventh in both kills (14.64) and assists per set (13.67) and 20th in blocks per set (2.80). The Bruins are one of two teams (Penn State) that are ranked in the Top 20 in hitting, kills, assists and blocks per set ... UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in hitting percentage and is second in kps and aps. The Bruins also have the highest hitting mark in the conference in league matches at .301 ... UCLA has hit over .300 12 times this season and is undefeated when eclipsing the mark. The Bruins went over the .300 mark 12 times all last year ... 11 of UCLA's 15 victories have been sweeps ... UCLA is 12-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins hit .519 as a team against Idaho on Sept. 7, which was the highest hitting percentage in a match for UCLA in the rally scoring era (since 2001).

Senior Tabi Love enter this week's play at 19th nationally in kills per set (4.30) and 35th in points per set (4.72). Sophomore Zoë Nightingale is 29th in blocks per set (1.39) and sophomore Karsta Lowe is 30th in hitting percentage (.383) ... Love is third among all Pac-12 players in kps and first in conference matches only (4.63). Lowe ranks third in the league in hitting and sophomore Megan Moenoa is fourth in assists per set ... junior Kelly Reeves surpassed the 700-dig mark against Colorado last Friday and now has 703 for her career. She is also 25 kills away from 500 ... after being held below the mark all last season, Love has cracked the 20-kill mark five times this year, all on the road (20 at Nebraska, career-high 26 at Hawai'i, 24 at Colorado State, 25 at Washington, 25 at Stanford). She has also played all six rotations in the last three matches and has 17 digs and two aces ... freshman Becca Strehlow recorded her second double-double of the season on Oct. 17 against Utah with 41 assists and 11 digs ... Moenoa has at least one block in every contest and has also produced at least five digs in eight of her last nine, including a career-high 16 at Stanford on Oct. 12 ... senior Bojana Todorovic, who has 54-career, double-figure digs contests, surpassed the 1,100-dig mark against Utah and has 1,119 for her career. She is tied with Kristee Porter for 12th on UCLA's all-time digs list. Next up are Kim Krull (11th, 1,132), Lauren Fendrick (10th, 1,138), Liz Masakayan (9th, 1,142) and Kaitlin Sather (8th, 1,153). Todorovic is also 16th in Bruin history with 104 aces ... Kidder has 1,273 kills for her career and ranks 19th on UCLA's all-time list. Next up on the list are Jenny Evans (18th, 1,278) and Elisabeth Bachman (17th, 1,308) ... junior Mariana Aquino did not commit a hitting error for six straight matches from Sept. 26 to Oct. 17, hitting .571 during that span. Aquino has seven contests this season with at least four kills and no errors ... Nightingale is averaging 1.65 blocks per set over her last nine contests (51 blocks in 31 sets). The sophomore has produced at least five blocks in 12 matches, which leads the team ... junior Meg Norton has five aces in her last three matches and is also averaging 2.41 digs per set over her last five ... in two fewer matches, Lowe has already more than doubled her kill total from last year (53 in `11 and 118 in `12).

Senior women's volleyball player Rachael Kidder has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award®, given to the top student-athlete who excels both on and off the court. Fans may vote for Kidder, which will consist of 1/3 of the total determination of the winner.

To vote for Kidder, click here.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 10 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in September. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through November 26. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 13 and 15 in Louisville, Kentucky.

Washington State (10-12) has dropped all 10 of its Pac-12 matches, but came close to breaking the streak last Sunday at home against Stanford. The Cougars dropped the first two sets to the Cardinal, but won the next two before falling 15-10 in the fifth. Previous to those two set victories, Washington State had won just four sets in its nine conference matches. The Cougars are hitting .225 as a team and are averaging 12.94 kills, 1.12 aces, 13.08 digs and 2.63 blocks per set. Three players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by sophomore Jaicee Harris' 4.12. Harris is also tied for the team lead with 20 aces and second with 2.55 dps. Senior Rachel Todorovich is second with 3.14 kps, while junior Marcelina Glab is third with 2.01 kps and first with 1.29 bps. Junior Camryn Irwin handles the setting duties and is posting 10.41 assists per set. Freshman Kate Sommer is tops on the squad with 3.55 dps, while sophomore Ver'Leea Hardaway is second with 1.05 bps. Jen Greeny is in her second season as Washington State's head coach and holds a record of 22-32.

The Bruins have won 19 straight matchups against the Cougars and lead the all-time series 46-7. On Sept. 28 in Pullman, Rachael Kidder had 18 kills and eight digs, Tabi Love posted 10 kills and no errors in 19 attempts for a .526 hitting percentage and Bojana Todorovic recorded 11 digs, as the Bruins hit .468 as a team in a 25-17, 25-13, 25-15 sweep of the Cougars. During the Bruins' 19-match winning streak, they have won 57 of 62 sets. UCLA is 24-2 at home against Washington State (14 straight wins), with the Cougars' last victory in Westwood coming on Oct. 24, 1997 in four sets. WSU's most recent win in the series came in Pullman in five sets on Oct. 25, 2002.

Since starting the season with 16 straight wins, the Huskies (17-2) have dropped two of three to Oregon on Oct. 13 and Stanford on Oct. 19. Washington rebounded with a sweep of California last Sunday. The Huskies are hitting .296 as a team, averaging 13.55 kills, 1.54 aces, 12.48 digs and 3.35 blocks per set. Three players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by the 4.23 for sophomore Krista Vansant, who is also second with 2.32 dps and 16 aces. Sophomore Kaleigh Nelson is second with 2.49 kps and senior Kylin Munoz is third with 2.34 kps to go with 1.29 bps. Junior Jenni Nogueras (5.75 assists per set) and freshman Katy Beals (5.67) have split setting duties, with Beals leading the squad in aces with 22. Junior Jenna Orlandini is tops in dps at 3.79, while senior Amanda Gil is first with 1.60 bps. Jim McLaughlin is in his 12th year at Washington and has a 286-79 record in Seattle and a 510-197 mark in 22-plus seasons of head coaching.

UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington 42-20 and is 22-6 at home against the Huskies. The Bruins have won two in a row in Westwood, sweeping Washington last season on Nov. 4 behind 16 kills and 10 digs from Rachael Kidder. Last month, the Huskies came back from 2-1 down on Sept. 26 in Seattle to beat the Bruins in five (22-25, 30-28, 19-25, 28-26, 16-14). Tabi Love had 25 kills, Kidder added 19, Bojana Todorovic posted 19 digs and Kelly Reeves added 13 digs. Washington's last victory in Westwood was a three-set triumph on Nov. 14, 2009.

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