Feb. 14, 2007
Sixth-ranked UCLA hits the road for a two-match swing in the Bay Area this weekend. The Bruins will be bringing their four-match winning streak along in hopes of rising up the conference ladder.
The Bruins (7-6, 5-5) visit No. 13 Pacific (7-6, 5-4) on Fri., Feb. 16, and Stanford (1-13, 1-8) on Sat., Feb. 17. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
The Pacific match will be broadcast live on the internet at www.pacifictigers.com with J.D. Fox calling the action. Stanford will originate a free live webcast of Saturday's match available at www.gostanford.com.
Although the Bruins own a higher national ranking than the Tigers, they trail them in the MPSF standings by a game in the loss column. Pacific's stunning five-game upset of No.2 UC Irvine on Saturday gave UOP its fifth victory in its last six matches.
On Feb. 9, the Bruins snapped the Tigers' four-match winning streak with a five-game victory at Pauley Pavilion. Trailing 2-1 in games and 17-15 in Game 4, UCLA backup setter Kevin Ker served three straight aces to swing the momentum in the Bruins' favor. They won Game 4, 40-38 and Game 5, 15-12 to even their overall record and keep alive a 25-match streak against Pacific.
The following night against Stanford, the Bruins recorded their third sweep of the season, while handing the Cardinal their 13th loss of the year. Seniors Paul George and Steve Klosterman combined for 30 kills to lead the Bruins' attack.
"Winning both of these matches is important to help us remain in the MPSF playoff picture," said Head Coach Al Scates. "We have to improve against our conference opponents."
Following this weekend's matches, the Bruins return home to face No. 9 CS Northridge on Feb. 21 and No. 3 UC Santa Barbara on Feb. 23. The Bruins defeated the Matadors 3-2 on Jan. 19 and have split a pair of matches with the Gauchos, who have won five of their last six.