Fourth-Ranked Bruins Complete Regular Season This Week

April 10, 2007

The 4th-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team, winners of three straight and 10 of their last 13, host Long Beach State on Wed., Apr. 11 before traveling to UC San Diego to end the regular season on Fri., Apr. 13. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Darren Preston will call the radio play-by-play action on for the Long Beach State match. Also on Wednesday, UCLA will recognize six senior players and one manager in their final regular season home match in Pauley Pavilion.

Last week, the Bruins (17-10, 11-9) defeated a pair of quality opponents in five games. Cal Baptist, the nation's top-ranked NAIA program, fell 3-2 on Apr. 4. No. 2 UC Irvine fell by the same score on Apr. 6. The UCI victory snapped a four-match losing streak to the Anteaters and gave the Bruins sole possession of fifth place in the MPSF race.

Against UC Irvine, the Bruins battled back from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2. In Game 3 the Bruins took advantage of 10 UCI service errors to win 30-28, and in Game 4, they recorded nine blocks to win by the same score. In Game 5, UCLA battled back from a 3-0 deficit and match point at 15-14 to capture their 50th win in the series.

Redshirt junior Eric Chaghouri (three digs, .957 pass percentage), and sophomores Jamie Diefenbach (nine kills, .353, nine total blocks) and setter Matt Wade (46 assists, 10 digs and eight total blocks) turned in clutch performances off the bench against UC Irvine. Seniors Paul George and Steve Klosterman each pounded 17 kills, and freshman Garrett Muagututia added 15.

Long Beach State (11-15, 6-14) has lost six straight matches, all to conference opponents, and has been eliminated from the MPSF playoffs. The Beach recently lost consecutive league series to BYU and visiting Hawai'i. However, the 49ers upended the Bruins 3-2 on Feb. 28 at the Pyramid. UCLA leads the series, 70-29 and has won two straight at Pauley Pavilion.

NOTES--Wednesday's match is Faculty/Staff Night. Employees presenting their BruinCard will be allowed four free admissions. The first 200 fans attending the Long Beach State match will receive free Diddy Riese cookies.

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 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
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
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
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA