Bruins Travel to Malibu Looking for a Victory

Jan. 24, 2008

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team travels to Malibu Friday night in a key MPSF showdown. The Bruins also will be looking to end a few streaks of uncharacteristic futility.

The first and most important means snapping a two-match MPSF skid that started a week ago against Long Beach State and continued with last night's five-game loss on the road against USC.

A victory against the Waves would also snap a three-match losing streak at Firestone Fieldhouse where the Bruins have not won since 2004. Overall, UCLA has lost four straight to Pepperdine, but leads the all-time series, 71-29.

The Bruins (5-3, 3-2) were upset by USC on Thursday night after battling back from an 0-2 deficit. With a 14-12 lead in Game 5, the Bruins fell to a 6-2 Trojan run that cost them the match.

Second-ranked Pepperdine suffered its first loss of the season at home to No. 10 UC Irvine. The Anteaters surprised the Waves with a dominating block and efficient offense to drop the hosts to 4-1 overall.

Friday's match will be broadcast live on with Darren Preston calling the action.

The Bruins return to Pauley Pavilion for a four-match home stand that begins with Cal Baptist on Jan. 30.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)