Bruins Hit the Road for Key Conference Rivalry Matches

Jan. 21, 2008

The fifth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team travels to No. 11 USC Jan. 23 and No. 2 Pepperdine Jan. 25 for a pair of MPSF showdowns.

The Bruins and Trojans will tangle at the Galen Center and UCLA and Pepperdine will meet at Firestone Fieldhouse. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

Both matches also will be broadcast on with Darren Preston calling the action.

USC is vastly improved from last year's team that finished 12-16 overall and 9-18 in league play. The Trojans welcomed one of the nation's top recruiting classes in the Fall and are considered one of the MPSF's most dangerous teams. The rivals have split their matches the last two seasons after the Bruins enjoyed five years of series sweeps.

Last season, unranked USC upset No. 5 UCLA 3-0 in Pauley Pavilion, out-blocking its cross-town rival, 15.5-2.0 and out-hitting the Bruins .533 to .232. The victory also enabled the Trojans to claim the Kilgour Cup for the first time in eight years. The Bruins avenged that loss with a 3-0 victory at the Galen Center on Mar. 31.

Two and a half Lexus Gauntlet points also will be at stake as the two rivals continue the annual series to determine which school claims the gauntlet trophy for another year. In men's volleyball, UCLA is 10-2 in the Lexus series, 26-2 in the last 28 matches and 85-31 in the all-time series. USC leads the 2007-08 Lexus Gauntlet race, 35-10.

Following Wednesday's match, the Bruins travel to Malibu where they have not won since 2004. The Waves, ranked No. 2 with a 4-0 overall record, have defeated the Bruins in five of their last six meetings. The lone Bruin victory in that span was a 3-0 sweep in the 2006 MPSF semifinals during the Bruins' run to their 19th national championship. UCLA leads the all-time series, 71-29.

Entering the week, Pepperdine was 4-0 overall and in league play, and ranked No.2 behind BYU. The Waves were also tied with Long Beach State for first place in the MPSF race.

Bruin Notes: On Thurs., Feb. 6, UCLA will retire the jersey of former All-American and two-time Player of the Year Jeff Nygaard. Nygaard, who wore No. 9, led the Bruins to three consecutive trips to the NCAA Championship, winning titles in 1993 and '95. He was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in November. The Bruins will host USC at 7 p.m. that evening and the match will be broadcast on FSN Prime Ticket. ...The 31st Annual Kilgour Cup is scheduled for Sat., Feb. 9 against Pepperdine at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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