Nov. 30, 2010
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NCAA First and Second Rounds Tournament Central
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Friday, Dec. 3
2:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. CT - UCLA (21-8, 11-7 Pac-10) vs. American (29-2, 14-0 Patriot)
Online Coverage: Live Video | Gametracker
4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT - #9-seed Texas (23-5, 18-2 Big 12) vs. UTSA (22-11, 13-3 Southland)
Saturday, Dec. 4
4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT - UCLA/American winner vs. Texas/UTSA winner
UCLA PLAYS AMERICAN ON FRIDAY IN NCAA FIRST ROUND
The Bruins (21-8, 11-7 Pac-10) head to Austin, Texas for the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament and will face American University (29-2, 14-0 Patriot) on Friday at 2:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. CT at Gregory Gymnasium. Gametracker and live video will be available at UCLABruins.com.
The winner of the Austin Sub-Regional will be right back at Gregory Gymnasium next weekend, as the University of Texas hosts the Regional round on Dec. 10 and 11. The Austin Sub-Regional winner will face the winner of the Champaign Sub-Regional, which features #8-seed Illinois, Austin Peay, Cincinnati and Western Kentucky, in the round of 16 on Friday, Dec. 10. The Austin Regional final will take place on Saturday, Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPNU.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
For the second week in a row, the Bruins remained at ninth in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, losing two points in the standings. The Bruins have been ranked between ninth and 14th during each week of the regular season. UCLA dropped one spot to 10th in the latest Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, losing five points. The Bruins were selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.
BRUINS ON THE NET
Both of this weekend's matches in Austin, Texas will feature live video and Gametracker. Links to both will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA will be making its 29th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds an all-time record of 73-26 (.737), with Friday being the Bruins' 100th tourney match. Since the field expanded to 64 teams in `98, UCLA is 21-3 (.875) in the first and second rounds of the tournament, including a perfect 12-0 in the opening match.
BRUINS IN THE LONE STAR STATE
The Bruins are 5-2 all-time in the state of Texas during the NCAA Tournament, with all of the matches played in Austin. UCLA went 2-0 in the Regional round in 1984 and 1985, defeating Texas in the final both years. In 1994, the Bruins traveled to Austin for the Final Four, besting Penn State in the National semifinal before falling to Stanford in the championship match. In 2008, UCLA lost in four sets to the Longhorns in the Regional semifinal. In 25 total contests in the Lone Star State, the Bruins are 21-4 (10-3 at Texas, 2-0 at Baylor, 1-0 at Texas A&M, 5-0 in neutral-site, regular-season tournament matches and 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament, excluding contests against Texas).
THREE BRUINS NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAM
Senior Dicey McGraw, junior Lainey Gera and sophomore Rachael Kidder were each named to the All-Pacific-10 Conference Team on Tuesday. McGraw earned first-team accolades, while Gera and Kidder were named to the honorable mention team. For McGraw, it marks the second time she has been named to the All-Pac-10 squad, earning honorable mention accolades as a junior. It is the second straight season that Gera has been named to the honorable mention squad, while it is the first award for Kidder. The Bruins have had 87 All-Pac-10 selections (56 first-teamers) over the last 24 seasons. In addition to the All-Pac-10 honors, freshmen Mariana Aquino and Kelly Reeves were each named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman honorable mention team. The Bruins have had 37 All-Freshman Team honorees all-time.
NEWS AND NOTES
Friday's loss to USC was the first time this year the Bruins had lost a match when winning the opening set (18-1) and the first time they lost when winning the fourth set of a match (9-1) ... junior Katie Camp suffered a season-ending, left-knee injury during the second set against Oregon on Nov. 19. She currently leads the Bruins with 1.14 blocks per set and a .333 hitting percentage and is third with 1.98 kills per set ... junior Lainey Gera was named Pac-10 Player of the Week on Nov. 15 after tying a school record for digs in a three-set match against Arizona State with 28 and following that up with a 27-dig effort versus Arizona. The POW award is the first of Gera's career, the first this season for the Bruins and the 55th all-time for UCLA ... UCLA is a perfect 19-0 when out-hitting its opponent and 14-0 when hitting .250 or better ... the Bruins are 16-0 when holding their foe under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Nov. 6 loss at Cal was the first time they lost when up 2-1 in a match ... the Oct. 29 win over Washington snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Huskies and was just the second time this year the Bruins have won when getting out-hit (.329-.268). The .329 percentage marked the first time since Sept. 4, 1994 (at Hawai'i) that UCLA has won a match when its opponent hit over .300 ... the 105 digs at Arizona on Oct. 15 marked the first time the Bruins have had triple figures in digs since Nov. 20, 2007 against Pepperdine and the most since producing 109 against Washington on Dec. 11, 2004 ... Gera remains at first among Pac-10 players in digs per set at 5.09 and is 34th in the nation in dps ... Camp and junior Lauren Van Orden are in the Pac-10 Top 10 in two categories. Camp is fifth in blocks per set (1.14) and tied for eighth in hitting percentage (.333), while Van Orden is fifth in assists per set (11.59) and 10th in aces per set (0.24). Senior Dicey McGraw is eighth with 3.87 kills per set ... as a team, the Bruins, who have led the Pac-10 in dps in each of the last three seasons, are once again atop the standings with 15.71 dps ... nationally, the Bruins rank 21st in assists per set (13.38) and 23rd in kps (14.19). Van Orden is 14th in aps ... Van Orden posted her team-best eighth double-double on Friday against USC with 63 assists and 10 digs. It marked the third time this year she has surpassed 60 assists and the 15th time she has produced at least 40 assists in a match ... freshman Kelly Reeves notched her 11th double-figure digs match of the year with 13 against USC. She is third on the team with 2.11 dps and 17 service aces ... junior Sara Sage, who will fill in for the injured Camp, registered the third double-figure kills match of her career with 10 against USC. She is third on the team with 0.69 bps, adding 1.26 kps ... Gera has five straight matches with 20+ digs after totaling 28 against USC. She has 140 digs over her last five (7.37 dps) and is third on UCLA's all-time digs list (1,368). Next up is second-place Samantha Shaver (1,405) ... McGraw notched her seventh straight double-figure kills match and the 20th in her last 21 contests with 19 against USC. She has 26 double-figure kills matches this season and 75 for her career ... sophomore Bojana Todorovic tallied her fifth double-double of the season, fourth in as many weekends and ninth of her career with a personal-best 21 kills to go with 12 digs against USC. She has double figures in digs in six of her last seven and at least 10 kills in five of six ... sophomore Rachael Kidder has 15 straight matches with double figures in kills after producing 15 against USC. She is second on the team with 3.48 kps and fourth with 0.63 bps, posting at least four blocks in five of her last seven contests ... freshman Mariana Aquino is hitting .394 over her last 11 matches, with 52 kills and nine errors in 109 attempts. She is second on the team with 0.76 bps to go with 1.12 kps ... freshman Meg Norton recorded her third double-figure digs match, tying a career best with 12 against USC. She made her first career start against Oregon on Nov. 19 and had a season-best three aces to go with 10 digs.
SCOUTING THE AMERICAN EAGLES
American brings a 29-2 record and a 23-match winning streak into Friday's contest, going a perfect 14-0 in winning the Patriot League regular season and tournament titles. The Eagles, located in Washington, D.C., are making their 11th NCAA Tournament appearance, but are still in search of their first postseason win. The senior-laden squad is hitting .300 with 14.09 kills, 1.88 aces, 14.23 digs and 2.23 blocks per set. Senior Magdalena Tekiel paces the team with 3.87 kps and 38 aces, adding 2.24 dps. Senior Angelina Waterman is close behind her with 3.73 kps, 28 aces and 2.53 dps. Junior Alexandra Hammer (10.13 assists per set) and sophomore Krysta Cicala (9.84 aps) have split the setting duties this season. Senior Katerina Cinkova leads the team in bps (1.02), while senior Deborah Frantz is first with 3.68 dps. Barry Goldberg is in his 22nd year at American and holds a 545-202 record. The Bruins have never faced the Eagles or a squad from the eight-team Patriot League.
SCOUTING THE TEXAS LONGHORNS
Texas holds a 23-5 overall record, finishing second in the Big 12 with an 18-2 mark. The Longhorns, ranked sixth in the latest AVCA poll, are making their 27th NCAA appearance and hold a tournament mark of 58-25. Texas is hitting .304 as a team with 14.34 kills, 1.16 aces, 13.55 digs and 2.54 blocks per set. Senior Juliann Faucette paces the squad with 3.88 kps to go with 2.62 dps and 24 aces. Juniors Amber Roberson (2.98) and Rachael Adams (2.85) are each averaging over 2.00 kps. Junior Michelle Kocher handles the setting duties and is posting 10.75 assists per set. Adams is first in bps at 1.19, while freshman Sarah Palmer leads the squad with 3.14 dps. Jerritt Elliott is in his 10th year at Texas and holds a record of 237-69.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. LONGHORNS
The Bruins and the Longhorns have met 22 previous times, with UCLA holding a 15-7 edge and a 10-3 mark in Austin. Four of the teams' meetings have come in the NCAA Tournament, with the last coming on Dec. 12, 2008 when the Longhorns bested the Bruins in four sets in the Regional semifinal in Austin. UCLA owns Regional final victories at Texas in 1984 and 1985, while the Longhorns defeated the Bruins in the 1988 National semifinals in Minneapolis. The Bruins' most recent victory in Austin came on Sept. 12, 2003 in a three-set sweep.
SCOUTING THE UTSA ROADRUNNERS
UTSA, also known as Texas-San Antonio, went 22-11 during the regular season, placing first in the Southland Conference's Western Division and earning the league's automatic bid with a win in the conference tournament. The Roadrunners, making just their second NCAA Tournament appearance, are hitting .214 as a team with 13.32 kills, 0.77 aces, 17.22 digs and 2.24 blocks per set. Senior Kendra Rowland leads the team with 3.24 kps, while junior Kelsey Jewasko is ranked 26th in the nation with 5.28 dps. Laura Groff is in her ninth year at UTSA and has a record of 146-142. The Bruins have never faced the Roadrunners and are 17-0 against teams from the 12-team Southland Conference.