Bruins Travel to UCSB, CS Northridge this Week

Feb. 19, 2008

Sixth-ranked UCLA continues the middle leg of its six-match road swing, traveling to UC Santa Barbara Feb. 20 and Cal State Northridge Feb. 22.

Both matches will be played at 7 p.m. and both will be broadcast by the home team's internet site. Access www.KCSB.org for the UCSB match and www.gomatadors.com for the CS Northridge match.

UC Santa Barbara entered the week with a record of 6-7 overall, 4-5 in ninth place of the MPSF. The Gauchos began the season dropping five of their first six matches, but have rebounded to win five of their last six. They are 4-1 in the month of February.

Senior middle blocker Theo Brunner is one of the Gauchos' best players. Earlier this season, he earned AVCA National Player of the Week and MPSF POW honors. Brunner leads the team in hitting percentage at .359 and ranks second in kills per game at 3.7.

The Bruins' 2007 season ended at UCSB last April in a 3-1 defeat in the first round of the MPSF playoffs. UCLA leads the overall series, 111-28, although the teams have split their last four matches.

Fourth-ranked Cal State Northridge is enjoying one of its best seasons in recent years. The Matadors (10-4, 6-3) are in third place of the MPSF race and have won their last four matches.

Junior Eric Vance leads CSUN at 4.2 kpg with 17 aces and 213.5 points. Middle blockers Kevin McKniff and Cody Loe are averaging more than a block per game each.

UCLA leads this series, 54-7 and has won three straight.

Last week the Bruins split a pair of league matches against Hawai'i in Honolulu. On Valentine's Day, the Bruins fell 3-2, despite battling back from a two games to one deficit and a five-point disadvantage in Game 5.

On Feb. 15, the Bruins avenged their previous night's loss with a 3-0 victory. In Game 1, however, the Bruins were staring at a 26-28 deficit before scoring the final four points of the game to win 30-28.


EVENT INFORMATION
UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-17, 25-18)
Friday, Feb 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
(32-30, 25-21, 25-19)
Sunday, Feb 21
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
(21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Feb 24
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-13)
Saturday, Feb 27
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16)
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
(21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18)
Friday, Mar 04
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-22, 25-15, 25-23)
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 25-21, 25-18)
Thursday, Mar 24
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
(19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7)
Saturday, Mar 26
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
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 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State or George ...
University Park, PA
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