Nov. 22, 2011
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Friday, Nov. 25
5 p.m. - #1 USC at #4 UCLA
Online Coverage: Gametracker | Audio | Video
FOURTH-RANKED BRUINS CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON
The fourth-ranked Bruins (24-5, 17-4 Pac-12) finish up the regular season on Friday when they host #1 USC (24-4, 19-2) at 5 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.
TICKET INFORMATION FOR FRIDAY
Advanced sale tickets are no longer available for Friday's UCLA-USC women's volleyball match at the John Wooden Center. A total of 50 tickets for day-of-game admissions will be available starting at 4 p.m. on Friday at the JWC Ticket Office. Those tickets are first-come, first-served, so line up early to assure a seat for Friday's match. In addition, a limited number of student tickets are still available and students are also asked to arrive early.
MOVEMBER HITS WESTWOOD
Movember t-shirts will be sold at the entrance to Collins Court for a minimum donation of $5. The UCLA women's volleyball team has raised over $1300 for men's health awareness. If you want to donate to the Movember movement, go to movember.com and search the team name "Courtside Bruins".
BRUINS ON THE NET
Gametracker and free audio and video will be available for Friday's match at UCLABruins.com. Omar Ruiz, Michael Sondheimer and Connor Reeves will call all the action. Links can be found on the women's volleyball schedule page.
The NCAA Selection Show will air on Sunday, Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. on ESPNU. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament will be on Dec. 2 and 3 at 16 campus sites.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped two spots to fourth in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll, receiving 1,229 points (118 less than last week). UCLA fell three positions to fifth in this week's Volleyball Magazine rankings, receiving 160 points (21 less than last week). In the Pac-12 preseason coaches poll, the Bruins were fifth with 90 points.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-12 RANKINGS
Junior Rachael Kidder is first among all Pac-12 players in conference matches only with 4.80 kills per set and is also second with 5.27 points per set. As a team in Pac-12 matches, the Bruins are first in opponent hitting percentage (.168), second in hitting percentage (.267), assists per set (13.93) and kills per set (14.74), and third in digs per set (16.11). Overall, UCLA is in the top half of the Pac-12 standings in six categories, ranking second in opponent's hitting percentage (.155) and assists per set (13.47), third in hitting percentage (.249), kills per set (14.33) and digs per set (15.97), and fifth in blocks per set (2.44). Kidder is second in kills per set (4.60) and third in points per set (5.13), junior Bojana Todorovic is second in service aces per set (0.37) and senior Lainey Gera is fourth in digs per set (4.92). The full team and individual rankings can be found on page four of this release.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Junior Rachael Kidder is ranked in the Top 15 nationally in two statistical categories, coming in at 11th in both kills per set (4.60) and points per set (5.13). Senior Lauren Van Orden is 45th in assists per set at 10.89. As a team, the Bruins are in the Top 40 in three categories. They are ninth in assists per set (13.47), 15th in kills per set (14.33) and 37th in hitting percentage (.248).
The Bruins have produced their 13th-straight, 20-win season ... UCLA is 12-0 when hitting .270 or better ... defensively, the Bruins are 22-0 when holding their opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... UCLA swept all four matches with the Bay Area teams for the first time since 2000 and won a three-set contest at Stanford for the first time in 11 years ... junior transfer Tabi Love is one kill away from 1,000 for her career ... senior Lainey Gera is 14 digs away from 1,900.
SCOUTING THE USC TROJANS
The Trojans clinched the Pac-12 title by sweeping Arizona last Saturday at Galen Center. Since an Oct. 28 loss at Stanford, USC has won seven matches in a row, including six sweeps. The Trojans are hitting .296 as a team, averaging 15.05 kills, 1.24 aces, 15.30 digs and 1.96 blocks per set. Senior Alex Jupiter leads the team with 4.44 kills per set and 47 aces, and is second with 2.91 digs per set. Three others, junior Katie Fuller (2.80), senior Lauren Williams (2.68) and sophomore Sara Shaw (2.22), are also averaging over 2.00 kps. Williams is also first on the team with a .416 hitting percentage and 0.79 blocks per set. Senior Kendall Bateman handles the setting duties and is averaging 12.12 assists per set, while sophomore Natalie Hagglund is first with 5.10 digs per set. Mick Haley is in his 11th year as USC's head coach and is 279-63. He is also 1,052-251-1 in 34-plus seasons of coaching.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. TROJANS
The Bruins dominated the Trojans in the Pac-12 opener for both teams way back on Sept. 9, with UCLA posting a 25-19, 25-17, 25-17 victory. Rachael Kidder had 14 kills and no errors in 29 attempts for a .483 hitting percentage, Lainey Gera added 18 digs and Kelly Reeves posted 11 digs, as the Bruins hit .355 as a team. UCLA leads the all-time series 57-51 and is 27-19 at home against USC. Last season, the Trojans won a five-setter at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 26 to finish off a season sweep of the Bruins. Previous to last year's loss at home, the Bruins had swept the Trojans in back-to-back seasons at Pauley Pavilion in 2008 and 2009. The Bruins are 1-4 all-time when the Trojans are ranked #1 in the nation. UCLA lost three times in 2003 and once in 2002, but defeated the top-ranked Trojans at USC on Oct. 19, 1984.