13th-Ranked Bruins Host Pepperdine, Travel to Bakersfield

Sept. 7, 2010

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Wednesday, Sept. 8
7 p.m. - Pepperdine at #13 UCLA

Thursday, Sept. 9
7 p.m. - #13 UCLA at CSU Bakersfield

Gametracker (both matches), audio and video (Wednesday only) on UCLABruins.com

The 13th-ranked Bruins (5-1) play their 2010 home opener on Wednesday when they host Pepperdine (3-3) at Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. Gametracker, audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com. On Thursday, UCLA travels to CSU Bakersfield (0-7) for a 7 p.m. tilt at the Icardo Center. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.

The Bruins play three times next week. On Tuesday, Sept. 14, UCLA travels to Cal State Northridge for a 7 p.m. match. UCLA then heads south to Irvine for the two-day ASICS Challenge. The Bruins will take on Penn on Friday, Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. at UC Irvine's Crawford Court. On Saturday, Sept. 18, UCLA will play host UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center at 7 p.m.

UCLA moved up one spot to 13th in both the AVCA Top 25 Coaches and Volleyball Magazine Top 20 polls. The Bruins received 63 more points in the AVCA rankings and 12 additional points in the Volleyball Magazine poll. UCLA was also selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.

All 10 home contests, in addition to road matches at Cal State Northridge and USC, will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker and/or live stats will also be available for all home matches and most road contests.

With a three-match winning streak, the Bruins are continuing a trend from the past three seasons. UCLA started the last three years at 2-1 and followed that up with at least seven straight victories. The Bruins won seven in a row last year, eight straight in 2008 and 11 consecutive in 2007.

Pepperdine is 3-3 after going 2-1 at its home tournament last weekend. The Waves swept Rice and Eastern Washington before falling to Missouri in four. Pepperdine lost two of three during the opening weekend in Albuquerque, N.M., including a four-set loss to Stanford. The Waves are hitting .283 as a team, averaging 13.60 kills, 1.00 aces, 12.15 digs and 2.58 blocks per set. Junior middle blocker Kim Hill leads the team with 3.85 kps, while three others are also averaging more than two kps. Sophomore middle Victoria Adelhelm is second with 2.80 kps to go along with a team-best 0.95 bps, junior outside hitter Lilla Frederick is third with 2.65 kps and second with 2.65 dps and freshman outside Emily Cook is fourth with 2.58 kps. Freshman Kellie Woolever handles the setting duties and is averaging 11.75 assists per set, while junior Stevi Robinson is the libero and averages 4.10 dps. Nina Matthies is in her 28th year as Pepperdine's head coach and has a record of 513-308. The Waves return 11 letterwinners and five starters from last year's team that went 16-11 and placed third in the West Coast Conference.

The Bruins and the Waves have met at least once a year since their rivalry began in 1976. UCLA leads the all-time series 49-11 and has won five straight, including the last two at Pauley Pavilion. Last year in Malibu on Sept. 16, the Bruins lost the first set but claimed a four-set victory. Lainey Gera led UCLA with 18 digs, as the Bruins hit .270 as a team and won the final three sets 25-14, 25-15, 25-22 after dropping the opener 26-24. In the last meeting in Westwood on Nov. 25, 2008, the Bruins again won in four after dropping the opening set. Katie Camp had 12 kills and seven blocks, while Gera posted 17 digs. The Bruins are 21-5 all-time at home against the Waves. Each of the last eight matches have gone at least four sets, with four of them going the distance.

The Roadrunners have dropped their first seven matches of the season, which includes a three-set sweep at Arizona last Saturday. Bakersfield is hitting .116 as a team, averaging 9.68 kills, 1.48 aces, 11.56 digs and 1.44 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Lindy DeGeare is tops on the team with 2.92 kps, while freshman outside Haleigh Haratyk is second with 2.23 kps and 2.68 dps. The Roadrunners have two setters, junior Danielle Gong (4.64 assists per set) and freshman Samantha Whittington (3.76). Sophomore Lauren Holderman leads the team with 3.67 dps. John Price is in his 14th year as the Roadrunners' head coach and holds a record of 232-145. Bakersfield, a Division I independent, went 14-17 last season and returns four starters and seven letterwinners from that team. Thursday's matchup will be the first time the Bruins have faced CSU Bakersfield.

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