Bruins Complete Homestand Saturday against Pepperdine

Feb. 7, 2008

Fourth-ranked UCLA hosts fifth-ranked Pepperdine Sat., Feb. 9 in an MPSF showdown between the league's third and fifth place teams.

The match also marks the 31st annual Kilgour Cup, a benefit in honor of one UCLA's all-time greats -- the late Kirk Kilgour.

"Kirk Kilgour set the standard for UCLA volleyball," said Head Coach Al Scates. "As one of our first great players, Kirk laid the groundwork for this program by leading us to three straight championships. We are excited to honor him every year."

Started in 1977 with a match between UCLA and Maccabi Union, the Kilgour Cup for 26 years benefited Kilgour, who severed his spinal cord in a training accident in 1976. Since his passing in 2002, proceeds from the match are used to fund a scholarship in Kilgour's memory. The scholarship is awarded annually to a UCLA student with disabilities.

Prior to his accident, Kilgour, a 6-4 outside hitter, was a world-class player, leading the Bruins to their first two NCAA titles and dominating the Italian Professional League after college.

Although the accident left him a quadriplegic, it did not diminish his enthusiasm for the game. For the rest of his life, Kilgour devoted a majority of his time to volleyball. He served as the color commentator in three Olympic volleyball telecasts, and also served as Pepperdine's coach from 1979-81. In 1986, his No. 13 jersey was the first UCLA volleyball number to be retired.

Each year, the name of the winning team is inscribed on a perpetual trophy that resides in the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, where Kilgour is a charter member.

"It's wonderful that UCLA continues to recognize Kirk," said Pepperdine Head Coach Marv Dunphy. "Pepperdine Volleyball is honored to be part of the Kilgour Cup."

Pepperdine has played in nine Kilgour Cup matches, and defeated Maccabi Union in the 2nd Cup match in 1979.

UCLA owns a 7-0 record against Pepperdine in Kilgour Cup matches, and the Bruins are 24-5 overall in the Cup series. Pepperdine last played in the Kilgour Cup in 1996, but its only victory came 29 years ago.

Both the Bruins (8-4, 5-3) and the Waves (5-4, 5-4) enter Saturday's match recovering from conference losses on Wednesday. The Bruins lost at home to USC in three games, and the Waves lost in four games at UC Irvine. The Bruins have won three of their last four, the Waves have dropped four of their last five, including a five-game match to the Bruins on Jan. 25 in Malibu.

Saturday's match will be carried live on and Darren Preston will call the action.

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)
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