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 uclabruins.com and Darren Preston will call the action.