April 24, 2008
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's volleyball team has announced its 2008 schedule, which features defending national champion Penn State and six contests against fellow Pac-10 teams USC, Stanford and California, which also made the NCAA Finals.
The season kicks off in the paradise of Hawaii, but it will be all business once the Bruins take the floor. After opening against an Ohio squad on Aug. 29 which made the NCAA Tournament a year ago, the Bruins will face defending national champion Penn State on Aug. 30. One day later, UCLA takes on host Hawai'i (Aug. 31).
After a midweek matchup at UC Riverside on Sept. 3, the Bruins head to Reno for the Nevada Tournament, where they will face the host Wolf Pack on Sept. 5 and D-I upstart Seattle University on Sept. 6. UCLA then faces two more Big West Conference schools on the road, traveling to Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 10 and Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16. Preseason tournament play concludes in Evanston, Ill., as the Bruins take part in the Northwestern Tournament, facing Virginia and Georgetown on Sept. 19 and the host Wildcats on Sept. 20.
With 11 away or neutral contests already under their belt, the Bruins have three more road matches to start of Pacific-10 Conference play, facing cross-town rival and NCAA semifinalist USC in the league opener on Sept. 26. A trip to the Oregon Schools concludes a season-opening 14-match road stretch, as UCLA visits Oregon on Oct. 3 and Oregon State on Oct. 4.
After a top-heavy road schedule to start off the season, the Bruins will enjoy the comfort of home for the second part of the year, playing 10 of their final 16 matches at Pauley Pavilion. The home slate begins on Oct. 10 against Washington and continues one night later against Washington State.
Following a road trip to the desert to face Arizona State (Oct. 17) and Arizona (Oct. 18), the Bruins return home for four in a row. The homestand opens up with a bang, as UCLA entertains NCAA semifinalist California on Oct. 24 and NCAA runner-up Stanford the next evening. The four-game stand wraps up with contests against Oregon State (Oct. 31) and Oregon (Nov. 1).
The Bruins alternate road and home weekends over the final eight matches, traveling to Washington State (Nov. 7) and Washington (Nov. 9) before returning home to face Arizona State on Nov. 14 and Arizona on Nov. 15. The final regular-season road trip takes the Bruins to the Bay Area, as they visit Stanford on Nov. 21 and California one night later.
The annual matchup with Pepperdine comes to Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 25 before the home finale against USC on Nov. 28. Along with all the emotion from playing their closest rival, the Bruins will honor six seniors, Elise Carstensen, Ali Daley, Jessica Fine, Jade Machado, Kaitlin Sather and Nellie Spicer before the match.
The postseason begins on Dec. 5 and 6 with the NCAA First and Second Rounds at campus sites and continues the following weekend at NCAA Regionals on Dec. 12 and 13. The final four teams converge on Omaha, Neb. on Dec. 18 for the NCAA Semifinals, with the national champion crowned on Dec. 20 at the Qwest Center.