UCLA Travels to Ball State this Weekend

Feb. 26, 2008

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Seventh-ranked UCLA, nearing the end of its six match road trip, will attempt to stop its slump this weekend in Muncie, IN, with a pair of non-conference matches against host Ball State, Feb. 29 and March 1. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (EST) at Worthen Arena. From courtside, Ball State will originate a live audio broadcast at ballstatesports.com.

Following a slow start in which they lost five of their first six matches, the Cardinals have won nine of their last 10 and cracked the AVCA Top 15 poll at No. 14. Their only loss in that span came on the road in five games at Stanford on Feb. 2.

During their streak, Ball State has defeated Lewis (3-2, Jan. 25), Pacific (3-1, Feb. 1), No. 14 George Mason (3-2, Feb. 8) and No. 8 Ohio State (3-1, Feb. 15), among other teams.

On Jan. 3, the Bruins defeated the Cardinals 3-1 in the first match of the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Hawaii. UCLA sophomore Garrett Muagututia led the Bruins with 21 kills, followed by 11 (.364) from Sean O'Malley and 10 (.562) from Jamie Diefenbach. The Bruins served nine aces in that match.

Fifth-year senior Patrick Durbin leads Ball State with a 4.25 kpg average and 4.69 ppg, both nationally ranked figures. Durbin did not play against the Bruins in Hawaii.

The Bruins last week lost twice on the road, continuing a slide that began with a five-game loss to Hawaii on Feb. 14. They avenged that loss on Feb. 15, but were defeated by UCSB 3-1 on Feb. 20 and CS Northridge 3-1 on Feb. 22.

In last Friday's loss, Muagututia pounded a career-high of 31 kills (.480) and O'Malley added 10, but no other player had more than seven. The Bruins also committed 28 service errors and were aced six times, a seasonhigh tying mark.

The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Cardinals 20-1 with the one loss coming at Ball State on Mar. 3, 1995. That loss was the only blemish on the Bruins' NCAA championship season when they finished 31-1. They avenged that defeat later in the season by beating the Cardinals 3-0 in the NCAA semifinals at Springfield, MA.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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)
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
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
at CSUN
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
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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