May 27, 2011
The 2011 UCLA women's volleyball schedule features eight non-conference matches, including the Bruins' annual trip to Hawai'i, 22 Pacific-12 Conference contests and 12 regular-season home tilts at the John Wooden Center.
Fans can get a sneak preview of the Bruins on Saturday, August 20 when the 2011 squad takes on the UCLA Alumni at 6 p.m. at the John Wooden Center, which will serve as the Bruins' 2011 home with Pauley Pavilion under renovation. The Bruins played at the Wooden Center twice last year, defeating Arizona State and Arizona, and are 84-4 all-time when calling that venue home.
The Bruins open the regular season in Los Angeles, but further down the 405, as they travel to the Loyola Marymount Tournament on August 26 and 27. UCLA will face Quinnipiac in the season opener on August 26 before playing twice on August 27, taking on Cal State Fullerton and LMU. Fullerton should be an early test for the Bruins after the Titans won the Big West title last season and took Colorado State to five sets in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
For the 24th straight year, UCLA will make a trip to Honolulu for the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, facing three teams that made the 2010 NCAA Tournament. On Sept. 1, the Bruins take on a Long Beach State team that had a 25-win season, but fell to San Diego in the first round. The next evening, UCLA faces Ohio State. The Buckeyes advanced to the Regional Semifinal in 2010, falling to Stanford in four sets. After a day off, the Bruins face the host Rainbow Wahine on Sept. 4 in the teams' annual showdown. Last year, Hawai'i had a 29-3 mark, but fell in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to Washington.
The Bruins return to Los Angeles to face three local teams, including their crosstown rival in the first-ever Pac-12 match between UCLA and USC. On Sept. 7, UCLA faces Pepperdine in Malibu for its annual meeting with the Waves. Two nights later, the Bruins travel to the Galen Center to take on the Trojans, who went 29-5 last year before falling in the National Semifinal to conference foe California. UCLA closes out non-conference action on Sept. 12 with its first regular-season home contest against Cal State Northridge.
Following a trip to Washington State on Sept. 16, the Bruins will face three straight teams which had long runs in the 2010 postseason. On Sept. 17, UCLA faces Washington in Seattle. The Huskies won 24 times last year and lost to California in the Regional Semifinals. UCLA then returns home for a pair of matches against the Bay Area schools. Stanford, which went 27-4 in 2010 but lost to USC in the Regional Finals, comes calling on Sept. 23. One night later, California will come to the Wooden Center. Last season, the Bears reached the National Championship match, but lost to Penn State in straight sets after a 30-4 season.
A four-game road trip takes the Bruins to two of the Pac-12's newest schools in Utah (Sept. 30) and Colorado (Oct. 2). UCLA then goes to the desert the following weekend, facing Arizona State (Oct. 7) and Arizona (Oct. 8). The Wildcats won 20 games in 2010, falling to Northwestern in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
The first half of Pac-12 play ends with the start of a four-game homestand for the Bruins, as Oregon State (Oct. 14) and Oregon (Oct. 15) come to Westwood. The next weekend, Colorado (Oct. 21) and Utah (Oct. 22) travel to UCLA for its first Pac-12 matches in Los Angeles.
The Bruins go to the Bay Area on Oct. 28 and 29, facing California and Stanford, before returning home to entertain Washington (Nov. 4) and Washington State (Nov. 6). UCLA's final regular-season road trip takes them to Oregon (Nov. 11) and Oregon State (Nov. 12).
UCLA ends the regular season on a three-match homestand, facing Arizona on Nov. 18, Arizona State on Nov. 20 and USC on Nov. 25.
The NCAA Tournament begins Dec. 2 and 3 with the first and second rounds taking place at 16 campus sites. The Regional round (Dec. 9-10) will be played at four pre-determined sites in Gainesville, Fla., Honolulu, Hawai'i, Lexington, Ky. and Minneapolis, Minn. The final four teams will meet in San Antonio, Texas on Dec. 15 and 17.