Bruins Travel to Bay Area before MPSF Playoffs Begin

April 7, 2008

Seventh-ranked UCLA completes the 2008 regular season this weekend in the Bay Area with matches against Stanford on Fri., Apr. 11 and Pacific pm Sat., Apr. 12. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Live streaming video will be offered for Friday's match at and an audio broadcast will be produced for Saturday's contest at

Stanford (15-10, 10-10) has improved vastly from its teams of the last few years. Last season, the Cardinal finished 3-25 overall and 2-20 in league play. This season, the team is guaranteed to make the playoffs after a drought of several years.

The Cardinal has also recorded some encouraging victories, sweeping top-ranked BYU on the road Feb. 23, and winning a conference road mach on Jan. 12 against defending NCAA champion UC Irvine.

Sophomore Evan Romero is the Cardinal kill leader, averaging 4.6 kpg, followed by senior outside hitter Matt Ceran at 3.5 kpg. Freshman Spencer McLachlin averages 3.3 kpg.

In a match against UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 12, the Bruins prevailed in four games. Romero pounded a match-high of 22 kills and Ceran added 11, but the Bruins limited the Cardinal offense to a hitting percentage of .170 and out-blocked them 15.5-6.5. UCLA boasted four players with double-digit kills, led by sophomore Garrett Muagututia's 15.

The Bruins lead the all-time series, 59-12 and have won eight straight.

UCLA also defeated Pacific (4-22, 1-19) earlier this season, winning in three games on Jan. 12. In that match Muagututia led the Bruins with 19 kills (.571) and 21.5 points.

Last week, the Bruins split a pair of conference matches at home, defeating UC Santa Barbara in four games on Apr. 2 and falling in three games to Cal State Northridge on Apr. 4.

Tied with Pepperdine for fourth place in the league race, the Bruins can control their own fate for a home date in the MPSF quarterfinals on Sat., Apr. 19 with a pair of victories this weekend. UCLA owns the tiebreaker with its pair of victories against the Waves.

The conference title is also up for grabs. Long Beach State controls its fate, and two victories will ensure the 49ers as host of the MPSF Championship, Apr. 24 & 26. But a date with No.3 Cal State Northridge (Apr. 12) will decide the conference winner. Along with hosting privileges, the winner of the regular season title receives a bye in the quarterfinals.

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)
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
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