Women's Volleyball Returns to the Wooden Center

Nov. 9, 2010

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Friday, Nov. 12
6 p.m. - Arizona State (11-14, 5-7 Pac-10) at #10 UCLA (17-7, 7-6 Pac-10)
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

Saturday, Nov. 13
7 p.m. - #20 Arizona (18-7, 7-5 Pac-10) at #10 UCLA (17-7, 7-6 Pac-10)
Online Coverage: Live Audio | Gametracker

The 10th-ranked Bruins (17-7, 7-6 Pac-10) will play at Collins Court in the Wooden Center for the first time since 1998 when they host the Arizona schools this weekend. UCLA entertains Arizona State (11-14, 5-7) on Friday at 6 p.m. and #20 Arizona (18-7, 7-5) on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.

Entrance to Collins Court is located at the east end of the Wooden Center. Capacity at the Wooden Center is approximately 1,500 and both matches will be general admission seating. Friday is Veterans Appreciation Night, with four free admissions for all Veterans wearing a uniform or with a Military/Veteran ID. It is also Public Safety Night, with four free admissions by presenting a public safety badge or ID at the gate. Saturday is Youth Volleyball League Night, with three free admissions for all SCVA players and coaches that RSVP at 310-206-8127. Gates open one hour prior to the start of the match.

The Bruins go back on the road for the final time during the regular season next weekend, facing Oregon on Friday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 12 p.m.

UCLA lost 49 points in this week's AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll, but remained at 10th for the second straight week. The Bruins have been ranked between 10th and 14th during each week of the regular season. UCLA also remained at 10th for the third straight week in the Volleyball Magazine Top 20 rankings, dropping one point. The Bruins were selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.

All remaining home contests will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker and/or live stats will also be available for all home matches and most road contests.

Saturday's loss at Cal marked the first time this season the Bruins have lost in five sets (3-1) and the first time they had lost when up 2-1 in a match ... UCLA is 7-0 this season when winning the fourth set of a match, but 0-6 when dropping the fourth ... the Bruins are 14-0 when winning the opening set ... UCLA is a perfect 15-0 when out-hitting its opponent and 12-0 when hitting .250 or better ... the Bruins are 14-0 when holding their foe under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Oct. 29 win over Washington snapped an eight-match losing streak to the Huskies and was just the second time this year the Bruins have won when getting out-hit (.329-.268). The .329 percentage marked the first time since Sept. 4, 1994 (at Hawai'i) that UCLA has won a match when its opponent hit over .300 ... the 105 digs at Arizona on Oct. 15 marked the first time the Bruins have had triple figures in digs since Nov. 20, 2007 against Pepperdine and the most since producing 109 against Washington on Dec. 11, 2004 ... junior Lainey Gera dropped to second in the Pac-10 in digs per set, coming in with 4.60 dps this week. Junior Lauren Van Orden is fifth in assists per set (11.29) and tied for fifth in service aces per set (0.27), while junior Katie Camp is ninth in hitting percentage (.332) and 10th in blocks per set (1.06). Senior Dicey McGraw is 10th in kills per set (3.69) ... as a team, the Bruins, who have led the Pac-10 in dps in each of the last three seasons, are once again atop the standings with 15.34 dps ... nationally, the Bruins rank 26th in assists per set (13.16) and 32nd in kps (13.93). Van Orden is 21st in aps ... Van Orden had double-doubles in both matches last weekend and has a team-best six this season, including four during Pac-10 play ... freshman Kelly Reeves has six double-figure kills matches and nine double-figure digs contests ... Gera surpassed Jenny Johnson (1,214) for sixth in UCLA history in digs and now has 1,228 for her career. Next up on the list are Jenny Evans (5th; 1,234) and Ashley Bowles (4th; 1,269) ... McGraw has double figures in kills in 15 of her last 16 matches and went for a career-best 24 on Sunday at California ... Camp has hit above .400 in a match seven times and has at least four blocks in 11 contests ... sophomore Bojana Todorovic notched her second double-double of the year at California, tying a personal high with 14 kills ... sophomore Rachael Kidder has 10 straight matches with double figures in kills and is averaging 4.10 kills per set during that stretch ... freshman Mariana Aquino is hitting .446 over her last six matches with 34 kills and five errors in 65 attempts ... freshman Meg Norton produced her first career ace and double-figure digs match with 12 at Cal on Saturday.

For the first time since 1998, the Bruins will play at Collins Court in the Wooden Center. Between 1983 and 1995, UCLA played some of its regular-season matches at the Wooden Center, sporting a record of 82-4. Attendance averages for matches at the Wooden Center from 1990-94 hovered around 1,200 per contest, with a standing-room only crowd of 2,500 to see the Bruins face Stanford on Oct. 19, 1991. The last appearance for the women's volleyball team at Collins Court took place on Nov. 8, 1998 when the Bruins swept Arizona in three sets.

Arizona State nearly pulled off a sweep of the Oregon schools last weekend, beating Oregon State in three on Friday and coming back from 0-2 down versus Oregon on Saturday before falling in the fifth. The Sun Devils had won four straight Pac-10 matches (Oct. 9-22) against OSU, USC, UCLA and WSU, but are 1-3 in their last four. Arizona State is hitting .221 as a team with 12.62 kills, 1.16 aces, 14.48 digs and 2.43 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Sarah Reaves leads the squad with 3.96 kps and is second with 2.49 dps, while freshman outside Danica Mendivil is second in kps at 2.83. Senior libero Sarah Johnson, who has a team-best 21 aces, is also first on the squad with 4.47 dps. Junior setter Cat Highmark quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 10.66 assists per set, while junior middle blocker Sonja Markanovich is the top blocker at 1.16 bps. During Pac-10 action, the Sun Devils are hitting .227 with 12.65 kills, 1.06 aces, 15.21 digs and 2.61 blocks per set. Reaves is averaging 4.08 kps in league, followed by Mendivil (2.83) and sophomore middle Erica Wilson (2.17). Highmark (10.60 aps), Reaves (4.23 dps) and Markanovich (1.33 bps) all lead ASU in their respective categories. Jason Watson is in his third year at Arizona State and holds a record of 37-49.

The 10th-ranked Bruins fell in four sets to Arizona State on Oct. 16 at the Wells Fargo Center. Set scores were 26-28, 19-25, 26-24, 20-25. Senior Dicey McGraw (16 kills, 10 digs) and sophomore Bojana Todorovic (11 kills, 20 digs) each had double-doubles. Sophomore Rachael Kidder (15) and junior Katie Camp (10) were also in double figures in kills. Junior Lainey Gera recorded 29 digs, while freshman Madie Smith had 53 assists. The Bruins hit .175 for the match.

The Oct. 16 victory for Arizona State marked the second year in a row that the Sun Devils defeated the Bruins in Tempe. However, UCLA still leads the all-time series 61-8 and is 32-1 in Westwood against Arizona State with a 14-match winning streak. Ten of the 14 victories have been sweeps, including a 3-0 triumph last Nov. 28 when Lainey Gera had 23 digs and Dicey McGraw posted nine kills in a 25-19, 28-26, 25-22 win. UCLA is 54-0 when winning the first set against Arizona State. The Sun Devils' lone victory in Westwood came on Oct. 14, 1995 in five sets. UCLA has never lost to Arizona State in 10 matchups at the Wooden Center.

Arizona enters this weekend with a four-match winning streak and will face USC on Friday before visiting UCLA. Last weekend, the Wildcats swept Oregon and beat Oregon State in four sets. Arizona began Pac-10 play at 0-2, then won three in a row, lost the next three and have followed that up with a four-match win streak. The Wildcats are hitting .258 as a team and are averaging 13.36 kills, 1.05 aces, 13.55 digs and 2.28 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Tiffany Owens leads the team with 4.01 kps and is followed by senior outside Whitney Dosty (2.99), junior middle blocker Courtney Karst (2.61) and junior middle Cursty Jackson (2.57). Owens is also tops on the squad with 3.25 dps. Senior setter Paige Weber averages 11.01 assists per set to go with a team-best 20 aces, while Jackson is first with 1.19 bps and a .392 hitting percentage. In Pac-10 play, the Wildcats are hitting .244 with 13.25 kills, 0.78 aces, 14.67 digs and 2.17 blocks per set. Owens is averaging 4.37 kps in conference, with Karst (2.98), Jackson (2.57) and Dosty (2.21) also posting at least 2.00 kps. Owens (3.71 dps), Weber (11.04 aps) and Jackson (1.18 bps) lead the team in their respective categories. David Rubio is in his 19th year at Arizona and holds a record of 358-207.

The 10th-ranked Bruins trailed two sets to one and 5-0 and 13-10 in the deciding fifth set, but came back to defeat #25 Arizona on Oct. 15 at the McKale Center. Set scores were 22-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-15, 16-14. Sophomore Rachael Kidder and freshmen Kelly Reeves and Madie Smith each posted double-doubles, while junior Lainey Gera and sophomore Bojana Todorovic both had career highs in digs. Kidder had her second-straight double-double with 18 kills, 11 digs (tied a career high) and four blocks, while Reeves notched a personal-best 17 kills and 10 digs, hitting a season-high .484 with just two errors in 31 swings. Smith, starting for an injured Lauren Van Orden at setter, recorded 52 assists and a career-high 12 digs in her first-ever start. Gera surpassed the 30-dig mark for the second time in her career with 32, while Todorovic added 25 digs, her first-career contest with 20-plus digs. Senior Dicey McGraw was also in double figures in kills with 13. The Bruins hit .172 for the match.

The Bruins defeated the Wildcats for the fifth straight time earlier this year and lead the all-time series 50-17. UCLA is 24-7 at home against Arizona, including a 12-0 mark at the Wooden Center. The Bruins swept the Wildcats at Pauley Pavilion last Nov. 27, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17. Lainey Gera had 16 digs and Mari Hole posted nine kills. The Wildcats' last victory against the Bruins was on Nov. 24, 2007 in four sets in Tucson, while their most recent win in Westwood came in four sets on Oct. 21, 2005.

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