Feb. 6, 2007
Eighth-ranked UCLA continues its six-match home stand this week, hosting Pacific and Stanford in a pair of key MPSF contests.
Pacific (6-5, 4-3), which has won four straight, visits on Fri., Feb. 9, and Stanford (1-11, 1-6) meets UCLA on Sat., Feb. 10. First serve for both matches is set for 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Both matches can be heard live on the internet at www.uclabruins.com with Darren Preston calling the action.
The Bruins (5-6, 3-5) have won two straight after beating visiting No. 9 Hawai'i last week. On Wednesday, they won 3-1, despite being out-played statistically by the Warriors. On Friday, the Bruins dominated the match and won 3-0.
Against the Warriors on Friday, senior Steve Klosterman turned in one of his best performances of the season, slamming 15 kills (.387), serving four aces and recording three total blocks for 21.5 points. Sophomore Jamie Diefenbach added 17 kills (.542) and 18 points and junior Tony Ker recorded a season-high of 12 digs.
On Jan. 31, the Bruins capitalized on 27 service errors by the Warriors to escape with a 3-1 victory. Freshman Garrett Muagututia provided 15 kills (.400) and 10 digs and sophomore Sean O'Malley added 12 kills, two aces and three block assists for 15.5 points.
Pacific won three times last week, including a 3-1 road upset against Long Beach State on Feb. 3. In their victory over the 49ers, the Tigers totaled 16 more kills than their opponent. Four players recorded double-digit kills, led by junior Pekka Seppanen's 19. The Bruins lead this series, 23-0.
First-year Stanford coach John Kosty got his first coaching victory on Saturday against UC San Diego in a five-game decision. Junior Matt Ceran and sophomore Brandon Williams combined for 39 kills for the Cardinal against the Tritons, who also fell to 1-6 in league play. UCLA leads the series with Stanford, 56-12.
NOTES: Saturday's match with Stanford will be USYVL Team Night. Interested teams must RSVP by calling 310-206-3444 by Fri., Feb. 9 at 5 p.m. The Stanford match also will be Veterans/Armed Forces Night (admit four with military ID or be dressed in uniform) and Regional Alumni Night (admit four with UCLA Alumni Association card). The first 250 fans at Saturday's Stanford match will receive a drawstring backpack.