Third-Ranked UCLA Continues Road Swing

Jan. 16, 2007

Third-ranked UCLA continues its season-opening road swing this week with a pair of key conference matches.

On Wed., Jan. 17, UCLA (2-3, 0-2) meets UC Santa Barbara (4-1, 2-0) and on Fri., Jan. 19 the Bruins visit Cal State Northridge (2-3, 1-1). First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Last weekend, the Bruins dropped a pair of league matches against No.2 BYU on the road. In Friday's match, senior Paul George led UCLA with 15 kills (.700) and one solo block. In Saturday's match, sophomore Jamie Diefenbach led the Bruins with 13 kills (.375) and seven total blocks. Net mate Shaun Nichols added 11 kills (.647) and two total blocks.

"We had four players competing (for the middle blockers' positions), but we found two middles on Saturday," said Head Coach Al Scates. "(Diefenbach and Nichols) were two really bright spots for us," Scates said.

UC Santa Barbara (4-1, 2-0) defeated Pacific and Stanford over the weekend in its conference openers and is currently tied for first place in the MPSF race. Senior opposite Evan Patak hammered 40 kills in the 3-2 victory at Pacific and earned Player of the Week laurels from the MPSF. Patak currently leads the league in kills per game at 6.88 and aces at 1.12. He recorded 18 kills against the Bruins two weeks ago.

The Gauchos lost 3-0 to the Bruins on Jan. 5 in the second round of the Elephant Bar Invitational. UCLA leads the series against UCSB, 110-26, and won three matches against the Gauchos last season.

Cal State Northridge (2-3, 1-1) began its conference season with a split, defeating Stanford in four games on Jan. 12 and falling in three at Pacific on Jan. 13. Junior Isaac Kneubuhl led the Matadors with 26 kills in the weekend series. The Bruins lead the overall series, 52-7 and have won three straight at CSUN.

The Bruins will end their road swing next week, hosting Pepperdine on Jan. 24 and USC in the 30th Annual Kilgour Cup on Jan. 27.


EVENT INFORMATION
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
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
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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