Fourth-Ranked UCLA Travels to UCSB for MPSF Quarterfinals

April 18, 2007

The defending NCAA and MPSF Tournament champion UCLA men's volleyball team, winners of five straight and 12 of their last 15, travels to UC Santa Barbara for the quarterfinals of the 2007 MPSF playoffs on Sat., Apr. 21 at UCSB's Robertson Gym.

First serve is set for 7 p.m. with Darren Preston calling the play-by-play audio on uclabruins.com.

This season, the Bruins (19-10, 13-9) have won two of three matches against the Gauchos. UCLA defeated UCSB 3-0 in the second round of the UCSB Collegiate Classic on Jan. 5. The Gauchos returned the favor with a five-game victory on Jan. 17, and the Bruins avenged that loss with a four-game victory at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 23.

In the MPSF playoffs, the Bruins own a 24-6 overall record since 1993. They have won seven conference tournament crowns and six NCAA titles in that span.

Against UCSB in the league playoffs over the last 14 years, the Bruins are 3-1, claiming victories in 2006 (play-in), 1997 (semifinals) and 1996 (championship). UCSB's lone playoff victory over UCLA came in the quarterfinals in 2002.

UCLA leads the overall series, 111-27 and last won at UCSB on Apr. 12, 2006. That win was their seventh straight on their 14-match march to the 2006 NCAA title.

UCSB presents a formidable challenge in senior All-American Evan Patak, the national leader in kills (5.75 kpg) and aces (0.98 apg). Patak also ranks second nationally in points (6.65 ppg). In three matches against the Gauchos, the Bruins have managed to hold Patak slightly below his averages: 5.17 kpg, 0.75 aces per game and 6.21 ppg. The 6-8 senior is hitting .371 for the season, but the Bruins have held him to a percentage of .201.

The Bruins completed the regular season with a 3-0 victory on the road against UC San Diego on Apr. 13. The victory was UCLA's 44th straight in the series against UCSD. Senior Steve Klosterman led the Bruins with 16 kills (.393), two aces and 18 points.

NOTES-- UCLA's five-game victory against UC Irvine on Mar. 6 will be shown on Channel 36 Sat., Apr. 21 beginning at 7 p.m. Check the Ch. 36 listings for other broadcast times. The 90-minute telecast begins in Game 3. ...For ticket information to Saturday's match, please call 805.893.UCSB.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
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
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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