Jan. 22, 2007
The UCLA men's volleyball team, tied for fifth in the national rankings, hosts a pair of key MPSF matches this week after opening the season on the road for three weeks.
On Wed., Jan. 24, UCLA (3-4, 1-3) meets fifth-ranked Pepperdine (3-1, 2-1). On Sat., Jan. 27, the Bruins will host the 30th Annual Kilgour Cup against No. 14 USC (2-4, 1-2). First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
Saturday's match will be televised by FSN/Prime Ticket and shown on Sun., Jan. 28.
Saturday's match also features a two-for-one ticket offer. Fans must mention the promotion when purchasing tickets at the box office.
Fans who attended either the Arizona State (Jan. 18) or Arizona (Jan. 20) men's basketball game can use their ticket stub for free admission to the Pepperdine (Jan. 24) OR the USC to the Kilgour Cup on Jan. 27.
Also, fans who attend the Washington (Jan. 26) women's basketball game can use their ticket stub for free admission to the USC (Jan 27) match.
Last week, the Bruins split a pair of five-game matches on the road. They lost at UC Santa Barbara and defeated host Cal State Northridge.
Against the Gauchos, the Bruins watched a two-game lead disappear into a five-game defeat. Freshman Garrett Muagututia led UCLA with a career-high of 22 kills, followed by 16 from senior Paul George. Senior Steve Klosterman also added 13 kills.
Two nights later the Bruins halted their four-game losing streak at Northridge. In that match, Muagututia pounded 19 kills (.412) and George added 18 (.448), seven block assists and 21.5 points. Klosterman switched to middle blocker and recorded 11 kills (.556) and eight block assists.
"(Klosterman's) a natural as a blocker and he's got a quick arm. He played well on one day's practice," said Head Coach Al Scates.
Last week, Pepperdine split its conference matches, beating UC San Diego 3-1 and falling 3-2 at home against Long Beach State. The Waves beat the Bruins twice last season, but saw their season end with a 3-0 loss to UCLA in the MPSF Tournament semifinals.
Last season, UCLA and USC split a pair of matches with the Trojans ending a 13-match losing streak to UCLA on Feb. 1. On Mar. 17, the Bruins clawed back from an 0-2 deficit to beat USC in the Kilgour Cup at Pauley Pavilion. That victory sparked the Bruins' 14-match winning streak on their way to the program's 19th NCAA title. UCLA leads the overall series with USC, 84-30, including 12-1 in the Lexus Gauntlet series. UCLA leads the 2006-07 Lexus Gauntlet competition, 35-10.