Third-Ranked UCLA Begins Conference Play at No.2 BYU

Jan. 11, 2007

Third-ranked UCLA begins play in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation this week with a pair of key road matches against No.2 BYU on Jan. 12 and 13.

Both matches are set to start at 7 p.m. MST with BYU broadcasting each match on local television.

Over the weekend, the Bruins (2-1, 0-0) took second place honors at the UCSB/Elephant Bar Collegiate Invitational, defeating Pacific (3-1) and UC Santa Barbara (3-0) before falling to UC Irvine (0-3) in the championship.

Seniors Steve Klosterman and Paul George combined for 83 kills on the weekend to earn all-tournament team honors. Both players hammered a season-high of 18 kills against UCSB on Saturday night.

Several new faces made appearances over the weekend, including freshman setter Kevin Ker, who recorded 39 assists in two matches and Garrett Muagututia who added 17 kills in seven games. Sophomore Jamie Diefenbach recorded 16 kills in three matches. He leads the team in blocking at 1.2 bpg.

Last weekend, BYU (2-0, 0-0) defeated visiting California Baptist twice.

UCLA leads the overall series against BYU 32-13. In the last three years, the two teams have split their regular season conference matches. In 2003, the Cougars swept the Bruins in Provo to extend their streak in the series to three victories. Since 2000, BYU leads the series, 8-6.

This weekend's road matches are part of a three-week, seven-match season-opening road swing for the Bruins. They return home on Jan. 24 to host Pepperdine as part of a six-match home stand that includes the 30th Annual Kilgour Cup against USC on Jan. 27. The home stand ends on Feb. 10.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(25-22, 22-25, 21-25, 25-20, 16-18)