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.


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