UCLA Travels to Pepperdine and USC This Week

March 28, 2007

The fourth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team travels locally this week for two key MPSF matches. On Thur., Mar. 29, the Bruins travel to top-ranked Pepperdine and on Sat., Mar. 31 the Bruins visit 12th ranked USC. Thursday's match begins at 7 p.m.; Saturday's match starts at 8 p.m. at the Galen Center.

Darren Preston will call the action on www.uclabruins.com from both sites.

Saturday's match will be televised on a delayed broadcast by FoxSports.

All three teams entered this week with winning streaks. The top-ranked Waves have won 16 straight matches, including a 3-2 decision against the Bruins on Jan. 24 at Pauley Pavilion. Pepperdine's victory that evening began its streak, which currently includes a road sweep against No. 2 UC Irvine (Jan. 27), series sweeps of No. 3 BYU and No. 14 Hawaii, and a five-game, 0-2 comeback win at No. 8 Long Beach State last week.

Pepperdine sophomore Paul Carroll leads the conference in kill average (5.83) and ranks second in both points (6.96) and aces (0.60). Junior setter Jonathan Winder ranks second in assists (13.18) and seventh in blocking (1.27) per game. Finally, senior Tom Hulse leads the league in blocking (1.98).

USC has won four straight matches, including a road sweep at Long Beach State on Mar. 22. USC defeated UCLA 3-0 at Pauley Pavilion on Jan. 27.

The Trojans' Juan Figueroa is the league's third ranked hitter, averaging 5.03 kpg, and junior Andrew Vernon ranks sixth in blocking at 1.32. Against Long Beach State, USC out-blocked the 49ers, 17-5.

The Bruins won consecutive matches against Ball State on Mar. 14 and 16. In their last nine matches, the Bruins are 7-2 with a team hitting percentage of .362. Senior Steve Klosterman is hitting .431 during that period and is averaging 6.13 kpg.

Following this week's road swing, the Bruins will return home for matches against Cal Baptist (Apr. 4), UC Irvine (Apr. 6) and Long Beach State (Apr. 11). The UC Irvine match will be High School/Club Team Night. Please call 310-206-3444 for more information or to register a team. In addition, UCLA Volleyball bike bottles will be given to the first 500 fans in attendance at the UCI match.

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 - 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
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
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA