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.