Dec. 8, 2008
AUSTIN REGIONAL SCHEDULE
Iowa State (21-12, 11-9 Big 12) vs. #11-seed Oregon (25-8, 11-7 Pac-10)
Friday, Dec. 12
2:30 p.m. PT/4:30 p.m. CT
#14-seed UCLA (22-10, 9-9 Pac-10) at #3-seed Texas (27-3, 18-2 Big 12)
Friday, Dec. 12
4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT
Live: Audio, Video, Gametracker
Iowa State-Oregon winner vs. UCLA-Texas winner
Saturday, Dec. 13
3:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. CT
Live: TV-ESPNU, Audio, Video, Gametracker
BRUINS POSTSEASON JOURNEY BEGINS AT HOME
The #14-seeded Bruins (22-10) travel to Texas for the Austin Regional, taking on the host and third-seeded Longhorns (27-3) on Friday at 4:30 p.m. PT/6:30 p.m. CT at Gregory Gymnasium. If UCLA advances, it will face the winner of the #11 Oregon-Iowa State match on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. CT. That contest will be televised live on ESPNU. Live audio, video and Gametracker will be available for all matches on UCLABruins.com.
NCAA REGIONAL TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets for this weekend's Austin Regional can be purchased at www.TexasBoxOffice.com or by calling 800-982-2386. Tickets will also be available one hour prior to game time at the Gregory Gymnasium box office. Reserved tickets for the weekend are $20, general admission adult passes are $12 and general admission student/youth tickets are $8.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA advanced to its sixth straight Regional with Saturday's victory over Duke and are tied with Penn State for the most consecutive appearances in a Regional. Nebraska tops the list having made a Regional for 15 straight years. The Bruins entered this season with the second-best average NCAA overall finish over the last five years (5.40), behind only Nebraska (4.40). UCLA is making its 27th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 23rd appearance in a Regional. The Bruins hold an all-time tournament record of 72-24 (.750) and are 31-11 (.738) during the Regional round (20-2 in Regional semis and 11-9 in Regional finals).
BRUINS IN THE LONE STAR STATE
The Bruins are 5-1 all-time in the state of Texas during the NCAA Tournament, with all of the matches played in Austin. UCLA went 2-0 in the Regional round in 1984 and 1985, defeating Texas in the final both years. In 1994, the Bruins traveled to Austin for the Final Four, besting Penn State in the National semifinal before falling to Stanford in the championship match. In 24 total contests in the Lone Star State, the Bruins are 21-3 (10-2 at Texas, 2-0 at Baylor, 1-0 at Texas A&M, 5-0 in neutral-site, regular-season tournament matches and 3-1 in the NCAA Tournament, excluding contests at Texas). UCLA last played in the state of Texas in 2004 (Texas A&M Invitational), going 3-0.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins finished the regular season ranked ninth in the Bison/AVCA poll. UCLA has been ranked 10th or better in each poll this year. The Pac-10 has six of the country's Top 12 teams (#2 Stanford, #5 Washington, #7 Oregon, #8 California and #12 USC). In the final regular-season Molten/Volleyball Magazine poll (Dec. 2), UCLA was ranked ninth.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
Senior Jessica Fine continues her climb up the NCAA rankings in digs per set, checking in at 38th this week with 4.81 dps. Freshman Amanda Gil is fifth in the nation in blocks per set at 1.46, while senior Nellie Spicer is 29th in assists per set at 10.92. As a team, the Bruins are ranked in the Top 45 in five categories, including eighth in bps (2.72). UCLA is also 29th in aps (12.82), 32nd in kills per set (13.77), 40th in dps (16.30) and 45th in hitting percentage (.244).
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins remained in first in the Pac-10 in digs per set (16.30) and are just ahead of Stanford in blocks per set. UCLA is averaging 2.725 bps, while the Cardinal are at 2.716. The Bruins are also fifth in hitting percentage (.244), assists (12.82) and kills (13.77) and seventh in aces per set (1.06). Individually, Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Amanda Gil stayed in the top spot in bps at 1.46 and is also seventh in hitting percentage (.331). Senior Jessica Fine is third in dps (4.81), senior Nellie Spicer is fourth in aps (10.92), freshman Katie Camp is ninth in bps (1.04) and sophomore Jazmin Machado is 10th in service aces per set (0.23).
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-TEXAS
The Bruins hold a 15-6 lead in the series with the Longhorns, winning the last matchup, a three-game sweep in Austin on Sept. 12, 2003 (30-24, 30-17, 30-28). UCLA is 10-2 all-time in Austin and 2-1 in the NCAA Tournament against the Longhorns. The Bruins defeated Texas in four in the 1984 Regional final and in three in the `85 Regional final, both in Austin. Texas exacted revenge in the 1988 National semifinal, defeating UCLA in three. The Longhorns' last win against the Bruins was in Honolulu in 1998 (3-0) and their most recent win at home against UCLA was in 1997 (3-1).
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-OREGON
The Bruins dropped both regular-season matches to the Ducks and have lost three of their last four to their conference foe. Oregon beat UCLA in four in Eugene on Oct. 3 and claimed a five-set victory at Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 1 after the Bruins came back from an 0-2 deficit. Recaps and box scores from both matches can be found on page 12 of this release. UCLA still holds a 47-4 all-time advantage over Oregon and defeated the Ducks in last year's Regional semifinal in Stanford in four sets.
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-IOWA STATE
The Bruins have never faced the Cyclones. UCLA is 33-15 (.688) all-time against teams from the Big 12 Conference, with all 15 losses coming against either Texas or Nebraska.
ALL-PAC-10 HONORS ANNOUNCED
Amanda Gil was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, while senior Nellie Spicer was honored on the All-Pac-10 First Team for the fourth consecutive season. Gil becomes the fourth Bruin to earn Freshman of the Year honors, joining Annett Buckner (1991), Kim Krull (1993) and Kristee Porter (1998). Spicer is the third UCLA player (Natalie Williams and Elaine Youngs) and the 16th in conference history to earn first-team accolades all four seasons. Also recognized on Monday were seniors Ali Daley and Jessica Fine, who joined Gil on the All-Pac-10 honorable mention team. It marks the second straight season Daley has been recognized on the honorable mention team and the first honor for Fine. Gil was also honored on the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team, earning first-team plaudits along with Katie Camp. Sara Sage earned honorable mention accolades. The Bruins have had 79 All-Pac-10 selections (53 first-teamers) and 32 All-Freshman Team honorees (21 first-teamers) over the last 22 seasons.
Senior Nellie Spicer posted double-doubles in each of her first two NCAA Tournament matches, recording 41 assists and 15 digs against LSU and 35 assists and 11 digs against Duke. Spicer has double-doubles in five straight matches, a team-best 17 this season and 67 for her career. The senior tied a season high with 15 digs on Friday against LSU, equaling a mark she set at Oregon on Oct. 3. She also moved into third place on UCLA's all-time digs list against the Tigers and has 1,294 entering this weekend's action. Spicer, who was named first team All-Pac-10 for the fourth straight season, moved into second place on UCLA's all-time assists list on Nov. 14 against Arizona State and now has 6,000 career assists in her sights. Spicer is just 25 away from joining Erika Selsor (6,234) as only the second Bruin to reach 6,000 assists. She is averaging 10.92 assists per set this season, which ranks fourth in the Pac-10 and 29th in the nation. On five occasions this year, Spicer has produced at least 50 assists, with the last effort coming against California on Nov. 21. Her season best in assists came against Washington on Oct. 10. Spicer notched 61 assists to give her 10 career 60-plus assists matches. The senior has set the Bruins to at least a .300 hitting percentage 10 times (all UCLA wins), including a season-best total of .400 at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16. She has also contributed to the Bruin offense in the kill department, matching a career high with eight kills in three different contests this season (Hawai'i, Aug. 31; Washington, Oct. 10; Arizona State, Oct. 18). This year, Spicer has been named to All-Tournament teams three times, including being named MVP of the Nevada Tournament and the Wildcat Classic. Spicer has the chance to become the third player in UCLA history to earn three first-team All-American accolades. She received a second consecutive first-team All-American honor as a junior to become the sixth Bruin to accomplish the feat (Annett Buckner, Liz Masakayan, Daiva Tomkus, Natalie Williams, Elaine Youngs). Williams and Youngs are the only Bruins to earn three first-team All-American awards.
GIL SOARING ABOVE THE REST
And not just due to the fact that she is the tallest member of the Bruins at 6-6. Amanda Gil became just the fourth UCLA player to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors and ranks fifth nationally and first in the Pac-10 in blocks per set at 1.46. Gil, who was also named honorable mention All-Pac-10, had 14 kills and only one hitting error in 25 attempts (.520) during her first two NCAA Tournament matches last weekend. She recorded eight kills and no errors against LSU and six kills and one error against Duke. Gil has a team-best 18 matches with at least five blocks, with 13 of them coming during league action. The freshman posted her second career, double-figure blocks match with 10 at California on Nov. 21. She just missed out on a double-double with nine kills. Her career high in blocks came on Nov. 1 when she had 13 against Oregon. The freshman became the 16th Bruin to post at least 13 blocks in a match and the first to do so since Nana Meriwether (2006). Gil added 13 kills against the Ducks for her first career double-double. Along with a pair of double-figure blocks matches, she has produced six more contests with at least eight roofs. The freshman has led the Bruins in blocks for a match a team-best 20 times. Along with her status as top blocker on the team, Gil is first in hitting percentage (.331), second in points per set (3.46) and third in kills per set (2.58). She has 12 double-figure kills matches this season and eight during Pac-10 play. Gil's season high in kills came at Northwestern on Sept. 20 when she had 20. Gil has hit over .300 in 18 matches, totaling a season-best .647 hitting percentage (12 kills, one error, 17 attempts) at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16. She has been named to three All-Tournament teams this season (Wahine Volleyball Classic, Nevada Tournament and Wildcat Classic.)
THE DALEY NEWS
Senior Ali Daley had a pair of double-figure kills contests last weekend, giving her seven straight matches with at least 10 kills. Daley had 12 kills and 17 digs against LSU on Friday for her 13th double-double of the season (42nd as a Bruin) and just missed out on another one with 10 kills and nine digs against Duke. The senior earned the Bruins' first Pac-10 Player of the Week award since 2006 (Nana Meriwether) after leading UCLA to wins over Pepperdine and USC during the last week of the regular season. Daley led the Bruins in kills in both matches, posting a season-high 20 against the Waves for her third career 20-kill contest and adding 15 against the Trojans. The senior, who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10 for the second straight year, is the team leader in kills per set at 3.08. Daley has recorded an impressive six-match stretch, averaging 3.71 kps and 3.92 digs per set, while posting four double-doubles. The stretch began with a big performance at California on Nov. 21, as Daley had 19 kills, a career-high 28 digs and seven blocks, which tied a personal best. She followed that up with 13 kills and 18 digs at Stanford. The senior achieved a milestone on Nov. 15 against Arizona, recording her 1,000th kill at UCLA to become the 24th member of the exclusive club. Daley has 20 double-figure kills matches this season (63 as a Bruin), which is tied for the team lead. She has led the Bruins in kills for a match 11 times. Defensively, Daley is second on the club with 2.96 digs per set. She has 15 double-figure digs contests and 49 for her Bruin career. Along with reaching the 1,000-kill mark, Daley became the 18th member of the UCLA's 1,000-dig club against LSU. The senior is also first on the squad with 22 service aces.
SHE IS SO FINE AT DIGGING
Senior Jessica Fine continues to stand out on the volleyball court, not just because of the fact she wears a different color jersey than her teammates, but also due to her defensive prowess. One of the top passers in the Pac-10, Fine is first on the team, third in the conference and 38th in the nation with 4.81 digs per set. The senior, who was named honorable mention All-Pac-10, posted 39 digs in her first two NCAA Tournament matches. Fine had 18 digs against LSU on Friday and added 21 against Duke on Saturday to reach the 20-dig plateau for the 14th time this season. Fine has 568 digs in 2008, which is the second-best, single-season dig total in school history (Chrissie Zartman, 708, 2004). She is also on pace to finish second on UCLA's single-season list in digs per set. Fine became the 17th Bruin to reach the 1,000-career dig mark on Nov. 22 at Stanford. She has three, 30-dig matches this year, recording a season-high 32 against Pepperdine on Nov. 25. That total was just one off her career high of 33, which also came against Pepperdine last year. Fine also has 30-dig matches against Washington (Oct. 10) and Oregon (Nov. 1). For her career, she has reached the 20-dig mark 20 times and the 30-dig plateau on five occasions. Fine has produced double figures in digs a team-best 26 times this season (46 for her career). She is also third on the team with 18 service aces.
QUICK DRAW McGRAW
Sophomore Dicey McGraw recorded a pair of double-figure kills matches last weekend during the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament, posting 13 apiece against LSU and Duke to give her 20 matches this season with at least 10 kills. McGraw led the Bruins in kills in both matches, a feat she has accomplished a team-high 12 times. She is second on the team in kills per set at 2.90. Eleven of her 20 double-figure kills matches came during Pac-10 play, recording a season high 17 against Oregon on Nov. 1, which was just one shy of her career best. McGraw has 31 double-figure kills contests for her career. The sophomore recorded her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 16 kills and 10 digs at Northwestern on Sept. 20. McGraw earned All-Tournament honors at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic after she totaled three matches with at least 10 kills (12 vs. Virginia, 10 vs. Georgetown and 16 vs. Northwestern). McGraw has hit above .400 five times this year, including a season-best .440 at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 10.
SETTING UP CAMP ABOVE THE NET
Katie Camp joined fellow freshman Amanda Gil on the All-Pac-10 Freshman First Team, as she ranks second on the team with a .295 hitting percentage and 1.04 blocks per set and fifth with 2.15 kills per set. Camp posted her ninth match with at least five blocks on Nov. 25 against Pepperdine with seven, adding 12 kills for her 10th double-figure kills contest. The freshman's season high in blocks is nine, set twice in wins at Hawai'i (Aug. 31) and Oregon State (Oct. 4). Camp has led the Bruins in blocks in 11 matches this season. Her season high in kills came against California (Oct. 24) when she had a team-high 19 with a .538 hitting percentage. She followed that up with seven more kills and no hitting errors in 14 swings (.500) against Stanford on Oct. 26. That marked the fifth time this season that Camp has recorded zero hitting errors (with at least five kills) in a match. The freshman has hit better than .500 seven times, including a season-best .733 percentage in a win at Washington State (Oct. 11).
SAGE WISE BEYOND HER YEARS
Freshman Sara Sage has started 15 straight matches and has produced at least five kills in 10 of those 15 starts. Sage, who was named to the honorable mention All-Pac-10 Freshman Team, set a career high with nine kills on Nov. 21 at Cal. On Nov. 25 against Pepperdine, the freshman had six kills and a personal-best six blocks. Sage has also produced at least four roofs in five other matches. Her season high in hitting percentage came against Oregon State (.545) when she had eight kills and two errors in 11 swings. For the year, the freshman is averaging 1.34 kills per set.
NEWS AND NOTES
Sophomore Jazmin Machado has recorded at least six digs in 12 straight matches, including 11 in Saturday's second-round victory against Duke. It was the sophomore's fourth double-figure digs contest this season and 10th of her career. Machado had three matches in a row with at least 10 digs from Nov. 1-9, including a season-high 13 against Oregon on Nov. 1. She has posted at least eight digs in six consecutive contests, averaging 2.29 digs per set during that span, over half a dig more than her season average of 1.60 dps. Machado is also second on the team with 21 aces and ranks 10th in the Pac-10 in aces per set ... speaking of digging, freshman Lainey Gera finished the regular season with double figures in digs in two of her last three matches, posting a season-high 19 at Stanford on Nov. 22 and 17 against Pepperdine on Nov. 25. She has six double-figure digs contests and has produced at least six digs in 13 of her last 14 matches. Gera is fourth on the squad at 1.97 dps ... sophomore Emily Clements had nine kills and no hitting errors in 13 swings in only two sets of action on Friday against Duke. It was only the second time since Oct. 10 that Clements has seen action in a match. She is fourth on the team with 2.30 kills per set, recording career highs in kills (16) and blocks (6) in a win at Oregon State on Oct. 4.