Men's Volleyball to Host CS Northridge Before Six-Match Road Trip

February 1, 1999

Los Angeles - Defending NCAA men's volleyball champion UCLA will host Cal State Northridge this week before embarking on a six-match road trip over the next three weeks.

The Bruins, 4-2 overall and 3-1 in MPSF action, host the Matadors, 1-2, 1-1, on Wed., Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. On Fri., Feb. 5, UCLA travels to UC Irvine for a 7 p.m. league match.

The Bruins have 14 in a row over the Matadors, including 13 straight 3-0 victories, and lead the series 37-2. CS Northridge's last victory over the Bruins was in four games at the Wooden Center on Feb. 21, 1992.

UCLA owns a 35-match winning streak against UC Irvine, one of four MPSF teams never to have beaten UCLA.

Last week, the Bruins split a pair of five-game league matches at home. On Jan. 27, Pepperdine won its second straight match at Pauley Pavilion, 3-2, to take the early Mountain Division lead. On Jan. 30, the Bruins outlasted a stubborn Loyola Marymount team to win their 57th straight match over the Lions.

Against Pepperdine, the Bruins rallied from an 0-2 deficit in the first two games to dominate the Waves in Games 3 & 4 by hitting .575 and .433, respectively. UCLA also recorded six team blocks in Game 4 and limited Pepperdine to a hitting percentage of .139.

Senior Danny Farmer led the Bruins with 23 kills (.514 hitting) and 16 digs against the Waves. Junior Adam Naeve led UCLA with nine blocks.

Pepperdine's George Roumain, the 1998 AVCA Player of the Year, led both teams with 39 kills, followed by sophomores Scott Wong and Don Killian, who spiked 16 apiece.

Against Loyola Marymount, the Bruins completely dominated the first two games by hitting a combined .563. Farmer was hitting .737 (14-0-19) entering Game 3.

The Bruins faced three two-point deficits in the rally scoring fifth game before taking leads of 13-11 and 14-12. But the Lions rallied for match point at 15-14 before the Bruins scored the next three points for the victory.

For the match, Naeve and setter Brandon Taliaferro recorded double-doubles: Naeve spiked a match high 33 kills and blocked a career best 18 balls, Taliaferro had 11 digs and 10 blocks. Farmer recorded career highs in kills (27) and blocks (nine).

Upcoming Matches

  • Feb. 3 vs. CS Northridge*, 7 p.m. (PP)
  • Feb. 5 at UC Irvine*, 7 p.m.
    *MPSF matches. PP-at Pauley Pavilion. JWC - at John Wooden Center

    Recent Results*:

  • Jan. 27 Pepperdine d. UCLA, 3-2
  • Jan. 30 UCLA d. LMU, 3-2

    Projected Starters:

     #3  Brandon Taliaferro, Jr., S, San Clemente, CA   (1.1kpg, 15.0apg,  1.3bpg)
     #5  Mark Williams, So., OH, Los Angeles, CA        (2.8kpg, 2.3dpg, 0.5bpg) 
     #9  Evan Thatcher, Jr., Op, Encinitas, CA          (3.3 kpg, 1.4 dpg, 0.6 bpg)
    #14  Fred Robins, Sr., OH, Waimanalo, HI            (2.9 kpg, 1.9 dpg, 0.5 bpg)
    #15  Danny Farmer, Sr., Q, Los Angeles, CA          (3.7kpg, 1.5dpg, 0.9bpg) 
    #18  Adam Naeve, Jr., Q, Westchester, CA            (4.4kpg, 1.2dpg, 2.1bpg)

    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)