Jan. 25, 2007
The UCLA men's volleyball team, tied for fifth in the national rankings, hosts the 30th Annual Kilgour Cup on Sat., Jan. 27 against USC (2-5, 1-3) in Pauley Pavilion.
First serve is set for 7 p.m. and FSN/Prime Ticket will broadcast the match on Sun., Jan. 28. All UCLA home matches are broadcast live (audio) on the uclabruins.com web page.
Several incentives will be offered, including a two-for-one ticket promotion available to patrons mentioning it at the box office. Also, fans who attended Arizona State or Arizona basketball games in Pauley Pavilion last weekend may use their ticket stub for free admission on Jan. 27. Finally, fans attending the UCLA-Washington women's basketball on Fri., Jan. 26 may use their ticket stub from that game for free admission to the Kilgour Cup.
The Kilgour Cup is the nation's longest-running volleyball benefit of its kind. Proceeds from the match are used to fund a scholarship in memory of Kirk Kilgour, a former UCLA volleyball legend and charter member of the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame. The scholarship is awarded each year to a UCLA student with disabilities.
In his playing days, Kilgour, who died in 2002, set the standard for what has become the nation's most successful intercollegiate volleyball program. He lettered three seasons (1969-71) for the Bruins, earning USVBA All-America honors in his first year and NCAA All-Tournament acclaim in his final two seasons. As a dominating outside hitter, Kilgour led the Bruins to their first two NCAA championships (1970 and '71) and UCLA posted a combined record of 80-3 during his tenure.
A training accident in 1976 left him a quadriplegic, but did not diminish his enthusiasm for the game. For the rest of his life, Kilgour devoted a majority of his time to the sport of volleyball. He served as the color commentator for three Olympic volleyball telecasts, including the inaugural beach competition in Atlanta in 1996. He also served as Pepperdine's head coach for three years. In 1986, his No. 13 jersey was the first UCLA volleyball jersey to be retired.
Saturday's match marks the 13th meeting between UCLA and USC for the Kilgour Cup trophy. The Bruins lead the Kilgour Cup series against USC, 11-1 and the overall series, 84-30. At last year's Kilgour Cup against USC, the Bruins climbed back from an 0-2 deficit to win 3-2. That victory sparked a 14-match winning streak that saw the program win its 19th NCAA title.