Bruins Begin 2008 MPSF Season at Home vs. Stanford, Pacific

Jan. 9, 2008

Nineteen-time NCAA men's volleyball champion UCLA begins the 2008 MPSF season at home this weekend with matches against Stanford and Pacific.

On Fri., Jan. 11, the fourth-ranked Bruins (2-1, 0-0) host the fifth-ranked Cardinal (2-0, 0-0), and on Sat., Jan. 12, UCLA meets unranked Pacific (0-2, 0-0). Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion and each will be carried live on the internet ( with Darren Preston and Mike Sondheimer calling the action.

Friday's match against Stanford is Sports Campers Reunion Night. Please call 310-206-3444 for more information.

Last weekend the Bruins finished second at the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Hawai'i, winning two of three matches. The Bruins defeated Ball State 3-1 and host Hawai'i, 3-2. They lost 3-0 to eventual tournament champion Penn State on Jan. 4. Penn State's victory snapped an 11-match losing streak against UCLA and the Nittany Lions recorded their first sweep against the Bruins since 1991.

Named to the All-Tournament Team for UCLA were sophomore Garrett Muagututia, who recorded a team-best 54 kills (4.5 kpg) and junior quick hitter Jamie Diefenbach, the Bruins' leading blocker. Senior captain Tony Ker recorded 50 digs (4.1 dpg) in three matches, including a school record 27 in the five-game victory against Hawai'i. The surprise of the Hawai'i match was third-year sophomore Jeff Woodley, who came off the bench and slammed a career-high of 11 kills (.600).

"It's nice to know we've got guys on the bench who can play like that," said Head Coach Al Scates. Scates played all 14 players on the roster throughout the three-day tournament, and used 13 players against the Warriors, who fell to 1-2 on the season.

Stanford enters Pauley Pavilion as one of the league's most improved teams. At the UCSB Tournament last weekend, Stanford defeated CS Northridge (3-1) and UC Irvine (3-2) on Jan. 4 before falling in three games to the University of Alberta (Canada) in the championship match on Jan. 5. The loss to Alberta does not count on Stanford's record.

Pacific lost all three of its matches in the UCSB Tournament, but the setback to Alberta on Jan. 4 was not counted. The Tigers fell to USC (3-1) and UC Santa Barbara (3-1).

BRUIN NOTES -- Twelve players earned spots on the Fall 2007 Director's Honor Roll, which includes student-athletes with a grade point average of 3.0 or better for the quarter. Redshirt freshman Marko Glisic and junior Ryan Ratelle posted grade point averages of 3.5 or better for the quarter. Junior Jamie Diefenbach earned mention for the sixth time and Ratelle earned a spot for the fourth straight quarter.

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)