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Men's Volleyball Wins Third NCAA Title in Four Years
By: UCLA Athletics

May 6, 1998

UCLA's Al Scates guided the Bruins to their 17th NCAA men's volleyball title May 2 to establish an all-time single sport record for coaches. The men's volleyball national championship was the Bruins' third in four years and fourth in the last six seasons.

UCLA's athletic program now owns 77 NCAA championship trophies, a continuing collegaite record. Under current Athletic Director Peter T. Dalis, UCLA has won 30 NCAA team titles since 1983.

UCLA, 28-4, defeated top-seeded Pepperdine 3-0 in the NCAA championship match at the Stan Sheriff Center, hosted by the University of Hawaii.

The victory raised the Bruins' championship match record to 17-4 and their overall NCAA Tournament record to 46-5, both NCAA records. UCLA, which defeated Pepperdine in three out of four matches in 1998, improved its all-time series record against the Waves to 62-16, 3-1 in the NCAA finals.

In the NCAA championship match against the Waves, who fell to 23-5, five Bruin starters hit for double figure kills. The NCAA Tournament's Most Outstanding Player, UCLA sophomore All-American Adam Naeve, spiked 23 kills with just one error in 35 swings. He also added a match high three aces and five blocks. The Bruins also received 21 kills, eight digs and two aces from sophomore Evan Thatcher, 18 kills and 11 digs from senior quick hitter Tom Stillwell, 17 kills and seven digs from junior outside hitter Fred Robins and 15 kills, six digs and a block from senior Ben Moselle. First-team AVCA All-American setter Brandon Taliaferro distributed 84 assists, dug eight balls, blocked six and served two aces. He earned All-Tournament honors along with Robins.

"The guys kept ripping the serves," said Scates. "The serving game is really important to us."

The Bruins served nine aces against the Waves, including four in Game 1. The Bruins' 217 aces this season set a school record and Naeve's 56 aces set an individual school record.

UCLA also extended its NCAA semifinals winning streak to 17 matches with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Lewis University. In that match, the Bruins were sparked off the bench by junior quick hitter Danny Farmer, who spiked a career high 26 kills, dug five balls, blocked four and served an ace. Farmer also ignited a UCLA run of 17 straight points in Games 2 & 3. Naeve added 34 kills, 10 blocks, six digs and two aces.

1998 NCAA Tournament Results
Apr. 30 UCLA d. Lewis, 3-2
May 2   UCLA d. Pepperdine, 3-0

1998 Honorees: #3 Brandon Taliaferro, So., Setter NCAA All-Tournament Team 1st Team AVCA All-American 1st Team All-MPSF AVCA and MPSF Player of the Week, Apr. 13

#14 Fred Robins, Jr., Outside Hitter NCAA All-Tournament Team 1998 Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team

#15 Danny Farmer, Jr., Quick Hitter Academic All-MPSF nominee

#17 Tom Stillwell, Sr., Quick Hitter 3rd Team All-MPSF 1998 Outrigger Invitational All-Tournament Team

#18 Adam Naeve, So., Quick Hitter NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player 1st Team AVCA All-American 1st Team All-MPSF 1998 Outrigger Invitational MVP MPSF Player of the Week, Feb. 3

#19 Charlie Jackson, Sr., Setter GTE/CoSIDA Academic All-America and Academic All-MPSF nominee

#20 Ben Moselle, Sr., Outside Hitter 2nd Team AVCA All-American 2nd Team All-MPSF


UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA