March 3, 2008
Tenth-ranked UCLA returns home this week after road trips to Honolulu, Santa Barbara, Northridge and Muncie, Ind. The Bruins will host Lewis University on Tues., Mar. 4 and UC Santa Cruz on Wed., Mar. 5.
First serve for both matches begins at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA will originate a live audio broadcast for all three matches at www.uclabruins.com. Darren Preston will call the play-by-play.
The first 100 UCLA students attending the Lewis match will receive a free UCLA T-shirt.
Lewis enters Tuesday's match with an 11-5 overall record and a four-match winning streak. The Flyers defeated visiting UC San Diego, 3-1 on Feb. 22 and Cal Baptist, 3-0 on Feb. 23. Their most recent victories came against Carthage (3-1, Feb. 26) and Juniata, the nation's No.1 ranked team in Division III (3-0, Feb. 29).
Three of the Flyers' five losses have come against opponents who have defeated the Bruins. Lewis lost 3-1 on Jan. 11 at Penn State, 3-2 on the road to Ball State on Jan. 25 and 3-0 at home to Cal State Northridge on Feb. 16.
Senior outside hitter Jared Dayton, who hails from Laguna Hills, leads the Flyers at 3.8 kpg. Junior middle blocker Billy Sahagian is Lewis' top blocker at 1.2 bpg. Sophomore setter Mike Iandolo leads the nation in serving with 29 aces and a .587 ace average.
UCLA leads the overall series against Lewis, 12-2 and has won the last two matches.
UC Santa Cruz enters Wednesday's match with a record of 10-5 following a sweep on Feb. 22 of Hope International. The Banana Slugs began the season with six straight victories and are ranked No.2 in Division III.
Four players average more than 2.5 kills per game for the Slugs: Brad Sullivan (3.6 kpg), Bryan Shires (3.4 kpg), Brice Dahlmeier (3.0 kpg) and Austin Einhorn (2.8 kpg). Einhorn is also UCSC's top blocker at 1.2 bpg.
UCLA (10-9, 7-6) returns to conference play on the road against No. 6 UC Irvine on Mar. 7. That match begins at 7 p.m. in the Bren Center.