UCLA Returns Home to Host Lewis and UC Santa Cruz

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.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Sunday, Jan 03 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
Tuesday, Jan 05 - 4:00 PM PST
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
Thursday, Jan 07 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 08 - 4:30 PM PST
at Penn State
University Park, PA
Friday, Jan 15 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Saturday, Jan 16 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
Wednesday, Jan 20 - 7:00 PM PST
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
Saturday, Jan 23 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Monday, Jan 25 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Jan 27 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Jan 29 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Feb 05 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Feb 06 - 9:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
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