UCLA Hosts USC in 21st Annual Kilgour Cup, Feb. 4

Bruins visit Long Beach State, Feb. 7

Feb. 2, 1998

The top-ranked and unbeaten UCLA men?s volleyball team this week hosts USC in the 21st annual Kilgour Cup before visiting Long Beach State for a key league match.

First serve for the Feb. 4 Kilgour Cup, the nation?s longest running men?s volleyball benefit, is 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

First serve for the Feb. 14 contest against the third ranked 49ers is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at The Pyramid.

On Wednesday UCLA, 6-0 overall and 3-0 in MPSF play, hosts USC (2-5, 1-4) in the 21st annual Kilgour Cup. USC?s appearance in the Kilgour Cup, a one-match benefit honoring former Bruin All-American Kirk Kilgour, will be its first since 1987. The Bruins 17-2 in Kilgour Cup matches, are 6-0 against USC in this event. The Bruins have also won 11 consecutive matches against the Trojans dating to 1992. UCLA leads the series, 69-25.

Last season, the Bruins defeated USC 3-1 at the Lyon Center on Feb. 19 to give coach Al Scates his 900th career victory.

Against the 49ers last year, the Bruins won 3-0 at Pauley Pavilion. UCLA leads the series against LBS 60-16 and has won five straight.

The Bruins defeated Pepperdine in a three-hour and 15-minute thriller last Thursday at Firestone Fieldhouse. Sophomore All-American quick hitter Adam Naeve tied a career high with 38 kills and keyed a UCLA comeback from a two games to one deficit.

?It was a huge win on the road for us,? said UCLA head coach Al Scates. ?We were able to overcome some setbacks to win in a hostile arena.?

In Game 2, Scates pulled senior captain Tom Stillwell in favor of junior Danny Farmer, who spiked a career high 15 kills and added a season best seven digs.

Scates? strategy of rotating his outside hitters also worked as freshman Mark Williams hammered 18 kills off the bench.

Sophomore opposite Evan Thatcher slammed 22 kills, a career best and sophomore All-American setter Brandon Taliaferro recorded a season high 75 set assists.

USC this season has defeated UC San Diego and Cal State San Bernardino, but lost league matches to Long Beach State, CS Northridge, Hawaii and San Diego State.

Upcoming Matches*
Feb. 4	UCLA vs. USC, 7 p.m.
Feb. 7	UCLA at Long Beach St., 7:30 p.m.
*All match times PST
Recent Results
Jan. 29	UCLA d. Pepperdine, 3-2

Probable Starters:

#3 Brandon Tailaferro, 6-5, So., S, San Clemente, CA (1.2kpg, 14.7apg, 1.4dpg, 0.8bpg) #9 Evan Thatcher, 6-8, So., Op, Encinitas, CA (3.6kpg, 1.8dpg, 0.6bpg) #14 Fred Robins, 6-6, Jr., OH, Waimanalo, HI (2.5kpg, 1.8dpg, 0.3bpg) #17 Tom Stillwell, 6-8, Sr., Q, Northridge, CA (3.1kpg, 1.1dpg, 1.2bpg) #18 Adam Naeve, 6-10, So., Q, Westchester, CA (5.6kpg, 1.2dpg, 1.1bpg) #20 Ben Moselle, 6-4, Sr., OH, Encinitas, CA (2.6kpg, 1.6dpg, 0.8bpg) Substitutions: #5 Mark Williams, 6-7, Fr., OH, Los Angeles, CA (3.9kpg, 1.8dpg) #15 Danny Farmer, 6-4, Jr., Q, Los Angeles, CA (3.1kpg, 1.33dpg, 1.1bpg) #19 Charlie Jackson, 6-0, Sr., S, Poway, CA (0.5dpg)