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No. 7 Men's Volleyball Heads to Hawai'i For Outrigger Invitational
By: UCLA Athletics

This Week — The seventh-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team travels to Honolulu, HI for three matches in the Outrigger Hotels Volleyball Invitational against ranked teams from Penn State (#11) on Thursday at 6 p.m. PT, Ohio State (#12) on Friday at 6 p.m. PT and Hawai'i (#14) on Saturday at 9 p.m. PT. The matches will be played in the Stan Sheriff Center. UCLA will be making its 14th appearance in the tournament and owns a 32-6 overall record in the event.

Live Coverage — Fans can follow the matches on UCLA's live Twitter feed @UCLAMensVB. An audio webcast of matches vs. UH will be available at www.espn1420am.com and live streaming video at uhstreaming.oceanic.com. For live stats go to Hawaii Athletics.com.

In The Rankings — The Bruins (0-1) are No. 7 in the AVCA national rankings this week after dropping their season-opening match to fourth-ranked Stanford in the UCSB Asics Invitational.

Scouting the Opponents — Penn State, Ohio State and Hawai'i will each be playing their first matches of the season in the tournament. PSU has five starters back from a team (23-8 record) which captured its 15th straight EIVA title a year ago and lost to BYU in the 2013 NCAA semifinals. The Ohio State University welcomes back three starters from a team which posted a 19-8 record last season. Hawai'i has five starters returning from a team which was 11-17 in 2013.

The Series — UCLA leads the all-time series with Penn State, 27-6, Ohio State 15-1, and Hawai'i 60-22.  The Bruins have won eight Outrigger titles, including the last three. UCLA defeated Penn State and Ohio State, each in five sets, in last year's event. UH bested the Bruins, also in five sets, a season ago in the event finale.

Recapping the Previous Week — UCLA dropped its season-opener in four sets to Stanford in the seventh-place match at the UC Santa Barbara Asics Invitational. Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga, who averaged 3.68 kills per set in 2013, topped the Bruin attack with 14 kills, hit .333 and added two aces. Freshman Mitch Stahl recorded 12 kills and four block assists. Senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe, who led the Bruins with a .459 hitting percentage last season, chipped in with eight kills and three block assists. Sophomore Steve O'Dell had 44 set assists and three aces in the match against the Cardinal. Freshman libero/setter Hagen Smith (6 digs) and redshirt freshman middle blocker John Zappia (6 kills) each saw their initial action against the Cardinal. In exhibition pool play matches on January 3, UCLA bested CSUN 2-1 and UCSD 2-0, while dropping matches to IPFW 2-0 and Long Beach State 2-0. 

John Speraw: Year Two at UCLA — John Speraw (UCLA '95) begins his second season as the head coach at his alma mater. In year one, the Bruins went 21-11 and advanced to the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. In 10 seasons at UC Irvine, Speraw led the Anteaters to three NCAA championships, including the 2012 title, and a 199-106 (.646) overall record. On Mar. 25, 2013 he was named head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the next quadrennial ending at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. In the summer of 2012, he had served as an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the London Olympics. Speraw earned AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2006 and was given the USA Olympic Committee's National Coach of the Year award in 2007.

Coming Up — The Bruins return home next week to begin MPSF play against Stanford on Friday (1/17 at 3 p.m.) and UOP on Saturday (1/18 at 7 p.m.). Pacific opened the season with a 3-1 win over CS Northridge. Both matches are in Pauley Pavilion. For ticket information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN.  

EVENT INFORMATION
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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
at CSUN
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
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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