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No. 5 Volleyball Hosts UC San Diego on Saturday Night In Pauley
By: UCLA Athletics
Next Up — The fifth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team (13-6, 10-5) returns home to host a match for the first time since Feb. 14, welcoming UC San Diego (1-16, 0-15) on Saturday evening in Pauley at 7 p.m.
Live Coverage —  Audio webcast vs. UCSD: --- Live stats: --- Fans may also follow the matches on UCLA's live Twitter feed @UCLAMensVB.
In The Rankings — The Bruins are ranked in fifth place in this week's AVCA listing.
Scouting the Opponent — UC San Diego defeated Grand Canyon on Feb. 28 (3-2) and lost to UCSB on Mar. 1 (0-3). The Tritons play at UCSB on Friday night.
A Look Back —  Robart Page topped the Bruins with 15 kills in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) win at UCSD on Jan. 30. The Bruins hit .532 in that match.
Recapping Previous Action — Gonzalo Quiroga was the lone Bruin in double figure kills (12) in the loss at UC Santa Barbara (20-25, 19-25, 20-25) on Wednesday. The Bruins hit .269 for the match. Quiroga had 15 kills in the five set loss at Hawai'i on Mar. 1 (25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 16-25, 11-15). Robart Page added 16 kills and Michael Fisher checked in with 13 in a start. The Bruins hit just .246 in the match. Quiroga totaled 19 kills in the four set loss at Hawai'i on Feb. 28 (23-25, 24-26, 27-25, 22-25). Page added 17 kills in that contest. Setter Hagen Smith had 47 set assists on Mar. 1 and 44 on Feb. 28 to go along with four kills, two aces, two blocks.
Quiroga paced the Bruin attack with a season-high 21 kills and totaled four aces and 12 digs in the five-set win at Stanford (Feb. 24--25-23, 28-26, 20-25, 19-25, 17-15). Smith registered 51 set assists and four blocks. Page added 18 kills.
Coach Speraw: Year Two at UCLA — John Speraw (UCLA '95) is in 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 (2007, 2009, 2012), 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 on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Pauley to host UCSD. Tickets will be available at the door or for information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN or check the website at The Bruins will then be home for matches next week against No. 4 Pepperdine (Tuesday-7 pm) and No. 6 USC (Saturday-8pm).
Coming Up in MPSF: M7--BYU at Long Beach, Stan. at Pepp., Pacific at USC, UCI at Haw., UCSD at UCSB; M8--BYU at CSUN, Pacific at Pepp., UCSD at UCLA, Cal Bapt. at Long Beach; M9--UCI at Haw., Stan. at USC. For Current MPSF Standings go to
Trending Numbers —UCLA began the week 4th in the MPSF listings in hitting % .300 and 3rd in service aces/set 1.31 ... Gonzalo Quiroga was second in the MPSF with his 0.52 service aces/set average ... Quiroga has double-digit kills in 17 of the 19 matches this season ... Quiroga has at least three service aces in six matches this season ... Robart Page has double-digit kills in16 matches and has gone over the 20-kill mark a team-high three times this season ... Trent Kersten has at least four blocks in his last six matches played ... The nine-match winning streak earlier this season, snapped at Pepperdine, was the team's longest under coach Speraw ... The Bruins had an eight-match home win streak stopped by Long Beach on Feb. 12 ... UCLA's 9-1 overall start was its best since the 2012 squad opened by winning 12 of its first 13 matches (10 in a row overall and the first seven MPSF matches), the lone loss was to UCI, coached by Speraw ... The last Bruin winning streak longer than 10 in a row was the 14 straight wins which ended the 2006 championship season ...  Before this season, the last time UCLA was ranked #1 by the AVCA was Mar. 5, 2012 - week 9.
Last Three Matches — Block leaders in the last three matches: Trent Kersten (9), Robart Page (8), Gonzalo Quiroga (6), Spencer Rowe, Clayton Paullin (5) ... Kills Leaders in last three: Quiroga (46), Page (41) ... Ace Leaders in last three: Mitch Stahl, Hagen Smith (2) ... Dig Leaders in last three: Smith (15), Page, Grant Chalmers, Jackson Bantle (13), Quiroga (9).

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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
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