#7 Stanford at #16 UCLA
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Friday, Oct. 4
RV California at #16 UCLA
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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BRUINS FINALLY HOME, HOSTING STANFORD AND CAL
After a 12-match road trip to start the season, the 16th-ranked Bruins play their first home matches this week against the Bay Area schools, entertaining #7 Stanford on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and California on Friday at 6 p.m. Both contests will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Live stats and free audio broadcasts will also be available for both matches at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins are back on the road next week for four in a row, traveling to #21 Oregon next Friday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. and Oregon State on Saturday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. The UCLA-Oregon contest will be televised live on ESPNU.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins fell five spots in this week’s AVCA Coaches poll, going from 11th to 16th. The next Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, in which the Bruins were 11th last week, will be released on Tuesday.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins have won 42 straight matches when hitting .300 or better, including four times this season ... nationally, the Bruins are 21st in hitting percentage (.271) and 32nd in kills per set (14.04) ... the Bruins are 10 wins away from 1,200 for the program’s history ... UCLA has won all nine of its contests when leading a match in hitting percentage ... senior Kelly Reeves is 42 digs away from becoming the 22nd Bruin to post 1,000 career digs. Reeves has double-doubles in four of her last five matches to give her 15 for her career ... freshman Jordan Robbins has started each of the last six matches and is averaging 6.12 assists per set during that span. She registered her second double-double in three matches after going for 12 digs and 21 assists at Colorado last Friday ... redshirt freshman Haley Lawless has at least four kills and four digs in each of her last five matches, producing highs of seven kills against Cal State Northridge (Sept. 13) and 13 digs at Colorado ... junior Monica Stauber earned her first career double-double at Long Beach State (Sept. 18) with a career-high 28 assists and 11 digs. She has at least six digs in three straight contests ... sophomore Karly Drolson set a career high with 23 digs at Colorado. It is her second time in three matches she has reached at least 20 digs after also doing it at Long Beach State ... one match after posting her first career double-figure kills match, sophomore Maddy Klineman recorded her first contest with double figures in digs, producing 10 at Long Beach. Against Creighton on Sept. 24, she had 19 kills ... freshman Claire Felix had a career-high 12 kills and seven digs at USC on Sept. 25. She hit .500 with only two errors in 20 attempts ... senior Mariana Aquino, who is sixth in the conference in hitting percentage (.415) and 24th in the nation, had a career-high 17 kills at Colorado. She has seven matches this season with at least five kills and one or zero hitting errors ... junior Zoë Nightingale had a season-high nine blocks at Colorado, one match after producing nine kills at USC with a .500 hitting percentage ... junior Karsta Lowe enters the week fifth among Pac-12 players in kills per set (4.04) and sixth in points per set (4.47). Nationally, Lowe is 38th in kps and 47th in pps.
SCOUTING THE STANFORD CARDINAL
Stanford (9-2) opened up Pac-12 play with a pair of victories last week, winning its rivalry match at California in four on Sept. 25 and sweeping #16 Arizona State at home on Sept. 27. The lone losses this season for the Cardinal were four-set defeats to #8 Florida and #6 Texas on Sept. 7 and 8. As a team, Stanford is hitting .324 and averaging 14.76 kills, 1.35 aces, 15.22 digs and a nation’s-best 3.23 blocks per set. Five players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by seniors Carly Wopat and Rachel Williams, who are tied for the top spot at 3.11 kps. Wopat is hitting a conference-best .485 and leads Stanford with 1.43 bps, while Williams is adding 2.31 dps. Sophomore Brittany Howard is third with 2.97 kps and second with 2.49 dps, sophomore Jordan Burgess is fourth at 2.30 kps and sophomore Inky Ajanaku is fifth at 2.18 kps and second with 1.42 bps. Sophomore Madi Bugg handles the setting duties and is averaging 11.62 assists per set, while junior Kyle Gilbert is the libero and posting 4.69 dps. John Dunning is in his 13th year on The Farm and has a record of 350-63 to go with a 787-165 mark in 28-plus seasons as a head coach.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. CARDINAL
A year after the Bruins swept a season series from Stanford for the first time since 2000, the Cardinal returned the favor in 2012 with a pair of victories against UCLA. Stanford won a five-setter in Palo Alto last Oct. 12, while the Bruins lost in four sets in their debut at the New Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 16. Stanford leads the all-time series 44-38 and is 19-18 in Westwood.
SCOUTING THE CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS
California enters Friday’s match with an 8-3 record, splitting its Pac-12 opening week of home contests. The Golden Bears fell in four to Stanford on Sept. 25 and swept Arizona on Sept. 27. The lone ranked opponent Cal played during non-conference play was then-#19 Creighton on Sept. 7, as the Bears won in three. California is hitting .293 as a team, averaging 14.49 kills, 0.97 aces, 15.65 digs and 2.46 blocks per set. Senior Adrienne Gehan leads the squad with 4.35 kps and is second with 3.22 dps. Junior Christina Higgins is second on the team with 2.97 kps, sophomore Lara Vukasovic is third with 2.42 kps and second with 1.00 bps and sophomore Lillian Schonewise is fourth with 2.25 kps and first with 1.08 bps. Senior Joan Caloiaro quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 11.50 assists per set, while freshman Maddy Kerr is tops on the squad with 3.51 dps. Rich Feller is in his 15th season as Cal’s head coach and has a record of 291-156 to go with a 590-323 mark in 28-plus years of coaching.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. GOLDEN BEARS
The Bruins have won four straight against California and lead the all-time series 56-6 (27-3 in Westwood). UCLA claimed both victories last year via the sweep at John Wooden Center on Nov. 15 and in Berkeley on Oct. 14. The Golden Bears’ last victory against the Bruins was a five-set triumph in Berkeley in 2010. Cal also won earlier that year in Westwood in four sets.