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Friday, Nov. 1
UCLA at #6 Stanford
8 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online: Live Stats

Sunday, Nov. 3
UCLA at #22 California
3 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online: Live Stats

The Bruins travel to Northern California this weekend, facing #6 Stanford on Friday at 8 p.m. and #22 California on Sunday at 3 p.m. Both matches will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

The Bruins are home next weekend, returning to the John Wooden Center for the first time this season when they host Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. UCLA then heads down Bruin Walk to Pauley Pavilion on Sunday, Nov. 10 against #23 Oregon at 1 p.m. The Bruin-Duck tilt will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

The Bruins have won 42 straight matches when hitting .300 or better, including four times this season ... UCLA had a season-best eight aces at Oregon State on Oct. 12 and tied a year high with 17 blocks versus the Beavers ... nationally, the Bruins are 38th in kills per set (13.91), 44th in hitting (.251) and 49th in assists per set (12.83). Among Pac-12 teams, UCLA is fifth in hitting and sixth in aps and kps ... the Bruins are seven wins away from 1,200 for the program’s history ... UCLA is 7-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... senior Kelly Reeves has moved up to 17th on UCLA’s all-time digs list with 1,050. The senior, who is two starts away from 100 for her career, is 55 digs away from 16th (Jessica Fine, 1,105) ... sophomore Karly Drolson has double figures in digs in eight of her last nine matches, averaging 3.88 dps. She also recorded her first career kill last Saturday against Washington State on a dig over pass ... sophomore Maddy Klineman recorded back-to-back, double-figure kills contests last weekend, posting 11 against Washington last Friday and 15 versus Washington State. She also set a career high with four blocks against the Cougars ... junior Megan Moenoa posted her second double-double of the season against WSU with a season-best 52 assists to go with 11 digs. Moenoa also had eight kills last weekend, including a career-best five versus the Cougars ... senior Mariana Aquino, who is two starts away from 100 for her career, has at least four kills in nine straight and did not commit a hitting error last weekend. She had 15 kills (10 against WSU) in 27 attempts for a .556 hitting percentage ... junior Zoë Nightingale has at least four blocks in four of her last six matches. With 30 blocks during that six-match stretch, she is averaging 1.30 bps ... junior Karsta Lowe has double figures in kills in 19 of 20 matches, having reached the 15-kill mark 12 times and the 20-kill standing on four occasions. She also had a season-high eight digs against Washington State.

Stanford, which hosts USC on Wednesday, brings a 15-4 overall record into this week’s action and an 8-2 Pac-12 mark. The Cardinal are 8-0 at home this year, including sweeps of Oregon State and Oregon at Maples Pavilion last weekend. Stanford’s lone Pac-12 losses have been on the road at USC (Oct. 4) and Washington (Oct. 20). The Cardinal are hitting .323 as a team, averaging 14.63 kills, 1.13 aces, 15.79 digs and 3.04 blocks per set. Six players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by senior Carly Wopat’s 3.00. Wopat is also tops on the squad with a .484 hitting percentage and 1.42 bps and second with 13 aces. Sophomore Brittany Howard is second with 2.87 kps and 2.50 dps, senior Rachel Williams is third with 2.80 kps and 2.48 dps, sophomore Jordan Burgess is fourth at 2.59 kps and sophomore Inky Ajanaku is fifth at 2.41 kps and second with 1.40 bps. Sophomore Madi Bugg handles the setting duties and is averaging 11.57 assists per set to go with a team-high 21 aces, while junior Kyle Gilbert is first on the squad with 4.75 dps.

Stanford improved to 45-38 all-time against UCLA after sweeping the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 2 (17-25, 15-25, 16-25). Karsta Lowe led the Bruins with 11 kills, Megan Moenoa had 15 assists and Karly Drolson (12) and Kelly Reeves (11) each had double figures in digs. Stanford has won three straight in the series and is 23-13 all-time in Palo Alto. The Cardinal won a five-set decision last Oct. 12. UCLA’s last victory at Maples Pavilion was a sweep on Oct. 29, 2011.

California, which hosts USC on Friday, is 13-6 going into the week with a 6-4 Pac-12 mark. The Golden Bears bested both Oregon schools in five sets at Haas Pavilion last weekend and have won three in a row. Cal is hitting .262 as a team, averaging 14.32 kills, 0.80 aces, 15.57 digs and 2.41 blocks per set. Four players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by senior Adrienne Gehan’s 4.32 kps. She is also first with 18 aces and second with 3.04 dps. Junior Christina Higgins is second at 3.17 kps, sophomore Lara Vukasovic is third with 2.48 kps and first with 1.18 bps and sophomore Lillian Schonewise is fourth at 2.19 kps. Senior Joan Caloiaro is the setter and is posting 11.74 assists per set, while freshman Maddy Kerr is the leader in dps at 3.54.

California snapped a four-match losing streak to UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 4 with a sweep (26-28, 29-31, 14-25). The Bruins took the Bears to overtime in each of the first two sets and were led by Karsta Lowe, who had 13 kills. Karly Drolson added 15 digs. UCLA still leads the overall series with California 56-7 and is 24-3 in Berkeley. The Bruins have won two straight in Haas Pavilion, with Cal’s last victory at home against UCLA coming in five sets on Nov. 6, 2010.

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