Oct. 19, 2010
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Friday, Oct. 22
7 p.m. - Oregon State (8-13, 1-6 Pac-10) at #11 UCLA (13-5, 3-4 Pac-10)
Saturday, Oct. 23
7 p.m. - #16 Oregon (16-3, 4-3 Pac-10) at #11 UCLA (13-5, 3-4 Pac-10)
Gametracker, free audio and free video at UCLABruins.com
FIRST HALF OF PAC-10 SEASON COMES TO AN END
The 11th-ranked Bruins (13-5, 3-4 Pac-10) open up a four-match homestand and close out the first round of Pac-10 play against Oregon State (8-13, 1-6) on Friday and #16 Oregon (16-3, 4-3) on Saturday. Both contests start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.
THIS WEEK'S PROMOTIONS
Friday's match against Oregon State will be Poster Night, with UCLA women's volleyball posters handed out to the first 600 fans. On Saturday, Bruin fans will receive UCLA women's volleyball team cards for the contest against 16th-ranked Oregon.
The Bruins' four-match homestand continues next week against Washington on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. and Washington State on Sunday, Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Both matches will feature Gametracker, free audio and free video at UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped one spot to 11th in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll following their 1-1 weekend. UCLA lost 112 points, but has remained ranked between 10th and 14th during each week of the regular season. The Bruins fell two spots (and five points) to 11th in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll. UCLA was selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.
BRUINS ON THE NET
All remaining home contests will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker and/or live stats will also be available for all home matches and most road contests.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins are 2-0 in five-set matches this season ... UCLA is 11-0 when winning the opening set ... the Bruins are a perfect 12-0 when out-hitting their opponent and 8-0 when hitting .235 or better ... UCLA is 11-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the 105 digs at Arizona was the first time the Bruins have had triple figures in digs since Nov. 20, 2007 against Pepperdine and the most since producing 109 against Washington on Dec. 11, 2004 ... junior Lainey Gera continues to lead all Pac-10 players in digs per set at 4.87. Juniors Katie Camp and Lauren Van Orden rank in the Pac-10 Top 10 in two categories. Camp is sixth in blocks per set (1.11) and 10th in hitting percentage (.343), while Van Orden is fifth in service aces per set (0.31) and sixth in assists per set (10.78). Senior Dicey McGraw is 10th in kills per set at 3.61 ... as a team, the Bruins, who have led the Pac-10 in dps in each of the last three seasons, are once again atop the standings with 16.11 dps ... nationally, the Bruins are 37th in assists per set (12.94) and 40th in kps (13.78). Van Orden is 34th in aps ... Van Orden, who did not play last weekend due to an injury, has an ace in nine straight matches ... junior Sara Sage has nine aces in her last four matches after recording just four in her previous 68 contests ... Gera is 10th all-time in UCLA history in digs (1,135) and this week will pass Lauren Fendrick (1,138) for ninth, Liz Masakayan (1,142) for eighth and Kaitlin Sather (1,153) for seventh all-time ... McGraw has double figures in kills in 10 straight contests, while sophomore Rachael Kidder has at least 10 kills in four in a row ... sophomore Bojana Todorovic has double figures in digs in three consecutive contests.
SCOUTING THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS
The Beavers have lost five in a row and are 1-6 in Pac-10 play and 8-13 overall. Oregon State's lone victory was a four-set triumph over Washington State on Sept. 25. The Beavers have been swept by California, Oregon (last weekend), Stanford and Washington and fell in five to Arizona and Arizona State. Oregon State is hitting .209 as a team this season and averaging 12.30 kills, 1.50 aces, 12.70 digs and 2.74 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Jill Sawatzky is the only Beaver averaging more than 2.00 kps by producing 3.99 kps. She is also second with 2.36 dps. Freshman middle blocker Mona Kressl (1.16) and sophomore middle Ashley Eneliko (1.10) are each posting over a block a set, while freshman libero Becky Defoe is tops on the roster with 2.93 dps. Sophomore setter Megan McBride leads Oregon State with 8.71 assists per set and 21 aces. During Pac-10 play, the Beavers are hitting .177 with 11.50 kills, 0.96 aces, 12.65 digs and 2.52 blocks per set. Sawatzky is at 3.69 kps in conference action, while junior outside Dre Shaw is averaging 2.21 kps. Kressl is first with eight aces and 1.27 bps, Defoe leads with 2.92 dps and McBride holds a team-best 8.27 aps. Taras Liskevych is in his sixth year at Oregon State and holds a record of 58-105.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. BEAVERS
The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Beavers 46-3 and have won five in a row, including three by sweeps. Last year at Pauley on Oct. 24, UCLA claimed a 25-18, 25-22, 25-17 triumph behind 17 digs from Lainey Gera and seven kills and 12 digs by Dicey McGraw. In Corvallis on Nov. 20, the Bruins won 25-20, 25-23, 25-16. Mari Hole posted 13 kills and eight digs, while Gera sported 15 digs. The Bruins are 22-2 at home against the Beavers and have swept them 29 times. Oregon State's last victory was a five-set triumph at Pauley on Oct. 12, 2007.
SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS
Oregon went 12-0 during non-conference play, but is just 4-3 in Pac-10 action and will face USC on Friday before coming to Pauley Pavilion. The Ducks have swept Oregon State and Washington State and defeated Arizona State and Washington in four, while losing to California and Stanford in three and Arizona in five. As a team, Oregon is hitting .282 with 14.25 kills, 2.03 aces, 13.87 digs and 2.04 blocks per set. Three players, sophomore outside hitter Katherine Fischer (3.59), senior outside Heather Meyers (3.58) and sophomore outside Alaina Bergsma (3.16) are each averaging over 3.00 kps, while freshman middle blocker Ariana Williams is fourth with 2.19 kps. Freshman setter Lauren Plum quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 11.95 assists per set, while sophomore libero Haley Jacob is recording 3.99 dps. Sophomore outside Jocelyn Levig is first with 0.90 bps and Meyers has a team-high 48 aces. During Pac-10 action, the Ducks are hitting .237 with 14.00 kills, 1.68 aces, 14.56 digs and 1.66 blocks per set. Bergsma (3.80), Meyers (3.72) and Fischer (3.24) are each averaging more than 3.00 kps. Plum (11.50 aps), Jacob (4.04 dps) and Levig (0.88 bps) all lead the team in their respective categories. Jim Moore is in his sixth year at Oregon and has a record of 112-63.
THE SERIES: BRUINS VS. DUCKS
The Bruins lead the all-time series against the Ducks 48-5 and split the two matches last year, with each team winning in five sets on their home floor. On Oct. 23 at Pauley, the Bruins won the first two sets (26-24, 25-18), lost the next two (25-22, 25-22) and claimed a 15-9 victory in the fifth. Dicey McGraw posted 14 kills and eight blocks, while Lainey Gera (22) and Bojana Todorovic (12) were each in double figures in digs. On Nov. 21 in Eugene, the Bruins again won the first two sets (25-23, 25-18), but lost the last three (25-22, 27-25, 17-15). McGraw had 16 kills, Katie Camp added 11 with eight blocks and Gera recorded 21 digs. Each of the last three matches have gone the distance. The Ducks have claimed four of the last six meetings, including a five-set victory at Pauley on Nov. 1, 2008, their first-ever win in Westwood. The Bruins are 26-1 all-time at home in the series.