12th-Ranked Bruins Host Undefeated Bay Area Schools

Oct. 5, 2010

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Friday, Oct. 8
7 p.m. - #7 California (14-0, 4-0) at #12 UCLA (11-3, 1-2)

Saturday, Oct. 9
7 p.m. - #1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0) at #12 UCLA (11-3, 1-2)

Gametracker, free audio and video at UCLABruins.com

The 12th-ranked Bruins (11-3, 1-2 Pac-10) open up their Pac-10 home schedule this weekend at Pauley Pavilion against a pair of undefeated Bay Area teams in #7 California (14-0, 4-0) on Friday and #1 Stanford (13-0, 4-0) on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.

Friday's Pac-10 home opener against California will be the GolDEN Game for UCLA students. In-game promotions for members of the Bruin Den will include Den-themed games at halftime and free Diddy Riese cookies. Fans will also have the ability to receive four free tickets to the Bruins' matchup with the Golden Bears by becoming a fan of the UCLA Athletics Facebook page or a follower of the Follow UCLA Athletics Twitter page. Saturday's match against Stanford will be Breast Cancer Awareness Night. The Bruins will wear pink jerseys and fans will have the opportunity to bid on match-worn jerseys through a silent auction. Giveaways for the match include pink UCLA t-shirts, pink ribbon temporary tattoos and raffles for a pink jersey and a signed team poster. It is also High School Night, so plan to show up early for both matches. Pauley Pavilion gates open at 6 p.m.

The Bruins are back on the road in conference play next weekend as they travel to the desert for matchups against Arizona on Friday, Oct. 15 and Arizona State on Saturday, Oct. 16. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will feature Gametracker at UCLABruins.com.

UCLA remained at 12th in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll for the second week in a row, but also lost points for the second consecutive poll with seven fewer points. The Bruins dropped one spot to 12th in this week's Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, losing eight points. UCLA was selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.

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.

The Bruins were swept for the first time this season against Washington on Saturday ... juniors Katie Camp and Lainey Gera lead all Pac-10 players in blocks and digs per set, respectively. Camp is at 1.27 bps, while Gera is at 4.71 dps. Camp is also ninth in hitting percentage at .353. Junior Lauren Van Orden is sixth with 10.78 assists per set and tied for sixth with 0.31 service aces per set, while senior Dicey McGraw is eighth at 3.98 kills per set and 10th at 4.43 points per set ... 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, Camp is 34th in bps, Van Orden is 34th in aps and McGraw is 49th in kps. As a team, the Bruins are 23rd in kps (14.06), 26th in aps (13.09) and 41st in hitting percentage (.250) ... UCLA is a perfect 10-0 when winning the opening set ... the Bruins are 11-0 when leading in kills and hitting percentage ... UCLA has not lost (11-0) when holding its opponent under a .230 hitting percentage and is also 8-0 when hitting .250 or better.

California brings a 14-0 record into Friday's match at Pauley Pavilion, having dropped only three of 45 sets. The Golden Bears almost saw their winning streak end during the Pac-10 opener against Arizona on Sept. 24, but came back from 0-2 down to defeat the Wildcats. Since that match, Cal has swept Arizona State, Oregon and Oregon State. The Golden Bears beat San Diego, Bakersfield and Saint Mary's during non-conference play, three teams the Bruins also defeated. Cal is hitting .334 as a team and is averaging 14.62 kills, 1.20 aces, 13.47 digs and 2.94 blocks per set. Junior outside hitter Tarah Murrey leads the team with 5.00 kps, is second with a .373 hitting percentage and 2.27 digs per set and tied for third with eight service aces. Four others, sophomore middle blocker Shannon Hawari (2.38), sophomore middle/opposite Correy Johnson (2.31), freshman outside/opposite Adrienne Gehan (2.27) and sophomore middle Kat Brown (2.08) are also averaging at least 2.00 kps. Hawari is tops on the team with a .472 hitting percentage and 1.24 bps, while Brown (1.13) and Johnson (1.03) are also averaging over a block a set. Senior Carli Lloyd quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 11.66 assists per set, while sophomore libero Robin Rostratter leads the squad with 3.84 dps and 14 aces. During Pac-10 play, the Bears are hitting .280 with 14.79 kills, 0.64 aces, 14.79 digs and 2.96 blocks per set. Murrey is averaging 5.64 kps and Gehan and Johnson are both at 2.50 kps. Hawari is at 1.38 bps in conference action, while Rostratter is posting 4.71 dps. Rich Feller is in his 12th season as California's head coach and holds a record of 226-126.

The Bruins won both matches against the Golden Bears last season in four sets to improve to 52-4 in the all-time series. At Pauley on Oct. 3, Bojana Todorovic posted a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs, Katie Camp added 10 kills and Lainey Gera recorded 14 digs, as the Bruins won 25-20, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22. On Oct. 30 in Berkeley, UCLA again won the first two sets and claimed a victory in four, 25-20, 25-20, 16-25, 25-19. Sara Sage had 11 kills and five blocks, Dicey McGraw tallied 10 kills and Gera added 20 digs. Prior to the Bruins' sweeping the Bears last season, Cal had claimed three straight in the series, all in five sets. UCLA is 25-2 all-time at home against its northern counterparts. When the match has gone either three or four sets, the Bruins have won 40 of their 41 meetings with the Bears, with three of the four series losses being five-set defeats.

The Cardinal will play USC on Friday before heading across town to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday. Stanford has dropped only four of its 43 sets this season and has swept its last three opponents in Arizona, Oregon State and Oregon. The Bruins and the Cardinal have three common opponents, Pepperdine, UC Irvine and Saint Mary's, which both teams have gone 3-0 against. Stanford is hitting .342 as a team and is averaging 15.44 kills, 1.07 aces, 15.30 digs and 2.42 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Alix Klineman leads the team with 5.56 kps and a .403 hitting percentage, is tied for first with 10 aces and second with 2.79 dps. Senior outside hitter/setter Cassidy Lichtman (2.44), freshman outside Rachel Williams (2.12) and sophomore outside Hayley Spelman (2.07) are also averaging at least 2.00 kps. Freshman middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the squad with 0.98 bps, while senior libero Gabi Ailes is posting a team-best 4.26 dps. The Cardinal run a 6-2 offense, which features Lichtman (7.28 assists per set) and sophomore Karissa Cook (6.43 aps) as setters. In four Pac-10 matches, the Cardinal are hitting .358 with 16.15 kills, 1.08 aces, 16.92 digs and 1.92 blocks per set. Klineman is averaging an incredible 7.15 kps to go with 3.08 dps during Pac-10 play, while Spelman and Williams are each posting 2.46 kps. Wopat leads the team with 1.08 bps in conference and Ailes is averaging 5.62 dps. John Dunning is in his 10th season as the Cardinal's head coach and holds a record of 275-45.

The Bruins snapped an 18-match losing streak to the Cardinal with a five-set triumph at Stanford on Oct. 31 of last year. It was the first time since 2000 that UCLA had defeated Stanford and it gave Andy Banachowski his 1,100th-career coaching victory. UCLA won the first two sets 25-18 and 34-32, but Stanford came back to win the next two 25-19 and 25-21 before the Bruins rallied to a 15-11 victory in the fifth. Dicey McGraw (12 kills, 15 digs) and Bojana Todorovic (14 kills, 10 digs) each had double-doubles, while Lainey Gera added 28 digs. In the match at Pauley on Oct. 2, the Bruins won the opening set 25-20, but lost the next three 25-20, 25-21, 25-20. McGraw had a double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, Gera posted 22 digs and Katie Camp added 11 kills. Stanford leads the overall series 41-35 and is 18-16 in matches in Westwood.

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