13th-Ranked Bruins Play Three Times This Week

Sept. 14, 2010

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Tuesday, Sept. 14
7 p.m. - #13 UCLA at Cal State Northridge

Friday, Sept. 17
8 p.m. - #13 UCLA vs. Penn

Saturday, Sept. 18
7 p.m. - #13 UCLA at UC Irvine

Gametracker (all matches), audio (Tuesday only) on UCLABruins.com

The 13th-ranked Bruins (7-1) play three times this week, starting with a quick trip up the 405 Freeway to take on Cal State Northridge (3-6) on Tuesday at The Matadome at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. This weekend, UCLA travels south to the UC Irvine ASICS Challenge. The Bruins face Penn (3-3) on Friday at UCI's Crawford Court at 8 p.m. and UC Irvine (3-5) on Saturday at the Bren Events Center at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both matches at UCI at UCLABruins.com.

With non-conference action finished, Pacific-10 Conference play starts up next weekend with a cross-town showdown between a pair of Top 15 teams. UCLA will travel to the Galen Center to take on seventh-ranked USC on Friday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. In addition, the match will be broadcast on Fox Sports Net on a tape-delay basis with Paul Sunderland and former Bruin Holly McPeak at the call. More information on airings of the match will be available next week.

UCLA remained at 13th for the second straight week in the latest AVCA Top 25 Coaches poll. The Bruins received 65 more points in the rankings, the third straight week they have earned additional points. The next Volleyball Magazine Top 20 poll, in which UCLA was ranked 13th last week, comes out on Tuesday. UCLA was also selected seventh in the Pac-10 preseason coaches poll, earning 38 points.

All remaining home contests, in addition to road matches at Northridge and USC, will be broadcast live on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker and/or live stats will also be available for all home matches and most road contests.

With a five-match winning streak, the Bruins are continuing a trend from the past three seasons. UCLA started the last three years at 2-1 and followed that up with at least seven straight victories. The Bruins won seven in a row last year, eight straight in 2008 and 11 consecutive in 2007.

The Matadors are 3-6 on the year after gong 1-2 last week at the SJSU/Santa Clara Tournament. Northridge lost to Seattle in five and Portland State in three, but in between beat Santa Clara in four. The Matadors' two other wins have come in five to Elon and four to Texas-San Antonio. CSUN is hitting .228 as a team, averaging 13.03 kills, 1.06 aces, 13.94 digs and 2.11 blocks per set. Freshman opposite hitter Natalie Allen leads the team with 3.28 kps, adding 2.08 dps. Four others, sophomore outside hitter Monica McFarland (2.78), freshman outside Mahina Haina (2.72), senior middle blocker Lynda Morales (2.13) and junior outside Una Siljegovic (2.00) are also averaging at least 2.00 kps. McFarland is tops on the squad in dps at 3.22, while Morales has a team-best 1.13 bps. Junior Sam Orlandini handles the setting and is averaging 9.75 assists per set. Jeff Stork is 97-142 in his ninth season at Northridge. The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Matadors 33-5 and have won 16 straight. The two teams met at The Matadome on Sept. 16, 2008, with UCLA recording a 25-15, 25-16, 25-21 sweep. Northridge has taken just three sets during UCLA's 16-match winning streak. The last win for the Matadors was a 2-1 triumph in Northridge in 1975. The Bruins are 9-3 all-time at Northridge.

The Quakers begin their California swing this weekend playing at Fullerton earlier Friday before facing the Bruins in Irvine. It will be the first of four matches in two days for the Quakers, who have six players from Southern California and will also play Liberty and West Virginia on Saturday as part of the Fullerton Tournament. Penn went 1-2 at the Terrapin Invitational, sweeping Fairfield, while getting swept by host Maryland and Tulane. The Quakers beat Temple and La Salle during their opening weekend. Penn is hitting .214 as a team, averaging 12.29 kills, 0.86 aces, 17.76 digs and 1.57 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Julia Swanson leads the team with 3.10 kps and is followed by sophomore middle blocker Amanda Pacheco at 2.52 kps and sophomore outside Lauren Martin at 2.30 kps. Pacheco is hitting a team-best .402, freshman middle Susan Stuecheli is first with 1.20 bps and senior libero Madison Wojciechowski is tops with 5.70 dps. Senior Megan Tryon is the setter and is averaging 10.30 assists per set. Penn is led by 13th-year head coach Kerry Carr, who holds a record of 199-130. The Bruins and the Quakers have met once on Nov. 30, 2001, with UCLA winning an NCAA first-round matchup in State College, Pa. in straight sets. Scores were 30-26, 30-25, 30-23.

The Anteaters snapped a four-match losing streak on Sunday with a five-set victory against San Diego State in Honolulu. UC Irvine had lost to Stanford, Marquette, Saint Mary's and Hawai'i. The Anteaters are hitting .147, averaging 11.19 kills, 1.00 aces, 17.93 digs and 1.44 blocks per set. Four players are averaging at least 2.00 kps. Senior outside hitter Kari Pestolesi leads the team with 2.93 kps, followed by senior outside and former UCLA Bruin Juliane Piggott (2.92), senior outside Larissa Nordyke (2.19) and sophomore opposite Taylor Smith (2.00). Pestolesi is first on the club with 10 aces and second with 3.93 dps, while sophomore libero Kristin Winkler leads the team with 4.78 dps. The top blocker is junior Alexandra Hauser, who is averaging 0.73 bps, while the quarterback of the offense is sophomore Marissa Alvarez, who is averaging 6.73 assists per set. The Anteaters are led by second-year head coach Paula Weishoff, who went 22-8 last season. The Bruins have never lost to the Anteaters in 10 meetings. The last matchup came on Sept. 7, 2007 in Irvine, with UCLA coming out on top in four sets (27-30, 30-20, 30-20, 30-17). UCI has claimed just two sets against the Bruins, who are 2-0 all-time at Irvine.

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