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No. 6 UCLA at USF Invitational on March 27 and at Stanford for three matches on March 29.
No. 6 UCLA Sand Volleyball Returns to Action on the Road This Week
By: UCLA Athletics

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LOS ANGELES - The sixth-ranked UCLA Bruins (3-1) return to action this week at the USF Invitational on Thursday, March 27 for a pair of matches against No. 3 Hawai'i (7-2) at 9:00 a.m. and at San Francisco (1-0) at 3:00 p.m. The event will take place at the home court of USF sand volleyball, Piper Park Courts, in Larkspur, Calif.

Third-ranked Hawai'i enters tomorrow's match at 7-2, with both defeats coming at the hands of higher ranked teams. The Rainbow Wahine's first loss came against top-ranked Pepperdine at the USAV Collegiate Sand Tournament on March 15. Hawai'i also fell to No. 2 USC on March 19. Hawai'i rebounded to post a 5-0 win over Nebraska on March 20.

The Dons enter the Invitational at 1-0 after defeating California, 3-2, on March 21 in their season opener, tallying wins at the No. 1, 3, and 5 positions. The top tandem of Sara Staengle and Valentina Zaloznik, pairing up for the second straight season, took a straight-set win, as did the No. 3 duo of Katarina Pilepic and Courtney Sabahi. It took a decisive third set for Emily Reed and Inbar Vinarsky to finish off their opponent, coming from behind to prevail, 16-21, 21-19, 15-13. The matach against the Dons will be streamed live and it can be seen by clicking here.

Thursday's Schedule at USF (March 27):

University of San Francisco Invitational
9 a.m. – No. 6 UCLA vs. No. 3 Hawai'i
12 p.m. – No. 3 Hawai'i at USF
3 p.m. – No. 6 UCLA at USF

After the USF Invitational, the Bruins will head to Stanford for three matches on Saturday, March 29. The Bruins will open with a match against Santa Clara (2-1) at 9:00 a.m. on Stanford's campus at Arguello Park, located north of Wilbur Hall. The Bruins will then face No. 3 Hawai'i for the second time in three days at Noon at Arguello Park. UCLA will end the day with the hosts, Stanford (0-3), at the ACSR Sand Volleyball Courts, located between Taube South and the Graduate School of Business.

Sunday’s competition (March 30) will be a pairs tournament played on all four courts starting at 8 a.m. PT. Admission and parking is free. Competition will happen rain or shine. Fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs or blankets for seating.

Saturday’s Schedule at Stanford (March 29):

ACSR Courts 1&2
9 a.m. – Stanford vs. Hawaii
12 p.m. – Stanford vs. Santa Clara
3 p.m. – Stanford vs. UCLA

Wilbur Courts 3&4
9 a.m. – UCLA vs. Santa Clara
12 p.m. – UCLA vs. Hawaii
3 p.m. – Hawaii vs. Santa Clara

The Bruins, under second year head coach Stein Metzger and assistants Jenny Johnson Jordan and Sarah Straton, are 6-8 overall in dual matches after going 3-7 last season. UCLA had a pair of teams reach the 2013 AVCA National Championships, Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves, as well as Nightingale and Becca Strehlow. Reeves became the first Bruin to earn AVCA All-America honors last year.

UCLA Records in 2014
#1 - Kamila Tan / Jessyka Ngauamo (3-1)
#2 - Zoë Nightingale / Madie Smith (1-3)
#3 - Karly Drolson / Rachel Inouye (3-1)
#4 - Skylar Dykstra / Jennie Frager (2-1)
#4 - Taylor Formico / Karsta Lowe (0-1)
#5 - Taylor Formico / Natalie Miller (1-2)
#5 - Skylar Dykstra / Jennie Frager (0-1)

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Saturday, Mar 05 - 10:30 AM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Malibu, CA
Saturday, Mar 05 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Hawai'i
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 9:15 AM PST
vs. USC
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Mar 06 - 11:45 AM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Thursday, Mar 10 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. CSUN
Santa Monica, CA
Thursday, Mar 10 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Florida State
Santa Monica, CA
Saturday, Mar 12 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 23 - 7:00 AM PST
vs. Tulane
Boca Raton, FL
Wednesday, Mar 23 - 11:00 AM PST
at Florida Atlantic
Boca Raton, FL
Friday, Mar 25 - 6:00 AM PST
vs. Florida ...
DeLand, FL
Friday, Mar 25 - 12:00 PM PST
vs. Florida State
DeLand, FL
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:30 AM PST
vs. Florida Atlantic
DeLand, FL
Saturday, Mar 26 - 10:30 AM PST
at Stetson
DeLand, FL
Wednesday, Mar 30 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Outrigger Beach ...
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Apr 02 - 2:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Apr 02 - 4:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Apr 09 - All Day PST
vs. USAV Hermosa Beach ...
Hermosa Beach, CA
Wednesday, Apr 13 - 3:00 PM PST
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - 12:30 PM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Northridge, CA
Wednesday, Apr 20 - 2:30 PM PST
Northridge, CA
Thursday, Apr 28 - All Day PST
vs. Pac-12 Beach ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - 10:00 AM PST
vs. Pairs Semifinal #1 ...
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Apr 29 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Pairs Finals
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 9:00 AM PST
vs. Winners Bracket ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Losers Bracket ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 1:00 PM PST
vs. Losers Bracket ...
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, May 01 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. Championship Match
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, May 06 - All Day PST
vs. NCAA Championships
Gulf Shores, AL