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Bruins Host Defending NCAA Champs Monday Night in Pauley
By: UCLA Athletics
This Week — The UCLA men's volleyball team (6-1, 3-0) hosts defending national champion UC Irvine (5-4, 2-3) on Monday night in Pauley Pavilion at 7 p.m. The Bruins then head out on the road for matches at UC San Diego (0-6, 0-5) on Thursday  Jan. 30 and a return match at UC Irvine on Saturday Feb. 1. UCLA will not be back in Pauley until a Feb. 12 match against Long Beach State. The Bruins have now won six straight matches on the season matching its longest streak from last year.
Live Coverage — Monday's match will be televised by the Pac-12 Networks. Fans can also follow the match on UCLA's live Twitter feed @UCLAMensVB or listen on www.uclabruins.com with Darren Preston and Denny Cline mikeside.
Scouting the Opponents — The defending national champs, who earned the NCAA title here in Pauley last May, have dropped matches at Loyola-Chicago (2-3), at Pepperdine (1-3), at USC (2-3) and at home to BYU (2-3). Irvine is coming off of a 3-2 win at UC Santa Barbara on Saturday night.
UC San Diego is looking for its first win on the year after some losses to tough opposition in matches at UCSB (0-3), at USC (0-3), at Pepperdine (0-3) and at home to BYU (0-3)
The Series — UCLA leads the all-time series with UCI 56-17. The Bruins played UCI three times last season and lost (2-3---17-25,17-25,26-24,25-22,13-15) in the Santa Barbara Invitational and at home (2-3---19-25,25-22,25-20,20-25,11-15). UCLA scored a four-set win (25-16, 25-16, 19-25, 25-17) at Irvine in the last matchup on Mar. 30.
The Bruins captured all three meetings with the Tritons a year ago, besting UCSD 3-2 in the Santa Barbara tournament, 3-0 at home and 3-0 in the match in San Diego. UCLA leads the series 53-5.
Recapping Previous Action — The Bruinscontinued their winning ways last week, handing UCSB its first loss of the season in a 3-0 decision in Pauley on Tuesday night. Robart Page led the way once again with 15 kills, hitting .393. Gonzalo Quiroga added 11 while hitting .346. Freshman Jackson Bantle blasted down seven kills and contributed three aces, nine digs and three block assists.
EVENT INFORMATION
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Sunday, Jan 03
vs. British Columbia
Los Angeles, CA
25-19, 25-15, 25-14
Tuesday, Jan 05
at George Mason
Fairfax, VA
25-23, 25-12, 25-20
Thursday, Jan 07
vs. Ohio State
University Park, PA
(24-26, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Jan 08
at Penn State
University Park, PA
(25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 21-25, 15-8)
Friday, Jan 15
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-19, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23)
Saturday, Jan 16
at UC San Diego
La Jolla, CA
(25-18, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Jan 20
at Cal Baptist
Riverside, CA
(27-25, 25-21, 25-12)
Saturday, Jan 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 23-25, 25-21, 25-19)
Monday, Jan 25
vs. Princeton
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-23, 25-16)
Wednesday, Jan 27
vs. Long Beach State
Los Angeles, CA
(23-25, 22-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-13)
Friday, Jan 29
vs. CSUN
Los Angeles, CA
(20-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-19)
Friday, Feb 05
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-18, 20-25, 23-25, 18-25)
Saturday, Feb 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(22-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-18, 15-9)
Thursday, Feb 11
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-18, 23-25, 26-24, 18-20)
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-17, 25-18)
Friday, Feb 19 - 7:00 PM PST
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
Sunday, Feb 21 - 11:00 AM PST
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
Wednesday, Feb 24 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 27 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Wednesday, Mar 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 04 - 7:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Monday, Mar 07 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Mar 11 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Mar 24 - 7:00 PM PST
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
Saturday, Mar 26 - 7:00 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Friday, Apr 01 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 02 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Apr 07 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 09 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Apr 16 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Quarterfinals
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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