No. 5 Volleyball Hosts UC San Diego on Saturday Night In Pauley
By: UCLA Athletics
Next Up — The fifth-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team (13-6, 10-5) returns home to host a match for the first time since Feb. 14, welcoming UC San Diego (1-16, 0-15) on Saturday evening in Pauley at 7 p.m. Live Coverage — Audio webcast vs. UCSD: uclabruins.com --- Live stats: www.uclabruins.com --- Fans may also follow the matches on UCLA's live Twitter feed @UCLAMensVB. In The Rankings — The Bruins are ranked in fifth place in this week's AVCA listing. Scouting the Opponent — UC San Diego defeated Grand Canyon on Feb. 28 (3-2) and lost to UCSB on Mar. 1 (0-3). The Tritons play at UCSB on Friday night. A Look Back — Robart Page topped the Bruins with 15 kills in a 3-0 (25-19, 25-18, 25-20) win at UCSD on Jan. 30. The Bruins hit .532 in that match. Recapping Previous Action — Gonzalo Quiroga was the lone Bruin in double figure kills (12) in the loss at UC Santa Barbara (20-25, 19-25, 20-25) on Wednesday. The Bruins hit .269 for the match. Quiroga had 15 kills in the five set loss at Hawai'i on Mar. 1 (25-22, 18-25, 26-24, 16-25, 11-15). Robart Page added 16 kills and Michael Fisher checked in with 13 in a start. The Bruins hit just .246 in the match. Quiroga totaled 19 kills in the four set loss at Hawai'i on Feb. 28 (23-25, 24-26, 27-25, 22-25). Page added 17 kills in that contest. Setter Hagen Smith had 47 set assists on Mar. 1 and 44 on Feb. 28 to go along with four kills, two aces, two blocks. Quiroga paced the Bruin attack with a season-high 21 kills and totaled four aces and 12 digs in the five-set win at Stanford (Feb. 24--25-23, 28-26, 20-25, 19-25, 17-15). Smith registered 51 set assists and four blocks. Page added 18 kills. Coach Speraw: Year Two at UCLA — John Speraw (UCLA '95) is in his second season as the head coach at his alma mater. In year one, the Bruins went 21-11 and advanced to the semifinals of the MPSF Tournament. In 10 seasons at UC Irvine, Speraw led the Anteaters to three NCAA championships (2007, 2009, 2012), and a 199-106 (.646) overall record. On Mar. 25, 2013, he was named head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the next quadrennial ending at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero. In the summer of 2012, he had served as an assistant coach for the USA Men's National Team, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the London Olympics. Speraw earned AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2006 and was given the USA Olympic Committee's National Coach of the Year award in 2007. Coming Up — The Bruins return home on Saturday at 7 p.m. in Pauley to host UCSD. Tickets will be available at the door or for information, please call 310-UCLA-WIN or check the website at uclabruins.com. The Bruins will then be home for matches next week against No. 4 Pepperdine (Tuesday-7 pm) and No. 6 USC (Saturday-8pm). Coming Up in MPSF: M7--BYU at Long Beach, Stan. at Pepp., Pacific at USC, UCI at Haw., UCSD at UCSB; M8--BYU at CSUN, Pacific at Pepp., UCSD at UCLA, Cal Bapt. at Long Beach; M9--UCI at Haw., Stan. at USC. For Current MPSF Standings go to mpsports.org Trending Numbers —UCLA began the week 4th in the MPSF listings in hitting % .300 and 3rd in service aces/set 1.31 ... Gonzalo Quiroga was second in the MPSF with his 0.52 service aces/set average ... Quiroga has double-digit kills in 17 of the 19 matches this season ... Quiroga has at least three service aces in six matches this season ... Robart Page has double-digit kills in16 matches and has gone over the 20-kill mark a team-high three times this season ... Trent Kersten has at least four blocks in his last six matches played ... The nine-match winning streak earlier this season, snapped at Pepperdine, was the team's longest under coach Speraw ... The Bruins had an eight-match home win streak stopped by Long Beach on Feb. 12 ... UCLA's 9-1 overall start was its best since the 2012 squad opened by winning 12 of its first 13 matches (10 in a row overall and the first seven MPSF matches), the lone loss was to UCI, coached by Speraw ... The last Bruin winning streak longer than 10 in a row was the 14 straight wins which ended the 2006 championship season ... Before this season, the last time UCLA was ranked #1 by the AVCA was Mar. 5, 2012 - week 9. Last Three Matches — Block leaders in the last three matches: Trent Kersten (9), Robart Page (8), Gonzalo Quiroga (6), Spencer Rowe, Clayton Paullin (5) ... Kills Leaders in last three: Quiroga (46), Page (41) ... Ace Leaders in last three: Mitch Stahl, Hagen Smith (2) ... Dig Leaders in last three: Smith (15), Page, Grant Chalmers, Jackson Bantle (13), Quiroga (9).