March 18, 2002
The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team, which is riding an eight-match winning streak, returns after a one-week recess before embarking on its toughest road trip of the season.
In a two-week stretch beginning Mar. 27, the Bruins will travel to USC, Pepperdine and Hawaii for key conference matches that will determine the MPSF race and the all-important seedings for the league championship tournament. If the Bruins win their final six league contests, they will earn the league's top seed and the home court playoff advantage.
On Wed., Mar. 27, the Bruins (22-3, 14-2) meet USC (5-18, 2-15) at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center. The match will be televised by FoxSports and aired on a delayed broadcast on Mar. 30.
The Bruins lead the series with the Trojans, 74-29, and have won four straight and 17 of the last 18 matches dating to 1992.
On Sat., Mar. 30, the Bruins travel to Pepperdine for a 7 p.m. match at Firestone Fieldhouse. The first-place Waves (20-4, 15-2) twice defeated third-place Hawaii (15-6, 12-4) over the weekend.
The Bruins and Waves have split a pair of matches this season. Pepperdine won, 3-0, on Jan. 12 in the final match of the Wyndham Gardens Hotel tournament, hosted by UC Irvine. UCLA won, 3-2, on Feb. 7 at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins lead the series, 66-20, and have won seven of the last 10 in Malibu, including four straight. On Feb. 3, 2001 at Firestone Fieldhouse, the Bruins gave Coach Al Scates his 1,000th career victory with a 3-1 decision over the Waves.
Finally, UCLA will travel to Hawaii on Apr. 5 & 6 for a key, two-match league series. In January, the Bruins won their fourth straight and sixth overall Outrigger Hotels Invitational, hosted by Hawaii. The Bruins defeated the host Warriors, 3-0, in the championship match. UCLA leads this series, 41-10, and has won five straight and six of the last seven at Hawaii's Stan Sheriff Center.