No.1 UCLA Prepares to Host No.4 Pepperdine, Feb. 7; USC, Feb. 9

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Feb. 4, 2002

The No. 1 ranked UCLA men's volleyball team will host No.4 Pepperdine and USC this week in key MPSF matches.

The Bruins (9-1, 4-0) will entertain the Waves (10-2, 5-0) on Thurs., Feb. 7 and the Trojans (4-7, 1-4), Sat., Feb. 9. First serve for both matches is scheduled for 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

Both matches will be broadcast live on with Lou Riggs, Paul Nihipali and Mike Sondheimer calling the action.

Saturday's match marks the 25th Annual Kilgour Cup, a benefit honoring UCLA Athletics Hall of Famer and former All-American Kirk Kilgour.

Last week, the Bruins completed their conference series against Long Beach State and UC San Diego. They defeated the 49ers, 3-2, in Pauley Pavilion and the Tritons, 3-1, on the road.

Against the 49ers, senior Matt Komer led the Bruins with 20 kills (.366) and eight block assists. Junior Cameron Mount added 14 kills and sophomore Chris Pe?a added 13 kills (.320) and a career-high of 11 total blocks.

As a team, the Bruins recorded a season-best total of 23.5 blocks and held the 49ers to negative attack percentages in the final two games.

On Feb. 2 at Rimac Arena, the Bruins knocked off the Tritons, 26-30, 30-21, 30-23, 30-17. Komer again led UCLA with 13 kills (.333), four digs and two aces. Pe?a added 11 kills (.304), eight block assists and an ace.

The Bruins once again controlled the net by out-blocking their opponent, 14-5, and limiting them to a hitting percentage of .136.

Fourth-ranked Pepperdine, the only team to beat the Bruins, enters Thursday's contest with a seven-match winning streak. Outside hitters Sean Rooney and Fred Winters lead the Waves in hitting, each averaging more than three kills per game. Junior Brad Keenan leads Pepperdine at the net, blocking at 1.64 per game.

UCLA defeated USC, 3-1, on Jan. 12 at the UC Irvine Tournament. In that match, the Trojans were unable to contain Komer, Mount and freshman Jonathan Acosta who combined for 48 kills.

Since 1982, UCLA has hosted the Kilgour Cup in honor of the player who led the Bruins to their first two NCAA titles and earned Most Outstanding Player honors. In 1976, Kilgour suffered a spinal cord injury, which left him a quadraplegic.

Kirk will be unable to attend the 2002 Kilgour Cup. He has been in the hospital since Aug. 6. At present, he is in critical care at Swedish Hospital in Denver, Colorado. He would welcome cards and letters of support. Please send correspondence to the following address:

Kirk Kilgour c/o Belinda Begley 2594 South Harlan Ct. Lakewood, CO 80227 Email:

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
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
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
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA