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 uclabruins.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org