April 17, 2002
The third-seeded UCLA men's volleyball team hosts sixth-seeded UC Santa Barbara in the quarterfinals of the MPSF Tournament, Sat., Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.
The match will be broadcast live on uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali calling the action.
The Bruins (25-6, 17-5) tied for second place with Hawaii in the final conference standings, but lost a tiebreaker for the No. 2 seed. Pepperdine won the regular-season conference title with a 20-2 league record and earned the top seed.
The highest remaining seeded team after the first round hosts the conference semifinals and finals on Apr. 25 & 27.
First-round pairings were announced on Sunday: No.8 Cal State Northridge (13-15, 8-14) at Pepperdine (25-4, 20-2), No.7 Long Beach State (13-17, 9-13) at No.2 Hawaii (20-7, 17-5), No.6 UC Santa Barbara (17-10, 12-10) at UCLA, No.5 Stanford (16-9, 15-7) at BYU (22-6, 16-6). All matches will be played on Apr. 20 at 7 p.m. local time.
Tickets for the UCLA-UCSB match are priced at $10 for adults and $5 for students.
After losing on the road to Pepperdine (Mar. 30) and Hawaii (Apr. 5 & 6), the Bruins won their final two conference matches against Cal State Northridge (3-0, Apr. 10) and at UC Irvine (3-1, Apr. 12).
UCLA, the two time defending MPSF Tournament champion, will be seeking its 25th league title under Coach Al Scates. Last season, the Bruins defeated Stanford in the quarterfinals, Long Beach State in the semifinals and Hawaii in the championship match.
Overall, under the current eight-team playoff format, the Bruins have won four of seven conference titles and have a league playoff record of 16-3 since 1995. Currently, the Bruins own a six-match winning streak in the conference playoffs.
Saturday's match will be the first time the Bruins and Gauchos have met in the quarterfinals. In two previous playoff meetings, the Bruins have prevailed: in 1997, UCLA defeated UCSB, 3-0, in the semifinals and in 1996 UCLA won, 3-2, in the championship match.
This season, the Bruins defeated the Gauchos twice in four games and boast a three-match winning streak against them. UCSB's last victory in Pauley Pavilion came on Apr. 3, 1996. UCLA leads the series, 99-25.