UCLA Hosts UC Santa Barbara in MPSF First Round

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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.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC Irvine
Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, Feb 13 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
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
at CSUN
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
TBA
Thursday, Apr 21 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Semifinals
TBA
Saturday, Apr 23 - TBA PST
vs. MPSF Championship
TBA
Thursday, May 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Championships
University Park, PA
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