Feb. 12, 2002
The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team travels to the Bay Area this weekend to meet the University of the Pacific and Stanford University in a pair of key MPSF matches.
The Bruins (11-1, 6-0) play Pacific (3-9, 1-7) on Fri., Feb. 15 at The Spanos Center, then travel to Palo Alto to meet Stanford (6-6, 5-4). Both matches begin at 7 p.m.
Last week, the Bruins upended No.2 Pepperdine, 3-2, and unranked USC, 3-0. Both matches were played at Pauley Pavilion.
Against Pepperdine, junior Cameron Mount's season-high of 21 kills (.371) proved to be the difference in a close match. In the deciding fifth game, Mount slammed four kills and senior Matt Komer added three, while the Bruins held the Waves to a hitting percentage of .105.
In the 25th Annual Kilgour Cup against USC, the Bruins dominated their cross-town rival in every statistical category. Komer was the Bruins' kill leader with 14 (.476), followed by Mount and Pena at nine apiece.
UCLA held USC to a hitting percentage of .110 and out-blocked its archrival, 10.5-5.0.
"It's important to beat USC all the time," said UCLA Head Coach Al Scates. "I want my players to graduate without losing to 'SC"
On Monday, Mount was named AVCA National Player of the Week after recording 29 kills, 14 digs and six blocks over the weekend. In the two matches, he hit .392 in 51 attempts and averaged 3.63 kills per game.
Pacific was ranked 15th in last week's AVCA poll and split matches over the weekend, losing in three to CS Northridge and sweeping Springfield. UCLA leads the series, 12-0.
Stanford split matches last week, losing 0-3 to UC Santa Barbara and sweeping CS Northridge. The victory over CS Northridge snapped a five-match losing skid. Last season the Cardinal beat the Bruins in two out of three matches, but lost 3-2 to the Bruins in the first round of the MPSF playoffs. The Bruins lead this series, 48-9.
Junior All-American Curt Toppel leads the Cardinal with 5.4 kills per game, among the best in the country.