UCLA Travels to UC Irvine for Regular Season MPSF Finale

Complete Release in PDF Format
Download Free Acrobat Reader

April 11, 2002

The UCLA men's volleyball team plays in its final regular season league match Fri., Apr. 12 against UC Irvine at Crawford Hall. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Bruins (24-6, 16-5) defeated Cal State Northridge 3-0 on Wednesday night to lock up the home court advantage for the first round of the MPSF playoffs beginning Apr. 20.

"The team looked good," said Head Coach Al Scates. "They [the Bruins] were not as well rested as they usually are before a match because they had two tough practices this week. We had a lot of work to do."

Wednesday night's victory also snapped a three-match losing skid that had dropped the Bruins from first place to third in the conference standings.

Senior Matt Komer, who led UCLA with 14 kills (.407), and sophomore Chris Pena, who added 10 kills (.444) and three aces, turned in solid performances. Junior Cameron Mount led the team with eight total blocks and sophomore Adam Shrader recorded 11 digs.

UCLA has defeated UC Irvine twice this season: 3-0 on Jan. 11 in UCI's tournament and 3-2 on Mar. 15 in a league match at Pauley Pavilion. In the Mar. 15 contest, the Bruins skipped out to a 2-0 lead before the Anteaters stormed back to capture Games 3 & 4. The Bruins won Game 5, 15-11.

Komer led the Bruins with 21 kills (.447), and added four blocks, nine digs and two aces. Mount and freshman Jonathan Acosta each added 15 kills with eight and six total blocks, respectively.

UCLA leads the series against UC Irvine 42-1 and has won six straight matches against the Anteaters. On Feb. 24, 1999, the Anteaters defeated the Bruins 3-2 in Pauley Pavilion for their only victory in the series.

The Anteaters (6-15, 12-16) had lost five straight road matches before sweeping Long Beach State, 3-0, at home on Apr. 9. UC Irvine boasts a non-conference five-game victory over Pepperdine on Jan. 12.


EVENT INFORMATION
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)
LIVE NOW
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
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS