Top-Ranked UCLA Meets No.2 Pepperdine in Malibu Showdown

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March 28, 2002

The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team, which swept USC Wednesday night, travels to Malibu Saturday, Mar. 30, for a conference showdown against Pepperdine at 7 p.m.

The match will be broadcast live on uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs, Mike Sondheimer and Paul Nihipali calling the action.

The Bruins (22-3) and Waves (20-4) are tied for first place in the MPSF standings with 15-2 records. The Bruins own a nine-match winning streak. Pepperdine boasts an eight-match streak after a pair of convincing four-game victories over No.3 Hawaii last weekend.

The rivals have split two matches this season: Pepperdine won, 3-0, on Jan. 12 in the UC Irvine Tournament, and the Bruins avenged that loss with a 3-2 triumph at Pauley Pavilion on Feb. 7.

In the last several years, UCLA has enjoyed surprising success in Pepperdine's arena. The Bruins have won seven of the last 10 matches at Firestone Fieldhouse, including four straight. On Feb. 3, 2001, the Bruins defeated the Waves, 3-1, to give Coach Al Scates his 1,000th career victory.

Pepperdine's last victory at home against the Bruins came on Feb. 13, 1997 in a three-game sweep.

"This will be a great match," said UCLA Coach Al Scates. "It's No.1 vs. No.2 and it doesn't get any better than that."

"Pepperdine and UCLA have a long and storied tradition in men's volleyball, and I anticipate a hard-fought match on Saturday night," said Pepperdine Coach Marv Dunphy. "

The Bruins' three-game loss to the Waves on Jan. 12 was the second match of a double-header following a four-game victory over USC in the UC Irvine Tournament. The Waves served eight aces to the Bruins' one and scorched the Bruins for a .398 attack percentage.

In the Feb. 7 rematch, Pepperdine lost by a total of six points, despite out-serving the Bruins, 9-2, in aces. UCLA won 17-15 in the fifth game when Pepperdine senior Brad Keenan committed a hitting error at match point to give the Bruins the victory.


EVENT INFORMATION
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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)
Saturday, Feb 13
vs. UC San Diego
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-17, 25-18)
Friday, Feb 19
at Pepperdine
Malibu, CA
(32-30, 25-21, 25-19)
Sunday, Feb 21
at Stanford
Maples Pavilion- Stanford, CA
(21-25, 25-20, 22-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Feb 24
vs. Cal Baptist
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-13)
Saturday, Feb 27
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 25-27, 25-16)
Wednesday, Mar 02
vs. UC Santa Barbara
Los Angeles, CA
(21-25, 25-22, 25-18, 25-18)
Friday, Mar 04
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-22, 25-15, 25-23)
Monday, Mar 07
vs. Ball State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-18, 25-20)
Friday, Mar 11
vs. Concordia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 25-21, 25-18)
Thursday, Mar 24
at CSUN
Northridge, CA
(19-25, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16, 15-7)
Saturday, Mar 26
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Friday, Apr 01
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(17-25, 25-19, 25-27, 13-25)
Saturday, Apr 02
vs. Brigham Young
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25)
Thursday, Apr 07
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
(27-25, 25-18, 25-22)
Saturday, Apr 09
vs. Pepperdine
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 21-25, 25-16, 25-23)
Saturday, Apr 16
vs. Hawai'i
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-16, 22-25, 25-21)
Thursday, Apr 21
vs. Long Beach State
Provo, UT
(26-24, 28-26, 25-19)
Saturday, Apr 23
at Brigham Young
Provo, UT
(20-25, 19-25, 25-18, 15-25)
Thursday, May 05 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Ohio State or George ...
University Park, PA
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