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Tuesday, Nov. 20
8 p.m. - #7 UCLA at #6 Oregon
TV: Pac-12 Networks (live)
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SEVENTH-RANKED BRUINS CLASH WITH #6 DUCKS TUESDAY
The defending national champion and seventh-ranked Bruins travel to Eugene for their final regular-season road match, facing #6 Oregon on Tuesday at 8 p.m. at Matthew Knight Arena. The contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.
BRUINS ON THE NET
Live stats will be available for Tuesday's match at Oregon. The link will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins return home for their final match of the regular season against #4 USC on Friday at 6 p.m. The contest will be televised live on the Pac-12 Networks. On Sunday at 1 p.m., ESPNU will air the NCAA Selection Show, as 64 teams will find out where their postseason journey begins.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins dropped two spots to seventh in this week's AVCA Coaches poll, losing 23 points in the rankings. UCLA is one of five Pac-12 teams ranked in the Top 7 in the nation (#2 Stanford, #4 USC, #5 Washington and #6 Oregon). This week's Volleyball Magazine poll comes out on Tuesday.
UCLA enters the week in the top five nationally in three categories, ranking second in kills per set (14.90), third in assists per set (13.92) and fifth in hitting percentage (.302). The Bruins are also tied for 29th in blocks per set at 2.64 ... UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in hitting percentage and is second in kps and aps. The Bruins also have the highest hitting mark in the conference in league matches at .304 ... UCLA surpassed the .500 hitting mark for the third time this season last Thursday against California when they hit .537. The Bruins, who hit .530 at Colorado (Nov. 9) and .519 versus Idaho (Sept. 7), have posted the three-highest, single-game hitting percentage totals at UCLA in the rally scoring era (since 2001) this year ... the Bruins have surpassed the .300 hitting plateau 16 times this year and are undefeated when doing so. UCLA hit over .300 12 times all of last season ... 14 of the Bruins' 21 victories have been sweeps ... UCLA is 14-0 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins reached the 20-win mark for the 14th-straight season with the Nov. 10 victory at Utah ... UCLA is 19-1 when winning the opening set (only loss at Washington, Sept. 26).
Senior Tabi Love enters this week's play at 11th nationally in kills per set (4.54) and 25th in points per set (4.94). Sophomore Zoë Nightingale is 34th in blocks per set (1.31) ... Love is second among all Pac-12 players in kps and pps ... three different Bruins had career-high hitting percentage totals on Nov. 9 at Colorado (Nightingale, .643; Love, .640; senior Rachael Kidder, .579) ... junior Kelly Reeves is 27 digs away from the 800 plateau. She surpassed the 500-kill mark at Colorado and now has 524 for her career to go with 52 aces ... with her 21 kills against California last Thursday, Love has cracked the 20-kill mark nine times this year. Love also has six aces and 1.79 dps over her last 11 matches, posting double-doubles against Arizona State (24 kills, 11 digs) on Nov. 3 and Cal (21 kills, 11 digs) ... over the last five matches (all starts), freshman Becca Strehlow is averaging 12.47 assists per set and setting the Bruins to a .332 hitting percentage. She also has 20 kills and 36 digs, posting at least five digs in her last five contests ... senior Bojana Todorovic surpassed the 1,200-dig mark at Utah on Nov. 10 and has 1,239 for her career. She is sixth on UCLA's all-time list and is 30 away from fifth (Ashley Bowles, 1,269). Todorovic is also 16th in Bruin history with 110 aces. She has six over her last five matches. The senior has also played in 446 sets, the ninth-most in UCLA history ... Kidder (1,390 kills) is 10 away from the 1,400 mark. She is 13th on UCLA's all-time list and next up is Lori Zeno, who is 12th with 1,404 ... junior Mariana Aquino has 11 matches this season with at least three kills and no hitting errors. She also has eight contests this year with at least five blocks ... over her last four matches, Nightingale is hitting .449 with at least five kills in every contest. She had 10 kills at Colorado and only one hitting error in each of the two contests last week ... junior Meg Norton is averaging 1.83 dps over her last five matches, totaling at least four digs in every contest, including 11 at Arizona State on Nov. 3 ... against Stanford, sophomore Karsta Lowe produced her seventh-career, double-figure kills match, with six of them coming this year.
SCOUTING THE OREGON DUCKS
Oregon (23-4), which started Pac-12 play with an 11-1 record, has split its last six conference matches to move to 14-4 and a tie for second in the league. Last weekend, the Ducks blew a 2-1 lead and lost in five at Washington before rebounding with a four-set triumph at Washington State. As a team, the Ducks are hitting .293 and are averaging 15.90 kills, 1.38 aces, 14.73 digs and 1.68 blocks per set. Senior Alaina Bergsma leads the team with 4.91 kps and is one of four players averaging over 2.00 kps. Sophomore Liz Brenner is second with 3.95 kps, senior Katherine Fischer is third with 2.61 kps, second with 2.54 dps and first with 28 aces and junior Ariana Williams is fourth with 2.51 kps and second with 0.64 bps. Junior Lauren Plum handles the setting duties and is posting 13.27 assists per set with 22 aces (second on the team). Senior Haley Jacob leads the squad with 4.30 dps, while freshman Canace Finley is first with 0.73 bps. Jim Moore is in his eighth season as Oregon's head coach and has a record of 159-85 to go with a 511-241 mark in 23-plus years of coaching.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. DUCKS
The Bruins lead the all-time series with the Ducks 51-6, as each team won on their home floor a year ago. On Oct. 15 at the John Wooden Center, UCLA posted a 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19 victory. Rachael Kidder (17), Tabi Love (16) and Kelly Reeves (10) all had double figures in kills, Bojana Todorovic added 10 digs and Mariana Aquino notched six blocks. On Nov. 11 in Eugene, the Bruins won the first two sets (25-20, 25-23), but the Ducks came back to take the next three (25-15, 25-18, 15-9). Kidder had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs, while Aquino added 11 kills. UCLA is 21-5 all-time in Eugene and last won at Oregon on Nov. 19, 2010 in four sets.
THE LAST MEETING
November 11, 2011
#20 Oregon Comes Back to Stun Top-Ranked Bruins
Junior Rachael Kidder had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs, senior Lainey Gera posted 23 digs and sophomore Mariana Aquino added a career-high 11 kills, but the top-ranked Bruins saw #20 Oregon come back from 0-2 down to win in five on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 15-25, 18-25, 9-15.