Nov. 28, 2012
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Friday, Nov. 30
5:30 p.m. - Michigan State vs. San Diego
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Friday, Nov. 30
8 p.m. - LIU Brooklyn at #7-seed UCLA
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Saturday, Dec. 1
7 p.m. - Friday winners
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SEVENTH-SEEDED BRUINS HOST LIU BROOKLYN ON FRIDAY
The defending national champion and seventh-seeded Bruins open up their title defense on Friday against LIU Brooklyn at 8 p.m. at the New Pauley Pavilion. Gametracker and free audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com. Michigan State and San Diego face off at 5:30 p.m. in Friday's first match.
BRUINS ON THE NET
Gametracker and free audio and video will be available for this weekend's matches. Links will be available on the women's volleyball schedule page at UCLABruins.com.
The winner of the Los Angeles sub-Regional will travel to the Berkeley Regional, which will take place next Friday, Dec. 7 and Saturday, Dec. 8 at Haas Pavilion. The round of 16 opponent will be the winner of the Louisville sub-Regional, which features #10-seed Louisville, Belmont, Tennessee and Michigan. The top half of the Berkeley bracket includes #2-seed Stanford, #15-seed Iowa State and California.
BRUINS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
UCLA is making its 31st appearance in the NCAA Tournament and holds an all-time record of 80-27 (.748). Since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1998, UCLA is 24-4 (.857) in the first and second rounds of the tournament, including a perfect 14-0 in the opening match. Including this season, the Bruins have hosted the first and second rounds for eight of the last 10 years. UCLA is 17-1 (.944) in first and second round home matches since `98 and 42-5 (.894) in Westwood in NCAA Tournament contests. A list of the Bruins' past performances in the NCAA Tournament is on page nine of this release.
UCLA enters the week in the top 10 nationally in three categories, ranking third in kills per set (14.82), fourth in assists per set (13.87) and seventh in hitting percentage (.294). The Bruins are also 22nd in blocks per set at 2.73 ... UCLA leads all Pac-12 teams in hitting and is second in kps and aps. The Bruins also have the highest hitting mark in the conference in league matches at .292 ... UCLA surpassed the .500 hitting mark for the third time this season on Nov. 15 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. In all 22 wins, they have led their opponent in hitting. UCLA hit over .300 12 times all of last season ... 14 of the Bruins' 22 victories have been sweeps ... UCLA is 15-0 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 the week at 12th nationally in kills per set (4.54) and 26th in points per set (4.94), while sophomore Zoë Nightingale is tied for 24th with 1.39 blocks per set ... Love is second among all Pac-12 players in kps and pps. Nightingale is fourth in bps and hitting (.372) ... 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 surpassed the 800-dig mark against USC last Friday and now has 804 for her career. She surpassed the 500-kill mark at Colorado and now has 533 for her career to go with 52 aces ... with her 21 kills against California on Nov. 15, Love has cracked the 20-kill mark nine times this year. Love has also posted two double-doubles in November against Arizona State (24 kills, 11 digs) on Nov. 3 and California (21, 11) ... over the last seven matches (all starts), freshman Becca Strehlow is averaging 11.48 assists per set, adding 40 digs (1.74 per set), 20 kills (0.87) and 17 blocks (0.74) ... freshman Karly Drolson made just her third start of the year at Oregon (DS vs. Northeastern on Aug. 31; libero at UCSB on Sept. 1 and at Oregon) and was one dig shy of a career high with 12 versus the Ducks (13 at UCSB). She also had her first-ever ace against UO ... sophomore Megan Moenoa has produced at least five digs in 15 of the 20 matches she has appeared in and is averaging 2.02 digs per set this year ... senior Bojana Todorovic surpassed the 1,200-dig mark at Utah on Nov. 10 and has 1,257 for her career. She is sixth on UCLA's all-time list and is 12 away from fifth (Ashley Bowles, 1,269). Todorovic is 16th in Bruin history with 110 aces. The senior has also played in 452 sets, eighth most in UCLA history ... Kidder cracked the 1,400-kill mark against USC and now has 1,416 for her career. She is 12th on UCLA's all-time list and will need 86 during the NCAA Tournament to surpass 11th-place Kaitlin Sather's 1,501 ... junior Mariana Aquino has 11 matches this season with at least three kills and no hitting errors. She also has nine contests this year with at least five blocks ... Nightingale set a new career-best with 14 blocks against USC. It was the second time she has cracked double figures in roofs, as she had 11 in the National Championship match last year against Illinois ... junior Meg Norton is averaging 2.08 dps over her last seven matches, totaling at least four digs in every contest, including 13 against USC ... against Stanford, sophomore Karsta Lowe produced her seventh-career, double-figure kills match, with six of them coming this year.
SCOUTING THE LIU BROOKLYN BLACKBIRDS
After a two-year hiatus, the Blackbirds (25-7) are back in the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in program history after going 16-0 in the Northeast Conference and then winning the league's tournament to gain the NCAA automatic bid. LIU Brooklyn has played two teams that reached the NCAA Tournament, defeating Hofstra in four on Sept. 11 and getting swept by Minnesota on Aug. 31. The Blackbirds are hitting .249 as a team, averaging 13.50 kills, 1.67 aces, 14.29 digs and 2.32 blocks per set. Five players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by sophomore Annika Foit's 3.98 to go with a team-best 51 aces. Freshman Tamara Ignjic is second on the squad with 3.03 kps and third with 38 aces. Sophomore Vera Djuric handles the setting duties and is posting 10.73 assists per set and 41 aces, which is second on the team. Freshman Adriana Vinas Joy is tops with 4.28 dps, while senior Ashley Rice is first with 1.27 bps. Kyle Robinson is in his fifth season as LIU's head coach and has a record of 96-61. The only meeting between the Bruins and the Blackbirds was on Sept. 16, 2006 in College Park, Md., with UCLA winning in three (30-20, 30-25, 30-14).
SCOUTING THE SAN DIEGO TOREROS
San Diego (21-6) is making its 16th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, having shared the West Coast Conference title with BYU with a 13-3 league record. The Toreros have not played since Nov. 17 when they defeated BYU in five sets. San Diego is 3-3 against Top 25 teams, beating Pepperdine twice and BYU, while losing to BYU, Texas and USC. The Toreros are hitting .239 as a team, averaging 14.54 kills, 1.01 aces, 16.05 digs and 2.23 blocks per set. Five players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by juniors Chloe Ferrari and Katie Hoekman, who are each at 2.69 kps. Hoekman is also first with 1.10 bps. Sophomore Sandra Lozic is third on the squad with 2.62 kps. Junior Rachel Alvey handles the setting duties and is averaging 9.51 assists per set, while senior Kandiss Anderson is tops on the team with 3.44 dps. Head coach Jennifer Petrie is in her 14th year at San Diego and has a record of 255-93. The Bruins have won all seven matchups with the Toreros, including last year in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at the John Wooden Center (Dec. 3, 2011). Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love each had 17 kills, Bojana Todorovic posted 13 digs and Mariana Aquino added 11 blocks in a 25-16, 25-15, 22-25, 25-17 win. A recap of last year's matchup is available on page 10 of this release. Three of the seven meetings between the two teams have been in the NCAA Tournament, the only matchups to take place in Westwood. The Bruins swept the Toreros in the second round of the 2005 Tournament and in the first round in 2003.
SCOUTING THE MICHIGAN STATE SPARTANS
The Spartans (23-9) are making their 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament, earning an at-large bid after an 11-9 (T-6th) Big Ten record. Michigan State, which enters the postseason on a two-match losing streak, is 2-7 against ranked teams, defeating Nebraska and Minnesota. The Spartans are hitting .271 as a team, averaging 14.20 kills, 1.62 aces, 13.50 digs and 2.26 blocks per set. Four players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by the 4.39 for junior Lauren Wicinski, who is also first with 77 aces. Senior Amy Dentlinger is second on the squad with 2.60 kps, sophomore Taylor Galloway is third with 2.27 kps and second with 2.24 dps and junior Alexis Mathews is fourth with 2.05 kps and first with 1.19 bps. Junior Kristen Kelsay (7.03 assists per set) and freshman Halle Peterson (4.68) have shared setting duties, while sophomore Kori Moster is first on the team with 4.53 dps. Cathy George is in her eighth season as Michigan State's head coach and has a record of 144-113 to go with a 509-337 overall mark in 25 seasons of coaching. The Bruins have won all three matchups against the Spartans, but the last meeting was in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion on Dec. 3, 2000. UCLA came back from 2-1 down to win in five (15-7, 13-15, 14-16, 15-6, 15-9).