UCLA Women's Volleyball Preview




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TEAM QUICK FACTS

2009 Overall Record: 24-9

2009 Pac-10 Record/Finish: 13-5/T2nd



Starters Returning/Lost: 3 + libero/3

Letterwinners Returning/Lost: 11/7

Newcomers: 9



Head Coach: Mike Sealy

Alma Mater: UCLA, '93

Record at UCLA: 0-0 (First Year)

Assistant Coaches: Dan Conners, Joy McKienzie-Fuerbringer

 

PREVIEW

UCLA starts a new era in 2010 with first-year head coach Mike Sealy returning to his alma mater following the retirement of the sport's winningest coach Andy Banachowski. The Bruins return 11 letterwinners from last year's team that recorded the program's 11th consecutive 20-win season and finished tied for second in the Pac-10. Sealy will look upon two Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 selections, senior outside hitter Dicey McGraw and junior libero Lainey Gera, to lead the Bruins this season. McGraw, UCLA's top hitter, led the team in kills with 3.11 kills per set last season. She also added 1.88 digs and 0.56 blocks per set. Gera returns after leading the team and finishing third among all Pac-10 backcourt specialists with 4.91 digs per set to go along with 28 aces. Junior middle blocker Katie Camp is also one of the veterans for the Bruins this season. She averaged 1.78 kills per set to go with a .289 hitting percentage and 0.94 blocks per set.


KEY MATCHUPS

Aug. 29 - UCLA at Hawai'i, 5 p.m. HT

    Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, Honolulu, Hawaii

Sept. 23 - UCLA at USC, 7 p.m.

Nov. 26 - USC at UCLA, 5 p.m.



Hawai'i defeated UCLA in the same tournament, 3-0, last season. The Rainbow Wahine advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 NCAA Tournament. The Bruins open Pac-10 play against their crosstown rivals. UCLA swept the Women of Troy last season and look to continue their success in 2010. 


 

PLAYER TO WATCH

#7 Dicey McGraw

Senior, Outside Hitter, Laguna Niguel, Calif.




Dicey McGraw, UCLA's top hitter, was named to the Honorable Mention All-Pac-10 team after leading the Bruins in kills (3.11 kps) and points per set (3.53). She was second on the team in total attacks (995), fourth with 13 aces and fifth with 1.88 digs and 0.56 blocks per set. McGraw played in all 33 matches over 115 sets, making 32 starts. She notched 18 contests with double figures in kills, including both postseason matches. McGraw had seven double-doubles on the year, including three consecutive double-doubles against Stanford, USC and Washington State. McGraw was also named an Honorable Mention Pac-10 All-Academic selection.

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