MVB Hosts Pair Of Matches
THIS WEEK -- UCLA (3-0), ranked No. 2 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) poll, will host Big West Conference foe CSUN (0-0) on Thursday and No. 7 Lewis (4-1) from the Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (MIVA) on Saturday on Collins Court in the John Wooden Center. UCLA knocked off then-No. 3 Penn State (17-25, 28-26, 25-22, 25-19) and then-No. 11 Ohio State (25-18, 25-15, 23-25, 23-25, 15-8) in last weekend's Pac-12/Big Ten Challenge and is coming off of a 15-6 2021 season in which it finished second in the MPSF. The Bruins have out blocked the opposition 31.5 to 13.0 in total blocks so far this season while hitting .328 to the opponent's .174 mark. UCLA has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the AVCA poll in five of the last six seasons (not 2021).
Jan. 27 - CSUN at No. 2 UCLA - 7 pm Wooden Center
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=382168
Jan. 29 - No. 7 Lewis at No. 2 UCLA - 5 pm Wooden Center
Live Stats: http://stats.statbroadcast.com/broadcast/?id=382169
WHO'S NEXT -- CSUN (0-0) has not been able to begin its 2022 season due to health and safety protocols while Lewis (4-1) has only lost, in four sets, to now-No. 3 Long Beach State. Lewis advanced to the NCAA semifinals last season after defeating Penn State in the NCAA quarterfinals. The Flyer's season ended in a national semifinal loss to BYU. Lewis ranks 5th in the nation in aces (2.4) and 6th in hitting percentage (.357) in 2022. Six-ten middle blocker Tyler Mitchem was a 2021 AVCA first-team All-America selection and six-eight setter Kevin Kauling was a second-team pick.
LAST MEETING -- The Bruins last played CSUN in the 2020 season, winning matches in Northridge (3-0) and in Pauley (3-1). UCLA played at Lewis in the 2019 season and defeated the Flyers 3-1.
WEEKLY HONORS -- Guy Genis was named offtheblock.com's National Middle Attacker of the Week after a 15 kill, no error and .714 hitting percentage effort in wins over Ohio State and Penn State. Miles Partain was voted the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF) Defensive Player of the Week after he led the team with 11 and 7 digs, respectively, in wins over the Buckeyes and the Nittany Lions. The 11 digs was a career-high for Partain and the most by a Bruin this season.
NCAA RANKINGS -- The Bruins are rated in the Top 10 nationally in kills/set (7th 12.4), blocks/set (8th-2.6); hitting percentage (9th .328) and opponent hitting percentage (9th .174). Miles Partain rates 11th in the nation in set assists per frame at 9.5.
PLAYER NOTES -- Cole Ketrzynski had a season-high 11 kills in the win over Ohio State ... he was an honorable mention AVCA All-America selection and a first-team All-MPSF pick in 2021 and ranked among the nation's best last season in kills per set (12th-3.98), points per set (8th -4.78), hitting percentage (.345-21st) and aces per set (0.48-7th) ... had a 2021 best of 24 kills vs. Concordia ... Cole Pender tied for team-high honors in digs with 7 against Penn State ... he saw action in 21 matches last season and recorded a .961 serve reception mark on 463 attempts ... Merrick McHenry was errorless on 22 swings against Ohio State and Penn State while producing 12 kills ... he was an honorable mention AVCA All-America pick and a second-team All-MPSF selection while rating 12th in the NCAA with a .423 hitting % and 18th nationally with a 1.02 blocks per set mark ... Ethan Champlin tied his career-high with 18 kills (also last year vs. Stanford) agianst Penn State ... he was a Freshman All-America selection by offtheblock.com in 2021 ... Miles Partain was named MPSF Defensive POW after 18 digs, a block solo and five block assists in wins over the Big Ten schools ... he played in seven matches in 2021 as a back-up setter ... he was named Volleyballmag.com's 2021 AVP Best Defensive Player on the beach ... Guy Genis produced 15 kills on 21 swings while hitting .714 in matches against OSU and PSU which led him to be named offtheblock.com's Middle Attacker of the Week ... Ido David saw his first action for the Bruins against Ohio State and led the team with 14 kills ... Kevin Kobrine had 12 kills (.385), 6 digs, 5 blocks in win over Penn State ... he played in 16 matches in 2021 and finished the season strong with double-digit kills in five of the last six contests ... Alex Knight had a season-high 8 kills in win over Penn State and added 7 digs ... he saw action in 11 matches in 2021 with four starts and registered a season-high 15 kills against Concordia, Irvine.
AT HOME -- The Bruins are 3-0 this season at home (1-0 in Wooden; 2-0 in Pauley) ... last season UCLA posted a 7-2 home record, with all matches being played in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom ... UCLA had an eight-match Pauley win streak cancelled with the USC loss (2/13/21) ... Over the past six-plus seasons, UCLA is 49-7 in matches played in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom (2016: 10-1--lost to UCI, 2017: 8-1--CSUN, 2018: 13-2--Long Beach 2xs, 2019: 7-1--Long Beach; 2020: 2-0; 2021: 5-2--lost to USC, BYU); 2022: 2-0. UCLA is 1-0 this season on Collins Court and 13-6 over the last six-plus seasons in the Wooden Center.
UCLA HOSTS NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP -- Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom will be the site of the 2022 Men's Volleyball Championship on May 5 and 7.