The Bruins have won an NCAA-best 18 National Championships, all under legendary coach Al Scates, and the Bruins will be going for No. 19 this weekend at Pauley Pavilion.
UCLA hosts the 2005 NCAA Men's Volleyball Championship for the first time since 1999 and the Bruins are hoping to win their first national title since 2000, their longest drought ever.
It will be the 13th time the NCAA Championships have been hosted by UCLA, and the Bruins are trying to win on their home floor for the first time since beating Hawaii 3-2 in 1996.
Third-seeded UCLA opens with No. 2 Penn State at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 5th, in a game to be televised by either ESPN2 or ESPNU. Fourth-seeded Ohio State will meet top-ranked Ohio State following the Bruins-Nittany Lions matchup.
The winners will meet on Saturday, May 7th at 8 p.m. and be on ESPN2/ESPNU.
Pepperdine, Ohio State and Penn State all earned automatic bids to the NCAA Championships, with the Bruins receiving the lone at-large berth, thanks to a tougher schedule.
The Bruins are led by senior middle blocker Paul Johnson, a first-team All-MPSF selection and setter Gaby Acevado, who returns to the lineup after going 12-1 as a starter. Against teams in the Championships, UCLA is 2-1, splitting with Pepperdine (3-0, 2-3) and beating Penn State (3-0). UCLA is 24-0 at home in the current championship format.
Tickets for the NCAA Championships are still available.
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_______________________________________________ Women's Water Polo
Top-ranked UCLA will put their perfect record on the line next weekend at the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championships at the University of Michigan.
The #1 Bruins will face #8 Wagner with the winner playing #4 Hawaii/#5 Loyola Marymount. The other side of the bracket has #2 USC against #7 Redlands facing the winner of #3 Stanford vs. #6 Michigan.
UCLA is 30-0 and has been ranked #1 the entire year. Led by coach Adam Krikorian, the Bruin women are going for their third NCAA title in five years.