Top-ranked Stanford (3-0, 0-0 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) will hit the road to open MPSF play at No. 6 UCLA (3-1, 0-0 MPSF) on Friday in Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.

The Cardinal boast three returning All-Americans on their roster this seaosn. Senior outside hitter Brian Cook earned AVCA First Team All-America honors as a junior, averaging a team-best 4.01 kills per set. Senior outside hitter Steven Irvin nabbed second-team honors from the AVCA in 2013, while sophomore setter James Shaw was a third-team pick by Volleyball Magazine as a rookie.

Stanford and UCLA will meet for a second time this season. The Cardinal defeated the then-second-ranked Bruins 22-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 in its season opener at the 50th ASICS UCSB Tournament in Santa Barbara, Calif. The Bruins have since reeled off three consecutive wins and are led by senior Robart Page’s 3.62 kills per set. Sophomore setter Steve O’Dell averages 10.69 assists per set, while senior Gonzalo Quiroga adds 3.06 kills per set.

Here is what the rest of the top 10 faces this week:;


No. 1 Stanford
3-0Friday vs. No. 6 UCLA
Saturday vs. No. 11 UC Santa Barbara
Stanford hits the road for the first time as it opens MPSF play this week, coming off a 3-1 win against Lewis and a sweep of Grand Canyon last weekend.

No. 2 Loyola Chicago
2-1Friday vs. Erskine
Saturday vs. Mount Olive
The Ramblers have jumped up five spots from its preseason ranking, having beat UC Irvine and BYU but lost to Southern California.

No. 3 Pepperdine
3-0IdlePepperdine beat No. 5 Southern California 3-1 on Thursday and has won all three of its games this year against ranked teams.

No. 4 Long Beach State
3-1Friday vs. No. 10 HawaiiThe 49ers are coming off its first loss of the season, a four-set match against BYU, which knocked LBSU down from No. 1 in the AVCA poll.

No. 5 Southern California
3-1IdleSouthern California's loss to Pepperdine on Thursday was its first of the season, but saw Henry Cassiday set a program record in the rally-scoring era with a career-high 21 digs.

No. 6 UCLA
3-1Friday vs. No. 1 Stanford
Saturday vs. Pacific
UCLA won the Outrigger Hotels Invitational in Hawaii for the fourth consecutive year last weekend, beating Penn State, Ohio State and Hawaii.

No. 7 UC Irvine
3-3Friday vs. No. 8 BYU
Saturday vs. Cal Baptist
UC Irvine, on a two-game losing streak, returns senior outside hitter and 2013 NCAA tournament most outstanding player Connor Hughes.

No. 8 BYU
2-2Friday vs. No. 7 UC Irvine
Saturday vs. UC San Diego
BYU heads to California fresh off a win against then-No. 1 Long Beach State. Senior outside hitter Taylor Sander led BYU with 38 kills and 14 digs on the weekend, picking up his fourth career MPSF Player of the Week honor.

No. 9 Lewis
2-1Friday vs. Mount Olive
Saturday vs. Erskine
The Flyers return home after splitting a weekend trip to California. Sophomore Bobby Walsh averaged 1.86 blocks per set, earning the MIVA defensive player of the week award.

No. 10 Hawaii
2-2Friday vs. No. 4 Long Beach StateHawaii was runner up at the Outrigger Volleyball Invitational last weekend, beating Ohio State and Penn State before falling to UCLA in the final.