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NCAA.com | January 17, 2014

DI Preview: UCLA to host Stanford in MPSF opener

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:;

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

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