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BYU volleyball: No. 3 BYU on the road for crucial conference matchups at No. 1 UCLA

No. 3 BYU men’s volleyball stays on the road this week for a pair of crucial conference matchups against No. 1 UCLA.

Last time out

The Cougars (19-3, 15-3 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) swept UC San Diego on the road in the pair of conference matches to remain tied for first place in MPSF play. Brenden Sander matched a career high in kills the first night with 16, while Ben Patch added a team-high 14 kills the following night.

No. 1 UCLA

BYU faces off against UCLA (21-3, 15-3 MPSF) on Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. PDT. The two teams play again Saturday, April 2, at 7 p.m. PDT. Last week, the Bruins picked up a five-set win at CSUN and a sweep at No. 4 Long Beach State. UCLA has won its last eight matches heading into the BYU contests. The Bruins hold a 31-28 advantage in the overall series history. The Cougars are just 9-20 when playing at UCLA. BYU won both matches last year in Provo against the then–No. 4 team, first a sweep followed by a four-set victory.

BYU, UCLA and Stanford are tied for first place in conference play, with Long Beach State now one match behind first. With just four regular-season matches left on the schedule, outcomes to both of this week’s matches will help determine seeding for the league tournament.

Match information

Both matches will be played this week at the John Wooden Center, as opposed to the traditional Pauley Pavilion arena. Friday’s match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Los Angeles. Saturday’s match will be streamed live by UCLA. Links to live stats and video and audio feeds can be found on the BYU men’s volleyball schedule page.

Royce Hinton is the men's and women's volleyball sports information director for BYU Athletic Communications.