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Bruin Spikers Aiming to Add 12th Title in NCAA Championships

April 30, 1987

UCLA Coach Al Scates, whose men's volleyball teams have won 11 NCAA championships since 1970 but lost out to Pepperdine the last two years, will try to add a 12th title in the NCAA championships Friday and Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Tickets, good for admission both nights, are $7 for adults and $4 for students with identification.

In Friday's semifinals, USC (28-10) meets Penn State (26-3) at 5:30 p.m., and UCLA (36-3) goes against Ohio State (13-18) at 7:30. On Saturday, the consolation match starts at 5:30 p.m. and the championship match at 7:30.

Top-ranked UCLA won an automatic berth in the championships by capturing the Western Intercollegiate Volleyball Assn. title with an 18-0 record. No. 4 USC, which lost to Pepperdine in the 1985 and 1986 NCAA finals, made it to this year's semifinals by defeating the Waves in five games in the final of the Western Selection Tournament.

No. 2 Penn State took the Eastern Selection Tournament final with a three-game win over George Mason. No. 11 Ohio State, which finished fourth in last year's national championships, emerged as the Midwestern titlist after wins over Indiana Fort Wayne and Ball State.

This is Scates' 25th year as UCLA head coach, and his overall record is 671-91, a winning percentage of .880. He is the only college volleyball coach to have three undefeated seasons (1979, 1982 and '84) and to win four consecutive national championships (1981-84).

Rebecca Twigg Whitehead, a silver medalist in cycling in the 1984 Olympics, and six-time U.S. national champion Thurlow Rogers are favored in the women's and men's divisions of the Subaru Cycling Invitational on Sunday in Beverly Hills.

Opening ceremonies are at 11:30 a.m. at the start-and-finish line in front of the Rodeo Collection on Rodeo Drive. The women's race begins at 11:55 and will precede a celebrity pedi-cab contest. The men's race starts at 2:45. The 75-lap course is along Brighton Way, Beverly Drive and little Santa Monica Boulevard.

The races are presented by the Los Angeles Times and sanctioned by the U.S. Cycling Federation.

From 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., food from Beverly Hills restaurants will be sold at 438 N. Beverly Drive. Proceeds benefit Beverly Hills charities, including the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.

The UCLA men's tennis team, ranked third nationally, will play host to No. 10 Pepperdine in the final regular-season match for each at 1:30 p.m. today at the on-campus Los Angeles Tennis Center. Admission is $4.

UCLA's has a 20-6 overall record and Pepperdine is 18-5. Both are coming off big wins last weekend.

At the 88th Ojai Valley Tournament, UCLA captured the Pacific 10 Conference team title, and the Waves won their 15th West Coast Athletic Conference championship at Santa Clara.

The Bruins were paced by the doubles team of Brian Garrow and Patrick Galbraith, who defeated USC's Luke Jensen and Eric Amend, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3, in the final. UCLA finished with 10 points to nine for runners-up USC, Cal and Stanford.

In addition to winning the WCAC team championship, Pepperdine also captured the individual singles and doubles crowns. Andrew Sznaidjer, a top freshman from Toronto, won in singles and teamed with junior All-American Robbie Weiss for the doubles title.

In today's No. 1 singles match, third-ranked Sznaidjer, 15-2 in dual matches this season, will face UCLA All-American sophomore Dan Nahirny (14-7), who handed the Canadian one of his two losses when the Bruins defeated the Waves, 8-1, in January in Malibu. No. 35 Nahirny won that one, 6-3, 1-6, 6-4.

UCLA Coach Glenn Bassett said the 8-1 win was misleading because Pepperdine didn't have Weiss "in their lineup because of injury. But he's now back and playing in top form in both singles and doubles. It figures to be a tough match today, with either team capable of winning."

Pepperdine Coach Allen Fox said today's match "is very important for both teams. The winner will go to the NCAA Championships (at Athens, Ga., May 15-23) with the positive momentum needed to do well there."

The UCLA women's tennis team, 20-5 overall and 7-2 in the Pac-10 as the week began, will play its final regular-season match against USC (14-11 and 3-6) at 2 p.m. Saturday at USC.

At Ojai last week, UCLA tied Stanford for second place in the Pac-10 team competition as California finished first. Bruin senior Jane Thomas won the inaugural conference singles crown for women, defeating Cal's Alissa Finerman, 7-5, 6-0, in the final. UCLA freshman Wendy Ouwendijk won the invitational singles at Ojai, defeating Eleni Rossides in the final, 6-0, 7-6.

The UCLA women's and men's track teams, undefeated in dual meets, will play host to their USC counterparts, also unbeaten, Saturday at Drake Stadium. Women's field events will start at 11 a.m. and the men's at 1 p.m. Women's races will begin at 1:30 and the men's at 2.

The UCLA women are 5-0, USC 4-0. The Bruin men are 8-0, the Trojans 4-0.

UCLA men and women did well at last week's Mt. San Antonio College Relays.

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