Monday, September 16

The UCLA men's volleyball team is on a cold streak after consecutive losses, and its lack of energy in practice prompted coach John Speraw to end the session early. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA men’s volleyball to face UCSB in midst of tough stretch

It was a spontaneous decision, one that coach John Speraw described as “off-the-cuff.” After one too many mindless errors during Monday’s practice, Speraw told players to grab their bags and get out of the gym. Read more...

Photo: The UCLA men's volleyball team is on a cold streak after consecutive losses, and its lack of energy in practice prompted coach John Speraw to end the session early. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

The UCLA men's volleyball team is on a cold streak after consecutive losses, and its lack of energy in practice prompted coach John Speraw to end the session early. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Senior outside hitter Robart Page (left) and senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe (right) combine for a block against Cal State Northridge. Rowe leads the Bruins with 54 total blocks on the year, a stat he'll look to add to against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors this weekend.
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA men’s volleyball looks to carry on its traditions in Hawaii

When it comes to going to Hawaii, the UCLA men’s volleyball team has two traditions: winning and eating malasadas. “We always make a stop at Leonard’s, it’s a malasada place. Read more...

Photo: Senior outside hitter Robart Page (left) and senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe (right) combine for a block against Cal State Northridge. Rowe leads the Bruins with 54 total blocks on the year, a stat he'll look to add to against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors this weekend. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Robart Page (left) and senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe (right) combine for a block against Cal State Northridge. Rowe leads the Bruins with 54 total blocks on the year, a stat he'll look to add to against the Hawai'i Rainbow Warriors this weekend.
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga was one of the only veterans to see playing time Sunday, as the Bruins chose to rest many of their usual starters in preparation for Monday's game against No. 9 Stanford. 
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA men’s volleyball freshmen star against Pacific

It was a glimpse into the future of UCLA men’s volleyball. It was a showcase for arguably the best recruiting class in the nation. Coach John Speraw threw four freshmen into the starting lineup on Sunday afternoon, but the No. Read more...

Photo: Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga was one of the only veterans to see playing time Sunday, as the Bruins chose to rest many of their usual starters in preparation for Monday's game against No. 9 Stanford. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga was one of the only veterans to see playing time Sunday, as the Bruins chose to rest many of their usual starters in preparation for Monday's game against No. 9 Stanford. 
(Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga said that there isn't much the team can change before facing Cal State Northridge, but the players remain focused on bouncing back. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

UCLA men’s volleyball hopes to offset first home loss

Coach John Speraw made his players a promise at the beginning of the week: If they won on both Wednesday against Long Beach State and Friday against Cal State Northridge, they would receive all of their clean laundry back. Read more...

Photo: Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga said that there isn't much the team can change before facing Cal State Northridge, but the players remain focused on bouncing back. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga said that there isn't much the team can change before facing Cal State Northridge, but the players remain focused on bouncing back. (Jose Ubeda/Daily Bruin staff)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga, senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe and freshman outside hitter Jackson Bantle attempt to block a Long Beach State kill attempt. The Bruins held the 49ers to a .286 hitting percentage, but still lost 3-1.

(Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Men’s volleyball unable to hold off Long Beach State

John Speraw isn’t in the business of making bold statements. When the UCLA men’s volleyball coach heaps praise onto an opposing player, he means it. After watching Long Beach State outside hitter Taylor Crabb slam 29 kills in a four-set win over the Bruins Wednesday night at Pauley Pavilion, Speraw put the volleyball world on notice.  Read more...

Photo: Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga, senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe and freshman outside hitter Jackson Bantle attempt to block a Long Beach State kill attempt. The Bruins held the 49ers to a .286 hitting percentage, but still lost 3-1. (Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Senior outside hitter Gonzalo Quiroga, senior middle blocker Spencer Rowe and freshman outside hitter Jackson Bantle attempt to block a Long Beach State kill attempt. The Bruins held the 49ers to a .286 hitting percentage, but still lost 3-1.

(Miriam Bribiesca/Daily Bruin)

Coming off a strong freshman season that had built him a "solid ego," senior outside hitter Robart Page struggled in his second year as coach Al Scates switched him to a position he had never played.

(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Turning the page: Robart Page digs out of tough spot to find volleyball success

Wherever he goes, people stare inquisitively at Robart Page’s 7-foot frame and ask him the same thing – “You play basketball, right?” The answer today is simply and unequivocally no. Read more...

Photo: Coming off a strong freshman season that had built him a "solid ego," senior outside hitter Robart Page struggled in his second year as coach Al Scates switched him to a position he had never played. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

Coming off a strong freshman season that had built him a "solid ego," senior outside hitter Robart Page struggled in his second year as coach Al Scates switched him to a position he had never played.

(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA's nine-match win streak ended on Wednesday, as the team struggled against Pepperdine. Coach John Speraw made some lineup adjustments in the match that he may tweak further for the match against USC, looking to right the ship.
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA men’s volleyball aims to avoid consecutive losses

Just days after being on the verge of 10 straight wins, the Bruins are now in danger of starting a new streak in the opposite direction. Read more...

Photo: UCLA's nine-match win streak ended on Wednesday, as the team struggled against Pepperdine. Coach John Speraw made some lineup adjustments in the match that he may tweak further for the match against USC, looking to right the ship. (Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)

UCLA's nine-match win streak ended on Wednesday, as the team struggled against Pepperdine. Coach John Speraw made some lineup adjustments in the match that he may tweak further for the match against USC, looking to right the ship.
(Austin Yu/Daily Bruin)