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UCLA is coming off a 2021-2022 season in which none of its teams won a national championship for the first time since 2016-2017 and just the second time since 2002.
Jay Fenn, Daily Bruin staff
Best case: College World Series appearance
Although UCLA baseball lost its top three pitchers – right-handers Thatcher Hurd, Jared Karros and Max Rajcic – to LSU, the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St.
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With the second-most NCAA championships of any school in the country, UCLA is known for its postseason success.
Same teams, same venue, same stakes.
Four years ago to the date, UCLA men’s volleyball took on then-No. 1 seed Long Beach State in the 2018 National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship in Pauley Pavilion.
A season-series rubber match will take place in the NCAA tournament.
UCLA men’s volleyball (22-4, 11-1 MPSF) will take on No. 1 seed Long Beach State (20-5, 8-2 Big West) in the National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship semifinal on Thursday evening at Pauley Pavilion.
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With zero postseason appearances to his name, Sam Burgi entered the second set of an NCAA tournament match.
Following his substitution, the redshirt junior outside hitter would remain in the contest – and cap off the third set.
“Burgi goes down the list as big-time performances from guys coming off the bench when it matters most,” said coach John Speraw.
Nineteen national championships.
Two three-peats and a four-peat to boot.
Or as redshirt sophomore middle blocker Merrick McHenry would say, “O.G. Bruin volleyball.”
“UCLA hasn’t won since I was six,” McHenry said.
The Bruins will battle on familiar territory in the NCAA tournament.
UCLA men’s volleyball (21-4, 11-1 MPSF) will take on Pepperdine (19-9, 7-5) on Tuesday in the opening round of the National Collegiate Men’s Volleyball Championship at Pauley Pavilion.
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