When the Bruins take the floor tonight at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, they can capture at least a share of the Pac-12 Championship with a win. That’s because going into tonight’s match, both UCLA and the Huskies are tied for first with a 14-4 conference record.
If UCLA wins tonight and defeats Southern Cal at home on Saturday, they will win the conference title outright.
If they win tonight, but lose on Saturday, they would still capture the conference’s automatic birth in the NCAA Tournament because they would own the tiebreakers over Washington and Stanford.
In other words, tonight is a must-win match for the Bruins.
Both teams come into tonight’s match riding five-match winning streaks. Last weekend, Washington won both of their matches against Colorado and Utah in four sets. The Huskies are led by juniors Courtney Schwan, who is averaging 3.66 kills per set, and Tia Scambray, who averages 3.09 kills per set.
For the Bruins to capture the conference championship, they will have to do something they haven’t done since 2003 — win in Seattle — as UCLA has lost 13 matches in a row in the Emerald City.
After UCLA and Washington swept their opponents last weekend, the Bruins are now ranked #8 in the nation and Washington is ranked 7th.
So, tonight’s match should be a good one.