Five UCLA men’s volleyball matches will be nationally televised during the upcoming season.
The Bruins released its 2013 schedule Thursday and announced that five of the team’s conference matches will be broadcasted live on the Pac-12 Network.
All four of UCLA’s MPSF matches against fellow Pac-12 members Stanford and USC will air on the first-year sports network.
UCLA will make its Pac-12 Network debut on the road against Stanford on Jan. 22 and will also have a televised home match against the Cardinal on March 10. In addition, the Bruins will play nationally televised matches against their cross-town rival Trojans on Feb. 18 at USC and April 12 at Pauley Pavilion.
Along with these matches, UCLA’s home-opener against the defending NCAA champions UC Irvine on Jan. 29 will air on the Pac-12 Network. This match will also be the first time UCLA coach John Speraw will face UC Irvine since he resigned as the Anteaters’ head coach in the summer to become the Bruins head coach.
UCLA returns one starter after finishing last season in fifth place in the MPSF and losing in the first round of the MPSF Tournament.
The five nationally televised matches for UCLA is the second-most nationally televised matches so far for a team in the upcoming season. BYU, which has all its home matches nationally televised on BYUtv, leads all men’s volleyball team in the amount of live televised matches.