Brandon Taliaferro, UCLA

5/1/2000

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Brandon Taliaferro, UCLA

Sr. 6-5, Setter (San Clemente, Calif.)


Brandon Taliaferro, a 6-5 setter for No. 3 UCLA is the AVCA/Sports Imports Division I/II Men's National Player of the Week for the week ending April 30, 2000.  The Bruins faced two opponents in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation championship tournament during the past week.  The Bruins opened the tournament with No. 6 Loyola Marymount on April 27th.  Taliaferro led his team to the four-game victory with 81 assists, three service aces, 10 digs, six blocks and nine kills on 17 attempts for a .471 hitting percentage.  The Bruins then faced the No. 2 team in the nation for the MPSF championship, Pepperdine University on April 29th.  Pepperdine jumped-off to an aggressive start capturing game one 15-6, but Taliaferro and his Bruin attackers started to connect in the second game and continued their effectiveness throughout the remainder of the match.  Behind the distribution of Taliaferro, UCLA's offense won game two with a .178 hitting percentage, game three with a .366 percentage and took the fourth and final game with a solid .491 team hitting percentage.  Taliaferro finished the match with 69 assists, 11 digs, six blocks and 10 kills on 16 attempts for a .563 hitting percentage.  The win secured the MPSF championship and the number one seed in the NCAA Men's National Volleyball Championship to be played May 4 and 6 at IPFW.  Taliaferro is a four-time AVCA All-American after receiving first-team honors for his performance during the 2000 season.  The senior setter received the AVCA/Sports Imports Player of the Week on March 6, 2000 and as a sophomore on April 13, 1998.

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