Women's Volleyball Defeats Cal 3-0
Oct. 20, 2000
LOS ANGELES - UCLA's women's volleyball team completed the season sweep of the Bay Area teams on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion, defeating Cal 3-0. Game scores were 15-2, 15-8, 15-7. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 14-5 and 9-2 in the Pac-10 Conference, while Cal falls to 9-9, 4-7 Pac-10.
UCLA made quick work of game one, forcing the Golden Bears into a -.024 team hitting percentage while checking in at .394 as a team. The Bruins started with a 5-0 run and built their lead to 13-1 before Cal scored its second point of the game. UCLA closed out the game with a kill by freshman Alyssa Rylander, who finished the evening with a career-high nine kills, and narrowly missed a double-double with 12 digs to her credit. Rylander spent the match in an outside hitter position, instead of her more regular defensive specialist spot.
Although the second game of the match was closer, the Bruins hit an impressive .435, while Cal had its best attacking game of the match with a .180 mark. Scoring started slowly with the Bruins taking a 5-2 lead around a dozen sideouts. Cal narrowed UCLA's lead to just one point at 9-8, but was unable to take the lead, and UCLA closed out the game with five straight points served by junior Ashley Bowles. Senior middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman had kills on three of the last six rallies of the game.
After the break, the Bruins sprinted out to a 9-0 lead and controlled the game from that point. Freshman Cira Wright and redshirt sophomore Lauren Hogan joined Rylander in the lineup late in the game, and the Bruins were able to close out the 15-7 game three win with those three reserves on the floor.
Two Bruins, Bachman and Bowles, finished with double-figure kills with 13 and 12, respectively. Both players also hit over .400 for the match with Bachman checking in at .722 (13K-0E-18TA) and Bowles at .455 with 12 kills on 22 swings with two errors.. As a team, the Bruins hit .362, their second consecutive night well over the .350 mark. UCLA out-blocked the Golden Bears by a 10-4 margin, with Bachman (1 solo/3 assist) setter Erika Selsor (four assists) and freshman Ella Harley (four assists) leading the way with four blocks apiece. Kristee Porter had a match-high 14 digs, and was joined in double figures by Rylander with 12.
UCLA returns to action next Friday, Oct. 27, with a 7 p.m. match at Oregon State, followed by a 7 p.m. match on Saturday, Oct. 28 at Oregon.