Bruin Women's Volleyball Defeats Pepperdine, 3-0
Nov. 7, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team defeated No. 12 Pepperdine 3-0 on Tuesday night in Pauley Pavilion. Game scores were 15-12, 15-13, 15-1. With the victory, the Bruins improve to 18-5 on the season, while Pepperdine falls to 20-5.
The Waves opened an early lead in game one, taking an 11-5 lead before the Bruins started climbing back in to the game. With Kristee Porter at the service line, UCLA put together three straight points, closing the gap to 11-9. Three rotations later, Lauren Fendrick opened with a service ace, followed by two Pepperdine errors, giving UCLA a 13-12 lead, one they would never relinquish. The Bruins closed out the game on the service of Michelle Quon, who served the last two points of the game, finished by a kill from Porter. In the game, UCLA hit .327 as a team with just four hitting errors, while Pepperdine hit .255.
It was more of the same in game two, as the Waves opened with a 12-5 lead. UCLA chipped away, scoring seven straight points, the last three on jump serves by Ashley Bowles, to tie it up at 12-12. Between eight sideouts, the Bruins took a 13-12 lead, then scored their final two points of the game with Porter at the service line. The 14th point came on a block by Ella Harley and Ashley Bowles, and a back-row kill by Porter gave UCLA the 15-13 game two win.
In game three, it was all UCLA. The Bruins hit .333 as a team and were error-free with eight kills on 24 attacks. Pepperdine, meanwhile, had eight errors and seven kills for a -.028 team attack percentage. Bowles hit .556 in the third game with five of her 11 kills, while senior Elisabeth Bachman had four blocks in the third and final game of the match, including blocks to score the last two points of the match, capping a 15-1 game victory.
Porter and Bowles were the only two players to record double-figure kills, with 11 and 14, respectively. Bowles finished the evening with 11 kills and 22 attacks with just one error for a .455 attack percentage. Lauren Fendrick led all players with 15 digs, and one of UCLA's five aces. Bruin senior co-captain Elisabeth Bachman had nine kills and led all players with nine blocks on her 22nd birthday.
The Bruins return to action on Friday evening at 7:30 pm, playing host to Arizona State in a match that will be televised live on FOX Sports Net. UCLA's regular season home schedule concludes on Saturday, with a 7 pm match against Arizona.