Bruins Sweep Arizona State in Women's Volleyball
Nov. 10, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The seventh-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team posted a sweep over Arizona State on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion, with a 15-12, 15-10, 15-7 victory. With the win, the Bruins keep pace with USC and Arizona in the Pac-10 Championship race, improving to 19-5 overall, 13-2 in the Pac-10. ASU falls to 17-10, 9-8 Pac-10. Arizona and USC are the other two teams with two conference losses after the Trojans defeated the Wildcats 3-1 on Friday night. Arizona travels to Pauley Pavilion on Saturday night for a 7 pm match.
In the first game of the match, the Bruins opened an early 14-6 lead, with setter Erika Selsor serving five straight points, including two aces, to bring UCLA to its first game point. Arizona State was able to chip the lead down to 14-12, but UCLA converted on their fifth game point on an Ashley Bowles kill.
The second game was quite similar, with Selsor serving three straight points to give UCLA a 12-8 lead, including her third service ace of the match. The Bruins once again converted on their fifth game point, this time with Ella Harley at the service line to capitalize on an ASU hitting error. In the game, the Bruins hit .309 to ASU's .180, and out-blocked the Sun Devils by a 3-1 margin.
Senior Elisabeth Bachman and junior Kristee Porter had seven kills apiece in the third and final game of the match, despite a back-and-forth start that saw Arizona State within one point of the Bruins at 7-6. UCLA took over from there, scoring nine of the last 10 points of the match in the 15-7 win.
UCLA hit .313 for the match, as compared to ASU's .178. Four Bruins finished with double-figure kills, led by Bachman who hit .552 with 18 kills and three blocks, and Porter, who hit .314 with 18 kills, a match-high 15 digs and four blocks. Ashley Bowles also double-doubled with 13 kills and 10 digs, paired with a match-high three aces and three block assists. Lauren Fendrick posted UCLA's other traditional double-double with 13 kills and 12 digs. Leading the way on the blocks for the Bruins was redshirt freshman Ella Harley, who had five blocks (one solo, four assists) to go along with 10 kills. The three aces apiece by Bowles and Selsor was a match-high.
The Bruins return to action on Saturday night with a critical Pac-10 match against Arizona. First serve is scheduled for 7 pm in Pauley Pavilion.