Women's Volleyball Sweeps UConn at Baylor Thanksgiving Classic
Nov. 24, 2000
WACO, TX - UCLA's 11th-ranked women's volleyball team won its first match of the Baylor Thanksgiving Classic on Friday afternoon, defeating Connecticut in three games with scores of 15-1, 15-9 and 15-13. UCLA improves to 21-7 on the season, while Connecticut falls to 19-13. The Bruins will now face the winner of the Baylor-UNLV match on Saturday at 5 pm PT in the championship match of the Baylor Thanksgiving Classic.
UCLA hit .524 as a team in the opening game of the match with 13 kills on 21 total attacks with just two errors, while holding UConn to a .200 team attack percentage. In that opening game, Ashley Bowles led the way for the Bruins with six kills and one block. The Bruins had five service aces without an error in the first game of the match.
In the second game, the Bruins hit .315, but held the Huskies to a .111 attack percentage. Bowles once again led the way for UCLA with seven kills in the game.
UConn would not go quietly in the third game of the match. The Bruins went out to an early 7-2 lead, but the Huskies scrapped back to tie the game. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle with the game still tied as late as 12-12. UCLA was able to close it out, however, and win the match with a 15-13 game three win.
Bowles led three Bruins in double-figures on Friday with 21 kills and a .576 attack percentage. She was joined by Kristee Porter, who double-doubled with 15 kills and 10 digs. Senior Elisabeth Bachman was the third Bruins with double-figure kills, as she had 14 kills to go along with three block assists and a .500 attack percentage. Freshman middle blocker Cira Wright led the Bruins with four block assists, while freshman defensive specialist Stacey Lee had a team-high three service aces. As a team, the Bruins had eight aces compared to just two service errors.
UCLA advances to the championship match of the Baylor Thanksgiving Classic, which will be played at 5 pm PT on Saturday, November 25. The Bruins will play the winner of today's match between host Baylor and UNLV.