Volleyball Defeats BYU in Four Games
Sept. 18, 2004
PROVO, UTAH - The sixth-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team earned a four-game victory over BYU on Saturday night in Provo, Utah. UCLA had two players with double-figure kills, led by senior Brittany Ringel with 21 in the match. The Bruins (7-2), return home to Pauley Pavilion next weekend for Pac-10 matches against Washington and Washington State.
After a .143 team attack percentage in the first game of the match for the Bruins, UCLA rebounded, hitting .227 in game two, .273 in game three and .333 in the fourth and final game of the match. For the match, the Bruins hit .249 to BYU's .212, and pulled off the four-game victory. The Cougars led the Bruins in team digs (70-53) and blocks (12-10) in front of 1,106 fans in Smith Fieldhouse.
The Cougars were in control early, jumping out to a 6-3 lead in game one. UCLA closed the gap at 7-6 and kept the game close until two Lindsey Metcalf blocks helped extend BYU's lead from 19-17 to 22-17. From there the Cougars cruised to a 30-24 win, the final point coming on a Bruin service error. Richards, Hartsock, and Brown led a balanced Cougar attack with four kills each and Hartsock and Metcalf kept the UCLA hitters at bay with three kills apiece.
The Bruins rebounded from the game one loss to take a 7-1 lead in the second. BYU closed the gap to two at 6-8 behind two Lott kills. The score remained close until UCLA went on a 7-1 run to extend the lead to 21-13. Ringel had five kills for the Bruins while Meriwether had three. As the team, UCLA out-blocked the Cougars 6-0. Lott paced BYU in the second with seven kills.
Both squads came out hungry in the third game, as the score remained close throughout. BYU was able to take a 15-13 lead on a Hartsock kill but the Bruins came back on a 7-3 run capped by a Ringel kill. Down 22-20, the Cougars went on a 4-0 run that included a Richard's ace. With the score tied at 28, Kim Wilson came up with a big kill to give BYU the one point advantage. But UCLA came back with a three-point run to take the game and go up two games to one. Ringel had eight kills in the third to boost the Bruins.
UCLA carried its momentum over from game three into the fourth and jumped out to a 14-4 lead. The Cougars would close the gap to seven at 8-15 but the Bruins were too much as they took the game 30-18, winning the match in four.
The Bruins return home on Friday night with a 7 pm start against Pac-10 foe Washington. The game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net. UCLA will then continue its first home stand of the season with a Saturday evening match against Washington State. Both matches will have live audio broadcasts available on uclabruins.com.