UCLA Sweeps USD, Advances to Omaha Regional
Dec. 4, 2005
LOS ANGELES -
The No. 16 seed UCLA women's volleyball team won its second round match of the NCAA Championship against visiting San Diego 3-0 (30-24, 30-23, 30-19) Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. With the win, the Bruins improve to 20-10 on the season and advance to the Regional Semifinals in Omaha, Neb., to face No. 1 seed Nebraska at 5 pm PT on Dec. 9. The game will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com.
UCLA was led by junior middle blocker Nana Meriwether who finished the match with 14 kills on a .824 (14-0-17) hitting percentage, which is the eighth-best mark all-time in school history.
Senior Nancy Barba and freshman Kaitlin Sather finished with 11 kills apiece, and sophomore Rachell Johnson posted 10 kills on the night. Freshman setter Nellie Spicer tallied 41 assists.
UCLA posted a .412 (57-10-114) attack percentage on the night, while holding San Diego to only a .164 (39-20-116) hitting percentage. This was the best team attack percentage for the Bruins in a match this season, topping the .358 mark for UCLA against Oregon State on Oct. 8 in Pauley Pavilion.
The Bruins jumped ahead of the Toreros in the middle of the first game, using an 11-5 run to go up 20-13. UCLA would convert that momentum into a 30-24 game one win.
In the second game, San Diego held tight and trailed 21-18 before UCLA put together a 7-2 run to extend its lead to 29-20. The Toreros would rally for three more points and cut the Bruins' lead to 29-23, but would not get any closer.
San Diego kept things close in the first part of the third game and trailed only 11-10. UCLA then used a 13-4 run to take control of the match to lead 24-14, and would run away with a 30-19 game three win.