Women's Volleyball Sweeps USD, Advances to Omaha Regional
Dec. 3, 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.
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.