No. 18 Bruins Travel to No. 24 Washington State
NO. 18 BRUINS BACK IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST TO TAKE ON NO. 24 WASHINGTON STATE
A pair of Top 25 teams with 3-1 records will battle this week in Pullman, as the 18th-ranked Bruins take on No. 24 Washington State at Bohler Gym. The first match will be Thursday at 6 p.m., while the second contest will be Saturday at 11 a.m. Free live streaming will be available for both matches, with links available on the UCLA women's volleyball schedule page.
The Bruins will host No. 11 Washington next weekend at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. The first match will be Friday, Feb. 12 at 6 p.m., while the second contest will be Sunday, Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. Friday's match will be live streamed via UCLABruins.com and Sunday's contest will air on Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Washington.
All dates and times are subject to change on short notice. With no fans allowed at matches, every effort will be made to live stream contests, with links being made available on the UCLA women's volleyball schedule page. Also, additional matches in March and April may be selected for television.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Washington State (3-1) has played four or five sets in all four of its matches so far this season. The Cougars beat Oregon in four in their season opener on Jan. 22, and swept Arizona State last weekend in four and five sets. Their lone loss was in five to the Ducks. Four players are averaging at least two kills per set, led by Julianna Dalton's 2.94 kps. Pia Timmer is second at 2.89 kps, while reigning National Freshman of the Year Magda Jehlarova is third at 2.11 kps. Hannah Pukis quarterbacks the offense and is posting 9.17 assists per set, while also leading the team with 3.67 digs per set. Kalyah Williams, who is averaging 2.00 kps, is first with 1.17 blocks per set, with Dalton and Jehlarova both tied for second at 1.11 bps.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. WASHINGTON STATE
The Bruins won both matches in three against Washington State last season. In the contest at Pauley, Mac May had a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs, while Emily Ryan posted five blocks. May produced 20 kills and eight digs in the match in Pullman. The Bruins are 56-11 all-time against the Cougars and 26-7 in Pullman.
Senior Mac May, the 29th Bruin to surpass 1,000 kills for her career, the 19th to reach 100 aces and the 13th to do both, continues to rise up the UCLA charts. With 69 kills during the first two weekends, May has 1,217, which ranks 23rd all-time. Next up on the list are Brynn Murphy (22nd, 1,242) and Jenny Evans (21st, 1,278). In the aces department, May has four this season and 107 for her career. She is in 17th place, seven behind Bojana Todorovic (113) for 16th.