No. 18 Bruins Host Weekend Series With No. 10 Washington
NO. 18 BRUINS BACK HOME TO HOST NO. 10 WASHINGTON
A pair of Top 20 teams battle at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom this weekend, as the 18th-ranked Bruins entertain No. 10 Washington. The first match will be Friday at 6 p.m. and will have a free live stream at UCLABruins.com. The second contest will be Sunday at 3 p.m. and will air on Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Washington.
The Bruins are on the road next weekend, traveling to Tempe to take on Arizona State. The first match will be Friday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT, with the second contest taking place Sunday, Feb. 21 at 12 p.m. PT/1 p.m. MT. Both matches will feature live streams, with links available on the UCLA women's volleyball schedule page.
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 HUSKIES
After dropping its first match of the season to Arizona State, Washington has won five in a row, including a revenge victory over ASU (four sets) and sweeps of Arizona (three and five sets) and Oregon State (four and three sets). Senior Samantha Drechsel is one of two players averaging over three kills per set, posting 3.82 kps. Junior Claire Hoffman is second at 3.36 kps, while freshman Madi Endsley is third at 2.45 kps. Junior Ella May Powell handles the setting duties and is posting 10.50 assists per set. Junior Shannon Crenshaw is first with 3.05 digs per set, while senior Lauren Sanders (1.09) and Drechsel (1.00) average a block per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. WASHINGTON
The Bruins will look to snap a three-match losing streak to Washington, as the Huskies won in three in Seattle and in four in Westwood in 2019. UCLA leads the all-time series 44-32 and is 23-12 at home against Washington. The last victory for the Bruins versus the Huskies was a four-set win at UW on Oct. 19, 2018 which snapped a 15-match losing streak at Alaska Airlines Arena and a nine-match overall losing streak to Washington. The Bruins' most recent triumph at home over the Huskies came on Oct. 28, 2012 in four sets, as Washington has won its last six at UCLA.
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 106 kills during the first three weekends, May has 1,254, which ranks 22nd all-time. Next up on the list are Jenny Evans (21st, 1,278) and Elisabeth Bachman (20th, 1,308). In the aces department, May has a team-best nine this season and 112 for her career. She is in 17th place, one behind Bojana Todorovic (113) for 16th. Kim Krull (114) is in 15th and Annett Buckner (117) is in 14th.
May has double figures in kills in all six matches, going for at least 20 on three occasions. Her season best is 24 at Oregon on Jan. 29. May has an ace in five of six contests, including multiple in three. The senior had her first double-double of the season with 21 kills and 10 digs last Saturday at Washington State. She has at least five digs in five of six matches ... junior Zoe Fleck has double figures in digs in all six matches. She produced a season-high 22 digs at Oregon on Jan. 29 and posted the first double-double of her career when she added 10 assists. Fleck's serving game has been solid, as she is second on the team with six aces, including a pair in two matches ... junior Emily Ryan has at least four blocks in five of six matches this year, including a season-high seven at Oregon on Jan. 29. Ryan is second in the Pac-12 with 1.30 blocks per set, including seven block solos. She had a career-best 12 kills in the win at Oregon, hitting .556 with a personal-high five digs. Ryan has at least four kills in every contest ... junior élan McCall recorded 16 kills in her first match as a Bruin against California on Jan. 22, hitting .536 with just one error in 28 attempts. She has produced at least six kills in four of the following five contests, including in a Jan. 29 win at Oregon when she had six kills and no errors in 15 attempts. McCall had 18 digs in the two matches at Washington State, adding 16 kills ... freshman Iman Ndiaye had double figures in kills for the second time when she had 10 in last Saturday's match at WSU. In the previous contest in Pullman, she hit .500 with nine kills and only one error in 16 swings. Ndiaye went for 11 kills in her first collegiate match against Cal, as she added seven blocks and five digs ... freshman Allison Jacobs has double figures in digs in three matches, recording a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs at Washington State last Thursday and 10 digs on Saturday when she was only in the back row. Her first double-double of the season came in the opener against Cal when she had 13 kills and 11 digs. Jacobs has tallied at least five digs in all six matches ... junior Devon Chang took over the full-match setting duties in Saturday's contest at Washington State and had 35 assists, six digs, three blocks and two kills. She had consecutive double-doubles in the matches at Oregon, posting 27 assists and 18 digs on Jan. 29 and 14 assists and 10 digs on Jan. 31 ... freshman Kate Lane tallied a double-double in her last match played at Washington State on Thursday, producing 26 assists and 11 digs. She is averaging 5.74 assists per set and has at least four digs in all five of her contests ... senior Sabrina Smith did not commit a hitting error in her first three matches, notching 11 kills in 16 attempts (.688 hitting percentage). She also has at least one block in every match, posting four against Cal on Jan. 22 ... redshirt freshman Anna Dodson made her collegiate debut against Cal on Jan. 22, recording three kills and no hitting errors in four attempts. She posted her first three blocks in the next match versus the Golden Bears.