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No. 18 Bruins Knock Off No. 10 Washington in Five

Feb 12, 2021
élan McCall

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LOS ANGELES - élan McCall led all players with a season-best 18 kills, adding 12 digs and five blocks, while Mac May also recorded a double-double with 16 kills and a career-high 19 digs, as the 18th-ranked Bruins defeated No. 10 Washington in five sets on Friday at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.

Both teams have a 5-2 record following Friday's result.

Emily Ryan and Allison Jacobs also were in double figures in kills with 10 apiece, as Ryan added six blocks and Jacobs posted seven digs. Zoe Fleck notched 16 digs and Kate Lane, who entered the match near the end of the first set following an injury to starting setter Devon Chang, had 42 assists, four digs and four kills. The Bruins hit .177 for the match.

The Bruins only trailed by one on a couple of occasions in the opening set. Down 8-7, a McCall block and two consecutive Washington attack errors gave UCLA the lead for good. At 13-12, a Ryan kill, three in a row from May and a Husky attack error built up a set-best lead of six at 18-12. UCLA led by at least two for the rest of the set, as a McCall kill closed out a 25-20 win. May recorded seven kills and six digs in the first stanza, McCall was 4-for-8 with no errors and Ryan added three kills. Fleck posted five digs. The Bruins out-hit the Huskies .235 to .119.

Set two featured 11 ties and four lead changes. Late in the set, five straight Bruin points on a Jacobs kill, a Washington attack error, a combo block from Sabrina Smith and Iman Ndiaye, a May kill and a Lane ace gave the home team a 22-19 advantage. A McCall kill made it 24-21 and gave the Bruins three set points, but the Huskies not only saved them all, but added two more to steal the second by a score of 26-24. McCall had six kills in the second, May added five and Fleck and Lane both recorded four digs. The Bruins were out-hit .257 to .256.

UCLA had a big comeback to win the third set. Down by as many as six at 11-5, the Bruins would eventually re-take a lead at 16-15. With the Huskies up 19-18, UCLA reeled off three in a row on two UW errors and a block from Jacobs and Anna Dodson to go up by a couple. After a sideout, kills from Jacobs and McCall gave the Bruins four set points, and on the third attempt, McCall ended the third set, just as she did the first, to close out a 25-22 win. McCall notched six kills, Ryan was 4-for-4 with no errors and Jacobs added four digs. The Bruins out-hit the Huskies .200 to .111.

Down 10-7 in set four, the Bruins scored five of six on a Washington service error, a pair of Jacobs kills and two Ryan blocks, one solo and one with Lane, to go up 12-11. The lead would be short-lived, as the Huskies scored the next three and didn't trail for the rest of the set. UCLA would still make it interesting, as down 24-21, a Lane kill, a Dodson/Lane block and a Washington attack error evened the score. But the Huskies tallied the next two to win it 26-24. Jacobs paced the Bruins with six kills in the fourth, while Fleck and McCall both had four digs. The Bruins were out-hit .111 to .103.

The Bruins never trailed in the fifth set, scoring five of the first seven points on a Ryan kill, a Jacobs ace and three Washington errors. At 6-5, a May kill and back-to-back Husky errors put the Bruins ahead 9-5. The Huskies again closed to within two at 9-7, but UCLA had another 3-0 run on a UW service error, a May ace and a Dodson kill to go up by a handful. McCall, just as she did in sets one and three, ended things with a kill to finish off a 15-11 win in the fifth. May had two kills and five digs in the fifth.

UCLA looks for the weekend sweep against Washington on Sunday at 3 p.m. The match will air live on Pac-12 Network National, Los Angeles and Washington. Live audio will also be available on UCLABruins.com.