No. 15 Bruins Sweep Match, Weekend Against Arizona
LOS ANGELES - Senior Mac May led all players with 18 kills, hitting .382 with eight digs and three blocks, as the 15th-ranked Bruins completed a weekend sweep of Arizona with a three-set victory on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Set scores were 25-14, 25-19, 25-20.
Junior Zoe Fleck had 18 digs, junior élan McCall posted 10 digs, eight kills and a career-high three aces, freshman Allison Jacobs recorded nine kills and four digs and freshman Iman Ndiaye had seven kills and only one error in 15 attempts for a .400 hitting percentage. Freshman Audrey Pak tallied 21 assists and three digs and freshman Kate Lane had 17 assists, as the Bruins hit .294 as a team.
The Bruins (9-3) never trailed in the opening set, with only three ties after the first six points. An 8-1 run for UCLA on three May kills and a solo block, kills from Ndiaye and Jacobs, a Lane ace and an Arizona attack error put the Bruins up 11-4. The Wildcats would get no closer than four for the rest of the set. Leading 13-9, an 8-2 run on two Ndiaye kills, two combo blocks from senior Sabrina Smith, first with Ndiaye and another with May, kills from Jacobs and May, a Smith ace and an Arizona error put the Bruins up by double figures for the first time at 21-11. May's seventh kill of the opening set wrapped up a 25-14 victory. Jacobs was 4-for-5 with no errors in the opener, while Ndiaye added three kills. McCall had five digs and Fleck added four. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .419 to .091.
There were only two ties in the second set at 2- and 3-all, as the Bruins, like the first, did not trail. Even at three, a 9-1 Bruin run on three May kills, two each from Smith and Ndiaye, a McCall ace and a Wildcat error put UCLA up by a set-best eight at 12-4. Arizona (4-8) closed to within two at 17-15, but a 5-1 UCLA run on two kills and an ace by McCall, a Pak ace and a Smith/Ndiaye block put the Bruins back up by six at 22-16. A May kill finished up a 25-19 victory in the second. May had seven more kills in the set, Ndiaye was 3-for-5 with no errors and McCall added three kills. Fleck had six digs. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .231 to .143.
The Bruins rallied late in the third to complete the sweep. The set featured 13 ties and five lead changes. Down 19-16, kills from May and Jacobs and a May solo block evened the score, with another May kill giving the Bruins the lead for good. After an Arizona sideout, a Jacobs kill, a McCall solo block and a Wildcat attack error made it 23-20. Back-to-back McCall kills gave the Bruins a 9-1 run to end the match, winning the third by a score of 25-20. Jacobs recorded five kills in the third, May added five digs and four kills and McCall was 4-for-12 with no errors. Fleck added eight digs. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .256 to .108.
The Bruins head to Boulder next weekend for a two-match series at Colorado. The first contest is Friday, March 5 at 6 p.m. PT/7 p.m. MT.