No. 12 Bruins Travel to Colorado
12TH-RANKED BRUINS TRAVEL TO COLORADO
The 12th-ranked Bruins open up March with a two-match series at Colorado. Match one will be Friday at 6 p.m. PT, while the second contest will be Sunday at 10 a.m. PT. Both matches will feature live streams, with links available on the UCLA women's volleyball schedule page.
The Bruins host ninth-ranked Utah next weekend at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Both matches, on Friday, March 12 (2 p.m.) and Sunday, March 14 (12 p.m.), will be live streamed on UCLABruins.com.
ZOE FLECK NAMED PAC-12 DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior Zoe Fleck has been named Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced on Tuesday. Fleck had 43 digs in two matches, helping the Bruins to a weekend sweep of Arizona.
Last Friday, Fleck produced a season-best 25 digs in a four-set victory over the Wildcats. She had eight digs in the first set, four in the second, six in the third and seven in the fourth. The junior posted 18 digs in a three-set win last Sunday, adding one ace. She had progressively more digs in each set, going from four in the opener to six and then eight in the final stanza.
Fleck has recorded double figures in digs in all 12 matches this season, surpassing the 20-dig mark on three occasions. She leads the Bruins with 4.27 digs per set and is third with nine service aces. Fleck ranks second among Pac-12 liberos in dps.
The Pac-12 Defensive POW was first awarded starting in 2011, and Fleck is the first Bruin to win the honor since Nov. 6, 2017 (Madeleine Gates). She is the 12th Bruin to be named DPOW over the last decade.
BRUINS ON PAC-12 NETWORKS FOUR TIMES
UCLA will be on Pac-12 Networks four times during the remainder of the regular season. Those matches include at USC on March 19 (8 p.m.), at home versus USC on March 21 (4:30 p.m.) and at Stanford on April 2 (8 p.m.) and April 4 (2 p.m.).
SCOUTING THE COLORADO BUFFALOES
Colorado started the season with wins in four straight against Oregon State and California, but has lost six in a row to ranked teams Washington State, Washington and Oregon. The Buffaloes are averaging 12.24 kills, 1.41 aces, 14.03 digs and 2.14 blocks per set, hitting .210 as a team. Redshirt senior Leah Clayton leads the team with 3.41 kills per set, while sophomore Elissa Alcantara (2.51), Sterling Parker (2.24) and graduate student Rachael Fara (2.09) are each posting over two kps. Junior Jenna Ewert handles the setting duties and is averaging 9.08 assists per set. Redshirt junior Brynna DeLuzio is tops on the team with 3.62 digs per set, while redshirt junior Meegan Hart is first with 0.97 blocks per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. COLORADO
The Bruins lead the all-time series against Colorado 14-5. Last season, the teams won on the road, as UCLA claimed a sweep in Boulder, while Colorado won in three in Westwood. The Bruins are 6-2 in matches played at Colorado.
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. May has moved into the Top 20 in career kills at 1,350. Next up on the list are Lauren Fendrick (19th, 1,356), Jeanne Beauprey and Dicey McGraw (T-17th, 1,365), Daiva Tomkus (16th, 1,389) and Lori Zeno (15th, 1,404). In the aces department, May has a team-best 20 this season and 123 for her career. She is in 14th place, with Fendrick (13th, 125), Lisa Ettesvold (12th, 127), Natalie Williams (11th, 128) and Patty Orozco (10th, 129) next up.
--The Bruins lead all Pac-12 Conference teams in assists per set (13.07) and kills per set (14.00), and are fourth in hitting percentage (.244) and digs per set (14.42). Nationally, UCLA is 31st in kps and 33rd in aps.
--Senior Mac May has double figures in kills in all 12 matches and ranks second among Pac-12 players in kills per set (4.49), coming in at 17th nationally. She is also second in the conference in points per set (5.20) and 20th nationally. May has reached 20 kills three times, including a season-best 24 at Oregon (Jan. 29). Ranking third in the Pac-12 in aces per set (0.44), May had three aces in back-to-back matches against ASU (Feb. 21) and Arizona (Feb. 26) to give her a team-best 20. She has six matches this year with at least two aces, with a season high of four against Washington on Feb. 12. May has three double-doubles and has at least eight digs in eight consecutive matches. She set a career high in digs with 19 versus Washington (Feb. 12). May also had two block solos in both matches last weekend versus Arizona.
--Junior Zoe Fleck, who is second among Pac-12 liberos in digs per set (4.27), has reached double figures in digs in all 12 matches, posting a season-best 25 against Arizona last Friday. She has surpassed the 20-dig mark three times, also posting 22 at Oregon (Jan. 29) and 21 at Arizona State (Feb. 19). Fleck added 10 assists in the match at Oregon for the first double-double of her career. Behind the service line, Fleck is third with nine aces, including at least one in six of the last nine.
--Junior élan McCall has double figures in digs in four matches in a row and six of her last seven, producing her third double-double of the season with 17 kills and 11 digs last Friday against Arizona. Of her six double-figure digs matches, she has a season-best 12 on three occasions. Offensively, McCall has four double-figure kills matches, posting a season-best 18 against Washington (Feb. 12). McCall served three aces in Sunday's match against Arizona.
--Freshman Iman Ndiaye has tallied her three best hitting matches over the last two weekends, posting 33 kills and a .391 hitting percentage against the Arizona schools. She had a season-best 12 kills at ASU on Feb. 21, hitting a season-high .529. Ndiaye was also an error-free 8-for-16 on Feb. 19 at ASU and had a line of 7-1-15 (.400) last Sunday versus Arizona. She is eighth among Pac-12 players in hitting (.314).
--Senior Sabrina Smith has been very efficient in her hitting over the last four matches, notching 22 kills and only one error in 33 attempts for a .636 hitting percentage. At Arizona State, she had seven kills and an error in 12 swings on Feb. 19 (.500%), posting a line of 8-0-10 (.800%) on Feb. 21. Smith was a perfect 5-for-5 last Friday against Arizona and set a career-high with six digs. At the service line, the senior has seven aces, with four of them coming in the last four matches.
--Along with her setting duties, freshman Kate Lane has been amazing behind the service line of late. She is second on the team with 10 aces, all of them coming in the last six matches. Lane had four against Arizona last Friday and two at Arizona State on Feb. 19. Lane has at least 17 assists in each of her last four matches to go with at least seven digs in three of the four, including 11 to go with 22 assists for her second double-double at ASU on Feb. 21.
--Freshman Audrey Pak has at least 20 assists in four matches in a row, producing a season-best 28 at Arizona State on Feb. 19 to go with a season-high eight digs. Pak has at least three digs in every match and posted aces in each contest last weekend versus Arizona.
--Freshman Allison Jacobs equaled a season high with 13 kills in Friday's win against Arizona. She has three matches with 13 kills and two others with 10. Jacobs has a pair of double-doubles against California (Jan. 22) and Washington State (Feb. 4), and three double-figure digs contests. She has two blocks in each of her last five matches.
--Redshirt junior Emily Ryan has at least five blocks in six of 11 matches, setting a season high with seven at Oregon on Jan. 29. Her nine block solos are tops on the team, and she ranks sixth among Pac-12 players in blocks per set (1.21). Offensively, Ryan had 12 kills in that match at Oregon, adding 10 more in a win over UW on Feb. 12, and she ranks seventh in the conference in hitting (.315).
--Redshirt freshman Anna Dodson had a career-best six blocks in Friday's win against Arizona on Feb. 26. She has earned three starts this season, including last Sunday, producing two blocks.