No. 12 Bruins Bounce Buffs in Four
BOULDER, Colo. - Senior Mac May and junior élan McCall each led the Bruins with 16 kills, with McCall adding 13 digs for her team-leading fourth double-double of the season, as No. 12 UCLA defeated Colorado in four sets on Friday at the CU Events Center. Set scores were 25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19.
May added eight digs for the Bruins, who won their fifth match in a row to improve to 10-3. Junior Zoe Fleck had 17 digs, freshman Iman Ndiaye added 11 kills, freshman Allison Jacobs had seven kills and senior Sabrina Smith posted seven kills and no hitting errors in 16 attempts for a .438 hitting percentage to go with four blocks. Freshmen Kate Lane (27 assists, nine digs) and Audrey Pak (26 assists, six digs, two aces) set the Bruins to a .305 hitting percentage.
The Bruins and the Buffaloes were tied at 12 before UCLA reeled off a 13-5 run to win the opening set. A Jacobs solo block and back-to-back Pak aces gave the Bruins a three-point lead. Up 17-15, UCLA scored six in a row on kills by May and redshirt freshman Anna Dodson and four Colorado errors. A solo block by Dodson closed out a 25-17 win. McCall posted four kills in the first and Fleck added four digs. The Bruins out-hit the Buffaloes .250 to .062.
Colorado (4-7) came back late in the second to even the match. UCLA had as much as a seven-point lead as late as 15-8. May and McCall combined for seven of the first 15 points on four and three kills, respectively. Another McCall kill made it 22-18 Bruins, but the Buffaloes scored the next six points and seven of eight to win the second 25-23. May was 6-for-11 with no errors in the second set, McCall was 4-for-6 with no miscues and four digs and Ndiaye added three kills. Fleck produced six digs. The Bruins were out-hit by the Buffaloes .487 to .400.
The Bruins trailed 12-10 in set three before scoring seven of eight to go up 17-13. Smith had two kills and a solo block during the run, Jacobs and May each had kills and Colorado made two errors. The Buffaloes closed to within two at 18-16, but the Bruins scored seven of the last 10 to win the third 25-19. Back-to-back kills by May and an Ndiaye kill made it 21-16. After the Buffs scored two in a row, a kill by redshirt junior Emily Ryan, a CU attack error and a May kill gave the Bruins six set points. Attempt number two was converted on a kill by Jacobs. May had six kills in the third, McCall posted four digs and three kills and Jacobs and Ndiaye each added three kills. The Bruins out-hit the Buffaloes .361 to .108.
Colorado led by as much as three in set four, and held a 12-10 advantage before two errors and an Ndiaye kill gave the Bruins the lead for good. Tied at 14, seven in a row for UCLA broke it open. Ryan had a solo block and kill during the run, May had a kill and the Buffaloes committed four errors. On the Bruins' third match point, an Ndiaye kill wrapped up a 25-19 win. McCall had five kills in the fourth, Ndiaye was 4-for-5 with no errors, Lane had five digs and Fleck added four. The Bruins out-hit the Buffaloes .214 to .139.
UCLA and Colorado square off again on Sunday at 10 a.m. PT. A live stream will be available on UCLABruins.com.