No. 17 Bruins Host Final 2020-2021 Homestand Against OSU
FINAL HOME MATCHES ON TAP FOR NO. 17 BRUINS AGAINST OREGON STATE
The 17th-ranked Bruins host Oregon State in the final homestand of the 2020-2021 season. Match one will be Friday at 6 p.m., while Sunday's contest will be at 12 p.m. Both matches will be live streamed on UCLABruins.com.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, fans are unable to attend matches at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
SCOUTING THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS
Oregon State (5-11) comes into this weekend on a four-match losing streak, dropping series against Washington State and at Oregon. The Beavers' five wins have come against USC, Arizona State (twice) and California (twice). Oregon State is averaging 11.61 kills, 1.11 aces, 14.37 digs and 2.12 blocks per set, hitting .152 as a team. Freshman Mychael Vernon leads the team with 3.47 kills per set, while freshman Kateryna Tkachenko is second at 2.45 kps. Freshman Izzi Szulczewski handles the setting duties and is posting 8.82 assists per set. Senior Grace Massey is first with 4.33 digs per set, while junior Lindsey Schell is leading with 1.04 blocks per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. OREGON STATE
The Bruins lead the all-time series against Oregon State 64-3, having won 23 in a row in the series. Last season, UCLA swept the Beavers in Westwood and won in five in Corvallis. The Bruins are 31-2 at home against OSU, winning 11 in a row in Westwood.
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, who is two shy of 300 kills for the season, has 1,446 for her career, which is 13th in Bruin history. Next up on the list are Kaitlin Sather (12th, 1,501) and Reily Buechler (11th, 1,562). In the aces department, May has a team-best 26 this season and 129 for her career. She is tied for 10th place, with Ann Boyer (9th, 136) and Jeanne Beauprey (8th, 142) next up.
--The Bruins lead all Pac-12 Conference teams in assists per set (12.91) and kills per set (13.90) and are also fourth in digs per set (14.51) and hitting percentage (.247). Nationally, UCLA is 29th in kps and aps, and 47th in hitting.
--The Bruins are 8-0 on Fridays this year.
--Senior Mac May is second among Pac-12 players in points (4.89) and kills (4.26) per set, coming in at 31st and 37th nationally in those two categories. May has reached 20 kills four times, going for a season-high 25 kills last Sunday against USC. She has double figures in 17 of 18 matches. Ranking fourth in the Pac-12 in aces per set (0.37), May had three aces in back-to-back matches against ASU (Feb. 21) and Arizona (Feb. 26), adding three more on March 14 versus Utah. The team leader with 26, she has eight matches this year with at least two aces, with a season high of four against Washington on Feb. 12. May has four double-doubles and has at least seven digs in 14 consecutive matches. She set a career high in digs with 19 versus Washington (Feb. 12). May is also second on the team with 10 block solos, posting three on March 12 against Utah and a pair on three occasions.
--Junior Zoe Fleck ranks second among Pac-12 liberos in digs per set (4.31), and has reached double figures in all 18 matches, posting a season-best 25 against Arizona on Feb. 26. She has surpassed the 20-dig mark four times, also posting 22 at Oregon (Jan. 29), 21 at Arizona State (Feb. 19) and 23 versus USC (March 21). 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 13 aces, including at least one in 10 of the last 15.
--Junior élan McCall set season highs in kills (24) and digs (19) in Sunday's match against USC, hitting .408. It was her team-leading seventh double-double of the season. She has produced double figures in digs 11 times and at least 10 kills on eight occasions. Prior to her output against USC, McCall's season high in kills was 18 against Washington (Feb. 12), while she had a trio of matches with 13 digs. McCall served a season-high three aces on Feb. 28 against Arizona, and has at least one in six of her last seven matches, including multiple on three occasions.
--Senior Sabrina Smith has been very efficient in her hitting over the last 10 matches, notching 57 kills and only eight hitting errors in 115 attempts for a .426 hitting percentage. Last weekend against USC, she had 14 kills and a .423 percentage. At Arizona State (Feb. 19-21), Smith had 15 kills and only one error in 22 swings (.636), producing seven kills and no errors in 11 attempts (.636) in the Arizona series (Feb. 26-28). In her last seven matches, she has 21 blocks, also notching nine aces this season.
--Freshman Iman Ndiaye posted her fifth double-figure kills match of the season at USC last Friday when she had 11 with only one error in 20 attempts for a .500 hitting percentage. Her season high came at Arizona State on Feb. 21 when she hit a career-best .529. In the previous match at ASU, Ndiaye was 8-for-16 with no errors (.500). She is 10th among Pac-12 players in hitting (.302). The freshman tied a season high with seven blocks last Sunday against USC, adding four blocks in the win over the Trojans.
--Freshman Kate Lane is tied for second on the team with four double-doubles, producing her most recent one on March 12 in a win over Utah when she had 31 assists and 11 digs. On four occasions, she has set a season high in digs with 11, producing nine in three other matches. Lane's season high in assists came against Washington on Feb. 12 when she had 42. She has crossed the 30-mark twice against Utah and USC (30) last Sunday. Lane is second on the team with 14 aces, posting four against Arizona on Feb. 26. She also had two at Arizona State (Feb. 19) and has at least one in 10 of her last 12.
--Freshman Audrey Pak has at least 15 assists in all 11 appearances, producing a season-best 29 against USC last Sunday. Her previous season high was at Arizona State on Feb. 19 when she had 28 with a season-best eight digs. She is 10th among Pac-12 setters in assists per set (6.00). Pak has had three matches in a row with an ace, including two at Colorado on March 5.
--Redshirt junior Emily Ryan set a season high and was one shy of tying a career best with nine blocks in last Friday's win at USC, adding seven kills. She added five blocks in Sunday's match. Ryan, who is fifth among Pac-12 players with 1.22 blocks per set, has at least five roofs in nine of 15 matches. Her 13 block solos are tops on the team. Offensively, Ryan had 12 kills at Oregon on Jan. 29, adding 10 more in a win over UW on Feb. 12 and 10 on March 7 at Colorado. She is seventh in the conference in hitting (.307).
--Freshman Allison Jacobs equaled a season high with 13 kills on Feb. 26 against Arizona. She has three matches with 13 kills and three 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 had a stretch of nine matches in a row with at least two blocks, including a season-high four on March 7 at Colorado.
--Redshirt freshman Anna Dodson had a career-best six blocks in the Feb. 26 match against Arizona. She has earned four starts this season, including March 5 in her home state of Colorado ... redshirt sophomore Lexi Hadrych, in just her third match of the season, recorded a season-high six kills on March 14 against Utah ... redshirt sophomore Tristin Savage earned the start on March 12 versus Utah and posted her first three kills of the season, adding two blocks ... junior Kelsey Campeau made her season debut at USC last Friday, and produced one dig, as well as another one on Sunday.