Bruins Bounce Beavers
LOS ANGELES - Senior Mac May and freshman Iman Ndiaye each led the 17th-ranked Bruins with 12 kills, while junior Zoe Fleck added 12 digs, as UCLA swept Oregon State on Friday at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Set scores were 25-15, 25-22, 25-16.
Ndiaye, who tied a season high in kills, hit .500 with only two errors in 20 attempts, while May hit .379 with one miscue in 29 swings, as the Bruins (13-6) hit a season-best .360. Junior élan McCall recorded nine kills and five digs and redshirt junior Emily Ryan had five kills and five blocks. Freshman Audrey Pak notched 18 assists and seven digs, while freshman Kate Lane had 15 assists and five digs.
The Bruins led wire-to-wire in set one, scoring seven of the first eight points on two May kills, one apiece from Ndiaye, Ryan and freshman Allison Jacobs, an ace from senior Sabrina Smith and an Oregon State (5-12) attack error. UCLA led by at least five for the rest of the set, with the advantage reaching as many as 11 at 18-7. Up 23-15, a Beaver service error and a McCall kill wrapped up a 25-15 victory. McCall led the Bruins with five kills in the first set, while Ryan was 3-for-3. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .440 to .160.
The second set was the closest with 17 ties and nine lead changes. The Bruins trailed by as many as four at 12-8 before an Ndiaye kill, a McCall ace and two OSU errors evened the score at 12. Oregon State still led 21-19, but UCLA responded with five in a row, as Ndiaye had two kills, May posted a kill and solo block and the Beavers committed an error. On the Bruins' second set point, a May kill closed out a 25-22 win. Ndiaye was 7-for-10 with no errors, while May was 4-for-10 with no miscues. Fleck had six digs. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .314 to .175.
Despite a couple of ties at 8- and 9-all, the Bruins didn't trail in the third set. At 14-13, the Bruins scored five in a row to go up by six. Ndiaye had two kills, May added one and the Beavers made two errors. After an OSU sideout, kills from May and Ryan and a Beaver attack error brought the advantage to eight at 22-14. On match point number two, a May kill finished off a 25-16 win. May was 6-for-13 with no errors in the third, Ndiaye added three kills and Fleck had five digs. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .345 to .029.
The Bruins close out their home schedule on Sunday at 12 p.m. against Oregon State. A live stream will be available on UCLABruins.com.