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Bruins Complete Home Schedule With Win Over OSU

Mar 28, 2021
Seniors Sabrina Smith and Alexis Light (middle) with the Bruin coaching staff.

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LOS ANGELES - Senior Mac May led the 17th-ranked Bruins with 17 kills, junior Zoe Fleck added 20 digs and tied a career high with four aces and freshman Audrey Pak posted her first double-double with 28 assists and a personal-best 10 digs, as UCLA defeated Oregon State in four sets on Sunday at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom. Set scores were 19-25, 25-9, 25-21, 25-16.

Junior élan McCall had 12 digs and nine kills, freshman Iman Ndiaye recorded eight kills and four blocks and redshirt sophomore Lexi Hadrych added six kills and three digs in only two sets. Redshirt junior Emily Ryan was 6-for-9 with no errors for a .667 hitting percentage to go with three blocks, senior Sabrina Smith added five kills and three blocks, freshman Kate Lane had 20 assists and two digs and junior Kelsey Campeau served two aces. The Bruins hit .273 for the match and tied a season high with nine aces.

The only lead for the Bruins in the opening set was following a May kill to start the match. UCLA would tie the match at 2-, 10- and 11-all, but were unable to get back in front, dropping the first by a score of 25-19. May had four kills in the opener for the Bruins, Ryan was 3-for-3 with no errors and freshman Allison Jacobs added three kills. Fleck added five digs. The Bruins were out-hit .452 to .200.

UCLA (14-6) led wire-to-wire in set two, scoring the first two points, six of the first eight and 15 of the first 19. Three of the 15 points came on aces, two from Fleck and one by Pak. Three more points came on blocks, as McCall had a solo stuff and Smith teamed up with Jacobs and Ndiaye on two other roofs. McCall added three kills, May had two, Ndiaye posted one and Oregon State made three errors. The Beavers scored four of the next five to get to within eight at 16-8, but a 9-1 UCLA run on two May kills and a solo block, a Ryan solo stuff and block with Ndiaye, who also had a kill, and three Beaver errors finished off a 25-9 rout. May was 4-for-9 with no errors in the second, McCall was 3-for-7 with four digs and Ndiaye added three kills. Fleck recorded six digs and Pak had five. The Bruins hit .286 and held the Beavers to a -.059 hitting percentage.

The Bruins stormed back late in set three to steal it. Down by five as late as 16-11, the Bruins erased that deficit with five in a row on two McCall kills, a Hadrych kill, a Fleck ace and an OSU attack error. The Beavers (5-13) still held a three-point lead at 21-18, but the Bruins scored the last seven to win the set 25-21. May began the run with a kill, Campeau served an ace and an Ndiaye/Ryan block evened the score. An Ndiaye kill and back-to-back May kills gave UCLA a trio of set points, as a Beaver attack error clinched the set victory. Hadrych and May both had five kills, while McCall was 3-for-6 with no errors. Fleck added six digs. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .333 to .275.

UCLA surged to an 11-6 lead in set four, as May had three of the first 11 points on kills. Leading 11-9, the Bruins scored eight of the next nine to break it open. Ndiaye had two kills, May posted a solo block and kill, McCall had an ace and Oregon State made three errors, as UCLA took a set-best lead of nine at 19-10. The teams sided out the rest of the way, as a Smith kill closed out a 25-16 win. Smith was 4-for-4 in the fourth set, May was 4-for-9 with no errors and McCall posted six digs. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .276 to .074.

The Bruins head to Stanford for their final road trip of the regular season. The first match will be Friday, April 2 at 8 p.m. The contest will air on Pac-12 Networks.