No. 18 Bruins Head to Long Beach State Tournament
Friday, September 3
No. 18 UCLA vs. Portland State
Long Beach, Calif.
Saturday, September 4
No. 18 UCLA vs. No. 16 Georgia Tech
Long Beach, Calif.
NO. 18 BRUINS TRAVEL TO LONG BEACH STATE TOURNAMENT
The 18th-ranked Bruins head down the 405 to Walter Pyramid for this week's Long Beach State Tournament. UCLA faces the host team on Thursday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m., followed by matchups against Portland State on Friday, Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. and No. 24 Georgia Tech on Saturday, Sept. 4 at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available for all three contests, with links on the UCLA women's volleyball schedule page. The UCLA-Long Beach State match will be streamed on ESPN+.
The Bruins head further south next weekend for the USD Invitational. UCLA will take on San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 9 at 7 p.m. before staying in the area for a Friday, Sept. 10 matchup at San Diego State at 7 p.m.
SCOUTING THE LONG BEACH STATE BEACH
Long Beach State went five sets in all three matches last weekend, defeating Montana State and Dixie State and falling to host Boise State. Kashauna Williams led the team with 4.33 kills per set in three matches last weekend, while Erykah Lovett posted 3.27 kps. Kasia Partyka handles the setting duties and is posting 8.69 assists per set. Nicole Hoff played all 15 sets last weekend and had 3.73 digs per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. LONG BEACH STATE
UCLA has won nine matches in a row over Long Beach State and holds a 63-19 advantage all-time. The conference-only schedule for Spring 2021, as well as the Big West Conference not holding a season, ended a streak of seven seasons in a row where the teams met. The last five matchups have come at Walter Pyramid, where the Bruins hold a 21-6 advantage.
SCOUTING THE PORTLAND STATE VIKINGS
Last weekend, Portland State defeated Santa Clara in four sets, but were swept by host Oregon and San Jose State in Eugene. Parker Webb leads the team with 3.30 kills per set, while Makayla Lewis is second at 2.13 kps. Ally Wada quarterbacks the offense and is recording 7.30 assists per set. Ellie Snook is first with 5.10 digs per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. PORTLAND STATE
UCLA has won all three matches against Portland State, but the two teams haven't met since 1980 in Portland, a 3-0 Bruin victory. The other two Bruin wins occurred in 1974 and 1975, both 2-0 triumphs.
SCOUTING THE GEORGIA TECH YELLOW JACKETS
Georgia Tech won all three matches last weekend in Orlando, including a four-set victory against then-No. 12 Penn State. The Yellow Jackets also defeated host UCF and St. John's to move up to No. 16 in the AVCA rankings. Georgia Tech reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament last Spring. Julia Bergmann is first with 4.82 kills per set, while Mariana Brambila is second at 3.36 kps. Matti McKissock handles the setting duties and posted 11.82 assists per set. Maddie Tippett is first with 3.55 digs per set.
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA VS. GEORGIA TECH
UCLA has won both matches against Georgia Tech, with them coming in back-to-back seasons in 1993 and 1994. The Bruins hosted the Yellow Jackets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 1994, winning in three. UCLA also defeated Georgia Tech in four in '93.
MAY RANKINGS AND MORE MILESTONES
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, had 21 kills in Sunday's match to bring her career total to 1,528. She is 12th in UCLA history and 48 away from reaching the Top 10. Next up on the kills list are Reily Buechler (11th, 1562) and Kim Krull (10th, 1.575). In the aces department, Ann Boyer (9th, 136) is just ahead of May. Only four Bruins are in the Top 10 in both kills and aces, as May will join Liz Masakayan, Linda Robertson, Elaine Youngs and Ashley Bowles ... the first dig of Sunday's match for Zoe Fleck was the 1,000th of her career. The reigning Pac-12 Libero of the Year had 635 digs in two seasons at UC Santa Barbara and 364 last year in her first campaign as a Bruin.