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UCLA Squashes the Ducks, 3-0

Oct 22, 2021
Photo Courtesy of Ross Turteltaub

LOS ANGELES – élan McCall tied the program record for digs in a three-set match with 28 in No. 17 UCLA's sweep of No. 16 Oregon on the Bruins' 2011 National Championship reunion night. The player that McCall tied was Lainey Gera (2008-11), who was in attendance at Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom for the celebration.
 
All 12 of UCLA's (14-3, 7-2 Pac-12) first points of the opening set against Oregon (14-5, 5-4 Pac-12) came via a kill at a .385 hitting percentage. With the Bruins up only two points at 8-6, freshman outside hitter Charitie Luper strung together four consecutive kills for UCLA to extend its lead to 11-7. Luper, the three-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week winner, finished the set with 10 kills.

 
Luper and redshirt sophomore Anna Dodson recorded the Bruins' first points that were not the result of a kill with a block, 13-9.
 
Twenty of UCLA's 25 points in the opening frame came from kills. Senior setter Shelby Martin connected with her attackers for 19 of them.
 
Martin averaged 15.6 assists per set for 47 total assists in the match, the most by a Pac-12 player in three sets this season. The Bruins' 53 assists were also the most by a Pac-12 team in a three-set match this season. UCLA sided out Oregon's serves at a 71 percent rate in the first frame.
 
The Bruins recorded 54 kills total in the match (20, 18, 16) to tie Stanford for the most kills by a Pac-12 team in a three-set match this season.
 
McCall registered 10 digs in the set. She outdid her performance in the second frame, tallying on another 15 digs. She recorded just one reception error in the match for a reception percentage of .958.
 
UCLA's 76 combined digs lead the Pac-12 for most digs in a three-set match this season. Next closest is Utah with 69.
 
The Bruins trailed midway through the second set, 14-10, when they sided out on a kill by Luper to bring senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campeau to the service line. Campeau dealt six consecutive points featuring four kills from graduate outside hitter Mac May and two from Luper to give UCLA the lead, 17-14.
 
May slammed home a team-high10 kills in the set.
 
The Ducks put together a 6-0 run in the third set to even the score, 20-20. May closed out her team-high 24 kill performance by notching four straight Bruin kills, the last of which was the match point.
 
May's 24 kills were the most by a Pac-12 player in a three-set match this season. She previously established the benchmark with 22 kills versus Colorado (10/8).
 
UCLA caps the weekend versus Oregon State (3-16, 1-8 Pac-12) at noon Sunday in Pauley Pavilion.