UCLA Makes Huskies Heel in Sweep Victory
LOS ANGELES – The Bruins' kept their undefeated 7-0 home record intact, defeating No. 8 Washington in straight sets for the first time since 2011 on Sunday night.
No. 16 UCLA (17-3, 10-2 Pac-12) held the Huskies (16-4, 9-3 Pac-12) to a season-low .118 hitting percentage in the victory while hitting a collective .330 in the match, putting itself atop Washington for sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 standings after the sweep victory in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom.
Set scores were 25-21, 25-17, 25-21.
This marks UCLA's first win over a Top-10 opponent since defeating No. 9 Utah in four sets in the Spring 2020 season (3/12). The Bruins have matched their best win-loss total through 20 matches (17-3) since UCLA's national championship campaign in 2011.
The Bruins' scoring tandem of outside hitters Mac May and Charitie Luper collected seven and six kills, respectively, at a combined .500 hitting percentage in the first set. Graduate setter Shelby Martin connected with two for each of their kills while recording a set-high 15 assists in the opening frame.
Martin went on to record 40 total assists in the match for an average of 13.33 assists per set at a .588 assist percentage. Senior libero Zoe Fleck notched her 20th match with double-digit digs with a team-high 10 digs tonight.
May led the Bruins with 18 kills and tied her match-high .424 hitting percentage set earlier this season at Arizona (10/15). Luper was second on the team with 13 kills to go along with four digs and two blocks.
UCLA opened the second set with a commanding 15-5 lead behind four kills from May, a kill apiece from Martin, middle blocker Anna Dodson and outside hitter élan McCall, two blocks and six Washington attack errors. The Huskies committed seven attack errors total in the set while attacking at their worst hitting percentage of the match at an .083 clip.
After the Bruins took the second set, 25-17, in dominant fashion with a .462 hitting percentage, the NCAA Championship Committee unveiled its first Top 10 rankings through October 27, slotting the Bruins at No. 10 as the lone Pac-12 team.
UCLA closed out the match with a wire-to-wire victory in the third set, never letting Washington within more than four points after the 15-11 mark. McCall, Dodson, Alupei, Luper and May all recorded at least two kills in the frame. Martin matched her assist total from the first set with another 15.
The Bruins leave for their first road trip in two weeks to finish their season series at No. 19 Utah (15-6, 8-4 Pac-12) on Friday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. PT and Colorado (13-8, 4-8 Pac-12) on Sunday, Nov. 7, at 11 a.m.