UCLA Sweeps Season Competition with Colorado
BOULDER, Colo. – Following a season-best eight-kill performance by Allison Jacobs in the Bruins' win over Utah on Friday, the sophomore outside hitter set a career-high with 15 kills to go along with seven digs in No. 13 UCLA women's volleyball's sweep of Colorado Sunday afternoon in the CU Events Center.
The Bruins (19-3, 12-2 Pac-12) continued their best start since 2011 after defeating the Buffaloes (14-9, 5-9 Pac-12) 3-0 in straight sets and recording a collective .398 hitting percentage over the three frames. UCLA hit more efficiently in only one other match this season when they hit at a .408 clip in its other sweep of Colorado at home on Oct. 8.
Set scores were 25-20, 25-18, 25-19.
Early into the first frame at 2-2, graduate setter Shelby Martin found redshirt sophomore middle blocker Anna Dodson for her third assist of the set and the 4,000 of her career dating back to her past three seasons spent at East Carolina and Kansas State. Martin tallied 15 assists in each of the two sets.
The Bruins were down 14-11 in the first set, but two Colorado attack errors and a kill by Martin quickly evened the score. The two teams traded points until 18-18 when Jacobs and graduate outside hitter Mac May blitzed the Buffaloes for a flurry of kills, scoring four of the Bruins' last seven points.
Nine of Jacobs' kills came in the first set on just 14 swings and no attack errors (.643). As a team, UCLA hit .400 in the first frame with 19 kills.
UCLA, holding a narrow one-point advantage at 16-15 in the second, found the push it needed, going on a 7-1 run with three Jacobs kills and a kill and service ace from May.
The Bruins bested their hitting percentage in the second set, hitting .556 with May and Jacobs leading the attack at five kills apiece. Dodson added onto her two kills in the first set with four more the second.
Martin's 30 assists through the first two frames came at a .577 assist percentage. Martin finished the match 39 assists.
Any hopes of a third set victory for Colorado was quickly swallowed up by a Mac May scoring frenzy. The Buffaloes opened the third set with a 5-2 lead that was dissolved by 4-1 UCLA run featuring three May kills, and later in the frame, May tied up the set once more at 13-13 and gave the Bruins the lead for the remainder of the contest with back-to-back kills.
May notched seven of her 15 match kills (.414 hitting percentage) in the third set. Dodson repeated her performance from the prior set with another four kills. Dodson scored 10 kills at a .643 clip in the match after setting a career-high of 14 kills against Utah earlier this weekend.
Other Notable Performances
Senior libero Zoe Fleck: led the team with 10 digs and went a perfect 15-for-15 in her receptions off the serve.
Senior outside hitter élan McCall: nine digs, three kills.