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UCLA Plays Two in Oregon

Nov 11, 2021

CORVALLIS, Ore. – No. 12 UCLA looks to extend their season-long six-match winning streak this weekend when it heads north to face Oregon State on Friday, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m. PT and No. 17 Oregon on Sunday, Nov. 14, at 12 p.m. UCLA's contest with the Beavers will be available for viewing on Oregon State's Live Stream via Pac-12.com and its match with the Ducks will be aired on the Pac-12 Network. Live stats are linked to the UCLA women's volleyball schedule on UCLABruins.com. UCLA swept both Oregon State (10/24) and Oregon (10/22) in two home matches earlier this season.

MATCH INFORMATION: No. 12 UCLA (19-3, 12-2 Pac-12) at Oregon State (4-20, 2-12 Pac-12)
Venue: Gill Coliseum
Stream: Oregon State Livestream (Pac-12.com)
Talent: Josh Worden

MATCH INFORMATION: No. 12 UCLA (19-3, 12-2 Pac-12) at No. 17 Oregon (18-6, 9-5 Pac-12)
Venue: Matthew Knight Arena
Television: Pac-12 Networks
TV Talent: Rich Burk
Stream: Pac-12.com / Pac-12 Now app

Rocky Mountain Road Wins
The Bruins picked up their 11th and 12th wins of their Pac-12 schedule last Friday and Sunday in a five-set thriller over No. 16 Utah that featured five match points in the fifth set and a sweep of Colorado. UCLA had fended off a Utah match point at 16-15 earlier in the frame and were tasked to do it once more at 17-16. A swing by senior outside hitter élan McCall was ruled an attack error and subsequently gave the Utes the match victory – until head coach Michael Sealy picked up his challenge card. The call was overturned and ruled a touch on Utah, evening the set 17-17. McCall struck again for back-to-back kills to put the match point at the Bruins' service line for the third time in the set. On the next play, a Utah attack flew high, capturing the Bruins' match point. Graduate outside hitter Mac May tallied her Pac-12-leading ninth 20-kill match of the season with 27 kills in a double-double performance featuring 10 digs. Redshirt sophomore middle blocker Anna Dodson set a career-high with 14 kills on just 24 swings for the Bruins. Following a season-best eight-kill performance by Allison Jacobs in UCLA's win over Utah, the sophomore outside hitter set a career-high with 15 kills to go along with seven digs in the Bruins' straight-set rout of Colorado on Sunday. The Bruins recorded a collective .398 hitting percentage, and hit more efficiently in only one other match this season when they hit at a .408 clip in their other sweep of Colorado at home on Oct. 8. May matched Jacobs with 15 kills of her own and Dodson tacked on another 10 kills to end her impressive weekend.

Allow May to Reintroduce Herself
Mac May is tied with Minnesota's Stephanie Samedy to lead the country with nine 20-kill matches following her 27 kills in the Bruins' victory against Utah (11/5). May has recorded double-digit kills in 21 of 22 matches and has recorded a .300+ hitting percentage in nine matches. May ranks second in the Pac-12 with 4.77 kills per set and 5.35 points per set in UCLA's 22 matches. May won Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 4, 2021 following a 59-kill weekend at Washington and Washington State. Her 39 kills in Pullman surpassed her career high by nine kills and were both the most kills by a Bruin in a conference match in program history as well as the second-highest, single-match kill total in program history. It had been 30 years since Natalie Williams recorded more with her 43 kills in a September match versus Hawaii in 1991. The 39 kills -- the most by any Pac-12 player this season -- also tied for the sixth most by a player in conference single-match history. May stands alone in fourth place on UCLA's all-time kills list at 1,908, ninety-two behind joining the illustrious 2,000-kill club and 136 back of Liz Masakayan (2,044, 1982-85) in third place. May would need to average at least 16 kills in each of UCLA's final six regular season matches to become the first Bruin since the NCAA's switch to the rally scoring era in 2001 to record 2,000 kills.

First Place Since 1999
The Bruins moved into sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 standings for the first time since 1999 after defeating No. 22 Washington State and No. 8 Washington on Oct. 29 and 31. Head coach Michael Sealy has guided the Bruins to a 19-3 record this Fall 2021 season, matching UCLA's best start through 22 matches since its National Championship campaign in 2011.

Martin Meets 4,000 Assists
Graduate setter Shelby Martin surpassed 4,000 careers assists with a 39-assist performance in the Bruins' 3-0 win over Colorado last Sunday. Earlier that week, Martin notched her fourth 50-assist outing with 54 helpers against Utah on Friday. Martin recorded 532 assists in her one season at Kansas State (2020-2021) and 2,623 assists in her three seasons at East Carolina (2017-2019). Martin is currently at 881 assists through UCLA's 22 matches this season and is averaging 10.61 assists per set. Martin ranks first in the Pac-12 in conference play with 11.13 assists per set. Martin's 47 assists versus Oregon (10/22) were the most by any Pac-12 player in a three-set match this season.

Dodson x Alupei
Redshirt sophomore Anna Dodson and freshman Francesca Alupei, the Bruins' rotating middle blockers, have been UCLA's two biggest blocks this season and helped the team average 2.54 blocks per set -- third best in the Pac-12. Dodson and Alupei average 1.08 and 1.07 blocks per set, respectively. Alupei recorded a season-high eight blocks in the Bruins' five sets against Utah last Friday. Dodson became more involved in UCLA's attack last weekend, tallying a career-high 14 kills against the Utes and following that with another 10 kills against the Buffs on Sunday for her fourth and fifth double-digit kill performances of the season. Dodson racked up those 24 kills on 38 powerful swings for a combined hitting percentage of .526.

Back Row Bruins
Seniors Zoe Fleck and élan McCall have been leading the defensive charge in UCLA's back row. Fleck, the reigning Pac-12 Libero of the Year, has led the Bruins in digs in 21 of 22 matches this season and ranks fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.07 digs per set. Fleck was awarded Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week following her 27-dig performance versus the Cougars which established a new career-high. The one match Fleck didn't lead in digs, McCall tied a program record in a three-set match with 28 dug out balls. McCall ranks third amongst Pac-12 pin hitters with 2.61 digs per set (201 digs). The two have helped keep opponents to a .179 hitting percentage, good for second best in the conference.

Home Sweet Home
Playing in front of a home crowd for the first time in over a year, the Bruins are a perfect 7-0 at home with a Pac-12-best five home sweeps in Pauley Pavilion. UCLA leads the Pac-12 in home matches with a .337 team hitting percentage (next closest is Stanford at .299), 15.33 kills per set and 14.38 assists per set. Freshman outside hitter Charitie Luper owns a team-best .341 hitting percentage while averaging 4.58 kills per set in the Bruins' home matches. May is right behind her with a .301 hitting percentage and 5.21 kills per set. Martin is the Bruins' top facilitator, averaging 12.33 assists per set with a .468 assist percentage.

Poll/Award Recognition
The UCLA Bruins are ranked 12th in this week's AVCA rankings (Nov. 8, 2021). UCLA leads the six Pac-12 teams currently ranked in the Top 25. UCLA has been ranked in the Top 25 in all 12 weeks so far (17/preseason, 18/1, 16/2, 19/3, 19/4, 15/5, 16/6, 14/7, 17/8, 16/9, 13/10, 12/11). The Bruins rounded out the NCAA Volleyball Committee's first Top 10 unveiled in between sets two and three of the UCLA-Washington ESPNU broadcast on Oct. 31. UCLA is the highest ranked Pac-12 team in the NCAA's latest RPI at 8th place (Nov. 8). UCLA leads all Pac-12 schools with seven weekly awards (one Offensive POW, two Defensive POW and four Freshman POW), tying a program record set in 2016 with still four weeks left of the regular season.

Scouting the Beavers and Ducks
Since losing to the Bruins on Oct. 24, the Beavers have gone 1-4 with their one victory coming against last-place Cal -- who Oregon State defeated for its other conference victory earlier this season -- in straight sets last weekend (11/5). All of Oregon State's 12 conference losses have come in three or four sets. In Pac-12 play, the Beavers have recorded sub-.200 hitting percentages in 10 of their 14 matches. UCLA held Oregon State to 37 kills off a .204 hitting percentage in its previous meeting. The Beavers rank last in the Pac-12 in hitting percentage (.181) and opponent hitting percentage (.254), 11th in assists per set (11.33) and 10th in kills per set (12.27). Oregon State's leading point scorer is outside hitter Kateryna Tkachenko (3.19 kills per set) and behind her is middle blocker Lindsey Schell (2.71 kills per set) and outside hitter Maddie Goings (3.47 kills per set). Oregon has dropped to fourth place in the Pac-12 standings, winning four of its last five since losing to UCLA in straight sets on Oct. 22. The Ducks most recently swept the Bay Area schools, including No. 19 Stanford, last weekend. Oregon lost its three previous ranked matchups before their contest with the Cards. Utah, who the Bruins beat in five sets last weekend, swept Oregon on Oct. 29. The Ducks' leading point scorer, Brooke Nuneviller, has recorded three double-doubles featuring a pair of 19-kill outings as well as a 25-kill performance over her last five contests. Nuneviller ranks eighth in the conference with 3.69 kills per set. Sophomore libero Georgia Murphy leads the squad with 4.39 digs per set to help Oregon to a Pac-12-best 15.92 digs per set.