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Bruins Sweep West Virginia in Outrigger Challenge Opener

Sep 1, 2022

HONOLULU – The No. 23-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team hit for a collective .353 as it handled West Virginia in straight sets (25-18, 25-13, 25-14) to open the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge in the Stan Sheriff Center Thursday night.
 
Anna Dodson led the Bruins (2-1) with 12.5 points, 10 coming off kills at a .474 clip and another 2.5 off a pair of solo blocks and one block assist. West Virginia (2-2) was limited to sub.-100 hitting percentages in the first and third sets.
 
Outside hitter Bailey Miller was the only Mountaineer to hit above .180, leading her team with nine kills for .533.
 
Francesca Alupei had an efficient night with seven kills off just 10 swings. The sophomore middle blocker was a contributor on three blocks.
 
UCLA entered the match leading the country with 4.29 blocks per set and had eight total roofs on the night. Graduate transfer Lauren Forte (California/Florida) made her first appearance in a Bruin uniform in the third set and picked up her first solo block of the year.
 
Setter Matti McKissock and libero Mackenzie Cole each dealt three service aces. UCLA finished with eight total aces in the match. McKissock facilitated the Bruin attack with 34 assists on just 64 set attempts.
 
Set 1: UCLA jumped out to an early 7-3 lead punctuated by a roof from freshman Grayce Olson and Alupei. West Virginia brought the deficit within one, 11-10, before a pair of Dodson kills and a service ace by Katie McCarthy ceased all Mountaineer momentum.
 
McKissock put things completely out of reach with back-to-back aces to make the score 20-14. Dodson scored set point to finish the frame 4-for-5 on her swings.
 
Set 2: The Bruins once again roared out of the gates in the second frame, this time by a 11-3 advantage. McCall helped push UCLA out to that mark with a 6-0 run from the service line.
 
Alupei scored the 11th point off a rocket into the Taraflex thanks to a perfect set by McKissock. She finished the set with a team-high five kills on six attempts.

Dodson, McCall and Olson each had three kills with neither hitting less than .500. All told, UCLA scored 17 kills for a blistering .593 in the set.
 
Set 3: UCLA bested its previous performances in the first and second with a 15-3 start to open the third.
 
Setter Kate Lane made her first appearance of the season at the 18-4 mark and picked up two kills.
 
Next Up: UCLA plays match two on The Island versus RV Texas State (3-0) on Friday, Sept. 2 at 7:45 p.m. PT in the Stan Sheriff Center. There is no live stream available. Follow along on UCLA's live stats feed.