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Bruins Oust Spartans, 3-1

Sep 9, 2022
élan McCall

LOS ANGELES – élan McCall recorded her second double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs as the No. 22-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team defeated San Jose State, 3-1 (25-14, 20-25, 26-24, 25-17), at Gersten Pavilion Friday night.
McCall also matched a career high with two solo blocks.
The Bruins (5-2) hit .165 as a team while limiting the Spartans (4-2) to just .048. Sophomore Francesca Alupei contributed a team-high eight block assists to UCLA's team total of 16 blocks. Alupei has now recorded four 5+ block performances in the seven matches to start the season.
Outside hitters Grayce Olson and Iman Ndiaye joined McCall in double-digit kills with 11 and 10, respectively.
Setter Kate Lane surpassed her former career high in blocks of two with four tonight in just two sets of work.
Set 1: Ndiaye notched four kills on six attempts to lead the Bruin attack in the first set. Ndiaye and Alupei both met at the net for a pair of block assists as UCLA jumped out to an early 11-4 lead.
A 7-0 run by Peyton Dueck at the service line extended that advantage to 15-5.
The Spartans' first kill in the match didn't come until their seventh point of the set at the 17-7 mark. San Jose State hit -.069 with just seven kills and nine attack errors in the set.
Set 2: Ndiaye cooled off the next frame with four attack errors on her 10 swings. UCLA was held to a .091 clip in the set.
San Jose State's Blaire Fleming led the scoring with six kills. Defensively, the Spartans had their best blocking set of the match with four blocks.
Set 3: Setters Kate Lane and Mokihana Tufono entered for the first time in the match with the Bruins losing 13-11 in the third set. One play later, Kate Lane notched her first block of the evening which was followed by a Tufono ace to knot things up, 13-13.
Lane's first kill of the match came three points later to give UCLA its first lead since the 4-3 mark.
Neither side gained more than a two-point lead for the remainder of the set. McCall's only two kills of the frame gave UCLA the lead at 24-23 and the extra-point set victory at 26-24.
Set 4: Five of Alupei's eight blocks of the night came in the fourth set alone. Lane would also notch three more block assists to establish a new career high of four total blocks.
Up Next: UCLA's preseason road tour comes to an end next week in "America's Finest City" when it plays at San Diego State (2-5) on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. PT and No. 12 San Diego (4-1) on Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m.