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UCLA to Host Oregon State, No. 17 Oregon

Oct 12, 2022
Mackenzie Cole (left) and Matti McKissock (photo: Nico Alba)

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women's volleyball team returns to Westwood after a pair of wins over the Arizona schools to host Oregon State and No. 17 Oregon in Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom this weekend. The Bruins (8-7, 2-4) play the Beavers (6-10, 1-5) on Friday at 7 p.m. and Ducks (10-4, 4-2) on Sunday at 2 p.m. PT. UCLA's matchup with Oregon will be televised on ESPNU.
 
The Bruins are led by Charitie Luper with 3.60 kills per set and setter Matti McKissock who is averaging 10.57 assists per frame.

UCLA vs. Oregon State
Friday, Oct. 14, 2022 – 7 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion)
Watch: Pac-12 Insider
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com

UCLA vs. No. 17 Oregon
Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022 – 2 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion)
Watch: ESPNU
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
 
Weekend Recap
UCLA picked up its first conference wins of the season with a sweep over Arizona State and four-set victory in its match versus Arizona last weekend.
 
Against the Wildcats, the Bruins hit for a collective .327 while élan McCall, Iman Ndiaye and Luper each recorded 11 kills. Middle blockers Anna Dodson and Francesca Alupei both had efficient nights hitting for eight and five kills, respectively, for a combined .500.
 
In Tempe, Charitie Luper was dominant with a career-high 25 kills at .440 in a double-double effort with 11 digs. McCall tallied her fourth consecutive double-double in the match with 10 kills and 13 digs. Libero Mackenzie Cole was solid for the Bruins in the serve and receive with a team-high 21 serve attempts and team-high 30 receptions with only one reception error.
 
Noting the Bruins
• The Bruins are hitting .214 as a team while limiting their opponents to .175.
• UCLA ranks third in the conference and 23rd in the nation in blocks per set (2.65).
• Francesca Alupei leads the conference and ranks sixth in the NCAA in blocks per set (1.53).
• Alupei has had a career-high nine total blocks on three separate occasions this season (at Hawai'i, at San Diego State, at Arizona).
• Charitie Luper recorded the second 20-point performance by a Bruin this season at Arizona last weekend with a career-high 26.
• élan McCall picked up her third and fourth consecutive double-double last weekend. She leads the Bruins in that category with six.
• Libero Mackenzie Cole leads UCLA with 3.74 digs per set (202 total digs).
• Setter Matti McKissock leads UCLA with 10.57 assists per set. She currently has 4,621 career assists including her four seasons at Georgia Tech (4,103 AST) and 518 assists so far this season.
 
Air Charitie
Since being reinserted into the starting lineup against Washington on Sept. 25, Charitie Luper has led the Bruins with 3.84 kills per set and 73 total kills over UCLA's last five matches. Luper ranks seventh in Pac-12 during conference play with 3.65 kills per set. Luper has recorded double-digit kills in each one of those contests and tallied a double-double in three of them. She is up to seven career double-doubles. Last season, Luper ranked second on the squad with 227 kills, averaging 3.39 kills per set despite missing the team's final eight conference matches of the season.
 
1,000 Career Kills
élan McCall picked up her 1,000th career kill in the fourth set versus Arizona last weekend. McCall, a 2018 All-Big-12 First Team and 2021 All-Pac-12 First Team honoree, amassed 463 kills in her two seasons at TCU and currently has 541 as a Bruin for a career total of 1,004.
 
Double-Double Machine
élan McCall has racked up four straight double-double performances and six total this season. She has 30 in her career dating back to her freshman year at TCU. This season, McCall 2.87 kills per set and 2.93 digs per set. Both marks rank second on the team.
 
Meet Fran
Middle blocker Francesca Alupei has been a defensive stalwart for the Bruins this season with a team-high 1.53 blocks per set, good for third-best in the conference. Alupei has eight 5+ block performances in the Bruins 15 matches this season. Alupei has also matched her career-high of nine total blocks three times this season.
 
Scouting Oregon State
• Oregon State is 6-10 and 1-5 in conference play this season with Pac-12 losses to Oregon, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Washington State.
• The Beavers, who finished second to last in the Pac-12 standings a year ago, are hitting for .180 while their opponents hit .228.
• Oregon State is led by sophomore outside hitter Mychael Vernon with 3.19 kills per set. Vivian Light, Izzi Szulczewski and Kateryna Tkachenko are each averaging at least 2+ kills per set this season.
 
Oregon State Series History
• UCLA leads the all-time series over Oregon State, 68-3, dating back to 1971.
• The Bruins have won 27 straight matches against the Beavers with their last loss coming 15 years ago on Oct. 12, 2007 at home.
 
Scouting Oregon
• Oregon is 10-4 and 4-2 in conference play this season, coming off back-to-back losses to Washington State and No. 16 Washington. They have lost all three ranked matchups this season (No. 3 Minnesota, No. 20 Penn State)
• The Ducks' notable victories include a sweep over No. 5 Stanford and five-set victory over Rice.
• Oregon ranks second in the conference with a .287 hitting percentage while limiting opponents to .176.
• The Ducks also rank second with 13.95 kills per set.
• Oregon is led by AVCA Second Team All-American Brooke Nuneviller who ranks third in the Pac-12 with 4.16 kills per set.
• Defensively, middle blocker Kiari Robey ranks fourth in the Pac-12 and leads her team with 1.37 blocks per set. 2021 All-Pac-12 selection Karson Bacon is averaging 1.00 BPS.
 
Oregon Series History
• UCLA leads the all-time series over Oregon, 59-16, dating back to 1976.
• The two squads have split the last 10 meetings with five wins apiece.
 
What's New, Bru?
UCLA has seen eight players make their Bruin debut this season in the form of four transfers (MB Lauren Forte, S Matti McKissock, L Mackenzie Cole and DS Peyton Dueck), three freshmen (OH Grayce Olson, OH Cheridyn Leverette and S Mokihana Tufono) and Katie McCarthy, who redshirted her freshman Fall 2021 season. Of those eight players, five had made at least one start.
 
Record-Setting Crowd
UCLA shattered the regular season attendance record in its home opener versus USC on Sept. 22 with 7,216 fans in attendance. This broke the previous record that was set just last season also against USC in the 2021 home opener with 6,623 fans.
 
Two Bruins Named to All-Pac-12 Preseason Team
Charitie Luper and graduate transfer middle blocker Lauren Forte (Florida) were named to the 2022 All-Pac-12 Preseason Team. Luper was a four-time Pac-12 Freshman of the Week last season, ranking second on the squad with 227 kills despite playing in only 18 of UCLA's 31 matches. Luper's 3.39 kills per set were second only to Mac May (4.85 KPS). The duo
led all Pac-12 scoring tandems through October of conference play with a combined 388 kills and 480 points prior to Luper's injury.
Forte transfers into Westwood from Florida after a pair of All-SEC and AVCA All-American honors. In her two seasons as a Gator,
Forte averaged 1.02 blocks per set (147.0 total blocks) and 2.06 kills per set at a .422 hitting percentage.
 
Bruins in the Rankings
UCLA enters the fifth week of the season unranked. UCLA has been ranked in the AVCA poll 526 times dating back to 1982, which ranks third most all-time behind Nebraska (576) and Stanford (568). UCLA, coming off its highest conference finish (2nd) since 2016, was tabbed to finish third and received one first-place vote in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll.
            UCLA Week-by-Week: (Preseason/12, Week 1/23, Week 2/23, Week 3/NR, Week 4/NR, Week 5/NR, Week 6/NR, Week 7/NR)