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UCLA to Host Arizona, Arizona State

Nov 2, 2022
Tristin Savage

LOS ANGELES – The UCLA women's volleyball team returns home to Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom this weekend to host Arizona and Arizona State, two teams the Bruins (11-10, 5-7 Pac-12) defeated earlier this season. UCLA plays the Wildcats (13-10, 3-0 Pac-12) Friday evening at 7 p.m. PT and the Sun Devils (11-13, 5-7) at noon Sunday.
 
UCLA vs. Arizona
Friday, Nov. 4, 2022 – 7 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
Watch: UCLA Live Stream
Talent: Denny Cline
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
 
UCLA vs. Arizona State
Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 – 12 p.m. PT
Los Angeles, Calif. (Pauley Pavilion presented by Wescom)
Watch: Pac-12 Networks
Talent: Anne Marie Anderson
Listen: ucla.leanplayer.com
Talent: Darren Preston
Live Stats: uclalivestats.com
 
Weekend Recap
UCLA split its two matches at Colorado and Utah last weekend.
• Sophomore Charitie Luper eclipsed 15-plus kills for the fifth time this season with 17 in the Bruins' 3-1 loss to Colorado last Friday. The Bruins were without élan McCall who had played in every match this season until missing the Bruins' contest at California two weeks ago on Oct. 23.
• Luper was unstoppable yet again, posting a double-double with 15 kills and a career-high 16 digs – both highs for the match – to lead the Bruins to a sweep of Utah. It was her fourth double-double of the season and eighth of her young career. McCall was solid in her return to the court with 12 kills, eight digs, two blocks and an ace.
 
Noting the Bruins
• The Bruins are hitting .226 (13.48 KPS) while their opponents are hitting .188 (11.91 KPS).
• Charitie Luper leads the Bruins with 3.51 kills per set at a .253 clip.
• Iman Ndiaye leads the Bruins with 204 total kills (.191).
• élan McCall has notched a team-high seven double-doubles this season. She ranks second on the squad in total kills (202) and digs (191).
• Libero Mackenzie Cole leads UCLA with 3.56 digs per set (267 total digs).
• Setter Matti McKissock leads UCLA with 10.36 assists per set. She currently has 4,828 career assists including her four seasons at Georgia Tech (4,103 AST) and 725 assists so far this season.
 
Last Time Against the Wildcats & Sun Devils
UCLA defeated Arizona in four sets and Arizona State in a sweep last time around in the beginning of October.
• Against the Wildcats, Charitie Luper scored a career-high 25 kills in one of her four double-double performances of the season. Luper's 25 kills came at a scorching hot .440. Mackenzie Cole was dominant in the serve receive patterns for the Bruins, dealing a match-high 21 serves and digging out 31 receptions with just one reception error.
• Against the Sun Devils, McCall racked up 11 kills and 11 digs and aced Arizona State three times. Luper joined McCall in the double-double club with 11 kills and 13 digs of her own. Iman Ndiaye was unstoppable with 11 kills at .381. As a team, UCLA hit for a .327 clip, its fourth-highest mark of the year and fifth time eclipsing .300 as a team. The Bruins' 47 kills were their highest total for a three-set match this season.
 
Savage Mode
Since entering the starting lineup six matches ago on Oct. 14 against Oregon State, Tristin Savage had averaged 1.65 points per set with 1.05 KPS and 1.05 BPS. Savage's start versus the Beavers was her first start in over a season since March 12, 2021 against Utah. Savage stepped up in a big way against Oregon State with a then-career-high six kills and then-career-high five blocks for 8.5 points, tied for second-most on the team. Against Cal on Oct. 23, Savage recorded a career-high eight kills at a .536 clip in addition to five blocks (1 BS, 4 BA) for a career-high 11.0 points. And most recently at Utah, Savage racked up a new career high seven blocks (1 BS, 6 BA).
 
Air Charitie
Since being reinserted into the starting lineup against Washington on Sept. 25, Charitie Luper has led the Bruins with 3.62 kills per set and 141 total kills over UCLA's last 11 matches. Luper has recorded double-digit kills in eight of those contests and tallied a double-double in four of them. She is up to eight 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 Kills & 1,000 Digs
élan McCall recorded the 1,000th dig of her career on Oct. 2 versus Colorado, and two matches later in the fourth set at Arizona on Oct. 9, picked up her 1,000th career kill. 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 588 as a Bruin for a career total of 1,051. Dig wise, at TCU she recorded 394 and currently has 671 at UCLA.
 
Double-Double Machine
élan McCall has racked up a team-high seven double-doubles this season, including a streak of four straight from Sept. 30-Oct. 9. She has 31 in her career dating back to her freshman year at TCU. This season, McCall has averaged 2.97 kills per set and 2.81 digs per set. Both marks rank second on the team.
 
Efficient Anna
Middle blocker Anna Dodson, the Bruins' most efficient attacker this season at a team-best .338 clip, returned to the lineup last weekend after missing UCLA's matches with Stanford and California with a concussion. Dodson has tied her career high in kills of 13 now three times this season after racking up 13 at an impressive .478 at Utah last Sunday. Dodson has reached double-digit kills six times this year and hit for above .320 in five of those six matches. She is averaging a career-best 2.35 kills per set this season.
 
Lineup Changes
The Bruins have trotted out seven eight starting lineups this season, including six different lineups during Pac-12 play alone. UCLA has sent out the same lineup in back-to-back Pac-12 matches only once this season when it played Colorado and Arizona State (Alupei, Cole, Dodson, McCall, McKissock, Ndiaye, Luper) and they have yet to send out the same lineup in a Pac-12 weekend series this season.
 
Season-Highs for McKissock
Matti McKissock recorded a season-high 54 assists versus Oregon on Oct. 16. At Colorado last week, McKissock also recorded a career-high 20 digs. She currently has 4,828 career assists including her four seasons at Georgia Tech (4,103 AST) and 725 assists so far this season.
 
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.
 
Arizona Series History
• UCLA leads the all-time series versus Arizona, 63-26, dating back to 1978.
• The Bruins have won nine out of the last 10 meetings.
 
Arizona State Series History
• UCLA leads the all-time series versus Arizona State, 80-11, dating back to 1974.
• The Bruins have won nine out of the last 10 meetings.
 
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, seven had made at least one start.
 
Two Bruins Named to Pac-12 All-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 ninth 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 (581) and Stanford (573). UCLA, coming off its highest conference finish (2nd) since 2016 a season ago, was tabbed to finish third and received one first-place vote in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll.