Because UCLA picked up a much needed win against the Oregon Ducks on Wednesday night, the Bruins now have an opportunity to climb from 7th place into 5th place (and maybe a 4th place tie) in the Pac-12 Conference standings.
That’s because there are currently four teams tied for second with conference records of 4-2, but each of those four teams is playing one of the other 4-2 teams. That means that two of them will improve to 5-2 while the other two will fall to 4-3. If UCLA wins tonight, they will be 5-3 in conference. So, they will take a half game lead over the two 4-2 teams which lose tonight. But, if UCLA wins and Oregon loses to Southern Cal, then they will head home tied for fourth place.
On paper, the Bruins should be able to sweep the Beavers in three sets. OSU has lost five of the last six matches including two last weekend to Washington and Washington State. In both of those matches, the Beavers lost in four sets.
OSU’s leaders are all underclassmen. Junior Mary-Kate Marshall is averaging 4.21 kills per set while redshirt sophomore McKenna Hollingsworth is averaging 9.63 assists per set and sophomore Kayla Ellis leads the team with 4.15 digs per set.
That isn’t to say that they don’t have any seniors on the team, just that the team’s best players look to be the younger ones. That should help them down the road, but the Bruins look to be the better team here.
UCLA holds a 57-3 series lead over Oregon State and the Bruins have only lost once to the Beavers in Corvallis back in 2001.
#20 UCLA Women's Volleyball (13-4, 4-3)
Opponent: Oregon State Beavers (8-9, 1-5)
When: 6 PM PT, Friday, October 14, 2016
Where: Gill Coliseum, Corvallis, OR
TV: Pac-12 Los Angeles and Oregon
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now App
Live Stats: Oregon State Beavers Stat Broadcast