Last night at the Wooden Center, the UCLA Women’s Volleyball team extended their winning streak to five matches. It took the Bruins five sets to close out the Buffaloes.
UCLA took the first set 25-16 as the Bruins never trailed in the set. One of only two tie scores came at 1-1 before UCLA took a 4-2 lead. Colorado came back to tie it again at 6. The Bruins then went on a 11-2 run to take a nine-point lead and UCLA never looked back.
The second set has been one of the strongest sets for the Bruins all season and last night was no exception. The final score of the set was the same as the first set even though it was a tougher set than the first.
UCLA fell behind 4-1 early before coming back to tie the set 5-5. The teams split the next four points before the Bruins went on a short 3-0 run which gave them the lead for good. Colorado closed the gap to one on three occasions but they were unable to take back the lead or even tie the score.
The third set start off as a seesaw battle. There were six tie scores by the time the set was tied 8-8. That’s when the Buffaloes went on a 4-0 run that put them ahead for good as the Bruins were unable to get closer than 2 points away and Colorado won the set 25-19.
The start of the fourth set resembled the start of the third. There were three tie scores in the first six points. But, then the Buffs scored three straight to take a 6-3 lead. After UCLA closed the gap to 6-4 on a Colorado attach error. The Buffaloes went on a 15-8 run to make the score 21-12. The Bruins mounted an attempted comeback by going on a 6-1 run to make it 22-18, but Colorado closed out the set with a 3-1 run to win the set 25-19. That evened the match at 2 sets a piece to force a deciding fifth set.
In the fifth, Colorado started off with a 3-1 advantage before UCLA went on a 5-0 run to make it 6-3. The Buffaloes would close the gap to 2 at both 6-4 and 9-7 but that’s as close as they would get as UCLA won the set 15-9.
UCLA had four players in double figures for kills. Jordan Anderson led the Bruins with 18 kills and tied Colorado’s Alexa Smith for the most kills in the match. Jennie Frager added 16 kills while Torrey Van Winden and Reily Buechler both had 13.
Van Winden also had 16 digs to give her a double-double. Kylie Miller also had a double-double with 27 assists and 11 digs.
Taylor Formico moved into third place on UCLA’s all-time digs list with 27 digs on the night.
Tonight, the Bruins host the #21 Utah Utes who defeated Southern Cal 3-1 last night at the Galen Center. Junior Adora Adae leads the Utes with an average of 4.58 kills per set and freshman Bailey Choy is averaging 7.76 assists per set.
UCLA leads the series against Utah 16-3 and the Bruins are 5-1 at home against the Utes. They’ve won three in a row against them.
With a win tonight, the Bruins can move into a first-place tie in the conference standings with Washington.
Tonight is another Pink Weekend match where everyone wearing pink will receive free admission.
#12 UCLA Women's Volleyball (17-4, 8-3)
Opponent: Utah Utes (16-6, 7-4)
When: 8pm PT, Saturday, October 29, 2016
Where: Pauley Pavilion, Los Angeles, CA
TV: Pac-12 Los Angeles and Mountain
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now App
Live Stats: UCLA Bruins Stat Broadcas