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UCLA Women’s Volleyball Beats Southern Cal In Four Sets

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Buechler leads the Bruins with 21 kills while Taylor Formico reaches two milestones.

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On the opening night of the Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball schedule, the UCLA Women’s Volleyball team travelled across town to face Southern Cal and defeated the Trojans for the third straight win at the Galen Center.

Senior Taylor Formico had 22 digs on the night which allowed her to record her 2,000th dig of her collegiate career and the 1,200th at UCLA. She is now in 8th place on the UCLA all-time digs list.

Reily Buechler led both teams with 21 kills while adding 9 digs of her own and Jordan Anderson recorded her first double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs.

With Southern Cal leading 5-1 in the first set, UCLA went on a 7-3 run to make it 8-8. With the Trojans up 12-11, the Bruins went on 6-2 run to give them a 3 point lead. UCLA never gave the lead up again in the set and closed it out 25-22.

The Bruins dropped the second set, 25-21. The Bruins were leading 7-6 when USC went on a 12-7 run to take the lead which they never gave back.

After USC scored the first two points in the third set, UCLA went on a 7-2 run which gave the Bruins a 7-4 lead and they never trailed again, en route to a 25-20 win.

The fourth set started as a seesaw affair and was tied 5-5 when UCLA went on a 11-2 run to take a 16-7 lead. But, Southern Cal came charging back with a 15-5 run of their own to tie it up at 22 all. A kill by Jordan Anderson gave the Bruins a 23-22 lead, but the Trojans scored the next two to give them a set point opportunity. UCLA scored the next two points to give them a match point chance at 25-24, but the Trojans tied it again at 25 all. UCLA couldn’t close them out on their second match point either at 26-25. That’s when USC scored two points of their own to make it 27-26, Trojans.

Jordan Anderson and Claire Felix gave the Bruins their third match point and a USC attack error ended the match with UCLA winning the fourth set 29-27.

Here are some of the highlights from the Pac-12 Networks:

After the match, Reilly Buechler spoke with Pac-12 Networks.

UCLA will host Washington State in their home opener at 7pm on Friday in Pauley Pavilion.

Go Bruins!!!