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No. 12 UCLA Women’s Volleyball Faces Biggest Test of the Year Against No. 3 Stanford

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The Bruins defeated the Cardinal twice last season in conference play.

Joe Piechowski

No. 12 UCLA women’s volleyball has had a multitude of games to prepare for its biggest test of the season.

Now that test has arrived.

The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (13-2, 6-0) visit Pauley Pavilion on Friday to take on the Bruins (11-4, 4-2), looking to extend its conference lead over the rest of the contenders.

Stanford hasn’t lost in more than a month, boasting a perfect record in true road matches. But UCLA vanquished the Cardinal twice last year, a rare feat from the Bruins.

Kathryn Plummer is a Player of the Year candidate, as she ranks ninth in the nation in kills per set. She is the Cardinal’s most dangerous threat on the court.

Youth upstaged experience last Friday night.

UCLA didn’t need large contributions from its seasoned veterans, as its underclassmen shined in its 3-1 victory over Arizona State (4-7-2, 1-3-1). The Bruins now boast a three-game winning streak.

Freshmen pin hitters Jenny Mosser and Mac May contributed 13 kills apiece, while sophomore middle Madeleine Gates tacked on 15 of her own. Senior outside hitter Riley Buechler compiled 12 kills, extending her double-digit kill streak to eight games.

The Bruins hit .297 on the evening, superior to the Sun Devils’ paltry .192 hitting percentage. While Arizona State garnered more blocks and aces, UCLA’s powerful pin hitters carried the club to a key victory against a subpar squad.

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