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After Sweeping Loyola Marymount, UCLA Women’s Volleyball Clashes with Long Beach State

The Bruins have won five straight matches against the 49ers

Joe Piechowski

UCLA women’s volleyball needed a victory Wednesday to avoid its longest losing streak since 2013.

The No. 13 Bruins (6-2) not only notched a win against the Loyola Marymount Lions (5-4), but they did it in convincing fashion with a 3-0 sweep. It was the fourth time this season that UCLA swept an opponent.

While freshman pin hitter Mac May has led the charge offensively, one veteran amassed the most kills. Senior outside hitter Riley Buechler tallied 11 kills on the evening, as well as freshman Jenny Mosser – both hit better than .400.

Senior setter Sarah Sponcil led the club with 13 digs, her season-high for a three-set match. Junior Zana Muno, who typically notches the most digs on the team, didn’t play.

After two pithy performances hitting-wise, the Bruins rebounded to hit .363 against the Lions. UCLA also accumulated eight blocks on the night.

Long Beach State (1-9) is in the midst of a disappointing year, failing to claim more than one set in eight of its games. The 49ers were swept by the Lions earlier this year as well.

UCLA has had success against Long Beach State in recent years, winning five straight matches. But the 49ers have been a strong road team the past few seasons, going 30-12 between 2012 and 2016.

Long Beach State junior pin hitter Megan Kruidhof is the team’s biggest threat, as she’s collected 122 kills on the season. The rest of the club pales in comparison, with the next highest kill total at 77.

As a team, the 49ers are hitting a measly .149. The Bruins pushed their percentage up to .245 after their sweep Wednesday.

The Bruins have been involved in three-set bouts each of their previous five games. That’s the longest streak since 2014.

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