The UCLA women’s volleyball team opened its season yesterday afternoon by defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 3-1, at the John Wooden Center. The teams meet again this afternoon and admission is again free.
The first set was dominated by UCLA. After Kyra Rogers scored the first point for the Bruins, the Bulldogs took their only lead of the set by scoring consecutive points. Redshirt freshman Alexis Light tied the set back up at 2-2 and that started an 8-3 run for the Bruins and they didn’t look back. The closest the Bulldogs would get was at 10-8, but four consecutive points by UCLA ended any chance the Zags had in the first set as UCLA won it 25-18.
The second set looked like it was going to be a continuation of the first as the Bruins opened up a quick 10-4 lead. But an 8-0 run by the Zags left the Bruins down by 2, 10-12. UCLA cut the lead to one a few times including as late as 14-15, but Gonzaga went on a 7-3 run to go up by five. The Bruins fought back but couldn’t get any closer than two point down and dropped the set, 21-25.
After the break, the third set started off tight with UCLA taking a 7-6 lead before the Bruins went on a 7-2 run to make it 14-8. Two consecutive points by the Bulldogs closed it to 14-10 and that’s as close as they got as the Bruins closed out set three, 25-20.
Gonzaga played well enough in the fourth set to lead most of the way. The turning point of the set came with UCLA down 15-17. The Bruins went on a 8-2 run to make it 23-19 and UCLA was able to close out the set and the match, 25-22.
The team close out their two-match weekend set this afternoon at the John Wooden Center.