Without a way to stop Torrey Van Winden, the UCLA Women’s Volleyball team was swept on the road last weekend by Cal Poly.
On Friday night, the Bruins got off to a good start by winning the first set 25-17, but they couldn’t sustain it as the Mustangs won the next three sets to win the match 3-1.
In the first set, UCLA opened the match by scoring the first two points. Once UCLA got up 4-2, it never got any closer and the Bruins took the set, 25-17.
If the first set was all-UCLA, the second set was all-Cal Poly, even if the finish was close. The Bruins took a quick 1-0 lead, their only lead of the set. The Mustangs charged back with a 5-1 run and that the Bruins struggled until their backs were against the wall. Down 24-18, UCLA held off Cal Poly on five consecutive set points before Torrey Van Winden finally hammered home the set-winning point to win 25-23.
While the second set finished close, the third set didn’t. The teams split the first ten points in this one and it was tied, 5-5. That’s when a Torrey Van Winden kill started a 15-5 run by the Mustangs. The Bruins did what they could to come back by going on a 5-1 run to cut the lead to 21-15. After two points by the Mustangs, the Bruins went on a 4-1 run to close it to 24-19, but another Van Winden kill finished off the set.
UCLA started off with an early 3-2 lead in the fourth set, but a 5-1 Cal Poly run put the Mustangs ahead. The Bruins battled back with a 6-1 run of their own to retake a 10-8 lead. Eventually, the teams were tied, 12-12. They battled back and forth until Cal Poly led 17-16. A 4-1 UCLA run put the Bruins back up, 20-18. Six points later, the Bruins still led 23-21, but Cal Poly went on a final 4-0 run that included three more kills by Torrey Van Winden to close out the match.
Overall, Van Winden led both teams with an amazing 26 kills while Jenny Mosser had 14 for the Bruins. Mosser also added 11 digs to pick up a double-double. Mac May and Kyra Rogers had 12 and 11 kills, respectively. Devon Chang led UCLA with 47 assists while adding 13 digs. Savvy Simmo led the team with 25 digs.
Last week, I wrote that the Bruins were going to need to find a way to stop Torrey Van Winden in order to win the matches against the Mustangs. Ultimately, they couldn’t a way to do it and ended up dropping both matches.
As a result, UCLA fell to 16 in this week’s rankings as they head into tonight’s final non-conference match against Long Beach. The 49ers come into tonight’s match riding a three-match winning streak. Hopefully, the Bruins will be able to get back on track after stumbling against the Mustangs last week.
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