The Bruins play their second top 20 team in three days this afternoon when they face the University of San Diego Toreros at 5pm.
On Friday, UCLA defeated the Baylor Bears in five sets to remain undefeated. But, it wasn’t easy.
It was a relatively easy first set win for UCLA, though. With the score tied 1-1, two errors by Baylor gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead. UCLA would keep the lead for almost the rest of the set. With the score 19-16, Baylor went on a 3-0 run to tie the set up, 19-19. It was still tied at 21-21, but the Bruins closed out the set by scoring the next 4 points to finish off the set.
Baylor easily won the next two sets 25-15 and 25-11 and it wasn’t looking good for the Bruins.
In the fourth set, Baylor had a 7-6 lead when UCLA went on a 8-2 lead as the Bruins took a 14-9 lead. Baylor was unable to tie the set back up even though they eventually closed the gap to just a point at 22-21. A Mac May kill and two attack errors by Baylor tied the match up for UCLA.
The fifth set was close early and the teams were tied 5-5. A 6-2 run put the Bruins ahead and UCLA found themselves leading 14-11 when they encountered their first match point. Baylor fought off the Bruins and managed to tie it up 14-14. UCLA broke the tie and set up their fourth match point at 15-14, but Baylor scored the next two points to earn a match point of their own. A final 3-0 run by UCLA closed out the fifth set and the match and the Bruins earned the win.
Jenny Mosser had a double-double for the Bruins with 12 points and 20 digs while Mac May had 21 kills. Zana Muno led the team in digs with 21 and Devon Chang and Kylie Miller led the team with 31 and 16 assists, respectively.
While the Bruin outhit Baylor in the sets they won, their hitting percentage in set two and set three were both so low that Baylor outhit UCLA for the match .238 to .207.
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