Before last night’s women’s volleyball match, I wrote that, in order for UCLA to win, the Bruins were going to need to find a way to stop former Bruin Torrey Van Winden.
That didn’t happen.
In fact, the younger Van Winden finished the match leading both teams with 18 kills while Jenny Mosser led UCLA with just 13. Mosser also finished the match with 16 digs giving her a fourth straight double-double, but it wasn’t enough as the Mustangs handed UCLA their first defeat of the season, 3-1.
The first set was pretty much dominated by the Mustangs. With the score tied 3-3, Cal Poly used a 3-0 mini-run to take the lead for good. The Bruins would get as close as one just two points later, but the Mustangs pulled away and UCLA would only get as close as two points down for the rest of the set.
The second set was basically a complete reversal for both teams. The only tie of this set came at 1-1. UCLA scored five of the next six points to take a 6-2 lead. While Cal Poly closed the gap to a point at 11-10, the Bruins just stretched their lead in the remainder of the set and eventually won it 25-17.
That set would prove to be the highlight for the Bruins.
After the break, the Mustangs dominated the third set, winning it 25-11. Meanwhile, in the fourth, UCLA squandered a early 5-1 lead, but the teams alternated several runs and were tied 16-16. That’s when Cal Poly went on a 9-2 run that included three kills by Torrey Van Winden to close out the set, 25-18, and the match, 3-1.
The teams meet again tonight at 7 pm.
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