Tonight, the #23 Bruins women’s volleyball team returns home to the friendly confines of Pauley Pavilion to host the Colorado Buffaloes after a road split against the Washington schools last weekend.
Last Time Out
On Sunday, the Bruins were just outmatched by the Washington Huskies. As a result, UCLA was swept 14-25, 14-25, 23-25. In the first set, the Bruins could only muster consecutive points once. They came during a 3-0 run which gave them one of their only two leads in the set at 5-4. The other lead came at 6-5. That was the point that the Huskies went on a 5-1 run and they went on to win the set, 25-14.
The second set was...better than the first, I guess, even though the final score was the same. UCLA managed to put together three consecutive points to tie the set at 5-5 and then they used a 5-1 run to pull within two at 13-11, but a 10-0 run by Washington basically sealed the deal on this set as the Huskies went on to win the set by the same score.
The third set was the best of the bunch, at least on the scorecard. UCLA led as late as 9-8 in this one and they remained within striking distance for the most part. Washington’s biggest lead was five at 20-15, but the Bruins responded with a 4-0 run to cut the Husky lead to just a point. At 24-21, UCLA managed to fight off consecutive match points to cut the lead to one again at 24-23, but they would get no closer as the Huskies finished off the sweep of the Bruins.
When the Bruins visited the Buffs on October 13th in Boulder, there was no lingering effects from the altitude as UCLA went out and swept the Buffs, 3-0.
Frankly, I expect nothing different tonight at sea level, even though Colorado is actually in the midst of a two-game winning streak. Last weekend, they swept the Arizona schools at home.
Despite that, I have no reason to expect anything but another sweep as Colorado just doesn’t have a very good women’s volleyball team.