Tonight, the UCLA women’s volleyball team faces the Texas State Bobcats as the Bruins play their second game in the Long Beach State Mizuno Classic at 5 pm PT.
Last Time Out
Last night, the Bruins swept the Georgia Bulldogs, 28-26, 25-12, 25-21.
The first set was a hard-fought battle in which the Bruins trailed for most of. Georgia got on the board first and, after UCLA scored the next two points, the Bulldog rattled off six consecutive points to take a 7-2 lead. The Bruins narrowed their deficit to just a point at 10-9, but a 4-1 run by Georgia put the Bulldogs back up by four, 14-10. UCLA used a 9-2 run to retake the lead and, soon, the Bruins had a set point at 24-22. But, Georgia had other ideas and tied it 24-24. After the teams alternated the next four points, it was 26-26. Jenny Mosser put the Bruins ahead for good at 27-26 and a Georgia attack error wrapped up the set.
Georgia jumped ahead again early in the second set as they went up 5-2. That’s the point when the Bruins just took complete control of the set. UCLA went on a 19-5 run and it was quickly 21-10, Bruins. After Georgia added their final two points of the set, UCLA finished it with four consecutive points.
It looked like Georgia might win the third as the Bulldogs controlled the first half of the set when they took a 16-13 lead. A 4-0 UCLA run gave the Bruins their first lead since 2-1, but it was short-lived as the team started alternating points. With the set tied 20-20, the Bruins found a way to shut the door with a 5-1 run to close out the third set as well as the match.
Mac May led the Bruins with 19 kills while Hawley Harrer had 23 assists. Devon Chang added 18 assists while Kelli Barry led the Bruins with 14 digs.
Texas State Bobcats
The Texas State Bobcats opened their season last weekend with a win over Liberty, but followed that with losses to Southern Cal, Northern Iowa and Rice. But the Bobcats bounced back with a 3-2 five-set win last night against host Long Beach State. So, the question is which Texas State team will show up tonight?
Then again, the bigger question might be which Bruins team will show up tonight as UCLA hasn’t exactly played consistently yet this season.
I’m concerned that last week’s results may be indicative of the true nature of this year’s team. Something tells me that Texas State may surprise everyone tonight.