It took the Bruins just 45 minutes to win today’s dual against the LSU Tigers, 3-0. As a result, UCLA now advances to tomorrow’s national championship dual at 11 am PT.
Overall, the Bruins looked a lot better than they did in either dual yesterday and the results of the dual show it.
All five Bruin pairs won their first set, which set things up for UCLA to sweep the Tigers in just eight sets total.
Lily Justine and Sarah Sponcil won their first set, 21-9 on court two and Izzy Carey and Lindsey Sparks followed on court five, 21-8. Madi Yeomans and Savvy Simo were the third Bruin pair to win their first set, 21-16, on court four while Zana Muno and Abby Van Winkle took their first set, 21-15. Nicole and Megan McNamara then completed the first set sweep by winning their first set, 21-19.
That gave UCLA an advantage which proved to be insurmountable.
Muno and Van Winkle scored the first point of the dual for the Bruins when they won their second set, 21-12. Within moments of that win, Justine and Sponcil won their match on court two, 21-17. That put UCLA up 2-0 and the Bruins still hadn’t lost a set to the Tigers.
UCLA actually went to a dual point on both courts four and five. On court four, Yeomans and Simo were leading 20-15 when Carey and Sparks won their second set, 21-18, to score the Bruins’ third point, winning the dual.
The McNamara twins were also leading on court one 19-14 when UCLA clinched the win.
UCLA’s win drops LSU into tomorrow’s elimination bracket semifinal against Southern Cal, who defeated both Florida State and Hawai’i in a pair of elimination bracket duals today to advance to tomorrow’s semifinal.
The elimination bracket semifinal will take place at 7:30 am PT tomorrow morning and will be broadcast on ESPN2 while the national championship dual is on ESPN at 11 am PT, barring any unforeseen change due to the weather.
Go Bruins!!! Bring home #117!!!