- #6 Washington def. #13 UCLA 3-1, (18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15)
- Washington moves to 13-1; UCLA drops to 8-4
- Los Angeles, California
- Attendance: 1637
- Box Score
LOS ANGELES – Number 6 ranked Washington defeated UCLA, giving the Bruins their second loss of PAC-12 play on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion.
Both teams looked strong in the match, but the Huskies’ front row was able to put up better numbers on the night for the win. The Bruins hit .193 on the night with 52 kills, while Washington pounded 52 kills on a .248 clip. The Huskies also out-blocked UCLA 11-5.
Courtney Schwan paced the Huskies with 13 kills, while Carly Dehoog added 12. Dehoog hit an impressive .355 on the night with just one error. Reily Buechler and Jenny Mosser led the offense for UCLA. Senior outside hitter, Buechler, contributed 14 kills with a .220 hitting percentage and freshman outside hitter, Mosser, added 12 kills.
Defensively, Washington out-dug UCLA 71-70. Tia Scambray, senior libero for the Huskies, led Washington in digs, with 17. Leading the back row for the Bruins, also with 17 digs, was senior setter, Sarah Sponcil.
Both teams will continue with PAC-12 play on Sunday as Washington travels across Los Angeles to USC, and UCLA hosts Washington State.
Courtesy of Washington Athletics
LOS ANGELES – Fifth-year senior Bailey Tanner is always giving to others, and she did that as usual tonight with 41 assists. But on her birthday, Tanner also got greedy, putting down six kills on a .667 attack percentage, part of a great all-around match that helped No. 6 Washington take down No. 13 UCLA in four sets at Pauley Pavilion.
For the second straight match, the Huskies dropped set one, but unlike their last match at ASU, when they dropped the second set before fighting back to win in five, today the Huskies righted the ship much quicker en route to a 18-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-15 win.
“A really nice response to a similar first set that we had a week ago at Arizona State,” said Head Coach Keegan Cook. “It was a better response from the entire group. We knew we could compete, and we executed a lot better in serve and serve-receive. We ran a new lineup again tonight and I thought everyone showed great willingness to do what was needed. Crissy Joneswas tremendous on the defensive end, and Kara Bajema taking a tough blocking assignment did a nice job as well. So I’m pleased with our willingness to be flexible.”
The Huskies (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) hit .248 compared to .193 for the Bruins (8-4, 1-2 Pac-12) and had big edges at the service line, with 10 aces compared to one for UCLA, and 11 blocks to five by the Bruins. Six Huskies had at least one ace, with Tia Scambray serving three and also leading the way with 17 digs.
Tanner scored a season-high nine points with her six kills, one ace, and four block assists, and in Cook’s estimation, “Bailey Tanner was tremendous. She played a gritty match in all phases of her game. She deserves it, she’s a very resilient kid, and it was fun to watch her put on a show like that.”
Senior All-American Courtney Schwan had 13 kills and 13 digs for a double-double, hitting .227. Senior Carly DeHoog hit .355 with 12 kills and three blocks. Freshman Lauren Sanders had nine kills on 14 swings with just two errors for a .500 attack percentage plus four blocks. Sophomore Avie Niece got a start and had a team-high six blocks plus two kills, and sophomore Shayne McPherson had a season-high 13 digs plus two aces in a big fourth set run.
Senior Crissy Jones only played in the back row to manage an injury, but she still had a big impact with 15 digs, an ace, and two back row kills including the final one on match point. Bajema stepped in to the front row and had six kills and two blocks.
Niece got the first kill for the Huskies on the second point of the first set. Tanner got a serving run going, as Schwan collected a stuff and then she terminated in transition following a big dig from Scambray. DeHoog’s first kill made it 5-1 and forced an early UCLA timeout. Tanner served long to end the run but DeHoog had a couple kills from the right to keep the Huskies on pace early. Kara Bajemarejected one on the left pin for a 9-5 lead, but the Bruins had a 3-0 run to cut it down to one. Tanner got the most of a stuff to break a 10-10 tie. The Bruins had a 4-1 run, however, to take the lead, 12-14, and force the Huskies into a timeout. The Dawgs were unable to get the ball down on the next three rallies, and had to burn their second timeout down 12-17. Schwan got UW out of the rut with a kill from the right, but UCLA still pushed ahead by eight points, 14-22. Washington made a 3-0 push with a slide kill from Lauren Sanders and then an ace from Crissy Jones for 17-22, but the Bruins scored the next two to reach set point at 17-24. UCLA finished it off, 25-18, as the Huskies hit just .128 in the set, making seven errors to just three for the Bruins.
A perfect pass from Schwan let Tanner find DeHoog for a kill to start set two, and then Julye floated an ace to the back corner for 2-0. Jones had a couple tough serves that led to points from Bajema on the left and a 5-1 Husky lead. Schwan buried one from the left and then Marion Hazelwood and DeHoog teamed for a block to make it 10-5. DeHoog unloaded from the right in serve-receive for a kill for 12-7. Bajema then had a booming block straight down to make it 13-7. Sanders killed an overpass to help the Huskies to the 15-9 lead at the media timeout. A tough Jones serve led to a UCLA error for 16-9. Tanner went to the deep corner on second contact for a big kill for 18-12 and then Scambray drove an ace off the defense for 19-12 and a Bruins timeout. The Bruins got a sideout but Jones landed a back row kill from the right for 20-13. DeHoog had two big kills, one from the left off the block touch and another to the floor from the right for 22-15 Dawgs. UCLA cut it to five at 23-18 and the Huskies called their first timeout. Sanders got the Huskies to set point with a kill out of the middle, and a UCLA error ended it, 25-20, for the Dawgs. The Huskies hit .282 in the second compared to .225 for UCLA, with DeHoog landing four kills while Tanner had 12 assists and four digs.
Sanders opened set three with a solo stuff in the middle and then Scambray tossed in another ace for 2-0. Tough Scambray serves pushed UCLA into two more errors for 4-0 before Scambray served long for the first Bruin point. Sanders put down a Tanner quick set for 6-2 and then Tanner got offensive with two kills of her own for an 8-3 lead. Schwan blasted in serve-receive from the left for 9-5 and then Tanner floated an ace for 10-5. Schwan and DeHoog both tooled the right side blockers to keep UW siding out. A back row finish from Schwan made it 14-8, and then Washington won one of the longest, wildest rallies of the season ending on a UCLA net violation for 15-8 at the media timeout. A big kill from Schwan off the block stopped some Bruin momentum for 18-12. Niece slammed down a quick set and then DeHoog got a stuff block for 20-13, forcing a Bruins timeout. UCLA came out of the break with the next two points and the Huskies responded with a timeout of their own at 20-15. The UCLA run extended to five in a row and the lead shrunk to two until Bajema got the clutch kill from the left for 21-18, and DeHoog followed on the next point with a transition kill on the right for the 22nd point, forcing the final UCLA timeout. The Bruins scored in serve-receive but then served into the net, and another UCLA service error got UW to set point at 24-21. The Bruins saved the first, but Schwan spun one up the line on the next point and it was deflected into the seats for the 25-22 win. Washington hit .361 in the set, with Schwan killing five on 11 attempts without an error, and Scambray had eight big digs in the frame.
A couple UCLA errors and Scambray’s third ace capped a 3-0 run to start the fourth. DeHoog rocketed one to the floor for a 4-1 lead. Destiny Julye drove a low float for an ace and an 8-4 edge. The teams traded sideouts for several rallies, but a UCLA error was followed by a Husky ace off a UCLA rotation error for 12-7, prompting a Bruins timeout. A roof from DeHoog and Niece made it 13-8, and then Sanders put away a quick for her eighth kill and 14-9. The Huskies used a 3-0 run to reach 17-10 and force the final UCLA timeout, as Tanner dumped on two and then Shayne McPherson floated an ace to the left corner, followed by Tanner slamming another down to cap the burst. Out of the break, McPherson served another ace, and a big block from Tanner and Niece extended it to 20-11. Tanner roofed two more on the right pin as the Huskies were pouring it on at 23-11 with Julye serving tough and McPherson and Jones coming up with numerous digs. Schwan tooled the block in transition to get the Huskies to match point at 24-11. UCLA postponed the celebration for four straight points, but Tanner went to Jones in the back row who hit off the Bruin defense and out of bounds to cap it, 25-15. The Dawgs held the Bruins to a .000 attack percentage in the final set with four blocks, Tanner in on three, and UW fired five aces in the fourth set alone to break it open.
The Huskies will try to get a second-straight Top-25 road win this Sunday when they go across town to the Galen Center to face 20th-ranked USC at 1 p.m.
Courtesy of UCLA Athletics
LOS ANGELES – Senior Reily Buechler (14 kills, 12 digs), senior Sarah Sponcil (40 assists, 17 digs) and freshman Jenny Mosser (12 kills, 11 digs) all had double-doubles, but the 13th-ranked Bruins dropped a four-set decision to #6 Washington on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-18, 20-25, 22-25, 15-25.
Junior Zana Muno recorded 15 digs, sophomore Madeleine Gates had nine kills, junior Kyra Rogersadded eight kills, sophomore Savvy Simo tallied six digs and freshman Mac May posted six kills. The Bruins hit .193 for the match.
UCLA (8-4, 1-2 Pac-12) dropped five of the first six points of the match, but would come back during the middle stages of the opener to take the first. Still down by as many as four at 9-5, the Bruins scored seven of nine to take their first lead of the match at 12-11. Rogers had a pair of kills, Buechler and Mosser each recorded one and Washington made three hitting errors. After a sideout by the Huskies, six in a row for the Bruins on three Buechler kills and three UW errors put the home team up by a half a dozen.
The Bruins’ largest lead of the set was eight at 22-14 following a Rogers/Mosser block. On their second set point, a Mosser kill finished up a 25-18 victory. Buechler and Rogers each had four kills in the opener, while Muno and Sponcil both notched six digs. The Bruins out-hit the Huskies .294 to .108.
Washington (13-1, 3-0 Pac-12) led from start to finish in set two, racing out to another 5-1 lead. The Huskies’ largest advantage was seven on a few occasions, as the Bruins scored back-to-back points just five times in the set, dropping the second 25-20. Mosser had four kills in the set, Gates and May each tallied three and Sponcil recorded seven digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .282 to .225.
Just like the first two sets, Washington stormed out to a 5-1 lead in the third, and just like the second, the Huskies didn’t trail. Washington led by as many as seven on a few occasions. Down 20-13, the Bruins scored five in a row on two Buechler kills and three UW errors to get to within two, but UCLA would get no closer, dropping the set 25-22. Buechler recorded six kills, Mosser added four and Muno and Simo each totaled four digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .361 to .244.
Washington copied things in the fourth, again taking a 5-1 edge in the set and leading wire-to-wire. The Huskies’ largest lead was 13 at 24-11. The Bruins saved three set points on a Washington error, a Rogers/Sponcil block and a Mosser kill, but the Huskies claimed the fourth by a score of 25-15. Gates recorded four kills, while Buechler had six digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .241 to .000.
The Bruins finish their four-match homestand on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, hosting Washington State. The match will not be televised, but free live video and audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.