#7 Bruin Women's Volleyball Sweeps San Diego in Round One of NCAA Tournament

Dec. 5, 2003

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LOS ANGELES - Cira Wright had 13 kills, eight block assists and hit .632 while Brittany Ringel added 11 kills as seventh-ranked UCLA swept San Diego on Friday night in round one of the 2003 NCAA Tournament at Pauley Pavilion, 30-20, 30-17, 30-24. UCLA improves to 22-8 while USD ends the season 17-13.

USD scored the opening point of the match, but it would be a long time before the visiting Toreros would lead again as UCLA rattled off the next seven points off the serve of Heather Cullen for a 7-1 lead. UCLA notched five blocks in the next handful of serves as the Bruin margin reached double figures for the first time on block assists by Wright and Cullen at 17-7. UCLA would eventually win game one on a Brynn Murphy kill, 30-20.

Much like game one, UCLA jumped out to a quick 6-1 lead in game two. USD rallied to close to within two points at 10-8, but the Bruins got a pair of service aces by Colby Lyman as part of a 6-0 run to open the lead back to eight points at 16-8. UCLA led by as much as 15 points on a Lyman kill at 28-13, and would win game two, 30-17.

USD took an early 2-1 lead in game three, the first time UCLA trailed in the match since 1-0 in game one. Those would prove to be the only two San Diego leads of the match as UCLA took the lead for good two points later on a Ringel kill. USD hung tough, trailing by just five points at 18-13 before the Bruins took advantage of some Torero errors and back-to-back aces by Murphy to open a 25-15 lead. USD made a late run, but a Murphy kill would end the game at 30-24 and send the Bruins to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Wright paced UCLA with her 13 kills on 19 swings, good for a .632 hitting percentage, in addition to a match-high eight block assists. Ringel added 11 kills on 29 swings (.345) while Chrissie Zartman tallied a match-high 18 digs out of the libero position. USD's Devon Forster led all players with 14 kills. UCLA held a huge advantage in hitting percentage (.342 to .101) as well as outblocking USD, 13-3.

UCLA will now face UC Irvine on Saturday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. UCI advanced to round two with a five-game victory over Missouri earlier on Friday night.

First serve for the Bruins and Anteaters is set for 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The winner will advance to the regional semifinals next weekend in Lincoln, Nebraska.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE