Wednesday, Nov. 13
UCLA at #3 Washington
TV: Pac-12 Networks
Online: Live Stats
Friday, Nov. 15
UCLA at Washington State
Online: Live Video and Stats
LAST PAC-12 ROAD TRIP TAKES BRUINS TO WASHINGTON
The Bruins embark on their final Pac-12 road trip of the season this week, facing third-ranked Washington on Wednesday at 6 p.m. and Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. The UCLA-Washington matchup will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks, while the Bruins-Cougars tilt will have a live video stream at UCLABruins.com.
The Bruins’ four-match homestand to end the regular season will begin at the John Wooden Center, as UCLA hosts Arizona State on Friday, Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. and Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Live video, audio and stats will be available for both matches at UCLABruins.com.
NEWS AND NOTES
The Bruins have won 43 straight matches when hitting .300 or better, including five times this season (last vs. Oregon State on Nov. 8) ... UCLA surpassed the 15-block mark for the third time this season last Sunday against Oregon with 16.5. The top two totals of 17 roofs have come at Long Beach State (Sept. 18) and Oregon State (Oct. 12) ... nationally, the Bruins are 33rd in kills per set (14.00), 34th in assists per set (13.05) and 50th in hitting percentage (.246). Among Pac-12 teams, UCLA is fifth in hitting and sixth in kps and aps ... the Bruins are six wins away from 1,200 for the program’s history ... UCLA is 8-2 when holding its opponent under a .200 hitting percentage ... the Bruins are 10-2 when winning the second set ... UCLA is also 9-2 when winning the battle of the blocks ... senior Kelly Reeves has four straight double-doubles to give her a team-best 10 on the season, averaging 3.47 kps and 3.76 dps during the last four. Reeves surpassed the 1,100 dig mark against Oregon and now has 1,114, which is 14th in UCLA history. Next up on the list are Kristee Porter (13th, 1,119), Kim Krull (12th, 1,132), Lauren Fendrick (11th, 1,138) and Liz Masakayan (10th, 1,142) ... sophomore Karly Drolson has surpassed the 15-dig plateau in six of her last eight matches, including at least 20 in three of four. Since Oct. 18, she is averaging 4.58 dps. Drolson is seventh among Pac-12 players in dps in league contests (4.05) ... sophomore Maddy Klineman has posted double figures in kills in six straight matches, averaging 3.04 kps during the last half dozen contests. Klineman hit a career-best .529 against Oregon State last Friday with 11 kills and only two errors in 17 attempts. She also has at least five digs in two of her last three ... junior Megan Moenoa has at least 37 assists in six consecutive contests, posting 12.00 aps, 2.16 dps and 0.52 bps during the last half dozen. Three of those six have been double-doubles. The best total was at California on Nov. 3 when she had a career-best 68 assists to go with a season-high 13 digs ...senior Mariana Aquino has at least five kills in nine straight contests. She had 17 kills and just two errors in 33 attempts in last weekend’s matches for a .455 hitting percentage. Aquino is averaging 1.86 kps and posting a .368 hitting clip over the last nine ... junior Zoë Nightingale has taken over the team lead in bps thanks to posting at least three blocks in 10 straight matches. Nightingale has surpassed five blocks in half of those contests. She also has at least one block solo in seven of the 10 matches ... junior Karsta Lowe has double figures in kills in 23 of 24 matches, having reached the 15-kill mark 15 times and the 20-kill plateau on six occasions. She picked up the second double-double of her career at Stanford on Nov. 1 with 22 kills and 14 digs. Lowe also has at least three blocks in four consecutive contests ... senior Madie Smith has 26 digs over her last three matches, recording 10 against Oregon, seven versus Oregon State and nine at California. She also has nine assists and an ace over the last three ... freshman Jessyka Ngauamo posted a career-best 13 digs against Oregon, the second straight match she has set a personal best. Ngauamo had six against Oregon State.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES
Since a four-set loss at Colorado on Oct. 4, Pac-12 leading Washington (21-1, 13-1) has won 11 straight matches, defeating Arizona State in four and Arizona in three on the road last weekend. The Huskies, who are 9-0 at home this year, are hitting .282 as a team with 14.05 kills, 1.87 aces, 14.33 digs and 2.70 blocks per set. Three players are averaging over 2.00 kps, led by the 4.07 for junior Krista Vansant, who is also third with 2.53 dps. Junior Kaleigh Nelson is second at 3.09 kps and sophomore Lianna Sybeldon is third with 2.00 kps. Senior Jenni Nogueras (6.47 assists per set) and sophomore Katy Beals (5.23) are sharing the setting duties. Senior Jenna Orlandini leads the team with 4.16 dps, while sophomore Cassie Strickland is tops with 31 aces and second with 2.67 dps. Sybeldon (1.27) and sophomore Melanie Wade (1.14) are each averaging over a block per set.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. HUSKIES
UCLA leads the all-time series with Washington 43-21, but the Huskies won this season’s first matchup on Oct. 25 at Pauley Pavilion in four sets (25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-13). Karsta Lowe had a match-high 21 kills, Maddy Klineman added 11 kills and Kelly Reeves posted 13 digs and nine kills. The Bruins hold a 19-14 advantage in matches played in Seattle, but the Huskies have won 10 in a row at home versus UCLA. The Bruins were close last year, leading two sets to one, but the Huskies won in five, taking each of their three sets in overtime. UCLA’s last victory in Seattle was a five-set triumph on Oct. 3, 2003.
SCOUTING THE WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS
Washington State (16-11, 3-11 Pac-12) has dropped eight of its last nine matches, with the lone win being a sweep of Utah at home on Nov. 2. The Cougars were swept in each of their contests last week at the Arizona schools. Washington State is hitting .223 as a team, averaging 13.20 kills, 1.13 aces, 14.87 digs and 2.28 blocks per set. Three players are averaging at least 2.00 kps, led by Kyra Holt’s 3.93. The freshman is also first in aces (32) and third in dps at 2.59. Junior Ver’Leea Hardaway is second at 2.54 kps and 0.94 bps and junior Jaicee Harris is third at 2.35 kps and second with 3.19 dps. Senior Camryn Irwin quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 9.57 assists per set to go with 24 aces, which is second on the team. Sophomore Kate Sommer is tops in dps (3.82), while senior Marcelina Glab is first with 1.09 bps.
THE MATCHUP: BRUINS VS. COUGARS
The Bruins extended their winning streak against the Cougars to 21 with a four-set win at Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 26 (25-18, 18-25, 25-19, 25-16). Karsta Lowe led all players with 22 kills, Mariana Aquino was 10-for-17 in kill attempts with no errors and Megan Moenoa recorded a double-double with 52 assists and 11 digs. UCLA, which has dropped only six sets during the winning streak, leads the all-time series 48-7 and is 22-5 in Pullman. The Bruins have swept the Cougars nine straight times at their place and have won 10 in a row there. The last victory at home for Washington State was a five-set triumph on Oct. 25, 2002.