Saturday, 30 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

Bruins Fight, But Lose in Five at Oklahoma


NORMAN, Okla. – Iman Ndiaye registered a team-high 13 kills in the UCLA women’s volleyball team’s five-set loss to Oklahoma at McCasland Field House Friday night.
Set scores were 22-25, 21-25, 25-15, 26-24 and 7-15.
The Bruins’ (7-2) reverse sweep bid came up just short despite an epic fourth-set comeback. UCLA trailed 23-19 in set four with the Sooners (6-2) two points away from match point.
Outside hitter Grayce Olson stepped to the service line after a kill by Ndiaye and an Oklahoma attacking error at 23-21. She dealt an ace that was redacted after officials ruled a camera operator obstructed the play. Olson exhibited some mental toughness serving up two more aces to even the set 23-all. Carly Hendrickson tallied her team-leading fifth kill of the set on a long rally to put set point at the line for the Bruins who forced a fifth following an errant Sooner attack.
Oklahoma jumped out to an 8-3 lead in set five that UCLA was unable to recover from, snapping a seven-match winning streak. Three separate Sooners recorded double-digit kills, led by Taylor Preston with 16.
Olson and middle blocker Anna Dodson each reached double-digit kills with 12 apiece. Desiree Becker added six at a .455 clip in addition to four block…

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