Friday, 22 September 2023

NCAA Womens Volleyball

UCLA Hits .402 in Dominant Sweep of Liberty

UCLA Hits .402 in Dominant Sweep of Liberty

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The UCLA women’s volleyball team hit for a red hot .402 hitting percentage in a 3-0 sweep of Liberty on day two of the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge in the Stan Sheriff Center Friday night.
The Bruins (6-1), who handed the Flames (7-1) their first loss of the season, are now riding a six-match winning streak.
Set scores tonight were 28-26, 25-18 and 25-20.
Sophomore Grayce Olson recorded a match-high 14 kills at a career-high .684 hitting percentage. Audrey Pak and Ashley Mullen split reps at setter, tallying 26 and 12 assists, respectively.

Outside hitter Iman Ndiaye added 11 kills at a .348 clip. The Plano West High School product was magical late in set one and helped steer the momentum in UCLA’s favor for the rest of the match.
Liberty had set point on the service line in set one, 24-22, before the Bruins made their move. Libero Peyton Dueck laid out to her right side for an impressive, one-handed dig to keep the play alive which resulted in a kill for Ndiaye to cut the deficit to one. A tip by Cheridyn Leverette knotted up set one, 24-24, for the first time since 19-19.
Once again facing a Flames’ set point, Ndiaye came through with a huge slam on an assist from Pak to make it 25-25. Ndiaye’s heroics continued with a kill and ace on back-to-back plays to finish the comeback, taking set one in extra points, 28-26. She finished with seven kills and 9.0 total points in the frame.
Kate Lane started at middle blocker tonight following an impressive performance in the fifth set of Friday’s victory over Pepperdine. Lane’s stellar weekend continued in the second set of today’s match with her second solo block of the evening to stretch the Bruins’ lead to 15-12 and force a Liberty timeout. Lane met with Ndiaye at the net for another block at the 18-14 mark.
Leverette helped close out set two with two kills and an ace for three of UCLA’s final five points. Olson clashed at the net for set point, earning her fifth kill of the set on a joust.
Olson put up a combined 11 kills in sets two and three with a hitting percentage of .785.
After a rest day tomorrow, UCLA will play the final match of the Outrigger Volleyball Challenge at Hawai’i on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 8 p.m. (PT) in the Stan Sheriff Center. The contest is available for viewing on ESPN+. Kanoa Leahey (play…

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