Bruins top Cougars

WSU loses to UCLA in three straight sets in Bohler on Friday

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BENJAMIN MICHAELIS | DAILY EVERGREEN FILE

The women’s volleyball team celebrates a win over Arizona on Oct. 18 at Bohler Gym.

RYAN ROOT, Evergreen reporter

The No. 25 UCLA Bruins (13-8,8-4) swept the No. 22 WSU volleyball team (19-5,8-4) in three sets on Friday in Bohler Gym.

UCLA junior outside hitter Mac May came into Friday’s matchup 10th in the nation in both kills per set and points per set. She led the match with 20 kills with a hit percentage of .417.

The first set brought a tough matchup for the Cougars early, and the crowd was alive for every big play. Both teams met each other’s score at 24, then UCLA pulled away with a 27-25 set win after a brutal attack error from freshman middle blocker Magda Jehlárová.

Redshirt senior middle blocker Jocelyn Urias had four blocks and three kills in the set.

WSU did not have the lead at all in the second set as UCLA came out the victor. WSU had another frustrating end to the set with an unfortunate reception error. UCLA won the second set 25-17, and the Cougars went into the locker room visibly frustrated.

The Cougars returned in set three with a hopeful crowd atmosphere. Senior setter Ashley Brown and redshirt sophomore outside hitter Charity Bradley were substituted in the third set.

WSU made valiant efforts and highlight plays, but net violations, service errors and blocks from UCLA negated a handful of scoring opportunities. A late comeback attempt was not enough for the Cougars to overtake the Bruins.

Redshirt freshman setter Hannah Pukis said the result of the match could have and should have been different.

“We had ups and downs,” Pukis said. “I think at the end of the day we didn’t fight when we needed to fight.”

Head coach Jen Greeny said she wants to look beyond the outcome and prepare for the rest of the season coming up.

“Credit to [UCLA], they played mistake-free volleyball,” Greeny said. “I’m not sure if we’ll really look back throughout the rest of the season.”