#13 UCLA (6-2) hit .370 over the course of a 25-19, 25-18, 25-19 sweep of LMU (5-4) on Wednesday night from the Wooden Center on the campus of UCLA. LMU managed just a .156 hitting percentage of its own, but did serve up five aces in the loss.
Sophomore Tess Reid contributed two of LMU’s five aces, while also dishing out 11 assists. Fellow setter Jessie Prichard also had an ace while managing 12 assists and nine digs to narrowly miss a double-double. Megan Rice and Sara Kovac led the Lion attack with seven kills, while Savannah Slattery finished with six kills, an ace and four digs.
“I thought our setters served well and played good defense, besides that we executed every other skill well below our standard,” first year head coach Aaron Mansfield said. “We will learn from it and figure out how we can play LMU volleyball because we were far from it tonight.”
Jenny Mosser and Reily Buechler led all players with 11 kills, as both hit better than .400 at .421 and .409, respectively. Madeleine Gates had the best all-around match for the Bruins, connecting for a .438 clip while registering nine kills and five block assists to guide the Bruins to eight team blocks. UCLA’s strong attack was set by former Lion Sarah Sponcil, who notched 33 assists and posted 13 digs for a double-double.
LMU will travel to the East Coast to finish the non-conference schedule this week, taking on #24 North Carolina on Friday at 4 p.m. PT before visiting Duke on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. PT.
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