Virginia Falls to No. 20 UCLA, 3-0
Box Score Aug. 29, 2015
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Freshman Anna Walsh (Grapevine, Texas) and junior Haley Kole (Tallahassee, Fla.) each recorded double-digit kills as the Virginia volleyball team fell to No. 20 UCLA, 3-1 (25-19, 25-21, 25-16) on Saturday night at the John Wooden Center.
“I thought we played hard tonight, we just didn’t execute at a high level,” head coach Dennis Hohenshelt said. “We have to understand that when you play a team of UCLA’s caliber, every contact counts. We have a lot of areas we need to improve on, but we made some big strides in week one. I believe that we are on our way to being a very good volleyball team.”
Virginia (1-1) recorded 36 kills with a .202 hitting percentage, while UCLA finished with 44 kills on .294 hitting. The Bruins topped the Cavaliers with eight blocks to five and out-dug UVa, 42-37.
Walsh highlighted the night for Virginia, posting a career-high 11 kills with no errors for a .647 attack percentage. Kole added 10 kills, while senior Kayla Sears (Moorpark, Calif.) finished with seven and senior Natalie Bausback (Carlsbad, Calif.) had five.
The match started with a close first set that included 13 ties. Both teams traded points until UCLA edged ahead with a 5-1 run. The Bruins held on to win the opening set, 25-19.
Virginia jumped out quickly in the second set to have an early lead, 6-3. However, UCLA would find its momentum and eventually take a 22-16 lead. The Cavaliers rattled off three-straight points to cut the lead to three, but the Bruins remained in control to win, 25-21.
In the third set, UVa took control first with a 10-6 lead that forced UCLA to call a timeout. The Bruins battled back to tie the set up and went on to take the set, 25-16.
Virginia will return home to host the Cavalier Classic next week. The Cavaliers take on VCU in their home opener at 7 p.m. on Friday (Sept. 4), then host Appalachian State at 10 a.m. and Iowa State at 7 p.m. on Saturday (Sept. 5).