The Wildcats hit .209 overall in the match, notching 59 kills on 178 swings with 32 errors. UA posted 20 blocks in the match to UCLA’s nine, one short of the Wildcats’ season-high mark.
“This was our best match defensively from top to bottom,” head coach Dave Rubio said. “Our defense kept us in the games. We are improving every week, but we just have to score more.”
UCLA raced to a quick 5-1 advantage in game two, and used an 11-4 run midway to take a commanding 19-10 lead over Arizona. The Wildcats battled back behind some tough blocking to put together a 7-1 run and cut the deficit to 20-17.
The Wildcats caught fire early in the third game and never cooled off, dominating the Bruins for a 30-20 game three win.
The fourth game was back-and-forth for much of the action, but UCLA used a match-high .273 hitting percentage to pull away for a 30-25 match-clinching win.