LOS ANGELES — Tenth-seeded UCLA put a halt to Baylor volleyball’s NCAA tournament run, as the Bruins held serve on their home court with a 25-21, 25-20, 25-20 win late Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
Still, it was a breakthrough season for Baylor (22-12), which made its first postseason appearance since 2011. The Bears advanced to the matchup with UCLA thanks to a hard-fought five-set win over San Diego on Friday.
UCLA (26-6) moves on to the Sweet 16 to face seventh-seeded North Carolina next week.
Though the sets were all tight in score, the Bruins made Baylor play catch-up throughout. UCLA featured a well-distributed attack, led by junior Reily Buechler, who had 13 kills, including the clincher in the third set. Freshman Torrey Van Winden added 12 kills.
Aniah Philo continued her stellar NCAA tournament play for Baylor, banging 16 kills in 38 swings. Philo also had a double-double with 14 kills and 13 digs in the Bears’ opening-round win over San Diego.
Katie Staiger chipped in 14 kills, and senior Morgan Reed had 37 assists in her final match for Baylor.