Seventh-ranked BYU lost its match at fourth-ranked UCLA on Saturday night in four sets (25-16, 14-25, 19-25, 18-25), dropping it’s fourth straight match as its month long road trip came to a close.
The Cougars came out firing, creating a large margin in the first set and never letting the Bruins back in. The Cougars were led by Gabi Garcia Fernandez, and the Cougars easily won the set 25-16.
The Bruins came out strong in the second and third sets, however, and the Cougars struggled with hitting and passing in the set, eventually losing 14-25 and 19-25.
The fourth set was tight early on, but the Bruins again took over as the Cougars struggled to receive the Bruins service. The Bruins would go up four at 18-14, and the Cougars could never recover.
Wil Stanley had 23 assists for the Cougars, but went out with an injury in the fourth set and did not return.
The Cougars have now lost four straight, all of which came on the road in southern California. The 4-4 Cougars will return home on Thursday for the first time in a month, as they face Concordia.