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The No. 12 Bruins lost a number of seniors and have consequently been reliant on new faces – so far they have not been disappointed. Freshman outside hitter Mac May is second on the team in kills with 161 on the year. (Aubrey Yeo/Daily Bruin staff)

It’s a year of youth for UCLA women’s volleyball.

After losing six seniors, including All-American libero Taylor Formico and All-Pacific South Region middle blocker Jennie Frager, the No. 12 Bruins (11-4, 4-2 Pac-12) have had to rely on a relatively new roster.

And this lineup has not disappointed.

Freshmen opposite Mac May and outside hitter Jenny Mosser are ranked second and third in kills for the Bruins with 161 and 149 on the season, respectively. Sophomore middle blocker Madeleine Gates also leads UCLA in blocks with 64 this season.

In UCLA’s recent victory over Arizona State, those three led the team in blocks and kills.

“We’re definitely young in a lot of places,” said coach Michael Sealy. “When Mac is hot, we’ve got to use her more often. Jenny had a lot of out of system swings. But being the outside hitter in that position, you’ve got a lot of garbage you’ve got to deal with, so I thought she did a good job.”



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As players take their final breaks before training camp, The Redskins Blog will take a look back at the new faces from this offseason and what we’ve learned about them, football and otherwise, so far.

Today we’ll focus on first-round defensive lineman Jonathan Allen:

1. He’s a DMV local.

Though Jonathan Allen played collegiately at Alabama, the state in which he was born, he grew up just 10 minutes from the Redskins facility in Loudon County, Va., and was raised to root for the Redskins.

“To play for the Redskins means a lot,” he said. “I still remember the days when I would come up to the Redskins’ facility when we first got Donovan McNabb and I was out there for training camp and watching them.”

With roots in Washington, Allen will enter his first NFL season with support from his parents and siblings not only as family, but as fans, too.



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