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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