Kelly Reeves remembers it vividly.
"The postseason was just a unreal; that ride," Reeves, the 6-foot UCLA outside hitter said, wistfully.
Her eyes light up as she continues talking about the magical postseason run that the UCLA women's volleyball team went on last season that culminated in a 3-1 defeat of Illinois to win the 2011 NCAA Championship.
"We got to host the first two rounds, which was awesome, and I think was really good for us," Reeves said. "And then we go to Kentucky and take down Penn State and I was just like, 'What, are you kidding me?" It was awesome."
From there, Reeves went on to talk about the Bruins' match against a tough Texas team in the Regional Finals. The top-seeded Longhorns have long been known to play a physical brand while fielding a big, athletic team. At the time, UCLA head coach Michael Sealy described the Longhorns as an NBA volleyball team. But the Bruins controlled the ball better and dispatched...