Oct. 9, 2004
LOS ANGELES - The 10th-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team extended its domination of California to 45 consecutive matches on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion with a 30-20, 30-27, 30-28 victory over the Golden Bears. With the win, the Bruins improve to 11-3 (4-1 Pac-10), while the Golden Bears fall to 7-6 (2-2 Pac-10). Nana Meriwether led the Bruins with 14.0 points in the match.
California sprinted out to a 5-1 lead to open the match before the Bruins answered, tying the game at 6-6 before extending a lead it would never relinquish. The Bruins hit .444 as a team in the opening game of the match and were led by Colby Lyman (4 kills, .500 ATK%), Brynn Murphy (4 kills, .667 ATK%) and Brittany Ringel (4 kills, .333) with four kills apiece. The Golden Bears were held to a .146 team attack percentage, although Gabrielle Abernathy had five kills on seven attacks to hit .571 for the game.
Once again, Cal opened an early lead in game two by scoring the first two points of the game. This time, the Golden Bears extended an 8-3 lead before the Bruins answered, tying the game at 17-17. From that point, the teams would trade the lead three times and were tied as late when the Bruins capitalized on a seven-point service rally by Nana Meriwether, giving the Bruins a 29-26 lead before an Alicia Powers kill ended the run. However, a Brittany Ringel kill ended the game in UCLA's favor for a 30-27 second game win.
In that second game, Meriwether was error-free on eight swings with five kills for an impressive .625 attack percentage, three block assists and a service ace for 7.5 points in that game alone. No other Bruin hit over .300 in game two, as the team hit .217 to Cal's .117. UCLA out-blocked the Golden Bears 5-2 in game two. Cal was led by Camille Leffall and Gabrielle Abernathy and Alicia Powers with five kills apiece in game two.
Coming out of the 10-minute break between games two and three, the Bruins picked up where they left off, scoring the first four points and never looking back. The Golden Bears got to within one point of the lead at 9-8 and as late as 29-28, but were never able to tie the score or take the lead in the final game of the match. Meriwether was again UCLA's kill leader in the game, this team is four. An error-filled second half of the game contributed to both teams having negative team attack percentages in game three with the Bruins at -.025 and Cal at -.051. Cal out-blocked the Bruins by a 6-0 margin but the Bruins won the final game of the match by a score of 30-28.
For the match, Meriwether was the only Bruin with double-figure kills, checking in with 11 to go with four block assists and an ace for a team-high 14.0 points on the evening. Colby Lyman led the Bruins with 12 digs and was joined in double figures by Brittany Ringel and Chrissie Zartman with 11 apiece.
UCLA will return to action on Saturday night with a 7 pm match against Stanford in Pauley Pavilion.