Sept. 12, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas - Ninth-ranked UCLA defeated Texas, 3-0, in the final game of the round-robin Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. The Bruins won the match 30-24, 30-17, 30-28 and went 3-0 at the tournament with victories over Texas, UT-Arlington (3-0) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (3-0). With the win, UCLA improved to 8-1 overall and have won six straight matches, while the Longhorns evened their record at 4-4 for the year.
UCLA junior Brynn Murphy was voted Most Valuable Player after leading the team with 11 kills in the last game and a total of 38 for the tournament. Krystal McFarland and Chrissie Zartman also were named to the all-tournament team.
UCLA took an early lead in the first game, jumping ahead 12-9 before the Longhorns rally with a 5-2 run to pull even at 14-14. The Bruins then used back-to-back points to regain control and added to their lead with a four-point run on Laura Kroneberger's serve to put the game out of reach at 28-20. The Bruins benefited from a .417 hitting percentage, while limiting the Longhorns to a .238 mark.
The Bruins continued their strong play in the second game and built an 18-9 lead behind the strong play of Brittany Ringel and Murphy. The Longhorns managed to climb back within seven points at 18-11, but UCLA used strong serving and a pointed attack to win the game with a 12-6 run. As in the first game, the Bruins used strong defense to limit UT to a .182 hitting percentage, while having a .382 mark of their own.
Texas came out in the third game strong after the break, taking a 12-5 lead on several Bruin attack errors. UCLA managed to play all the way back and tie the game at 15-15 then take the lead at 20-19. The Bruins extended a three-point lead before Texas came back to tie the score at 23-23. The two teams battled back and forth and fought through four ties, before UCLA strung together back-to-back points at 28-28 to take the third game and the match.
The Bruins open Pac-10 play on Fri., Sept. 19, with a 7 p.m. matchup against top-ranked and defending NCAA champion USC. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by Fox Sports Net.