Nov. 27, 2004
SEATTLE - The UCLA women's volleyball team took the first game on Saturday night in Seattle, but was unable to upset third-ranked Washington in the regular season finale for both teams. Game scores were 29-31, 30-23, 30-23, 30-24. With the loss, the Bruins finish the regular season with a record of 18-10 (11-7 Pac-10, fourth place), while the Huskies win their first-ever Pac-10 Championship in women's volleyball, holding a 24-2 (16-2 Pac-10) record. The NCAA field will be announced at approximately 3:30 pm Pacific Time on Sunday on ESPNEWS.
The Bruins scored the first point of the match on a Becky Green kill and never relinquished the lead, although the Huskies had the game tied as late as 29-29. That tie was a result of a UCLA attack error on the Bruins first match point opportunity, but the Bruins responded as Green and Brittany Ringel recorded their seventh and third kills of the game, respectively, to secure the 31-29 win.
UCLA also scored the inaugural point of game two, but the Huskies quickly took a 2-1 lead. It would be a back-and-forth battle from there, and the game was tied as late as 14-14. From that point, the Huskies started to pull away and would eventually take the 30-23 second game win. Ringel was UCLA's hot hitter in game two, as she had five kills on nine error-free attacks for a .556 attack percentage.
A Becky Green kill would also open game three with a kill to give the Bruins an early lead, but the Huskies took control of this game earlier, extending a lead from 2-1 to the eventual 30-23 margin of victory. The Bruins hit just .114 as a team in the third game, but were led by Brynn Murphy, who had five kills and 11 attacks in the game.
In game four, Green led the Bruins in kills, and once again scored the opening point of the game on a kill. After the Bruins took a 2-0 lead, the Huskies and Bruins were tied as late as 22-22 before Washington began to pull away, eventually scoring the final five points and taking the game and the match with a fourth game score of 30-24.
UCLA senior libero Chrissie Zartman set a new school record for digs in a four-game match, recording 32 digs in the contest. She had 11 digs in game one, five in game two, and eight in both games three and four. UCLA's effort on the blocks was also notable, as the Bruins out-blocked the Huskies by a 17-13 margin. Leading the Bruins on the block were Nana Meriwether with seven block assists and Rachell Johnson, who had two solo blocks and four block assists in just two games on the court. Offensively, UCLA head three players with double-figure kills, led by Green with 17, Murphy with 14 and Meriwether with 12.
UCLA now awaits the announcement of the NCAA Tournament field. The field will be announced on Sunday afternoon on ESPNEWS between 3:30 and 4 pm Pacific Time. The Bruins have bid to host a first and second-round site, which would take place in Pauley Pavilion Dec. 3-4.