Sept. 5, 2004
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The third-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team posted a sweep of No. 15 Texas A&M on Saturday night at G. Rollie White Coliseum in College Station, Texas. The win improved the Bruins season record to 4-0. UCLA outlasted the Aggies in the opening game of the win for a 31-29, 30-27, 30-25 victory and captured the McDonald's/Texas A&M Invitational trophy in fromt of a boisterous crowd of 2,858. Brynn Murphy was named to the All-Tournament Team and Krystal McFarland was named the Tournament MVP. Although the Bruins won in three games, they had to rely on a late surge to win the tight-knit first game. The Aggies held a 28-26 advantage when all-tournament selection Brynn Murphy put down a kill to put UCLA within one. A&M was called for being in the net in the ensuing play resulting in the 17th tie of the game. The lead changed for the 11th time when UCLA's Chrissie Zartman aced her serve to put the Bruins ahead, 29-28. Her next serve went into the net to tie the score, but a kill by teammate Brittany Ringel and an A&M attack error gave the Bruins the game. The Aggies jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second game and never trailed until Murphy put down a kill to give the Bruins their first lead at 22-21. Kendra Felder posted a kill for A&M to tie the game, but the Aggies were unable to retake the lead for the remainder of the game. Bruin senior Heather Cullen closed out the game with an ace to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead. UCLA (4-0) built an 18-14 lead in Game 3, but A&M got back within one point at 19-18. The Aggies got within one point two more times but were unable to overcome the deficit. The Bruins slowly pulled away, and a kill by tournament MVP and UCLA senior setter Krystal McFarland clinched a 30-25 victory for the Bruins. McFarland set a balanced attack for the Bruins with 43 assists as three UCLA players reached double figures in kills. Murphy tied for match-high honors in kills with 14. Ringel added 12 kills, and Colby Lyman added 11. UCLA returns to action on Thursday at 8 pm Pacific Time at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Volleyball Challenge in Honolulu, Hawaii against No. 22 Santa Clara. UCLA will also face Southwest Missouri State and host Hawai'i in Mauna Loa Challenge action.