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Bruins Fall to USC in Five-Game Thriller
By: UCLA Athletics

October 30, 1998

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - In a match very reminiscent of UCLA's upset of No. 4 ranked UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14, the No. 23 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team battled 11th-ranked cross-town rival USC to the wire falling, 15-6, 15-11, 9-15, 15-11, 18-16. The Bruins saw their six-match win streak stopped in the tough Pac-10 Conference match at Pauley Pavilion tonight. USC moved to 15-4 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-10, while UCLA fell to 9-10 overall and 8-4 in the league.

USC changed its starting lineup for the match as sophomore setter Heidi Munneke got the starting nod and stayed in well into game four. Munneke provided career-highs across the board with 61 assists, 10 kills and five digs. Leading the hitters for the Women of Troy was senior Jennifer Kessey with 21 kills, while Jasmina Marinkovic added 18 kills and four blocks and Janae Henry chipped in a career-best 12 kills, five blocks and match-high 20 digs.

The Bruins were led by freshman sensation Kristee Porter who surpassed the 30-kill mark for the second time this season and totaled a match-high 36 kills tonight while hitting .381. UCLA sophomore Elisabeth Bachman was also a major contributor hitting .524 with 24 kills and nine blocks, both tying her career- highs. Freshman Ashley Bowles added 18 kills and classmate Erika Selsor provided 73 assists and a team-high 17 digs.

The two teams came out playing a bit sloppy, but got on track during the third game and gave the crowd of 2,188 a great show down the stretch. USC won the first two games fairly easily, but the momentum shifted to UCLA midway through game three and the Bruins evened the match at two games all. The decisive game could not have been any tighter, although UCLA held the advantage more often and served for the match up 14-12 after Porter's 36th kill of the night. USC scored the next three points with a kill inside the UCLA block, a smash on an overpass and a block. The score was tied at 15 all when USC hit long, then UCLA took its final lead on a kill by Bowles. The Bruins made two errors to give USC a 17-16 advantage, then Marinkovic and Henry teamed for a block to seal the match.

Both UCLA and USC play at home next weekend hosting the desert schools. UCLA welcomes Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Pauley Pavilion, then entertains Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the John Wooden Center. USC hosts Arizona at the Lyon Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and ASU on Sunday at 1:00 in the North Gym.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE