Sept. 26, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash. - Senior Tabi Love led the fourth-ranked Bruins with 25 kills and the UCLA middle blockers, junior Mariana Aquino and sophomore Zoë Nightingale, combined for 16 kills, no errors and 13 blocks, but #5 Washington came back to win a match which featured 53 ties and 23 lead changes in five sets on Wednesday at Alaska Airlines Arena. Set scores were 25-22, 28-30, 25-19, 26-28, 14-16.
The Bruins fall to 9-3 overall and 1-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Huskies remain undefeated at 12-0 and 3-0 in league action.
Nightingale recorded nine kills in 18 attempts (.500) with eight blocks, while Aquino posted seven kills in 16 attacks (.438) with five blocks. Senior Rachael Kidder had 19 kills, eight digs and five blocks and sophomore Karsta Lowe added eight kills. Defensively, senior Bojana Todorovic had 19 digs, junior Kelly Reeves added 13 and junior Meg Norton posted 11. Sophomore Megan Moenoa set the final three sets and had 40 assists and six digs, while freshman Becca Strehlow produced 27 assists and eight digs in the first two sets. The Bruins hit .238 for the match.
The opening set featured 11 ties and five lead changes. Washington scored the first three points of the match, but UCLA came back with four of the next five on kills by Love and Strehlow and combo blocks by the tandems of Aquino and Reeves and Aquino and Love to tie the score at four. After a UW sideout, a 3-0 UCLA run on a Husky service error, a Kidder/Nightingale combo block and an Aquino ace put the visitors up 7-5. The Huskies came back with the next three to re-take the lead, but a 3-1 Bruin run on a UW service error, a Kidder kill and a combo roof from Nightingale and Strehlow made it 10-9 UCLA.
Two straight for the Huskies gave the home team the lead back, but back-to-back Love kills made it 12-11 Bruins. Despite four more ties from that point on, UCLA never trailed for the remainder of the set. At 17-all, kills by Lowe and Nightingale made it 19-17. Up one at 22-21, a kill by Reeves and a Washington attack error gave the Bruins set point. The Huskies saved the first attempt, but a service error clinched a 25-22 victory for the Bruins. Love led UCLA with four kills in the second, while Kidder added three, as seven different players had kills. Todorovic posted five digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Huskies .194 to .167.
The second set went into overtime and had 14 ties and four lead changes. Washington jumped out to a 6-3 lead, but a 5-1 run for the Bruins on a kill and an ace by Kidder, two kills from Love and one by Aquino gave the visitors their first lead of the set at 8-7. Trailing 11-9, a 3-0 run by the Huskies gave them the lead back, but a Kidder kill and a UW attack error made it 13-12 UCLA. Equal at 14, successive kills by Kidder, Love and Strehlow made it 17-14. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set was four at 21-17 and 22-18, but the Huskies would come back.
Runs of 3-0 and 5-1 tied the score at 23. A Kidder kill gave the Bruins set point, but the Huskies came back with the next two to earn their first set point. A Kidder kill saved the first UW set point, while three kills by Love saved Husky set points two, three and four, putting the score at 28-all. However, Washington scored the next two to take the second 30-28. Love paced the Bruins with seven kills in the second, while Kidder added six. Todorovic had five more digs, as the Bruins were out-hit by the Huskies .389 to .208.
Set three featured 10 ties and six lead changes. The Huskies held a 7-6 edge, but three straight for the Bruins on two kills by Love, with an Aquino/Love combo block sandwiched in between put the visitors up 9-7. Washington came back with the next three to re-take the lead, but another 3-0 UCLA run on a kill by Love and two straight from Kidder made it 12-10.
Even at 13, the Bruins scored five straight to break it open. A Washington service error, a Kidder kill, a Kidder/Nightingale combo block, a Nightingale kill and a Husky ball handling error made it 18-13. Up 20-16, the Bruins took the next three on kills by Love and Reeves and a Moenoa ace to take a set-best lead of seven at 23-16. A service error on the Bruins' third set point gave UCLA a 25-19 victory. Love again paced the Bruins with five kills, Kidder added four with three blocks and Nightingale posted four roofs and two kills. The Bruins out-hit the Huskies .273 to .206.
The fourth set also went into overtime and had 11 ties and six lead changes. Washington held an early 5-2 lead, but a 7-2 UCLA run gave the visitors a 9-7 edge. Lowe had three kills during the run, Nightingale added two, Love posted one and Kidder and Nightingale teamed up for a block. With the Bruins still up 11-10, the Huskies went on runs of 6-0 and 8-2 to take a set-best lead of five at 18-13. The Bruins were still down by three at 22-19, but scored four in a row on two kills by Love and two Washington errors to go ahead 23-22.
The Bruins earned a set point following a Love kill to take a 24-23 edge, but two in a row by the Huskies gave the home team a set point. Kills by Reeves and Lowe gave the Bruins a second set point at 26-25, but the Huskies netted the next three to take the fourth 28-26. For the fourth set in a row, Love led in kills with five. Kidder and Lowe each added four apiece, while Nightingale tallied three. The Bruins were out-hit .405 to .310.
There were seven more ties in the fifth set and another overtime finish. The Bruins held an early 8-5 lead on two kills by Kidder, one apiece from Aquino, Love and Lowe and three Washington errors. The Huskies responded with the next five to take a 10-8 edge. A 3-1 UCLA run on kills by Love and Lowe and a combo block by Lowe and Nightingale equaled the score at 11.
The teams sided out the next four points, and tied at 13, a point for the Huskies gave them match point. A Love kill tied the score at 14, but Washington got the next two to win the fifth 16-14. Love had three kills to lead the Bruins, who were out-hit .280 to .200.
The Bruins square off with Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.