Sept. 7, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Rachell Johnson led all players with 18 kills, juniors Ali Daley and Kaitlin Sather each added double figures in kills and junior Nellie Spicer moved into fifth on the all-time assists list, as UCLA came back from dropping game one to win in four, 27-30, 30-20, 30-20, 30-17, against UC Irvine on Friday at Crawford Court.
The Bruins win their fourth in a row to improve to 5-1, while the Anteaters drop their second straight to fall to 6-2. Daley added 13 digs with her 14 kills for her fourth double-double of the season, while Sather had seven digs with her 13 kills.
Spicer had 49 assists, and with her 40th moved past Kim Coleman for fifth on the Bruins' all-time assist list, also adding 13 digs for a double-double. UCLA also received great play from sophomore Elise Carstensen, who had five kills with no errors in 11 swings to go with a career-high seven blocks. Junior Jade Machado had a team-high 16 digs, with freshman Jazmin Machado also posting double figures in digs with 10.
The Bruins led early in game one at 4-3, but that would be the last lead for UCLA, as UC Irvine netted four in a row to take a 6-4 advantage. The Anteaters' lead grew to 15-10, but the Bruins went on a 6-3 run to slice the deficit to 18-16. UCLA got close to tying the score, but could get no closer than one. UC Irvine ended up taking a four-point lead at 26-22 and kept it, winning the first 30-27.
After a dismal performance in the first game, the Bruins turned up the offense and defense to rout the Anteaters in the final three. UCLA grabbed an early 4-2 lead in the second, but the Anteaters quickly tied things up at five with a 3-1 run. The Bruins re-took the advantage at 8-5 and still led at 10-7 before three straight by Irvine tied things back up at 10.
That would be the last time the Anteaters were in the game though, as the Bruins netted 14 of the next 18 points to take a commanding 24-14 lead. Daley had three kills during the run, while Carstensen, Clements and Spicer all had two. The Anteaters mounted a mini 5-2 run to cut it below double figures at 26-19, but the Bruins won three of the final four points to take a 30-20 victory in game two. Carstensen netted another kill and the game-clinching block solo with Daley.
Game three was again all Bruins. After eight sideouts to start the game, the Bruins netted three straight and five of six to take a 9-5 advantage. UCLA still led at 11-9 when it scored four in a row and eight of the next 10 to cruise to a 19-11 edge. It was the Daley show during the run, with the junior recording three kills, an ace and a block solo. Johnson also had two kills during the run.
After Irvine scored the next two to make it 19-13, the Bruins went on another 6-2 run to bring their lead to double figures at 25-15. The Anteaters brought it below double figures again, getting to as close as 26-19, but UCLA took four of the final five points of the game to win by another 30-20 score.
As bad as game three was for the Anteaters, things would get worse in the fourth, as they hit -.048 as a team. Things got off to a good start when UCI scored the first two points, but UCLA scored the next five to take a 5-2 lead. After an Anteater sideout, the Bruins recorded six of the next seven points to extend their advantage to 11-4, prompting a UCI timeout. The Anteaters responded out of the break with three straight to bring it to 11-7, but the Bruins answered right back with three of their own to go back up by seven.
The Anteaters got no closer than six the rest of the way, as the Bruins took their first double-digit lead in the game at 21-11. Leading 26-17, UCLA won the final four points of the game for a 30-17 victory and its fourth straight win. The Bruins ended the match hitting .234 with a season-high 13 team blocks. UC Irvine finished the match at just .134 after hitting .306 in the first game. Kristin Kelley led the Anteaters with 13 kills, while Lauren Kellerman had 11. Along with their hitting struggles in the final three games, 17 service errors also did in the Anteaters.
The Bruins continue play at the UC Irvine/Nike Invitational on Saturday when they face William and Mary at 11 a.m. and Southern Mississippi at 5 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both matches at www.ucirvinesports.com.