Nov. 17, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior Kaitlin Sather had a match-high 16 kills to go along with 14 digs, but the 10th-ranked Bruins fell in three games to #5 Washington on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Game scores were 30-20, 31-29, 30-27. Seniors Rachell Johnson and Meghan Schoen each played in their final regular-season matches in Westwood. Johnson had seven kills and four blocks, while Schoen had two kills in the first game.
Junior Ali Daley added 12 kills and 15 digs for another double-double, while junior Nellie Spicer had 42 assists, seven digs and four blocks. Junior Jessica Fine recorded 15 digs. As a team, the Bruins hit .122 and had 10 team blocks.
The Bruins fall to 18-9 overall and 8-8 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies improve to 24-3 and 13-3 in league action.
With the emotional Senior Night ceremony prior to the match firing up the Bruins, UCLA began the match with a 4-1 run. Daley had two kills, while Sather and Schoen added one each. But Washington came back with six of the next seven points to take its first lead at 8-6. Trailing 10-8, the Bruins scored three in a row to take a one-point lead, but the Huskies answered right back with three of their own to pull ahead 13-11.
Up 14-13, the Huskies went on a 4-0 run to bring their lead up to five at 18-13. UCLA got no closer than four the rest of the way. Washington took its highest lead of the game at 29-19 before winning by the same 10-point margin at 30-20. The Bruins hit just .043 and had no blocks in the first game, while the Huskies hit .333 with six roofs.
Washington dominated the first part of game two, but UCLA came back in the latter stages to make it close right down to the end. Trailing by a game-high nine points at 18-9, the Bruins scored six of the next eight to cut the margin to five at 20-15. After a Husky sideout brought their lead back up to six, the Bruins reeled off six in a row to even the game at 21. UCLA, which had no blocks in the first game, had a pair of their eight, second-game blocks during the run.
The game was tied on four more occasions until with Washington ahead 28-27, the Bruins scored two straight on a UW service error and a triple block by Daley, Johnson and Spicer to take their first lead of the game at 29-28. But the Huskies staved off that game point and scored the final three points of the set to win it 31-29. Washington's hitting came back down to a .183 attack in the second, but UCLA was held to a .116 percentage. Sather had seven kills during the game to pace the Bruins.
The Huskies didn't trail in game three to finish off the sweep. Washington scored the first three points of the game and led early on by a 7-2 score. UCLA trimmed its deficit to two at 9-7, but the Huskies came back with seven of the next 11 to take a 16-11 advantage. The Bruins closed to within 21-19, but the Huskies scored three straight to take a 24-19 edge and force UCLA into a timeout. The Bruins rallied back just like in game one, going on a 7-2 run to even the game at 26 and force Washington into a timeout. But the Huskies scored three straight out of the break and went on to win 30-27.
Washington hit. 262 for the match, including .311 in the final game. Christal Morrison led the Huskies with 14 kills, while Alesha Deesing and Stevie Mussie had 10 each.
The Bruins play three times next week, beginning Tuesday with their annual showdown against Pepperdine. Start time is at 7 p.m. at Firestone Fieldhouse and you can listen to all the action with Darren Preston at the call on UCLABruins.com. UCLA then travels for a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Arizona, facing Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday. Both matches start at 6 p.m.