Aug. 27, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawaii - Sophomore Rachael Kidder had a career-high nine kills and no errors in 12 attacks for a .750 hitting percentage, to go along with four blocks, as #16 UCLA won Mike Sealy's head coaching debut with a three-set sweep of Kansas State on Friday at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. Scores were 26-24, 25-18, 25-19.
Senior Dicey McGraw had 10 kills to pace the Bruins, who won their 12th-straight season opener. Junior transfer Lauren Van Orden had a double-double in her Bruin debut with 31 assists and 11 digs, junior Lainey Gera added 14 digs and junior Sara Sage produced six kills and five blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .165 to .064.
The first set featured 12 ties and seven lead changes, as the Bruins fought off a set point to take the opener. UCLA led throughout the opening part of the first set, leading by as many as four at 10-6, 11-7 and 12-8. But the Wildcats came back with a 6-1 run to take a 14-13 advantage, their first lead since taking the opening point. Kansas State's biggest lead was two at 17-15 and 18-16.
With the score tied at 19, the two teams sided out the next four points until a Sage kill gave UCLA a 22-21 edge. The Wildcats netted three of the next four to earn a set point at 24-23, but UCLA scored the final three to win it 26-24. Following a kill by McGraw to tie it at 24, Kidder and junior Katie Camp teamed up for a block and a KSU attack error on set point gave UCLA the first-set win. McGraw, Sage and sophomore Mari Hole each had three kills to lead UCLA, which hit just .030 but was slightly better than Kansas State's .000.
The Bruins had the first run of the second set, the Wildcats responded with one of their own, but UCLA had the last run to take a 2-0 lead. UCLA scored four of the first five points of the set thanks to a pair of aces from Van Orden, a kill by Hole and a K-State attack error. The Bruins still led 8-4 when the Wildcats came back with six in a row to take a 10-8 edge.
Kansas State still led 12-11, but UCLA scored nine of the next 12 to go ahead 20-15. The Bruins had all four of their blocks in the set during the 9-3 run, including back-to-back, combo roofs by Kidder and Sage to make it a five-point margin. The Wildcats cut it to three at 21-18, but UCLA finished off the set with the final four to win it 25-18. Following consecutive kills by McGraw and Van Orden, Kidder served an ace and Sage clinched the set on a kill. McGraw had three kills in the second, while Gera registered seven digs, as UCLA out-hit Kansas State .100 to .054.
The early part of set three featured six ties and two lead changes, but with the score tied at nine, the Bruins went on a 5-1 run and never looked back to finish the sweep. UCLA had a pair of kills from Kidder during the 5-1 spurt, along with a Sage kill and a McGraw/Sage combo block.
The Bruins lead never dipped below two and grew to as many as six on three occasions. Leading 18-16, UCLA received kills from Camp, sophomore Bojana Todorovic and Kidder, as well as a Kidder/Sage block to take a 22-16 advantage. An attack error on the Bruins' first match point gave Sealy his first head-coaching victory. Kidder had seven of her nine kills in the closing set, McGraw added four and Todorovic posted all four of her kills in the third. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .325 to .139.
The Bruins continue action at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Saturday against 22nd-ranked San Diego at 5 p.m. HT/8 p.m. PT. Live audio, video and stats will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.