Nov. 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Juniors Ali Daley, Kaitlin Sather and Nellie Spicer all had double-doubles and sophomore Diana Douglas registered her first career kill for the match-clincher, as the 10th-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion. Game scores were 31-29, 30-21, 30-17.
The Bruins improve to 18-8 overall and 8-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars fall to 9-20 and 0-15 in league.
Sather had a match-high 17 kills and 12 digs, Daley added 12 kills and 13 digs and Spicer posted 47 assists and 16 digs. Senior Rachell Johnson fell just short of a double-double with nine kills and nine blocks, while freshman Katie Mills added eight kills. Junior Jessica Fine recorded a team-high 18 digs.
The Cougars scored the first point of game one, but UCLA netted four of the next five points to take a 4-2 advantage. Washington State came back to even the game at six, but the Bruins went on a 6-1 run to make it a 12-7 game. The Cougars had four errors during the run, while the other two points came on kills by Daley and Johnson. UCLA's lead grew to as many as seven on a pair of occasions, but Washington State came back to make things interesting at the end of the game.
With the Bruins on top 17-10, the Cougars went on an 8-3 run to cut the deficit to two at 20-18. After two straight points by the Bruins made it 22-18, Washington State scored four in a row to tie it at 22. UCLA called a timeout to slow Washington State down and came out of the break with a 3-1 run to make it 25-23, but the Cougars re-took the lead with a 3-0 run of their own for their first advantage since it was 1-0. The game was tied on four more occasions until a Daley kill gave the Bruins their second game point at 30-29. An attack error by Washington State clinched it for UCLA for a 31-29 victory. Spicer nearly had a double-double in the first game with 16 assists and nine digs, while Daley had five kills and no errors. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .164 to .082.
The Cougars led for the first part of game two, albeit never by more than two points. With Washington State on top 9-8, UCLA went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-11 advantage. The Bruins had three blocks during the run to go along with two kills by Sather. Washington State got to within 20-17, but UCLA scored eight straight points to take a commanding 28-17 lead. Mills, Sather and freshman Dicey McGraw each had two kills during the run. The Cougars scored four of the next five, but Sather clinched game two on a kill to give the Bruins a 30-21 win. Sather had seven kills during the game, as UCLA hit .255 and held Washington State to a -.023 hitting attack.
Game three was all Bruins. After falling behind early 3-2, UCLA ran off six in a row to take an 8-3 lead. Johnson had two kills, while Mills, Sather and freshman Juliane Piggott had one each. The Bruins weren't done with their scoring streaks in the third. At 10-5, UCLA reeled off eight straight to go ahead 18-5. Sather had two kills and an ace during the run, with Daley adding two kills.
The Bruins' lead never dipped below double figures the rest of the way, reaching a game-high 16 at 28-12 following another 4-0 run. The match-clincher came from Douglas, who registered her first career kill on her first attempt to give the Bruins the 30-17 victory. UCLA hit .378 for the final game and .248 for the match.
Jackie Albright led Washington State with 10 kills and 13 digs. The Cougars hit .070 for the match.
The Bruins finish up their regular-season home schedule on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Washington. The match will feature Gametracker and live audio and video with Darren Preston at the call on UCLABruins.com. Johnson and Meghan Schoen will be honored prior to their final regular-season home matches at UCLA.