Sept. 26, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Dicey McGraw recorded a career-high 20 kills, adding 15 digs for her second straight double-double, as the 14th-ranked Bruins defeated #19 Arizona in four sets on Saturday at the McKale Center. Set scores were 22-25, 27-25, 25-14, 25-13.
The Bruins improve to 11-4 overall and 1-1 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats fall to 12-1 and 1-1 in league action.
Freshman Lauren Cook had 43 assists, six kills and six digs, while senior Kaitlin Sather was one kill shy of a double-double with nine and 12 digs. Sophomore Amanda Gil (six kills, seven blocks) and freshman Bojana Todorovic (seven kills, eight digs) also had good all-around matches. Sophomore Lainey Gera posted 21 digs and sophomore Katie Camp added six kills. The Bruins hit .299 as a team with 11 blocks.
The Wildcats posted a wire-to-wire victory in the opener, taking an early 12-5 lead. Arizona held a 16-7 advantage before UCLA made a 5-0 run to cut its deficit to four at 16-12. Camp and Cook began the run with back-to-back kills, and following an Arizona attack error, McGraw and Cook posted kills to make it a four-point game.
The Bruins still trailed 19-14, but a mini 3-0 run on an Arizona service error and kills by Gil and Sather made it 19-17. But UCLA could get no closer, as the teams sided out the rest of the set, with Tiffany Owens recording the set-clinching kill in a 25-22 victory. McGraw led the Bruins with five kills in the first, while Cook added three. Despite dropping the opener, the Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .286 to .282.
UCLA broke a seven-set losing streak by winning the second to even the match. Arizona held an early 8-5 edge, but a 6-0 run by the Bruins gave them an 11-8 advantage. Camp and McGraw had kills to open the run, while Cook and Camp teamed up for a block, as the Bruins also benefitted from three Arizona attack errors. The Wildcats tied it back up at 12, but a 5-1 run upped the visitors advantage to four at 17-13. McGraw had a kill and an ace, Sather and Todorovic also added spikes and Gil recorded a solo block during the run.
The Wildcats came back though with eight of the next 10 to go ahead 21-19. The Bruins then netted three straight on a Todorovic kill and ace and an attack error to go ahead 22-21. Arizona re-took the advantage at 23-22, but back-to-back points on a McGraw kill and a Gera ace gave the Bruins set point at 24-23. The Wildcats sided out on the first set point, but a McGraw kill gave the Bruins another one at 25-24. Arizona staved off its second set point, but a Cook kill and an Arizona attack error on UCLA's third set point gave the visitors a 27-25 win. McGraw had six kills in the second, Todorovic added four and Cook posted three. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .189 to .070.
The Bruins led from start to finish in the third to take a 2-1 lead. Ahead 4-3, UCLA scored five in a row to take a 9-3 advantage. The run began with a McGraw kill and a Gil/Sather combo block. Following an Arizona error, Sather had a spike and Gil and McGraw teamed up for a roof. The Bruins took their first double-digit lead at 17-7 following a mini 3-0 run that ended in a kill by McGraw.
UCLA led by as many as 11 on multiple occasions. The Bruins won the third 25-14 following a kill by freshman Rachael Kidder on their second set point. McGraw once again led the Bruins with five kills, while Sather had three kills and three blocks. The Bruins hit .571, producing 14 kills and two errors in 21 attacks, adding four blocks. The Wildcats hit just .033.
For good measure, the Bruins had another wire-to-wire victory in the fourth. UCLA scored the first point on a Cook solo block, and after an Arizona sideout, McGraw had a kill and three straight Wildcat attack errors made it 5-1 Bruins. Still up by four at 12-8, UCLA scored six in a row to break it open. Following an Arizona attack error, McGraw had a kill to make it 14-8. The Wildcats called a timeout, but the Bruins scored four straight after the break on a Gera ace, a Gil/McGraw combo block, a Gil kill and an Arizona attack error to increase the advantage to 18-8.
The Wildcats got no closer than eight the rest of the way. Leading 21-13, the Bruins scored the final four points of the match to win it 25-13 on an Arizona service and setting error and back-to-back aces by sophomore Amber McBenttez. Just like she did for the first three sets, McGraw paced the Bruins with four kills, with Sather adding three. UCLA hit .321 as a team, with 10 kills and only one error in 28 swings. Arizona swung at an .022 clip in the fourth.
Owens led the Wildcats with 12 kills, as Arizona hit .101 as a team.
After a 15-match road swing to start the season, the Bruins open up their home schedule next weekend against Stanford on Friday and California on Saturday. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion, with Gametracker and free audio available on UCLABruins.com.