Sept. 12, 2011
LOS ANGELES - In the 2011 home opener for the sixth-ranked Bruins, junior Rachael Kidder had a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs and senior Lainey Gera (15) and sophomores Meg Norton (11) and Kelly Reeves (11) all had double-figures in digs in a sweep of Cal State Northridge on Monday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-17, 25-17.
The Bruins improve to 8-1 on the year, while the Matadors fall to 6-5.
Reeves added eight kills, while senior Sara Sage posted seven kills and only one error in 15 swings for a .400 hitting percentage. Senior Lauren Van Orden produced 28 assists and seven digs, as the Bruins hit .169 as a team.
The Bruins trailed for most of the first, but took their lead near the end and held on for an opening-set win. Northridge jumped out to an early 6-2 lead, but a 5-1 UCLA run evened the score at seven. Three Matador errors and two Sage kills accounted for the five points. Northridge responded with seven of the next 10 to go back up by four at 14-10, but UCLA again countered with a 7-3 run to tie things up at 17. Two kills by both Kidder and Reeves, one from freshman Olivia Okoro and two Northridge errors evened the score.
Another kill by Kidder, followed by a solo block from the junior put the Bruins up by a pair at 19-17. The teams sided out the next 10 points, which eventually gave the Bruins set point at 24-22. Kidder connected on her team-best sixth kill of the set to give the home squad a 25-22 win. Kidder added five digs in the opening set, Reeves added four kills and five digs and Gera posted seven digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Matadors .178 to .119.
The Bruins scored three of the first four points of the second set on two Northridge attack errors and a Reeves kill, but a 3-0 Northridge run gave the Matadors a 4-3 edge. However, UCLA got the next two on consecutive kills by Reeves and Sage to take a 5-4 lead, which it would not relinquish for the rest of the set. Up 9-8, the Bruins scored three straight on successive Matador errors to take a 12-8 advantage.
The Matadors closed to within one again at 16-15, but a 5-0 UCLA run broke it open. A combo block by Kidder and Sage, a Northridge attack error and a Kidder kill made it 19-15. Sage and Kidder followed with two kills in a row to up the advantage to 21-15. The Matadors got two of the next three to make it 22-17, but three in a row for the Bruins on a kill by junior Tabi Love, a Sage ace and a bad Northridge set gave them a 25-17 victory. Kidder and Sage each had four kills in the second, while Reeves added three, as the Bruins out-hit the Matadors .268 to .116.
Like the first set, the Bruins trailed for the first half of the third set, but a 10-0 run would propel the home squad to a sweep. The Matadors held early leads of 9-4 and 14-8 before the Bruins went on their run. A Northridge attack error, a Sage kill and a solo block by Kidder cut the deficit to three at 14-11 and UCLA would tie things up following a Gera ace and consecutive kills by Kidder and Reeves.
A Northridge attack error gave UCLA its first lead since 1-0, which was followed by a Kidder kill, another Gera ace and another Matador attack error to put the Bruins up 18-14. After four straight sideouts, UCLA scored five of the last six points of the match to win the third 25-17. A Kidder kill, a Northridge attack error and a kill by freshman Megan Moenoa made it 22-16. Following a Northridge sideout, the Bruins scored the final three points of the match on a Matador attack error and consecutive kills by freshman Priscilla Duke-Ezeji and Moenoa to finish off the sweep. Duke-Ezeji had four kills in the third, while Kidder added three, as the Bruins out-hit the Matadors .083 to -.034.
The Bruins travel to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, facing Washington State on Friday and fourth-ranked Washington on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will feature Gametracker and live video at UCLABruins.com.