Fifth-Ranked Bruins Come Back to Beat Arizona in Pac-10 Opener

Sept. 20, 2007

Box Score

LOS ANGELES - Junior Kaitlin Sather had a match-high 17 kills, while juniors Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer each posted double-doubles, as the fifth-ranked Bruins won their Pac-10 opener and 10th in a row in a four-game win over Arizona. Game scores were 27-30, 33-31, 30-19, 30-27.

The Bruins improve to 11-1 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 10-3. Daley had 13 kills, 12 digs and tied a career high with seven blocks, while Spicer had 54 assists, 13 digs and equaled a personal best with eight kills.

Senior Rachell Johnson added 13 kills, eight blocks and seven digs, while freshman Juliane Piggott registered a career-high 10 kills.

The Bruins had the lead for the majority of the first game, but hitting errors down the stretch allowed the Wildcats to take the game. Leading 26-23, the Bruins had back-to-back errors and then saw Arizona serve an ace to tie the game at 26. After a kill by Daley gave UCLA the lead back, three more Bruin attack errors and an Arizona ace led them to a 30-27 win in game one.

The second game was tied at two when four straight points by the Bruins gave them a 6-2 lead and forced Arizona into a timeout. UCLA maintained a lead of at least two until Arizona took its first lead of the game. Down 15-11, the Wildcats netted six straight to take a 17-15 advantage and cause the Bruins to call a timeout.

UCLA took the lead back with four straight points after trailing 20-19 to go up 23-20. But the Wildcats slowly crept back in it, holding off three straight game points to even things at 29. Arizona staved off two more game points until an attack error gave UCLA the 33-31, game two victory.

The Bruins never trailed in game three and the only tie was at 1-1. Runs of 4-0 and 8-1 after that gave the Bruins a 9-2 lead. Arizona got no closer than four the rest of the way. UCLA got its advantage up to double figures for the first time at 25-15 and ended up winning the game 30-19.

UCLA jumped out to a 9-4 lead in game four and it appeared that things were going to go easy for the Bruins, but the Wildcats battled back. Trailing 16-14, the Wildcats scored four in a row to take an 18-16 lead. Arizona got its lead up to as many as three, but UCLA evened it back up at 26. Another two points in a row gave the Bruins a 28-26 advantage. The teams sided out the final three serves and UCLA won the fourth game 30-27.

Arizona was led by Tiffany Owens, who had 14 kills.

The Bruins finish up a brief two-match homestand on Friday when they host Arizona State at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.


EVENT INFORMATION
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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30 - 5:00 PM PST
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
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