11th-Ranked Bruins Battle But Lose to #6 USC in Four

Sept. 24, 2010

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LOS ANGELES - Senior Dicey McGraw, junior Katie Camp and sophomore Rachael Kidder each had double figures in kills, while junior Lainey Gera, sophomore Bojana Todorovic and freshman Kelly Reeves totaled at least 10 digs apiece, but the 11th-ranked Bruins saw their eight-match winning streak snapped in a four-set loss to #6 USC on Friday at the Galen Center. Set scores were 19-25, 25-19, 16-25, 19-25.

The Bruins fall to 10-2 and 0-1 following their Pac-10 opener, while the Trojans remain undefeated at 12-0 and 1-0 in the conference.

McGraw had 16 kills to go along with nine digs, Kidder notched a career-best 14 kills and Camp tied a season high with 11 kills. Gera surpassed the 1,000-career digs mark with 22, Todorovic had a season-best 15 digs, while Reeves added 12. The Bruins hit .155 for the match.

The Trojans came out on fire with the first four points of the match and never looked back, holding at least a three-point advantage for the rest of the set. The Bruins had two separate runs of 3-0 and 4-0 late in the set, but were unable to make up the deficit. Trailing 23-15, UCLA recorded four in a row on two USC errors, a combo block by McGraw and freshman Mariana Aquino and a kill by McGraw, but the Trojans scored the last two points of the opener to win it 25-19. McGraw had four kills in the first, while Kidder added three, as the Bruins were out-hit .297 to .097.

USC netted four of the first six points of the second set, but UCLA came back with seven of the next nine to take a 9-6 advantage and force the Trojans into a timeout. McGraw had three kills during the 7-2 run, Kidder had one and Camp added a solo block. USC got to within one twice, but the Bruins raised their lead back up to five thanks to a 5-1 spurt. Leading 11-10, USC committed an attack error, Camp posted a solo roof and another Trojan error made it 14-10. After a USC sideout, a Camp kill and a Kidder solo block put the Bruins up by five at 16-11, prompting another Trojan timeout.

Following their second timeout, the Trojans scored six of the next seven points to even the score at 17. However, UCLA responded with three in a row on a kill by McGraw, a stuff block from Aquino and a USC error to go ahead 20-17. The Bruins never trailed for the rest of the set. Up 21-19, the Bruins recorded the final four points of the set to win it 25-19. An Aquino/Reeves combo block and three straight kills by Kidder gave the Bruins a six-point victory. Kidder had six kills to pace UCLA in the second, while McGraw added five, as the Bruins out-hit the Trojans .303 to .103. UCLA also had a great defensive set, with 15 digs and five blocks.

UCLA took an early 6-4 lead on two kills from Camp, one by both Aquino and McGraw and two USC attack errors, but the Trojans came back with runs of 6-0 and 9-2 to take a 13-8 advantage. The Bruins could get no closer than four the rest of the way. UCLA scored on its serve only three times during the set, trailing by as many as nine and dropping the third 25-16. McGraw led UCLA with four kills in the third, while Camp added three. The Trojans out-hit the Bruins .333 to .081.

The Bruins scored five of the first six points of the fourth set to take an early lead. Camp posted two kills, while Kidder and McGraw had one apiece during the 5-1 run. UCLA led by as many as six, but USC stormed back and took its first lead at 13-12. Down 11-5, the Trojans netted eight of the next nine points to go ahead by one.

UCLA responded with the next three on kills by Kidder and Camp and a USC attack error to go back up by two at 15-13, but the Trojans fought back with an 8-1 run to jump ahead 21-16. The Bruins cut their deficit to three at 22-19, but the Trojans scored the final three points of the set to win it 25-19. Camp had five kills in the fourth, while Kidder and McGraw posted three apiece. The Bruins were out-hit .241 to .148.

The Bruins continue their three-match road trip to start Pac-10 play next weekend at the Washington schools. UCLA faces Washington State on Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m. and Washington on Saturday, October 2 at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both matches at UCLABruins.com.

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