Nov. 14, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Lainey Gera had 20-plus digs for the fifth straight match, posting 22, but the sixth-ranked Bruins saw their seven-match winning streak come to an end in a sweep at the hands of #4 Washington on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-19, 25-18, 25-21.
One night after moving into first place in the Pac-10, the Bruins drop to third with a 10-4 mark and a 20-7 overall record. Washington, which is tied with Stanford atop the conference standings, is 11-4 in league and 21-4 overall.
The Bruins were led offensively by freshman Mari Hole, who had seven kills. Freshman Bojana Todorovic posted 15 digs, while senior Kaitlin Sather was also in double figures with 12. UCLA hit .101 as a team.
The first set was a tale of two halves, as the Bruins controlled the first part, but the Huskies turned it on at the end to take the opener. UCLA scored three of the first four points on kills by junior Dicey McGraw, Todorovic and sophomore Katie Camp and led by as many as three at 11-8. Tied at seven, the Bruins received a kill from sophomore Amanda Gil and a combo block from Gil and freshman Lauren Cook to make it 9-7. After a Washington sideout, a Todorovic kill and a Husky attack error put UCLA on top 11-7.
UCLA maintained its lead until Washington went on a 6-0 run to take control of the first set. The Huskies trailed 15-12, but their run gave them an 18-15 advantage. The Bruins scored just four more points for the rest of the set to drop the opener 25-19. Camp had four kills in the first, as the Bruins were out-hit .275 to .130.
Like the first, the Bruins led early in the second, scoring four of the first six. After dropping the first point of the set, a Gil/Cook block and a Cook kill gave UCLA the lead. Following a Washington sideout, a spike by Camp and a Husky attack error put the Bruins on top 4-2. Washington rallied with four in a row though to give the visitors a 6-4 edge. The Huskies wouldn't trail for the rest of the set.
The Bruins tied it at six and eight, but the Huskies went on an 8-3 run to go ahead 16-11. UCLA forced Washington into a timeout late in the set, closing its deficit to four at 22-18 thanks to three in a row on a Gil kill and two Husky errors. But Washington netted the last three points of the second to win it 25-18. The Bruins had just eight kills in the set, as Gil led the way with a pair. Washington out-hit UCLA .244 to .026.
The third set was similar to the first two, as the Bruins were in it early, but the Huskies pulled away to finish off the sweep. UCLA's biggest lead was two at 3-1. Gil had a hand in two of the first three points on a kill and a combo block. Tied at three, the teams sided out the next 18 points before Washington scored two in a row to take a 13-12 advantage. The Huskies would not trail for the rest of the set.
Tied at 13, the Huskies scored four straight to take a 17-13 lead. Washington's advantage got up to as many as seven at 24-17. UCLA staved off the first four match points on kills by Camp and Hole, a Washington attack error and a Sather/Camp combo block. But the Huskies finally won it on their fifth attempt, 25-21. Hole led the Bruins with five kills in the third, while Gil had three. Washington out-hit UCLA .216 to .127.
Kindra Carlson had a double-double for Washington with a match-high 18 kills to go with 11 digs. The Huskies hit .245 as a team.
The Bruins head to Oregon for their final regular-season road trip next weekend, taking on Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Saturday. First serve for both contests is at 7 p.m.