Nov. 26, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Bojana Todorovic had a career-high 21 kills to go along with 12 digs for a double-double, while senior Dicey McGraw (19), sophomore Rachael Kidder (15) and junior Sara Sage (10) also had double figures in kills, but the ninth-ranked Bruins dropped a five-set decision to #6 USC on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-20, 21-25, 20-25, 25-20, 13-15.
The Bruins fall to 21-8 overall and 11-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Trojans close the regular season at 25-4 and 14-4 in league action.
Junior Lauren Van Orden also had a double-double with 63 assists and 10 digs, while junior Lainey Gera (28) and freshmen Kelly Reeves (13) and Meg Norton (12) were in double figures in digs. The Bruins hit .225 for the match.
The Bruins had an early lead, fell behind and then came back to take the opening set. Tied at five, the Bruins scored three in a row on a combo block by Sage and Van Orden, a kill from McGraw and a USC attack error. The Trojans battled back with five in a row and 10 of the next 13 to go ahead 15-11. UCLA began its comeback though, scoring the next five to re-take the lead at 16-15. Two kills by Kidder and one from Sage got the Bruins to within one and back-to-back Trojan attack errors put UCLA on top by one.
The Trojans netted the next two to go up 17-16 and still led at 18-17, but the Bruins posted four in a row on two kills by McGraw and two USC attack errors to take a 21-18 advantage. USC closed its deficit to one at 21-20, but UCLA registered the last four points of the opener to win it 25-20. A kill by McGraw, a USC attack error and a Todorovic kill gave the Bruins set point, and yet another error by the Trojans sent the home squad to a five-point win. McGraw paced the Bruins with four kills in the first, while Kidder and Sage had three apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Trojans .303 to .175.
UCLA scored the first point of the second set, but USC came back with the next three and never relinquished the lead. On top 3-2, the Trojans scored six of the next seven to take a set-best lead of six at 9-3. However, the Bruins rallied with a 9-3 run to tie the score at 12. Trailing by six, a 5-1 UCLA spurt cut the home squad's deficit to a pair. McGraw had two kills during the run, Sage added one and USC committed an attack error to make it 10-8. The Trojans scored the next two to go back up 12-8, but a 4-0 UCLA run on kills by freshman Mariana Aquino, Todorovic and Kidder and a solo block by Kidder tied things at 12.
However, USC came back with six of the next seven to go up 18-13, as the visitors held the lead for the rest of the set. The Bruins got to within two at 21-19, but could get no closer, as USC posted four of the last six to win the set 25-21. Kidder and McGraw had five kills apiece in the second, while Todorovic added four. The Bruins were still able to out-hit the Trojans .225 to .205.
USC led from start to finish in the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Trojans took an early 4-1 lead, but the Bruins came back with four of the next six to cut their deficit to one at 6-5. Kidder, McGraw and Van Orden all had kills, while Aquino and Van Orden teamed up for a block. The Bruins were still within one as late as 15-14, but the Trojans scored five of six to take a 20-15 advantage. The Bruins closed to within three, but the Trojans went on to post a 25-20 triumph. Kidder, McGraw and Sage had three kills apiece in the third, as the Trojans out-hit the Bruins .282 to .100.
In a fourth set that featured 15 ties and four lead changes, neither team led by more than one until a late run by the Bruins forced the match to a fifth stanza. UCLA netted two of the first three, but USC came back with two in a row to go up 3-2. The Trojans maintained their advantage until the Bruins re-took the lead at 7-6. USC went back on top 9-8, but two in a row by UCLA on kills from McGraw and Todorovic put the home squad up 10-9. The Bruins would not trail for the rest of the set.
The score was tied six more times until at 16-all, the Bruins went on a 5-0 run to take a 21-16 advantage. A USC attack error, consecutive kills by Todorovic, an Aquino/Todorovic combo block and a Van Orden service ace put the Bruins up by five. The Trojans got to within three at 22-19, but could get no closer, as the Bruins netted three of the last four to win the fourth 25-20. Todorovic had 10 of the Bruins' 20 kills in the fourth, McGraw added four and Kidder and Sage had three apiece.
UCLA scored the first three points of the fifth set on a kill by McGraw, an ace from Sage and a USC attack error. But the Trojans responded with five of the next six to go ahead 5-4. UCLA came back with three in a row on a kill by Todorovic and consecutive attack errors by the Trojans to go ahead 7-5. However, another 3-0 run by USC put the visitors on top 8-7.
The Trojans still led 9-8 and 10-9, but kills by Kidder and McGraw put the Bruins up 11-10. USC made another run though, recording three in a row to take a 13-11 advantage. The teams traded sideouts on the last four points, as the Trojans won the deciding set 15-13. McGraw and Todorovic each had three kills in the fifth, as the Trojans out-hit the Bruins .238 to .038.
The Bruins await the NCAA Selection Show, which will air on Sunday at 12 p.m. on ESPNEWS. The first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament take place on Friday, Dec. 3 and Saturday, Dec. 4 at 16 campus sites around the country.