Sept. 19, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman Katie Camp had a career-high 13 kills and no errors in 18 swings for a .722 hitting percentage, while sophomore Dicey McGraw added 12 kills, as the fourth-ranked Bruins defeated Virginia in three sets on Friday at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic. Scores were 25-17, 25-23, 25-17.
The Bruins win their seventh straight match and record their sixth consecutive sweep to improve to 8-1 on the season, while the Cavaliers fall to 7-3.
McGraw swung at a .435 percentage, as the Bruins hit .359, marking the third straight match they have hit at least .300 as a squad. Senior Ali Daley and freshman Amanda Gil each added seven kills, with Gil committing no hitting errors and swinging at a .389 clip in 18 attempts. Senior Nellie Spicer had 37 assists and four service aces, while senior Jessica Fine posted 14 digs.
UCLA had a wire-to-wire victory in the first set, scoring the first three points and five of the first six. Camp had two kills and Spicer added a kill and an ace during the opening run. The Cavaliers narrowed the gap to one at 7-6, but the Bruins scored four of the next five and never saw their lead slip below two the rest of the way. Ahead 12-10, UCLA netted five in a row to go up by seven. Camp was a part of four of the five points with three kills and a combo block.
Virginia recorded the next four points to cut the deficit to 17-14, but the Bruins maintained at least a three-point advantage for the remainder of the set. The biggest lead was eight on two occasions, as Gil posted a kill on set point to give the Bruins a 25-17 victory. UCLA hit .361 in the first, committing just one error in 36 swings with 14 kills. Camp had six of the kills and hit .857 in seven attempts with no errors, while Fine had seven digs in the opener. The Cavailers hit .175 in the first.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the second, but the Cavaliers came back to make a game of it. UCLA netted the first four points on two McGraw kills and two Virginia attack errors. The Bruins got their lead to as many as five on two occasions, but Virginia made a run to take its first advantage of the match. With UCLA on top 20-16, Virginia scored six of the next seven points to take a 22-21 lead, forcing the Bruins into a timeout.
The two teams traded sideouts for the next three points, but back-to-back kills by Daley put the Bruins up 24-23. Virginia then called a timeout, but committed an attack error on UCLA's set point to give the Bruins a 25-23 victory. McGraw had seven of her 12 kills in the second set, while Camp added six more, with each of them hitting .667. UCLA hit .324, while Virginia swung at a .216 clip.
Another wire-to-wire win for UCLA in the third extended its consecutive sets won streak to 21. The Bruins scored four of the first five points on a kill and ace by sophomore Juliane Piggott and kills by Gil and Daley. UCLA never let its lead slip below two, reaching as high as eight twice. The Bruins won the match on a McGraw kill to record the 25-17 victory. Gil had four kills in the third, while Daley, McGraw and Piggott each had three, as the Bruins hit .400 as a team. The Cavaliers swung at a .267 percentage.
Lauren Dickson paced Virginia with 13 kills and nine digs. The Cavaliers hit .215 for the match.
The Bruins continue play at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic at 3 p.m. PT when they face Georgetown. Gametracker will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.