Oct. 24, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Senior Kaitlin Sather posted her second double-double of the weekend with 11 kills and 12 digs, while sophomore Lainey Gera added a team-high 17 digs, as the 13th-ranked Bruins continued their winning ways with a sweep of Oregon State on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22, 25-17.
UCLA has won five of its last six to move to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in Pac-10 play. Oregon State falls to 11-10 and 2-7 in league action.
UCLA scored six of the first seven points of the match and never looked back in winning the opener. The Bruins netted the first three points on an Oregon State service error, a combo block by Cook and sophomore Amanda Gil and a kill by McGraw. After an OSU sideout, the Beavers had two attack errors and a kill by freshman Bojana Todorovic gave the Bruins an early five-point lead. Oregon State got to within a pair on two occasions, but could get no closer.
Ahead 12-8, the Bruins went on a 5-1 run to take a set-high lead of eight at 17-9. McGraw and Sather had kills, Cook and Gil teamed up for a block and UCLA benefitted from two OSU ball handling errors for the five points. The Bruins' lead stayed between five and eight for the rest of the set, as an Oregon State service error on UCLA's third set point gave the home team a 25-18 win. McGraw and Sather each had three kills, while Gil posted three blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .195 to .137.
In a second set that featured 15 ties and three lead changes, the Bruins closed late to take a 2-0 match advantage. UCLA had no more than a two-point lead early on until Oregon State took its first advantage at 10-9. The Bruins re-took the lead at 12-11, but the Beavers came back with four of the next six to go up 15-14.
UCLA scored the next two on a kill by Gera and an OSU attack error to go ahead 16-15 and never trailed for the rest of the set. The set was tied again at 16, 17 and 18, but consecutive kills by Cook, Sather and McGraw gave the Bruins a 21-18 lead. The Beavers closed to within one on three occasions, but leading 23-22, back-to-back kills by Sather and freshman Rachael Kidder gave UCLA the 25-22 victory. Sather led the Bruins with five kills in the second, while McGraw added three. The Bruins out-hit the Beavers .214 to .152.
After UCLA scored the first two points of the set on kills by Gil and McGraw, the Beavers came back with four in a row to take a 4-2 edge. Oregon State still held the lead at 5-4, but following a 5-0 UCLA run, the home team would have the advantage for the rest of the set. Sophomore Katie Camp started the run with a kill, which was followed by an OSU attack error, back-to-back aces by Cook and a Sather/Camp combo block to make it 9-5. After a Beaver sideout, the Bruins came back with six of the next seven to go ahead 15-7. Todorovic had a kill and a block during the run.
The Bruins never saw their lead dip below five the rest of the way. Leading 19-14, UCLA had a mini 3-0 run on kills by Cook and Sather and a McGraw ace to make it 22-14. The teams sided out the rest of the set, as a Cook/Gil block on the Bruins' second match point gave them a 25-17 victory. Camp, Gil and Sather had three kills apiece, as the Bruins totaled four aces. UCLA out-hit Oregon State .265 to .094.
Rachel Rourke (11 kills, 13 digs) and Jill Sawatzky (11 kills, 10 digs) each had double-doubles for Oregon State, which hit .132 as a team.
The Bruins begin a three-match road trip next weekend in the Bay Area, facing California on Friday and Stanford on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and will feature Gametracker at UCLABruins.com.