Fifth-Ranked Bruins Roll Past Rainbow Wahine to Win Hawaiian Airlines Volleyball Classic

Sept. 3, 2007

Box Score

HONOLULU - Sophomore Emily Clements led all players with 12 kills, Ali Daley added a double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs and junior Nellie Spicer posted a career-high eight kills with 38 assists and seven digs, as the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated #16 Hawai'i in three games, 31-29, 30-18, 30-16, to win the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic on Monday in Honolulu.

Senior Rachell Johnson also had double figures in kills with 10 for the Bruins (4-1), with junior Kaitlin Sather adding nine. Junior Jade Machado tied for the team lead in digs with 13, while UCLA had 10.5 blocks as a team.

The Bruins got off to a quick start in game one, jumping out to leads of 5-1 and 8-2. UCLA kept its lead at five at 15-10 when Hawai'i (3-3) went on a 6-4 run to cut its deficit to 19-16. But two straight points by the Bruins on an attack error and a kill by Sather brought the lead back up to five at 21-16, prompting a Rainbow Wahine timeout.

The Bruins still had a 25-21 advantage until three straight by Hawai'i made it a 25-24 game, as UCLA called its first timeout. Kills by Daley and Johnson got the lead back up to three, but another three-point run by the Rainbow Wahine evened things at 27, as the Bruins called another timeout.

A Johnson kill gave UCLA the lead at 28-27, but a Daley service error tied things up again. The Bruins jumped back in front when Hawai'i was called for a ball handling error, but a kill by Tara Hittle again evened the game. A Sather kill gave the Bruins their second game point at 30-29 and this time they capitalized on it, as Sather spiked home the game winner to give the Bruins a 31-29 victory.

After a close start to game two, the Bruins broke things open, thanks to a .455 hitting attack. With Hawai'i leading 3-2, the Bruins scored four in a row on two kills by Spicer and two Rainbow Wahine attack errors to take a 6-3 lead. Up 9-6, UCLA went on its biggest run of the match, scoring six in a row and nine of 10. Clements had five kills during the run to put the Bruins up 18-7. Hawai'i could get no closer than eight the rest of the way before eventually falling 30-18.

Hawai'i could not find its hitting stroke in the third, hitting in the negative, as UCLA rolled to its largest margin of victory in a game so far this season. The Rainbow Wahine's largest lead in game three was 2-1, at which point the Bruins scored three in a row and never trailed the rest of the way. Up 7-5, a four-point streak gave the Bruins an 11-5 lead. Hawai'i got a sideout on the next ball, but a run of five in a row for UCLA upped its lead to 16-6. Sather totaled three kills during the 9-1 spurt.

The Rainbow Wahine trimmed the deficit to seven at 20-13 with a 7-4 run, but could get no closer. With UCLA leading 22-14, it went on a 6-0 run to take a commanding 28-14 lead. The teams traded the final four points of the game to give the Bruins a 30-16 victory.

Hittle led the Rainbow Wahine with 11 kills, while Aneli Cubi-Otineru added 10, as Hawai'i hit just .083 for the match.

The Bruins return to the court and make their 2007 Southern California debut next weekend at the UC Irvine/Nike Invitational. UCLA will face the host Anteaters on Friday at 7 p.m., with that match broadcast live on with Darren Preston at the call. On Saturday, the Bruins take on William and Mary at 11 a.m. and Southern Mississippi at 5 p.m. Gametracker will be available for all matches at UCI's website,

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA