Aug. 28, 2009
HONOLULU - Junior Dicey McGraw led the Bruins with 12 kills and a career-best .500 hitting percentage, as the ninth-ranked Bruins opened up the 2009 season with a commanding three-set sweep of #25 Santa Clara. Set scores were 25-21, 25-16, 25-18. The Bruins have won 11 straight season openers.
In her debut as the Bruins' setter, freshman Lauren Cook had 27 assists, four kills, two aces and four blocks. Sophomore Amanda Gil added seven kills on .545 hitting, while sophomore Katie Camp had six kills. The Bruins hit .262 for the match and had eight blocks. Freshman Bojana Todorovic had seven digs, while senior Kaitlin Sather and sophomore Lainey Gera added five apiece.
The Bruins never trailed in the first set, scoring the first three points of the match on a kill by senior Emily Clements, an ace by Cook and a Santa Clara attack error. The Broncos tied the match at five and six, but a 7-1 run saw UCLA take a 13-7 advantage. During the run, McGraw had a pair of spikes, Gil recorded a kill and a block and Cook posted a kill and two roofs.
UCLA had its lead reach as many as seven on a pair of occasions, but the Broncos made a late run to make things interesting. Down 21-14, Santa Clara scored seven of the next 10 points, staving off the first three Bruin set points. But McGraw closed out the first set with her sixth kill of the season's initial game to give the Bruins a 25-21 victory. McGraw had no errors in eight attempts, while Cook added three kills and three blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Broncos .212 to .121.
Following a brief lead for the Broncos to open set two, the Bruins went on a long run and ran away to take a 2-0 match advantage. Trailing 3-2, UCLA netted the next seven on Gil's serve to take a 9-3 lead. The Bruins were helped by three Bronco errors, as Sather added two kills and Gil posted a kill and an ace.
After a Santa Clara sideout, the Bruins came back with seven of the next eight points to increase their lead to 16-5. Sather and Todorovic both served aces during the run, while Camp had a kill and a block. The Bruins got their lead up to as many as a dozen at 19-7. Santa Clara closed to within seven at 22-15, but the Bruins netted three of the last four points of the set to take it 25-16. Camp, Gil, McGraw and Sather all had two kills in the second. The Bruins out-hit the Broncos .286 to .185.
Like the second set, the Broncos had a brief early advantage before a Bruin run gave them the lead for good. Down 7-6, the Bruins scored three of the next four points on kills by Camp and Gil and a Santa Clara service error to go up 9-7. UCLA never trailed for the rest of the set. Up 11-9, the Bruins scored five of the next seven thanks to five Santa Clara errors to take a 16-11 advantage. UCLA's set-best lead was seven at 20-13.
Similar to the first two sets, the Bruins allowed the Broncos to make a late run. Santa Clara got to within three at 20-17, but UCLA scored five of the last six points of the match to win it 25-18. The run began with a McGraw kill, which was followed by a combo block from McGraw and sophomore Sara Sage. After a Cook ace, Sage and Todorovic teamed up for another roof to give the Bruins match point. Santa Clara staved off one match point, but Todorovic earned the match-clinching kill. McGraw added four more kills in the third with a pair of blocks, Gil had three spikes and Sage posted three blocks. UCLA hit .308 to Santa Clara's .148.
The Broncos hit .149 for the match and were led by Lindsy Davigeadono's eight kills.
The Bruins return to the court on Saturday against Western Michigan at 8 p.m.