14th-Ranked Bruins Get Defensive in Win Over Saint Mary's

Sept. 3, 2010

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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Senior Dicey McGraw and freshman Kelly Reeves each had double-doubles, as the 14th-ranked Bruins had 15 blocks and four players with double figures in digs in a four-set victory over Saint Mary's on Friday at the SJSU/SMC Tournament at Spartan Gym. Set scores were 25-13, 20-25, 25-19, 26-24.

The Bruins improve to 4-1 on the season, while the Gaels fall to 3-2.

McGraw recorded her 13th-career double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs, while Reeves posted her first double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs. Junior Katie Camp was just one kill and block shy of a double-double with nine kills and nine blocks, which tied a career high. She also hit .471 with just one error in 17 attempts. Junior Lauren Van Orden tied a personal best with six blocks to go along with 41 assists, while junior Sara Sage also tied a career high with six roofs. Sophomore Rachael Kidder added 11 kills, junior Lainey Gera notched 13 digs and sophomore Bojana Todorovic registered 10 digs. The Bruins hit .220 for the match.

The Bruins dominated the opening set and never trailed, jumping out to an early 4-1 lead on two kills by McGraw, one by Camp and a combo block by Camp and Reeves. The Gaels came back to within one at 6-5, but the Bruins rattled off eight straight points to blow it open. The run started with a kill by Kidder, a Saint Mary's attack error and a spike by Sage. After two consecutive aces by Reeves, the Bruins had a pair of combo roofs by McGraw and Sage and Kidder and Sage to make it 13-5. A McGraw kill made it 14-5 before the Gaels sided out to end the run.

Following the sideout, the Bruins got the next three on two Gael attack errors and a McGraw kill to go up by 11 at 17-6. Saint Mary's got it back to single figures at 17-8, but only temporarily, as UCLA scored four in a row to reach a set-high lead of 13. After an attack error, Camp and Van Orden teamed up for a block, and following another error, McGraw had a kill to make it 21-8. The Bruins won the opener 25-13 after a Reeves spike on set point. McGraw recorded six kills in the first, while Camp added two kills and three blocks. UCLA, which had five blocks in the opener, out-hit the Gaels .312 to -.027.

It was a topsy-turvy second set, as the Bruins trailed early, came back to take the lead, but fell victim to another Saint Mary's run to drop the set. The Gaels led 7-6, but a 5-0 Saint Mary's run extended its advantage to 12-6. The Bruins responded though with eight in a row to take a 14-12 edge. The first four points came on a Van Orden kill, an attack error, a Reeves spike and another Saint Mary's error. After consecutive kills by Camp and Reeves, Camp added two more in a row to make it a two-point lead.

Saint Mary's called timeout and came out invigorated, scoring three straight and going on to lead for the rest of the set. The Bruins trimmed the deficit to one at 21-20 following a 4-1 mini-run, but the Gaels netted the last four points to win the set 25-20. Reeves had seven kills in the second, while Camp added three. The Bruins were out-hit .323 to .108.

The Bruins trailed early again to start the third, dropping four of the first five points, but came back with their third 8-0 run of the match. Down 5-2, UCLA got the next eight to go ahead 10-5. The Bruins benefitted from four Saint Mary's errors and also received two kills by Kidder, a solo block by Camp and a combo roof from Camp and Kidder. UCLA's lead reached as high as seven at 16-9 after a McGraw kill, prompting a Saint Mary's timeout.

The Gaels came out of the break on fire again, going on a 9-3 run to cut their deficit to one at 19-18, forcing UCLA into a timeout. The breather came at a good time for the Bruins, who scored six of the final seven points of the set to win it 25-19. Kidder had two kills and Gera served an ace during the run, as the Bruins clinched it on a Saint Mary's service error. Kidder had six kills in the third, as the Bruins out-hit the Gaels .294 to .028.

The fourth set featured 11 ties and six lead changes, with neither team leading by more than four. The Bruins trailed 10-9, but scored four straight on back-to-back kills by Van Orden and Camp, an ace from Sage and a Camp/Van Orden combo block to take a 13-10 advantage. UCLA still led 15-13, but the Gaels came back with four straight and nine of the next 12 to take a 22-18 advantage.

UCLA scored the next three on two attack errors and a McGraw kill to cut the deficit to one at 22-21, and following a Saint Mary's sideout, McGraw posted another spike and a Camp/Van Orden combo block tied things at 23. The Gaels then committed an attack error to give the Bruins their first match point. Saint Mary's survived it, but after a Gael service error, the Bruins won the match following another attack miscue by Saint Mary's to claim the set 26-24. UCLA out-hit Saint Mary's .184 to .089. Camp had four kills and four blocks in the final set, while McGraw added four kills.

The Bruins close out play at the SJSU/SMC Tournament on Saturday against UC Riverside at 10 a.m.

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