Sept. 8, 2007
IRVINE, Calif. - Junior Kaitlin Sather led all players with 15 kills to lead three Bruins in double figures and junior Nikki Jagd posted a career-high 43 assists, as fifth-ranked UCLA won their fifth in a row with a three-game victory over William and Mary on Saturday morning at the UC Irvine/Nike Invitational. Game scores were 30-13, 30-27, 30-24.
Sather added 11 digs for her second double-double of the season. Junior Elise Carstensen had a career-high 10 kills and a .500 hitting percentage, while freshman Dicey McGraw added 13 and 16 digs for her first double-double. Junior Jessica Fine also had double figures in digs with 16.
UCLA rested starters Ali Daley, Rachell Johnson, Jade Machado and Nellie Spicer after a grueling four-game match against UC Irvine which finished only 14 hours before the Bruins took the court again Saturday morning.
In the first game, the Bruins hit .406 and held the Tribe to a -.114 hitting percentage in recording the 30-13 victory. William and Mary held an early 2-1 lead, but UCLA responded with four in a row to take a 5-2 lead. The Bruins had a 10-5 advantage when they reeled off 10 straight points to take a commanding 20-5 lead. Sather had two kills, while Jagd provided a kill and a block during the long run. UCLA's lead grew to as much as 18 at 29-11 before the Bruins won it 30-13.
The Tribe came out inspired in the second game, as the Bruins struggled offensively for the first half of game two. Just like the first game, William and Mary took an early 2-1 lead, but four in a row by UCLA made it 5-2. But the Tribe held strong, winning seven of the next 11 points to even things at nine. After six consecutive sideouts, William and Mary took the lead back at 13-12. The Bruins responded with a 7-2 run to take a 19-15 edge and it appeared they were on their way to a comfortable victory in game two.
But William and Mary had other things in mind, winning eight of the next nine points to take a surprising 23-20 lead and cause UCLA to take its second timeout of the game. Out of the break, the Bruins turned things on with the next three points to even the game at 23. Four sideouts later with the game tied at 25, back-to-back kills by Sather and Carstensen put the Bruins up 27-25. The teams traded three more sideouts and with the Bruins serving and ahead 28-27, a kill by freshman Juliane Piggott gave them game point and Sather spiked home the clincher to send UCLA to a hard-fought 30-27 win.
Any momentum the Tribe picked up was quickly washed away by the Bruins at the start of the third game. Leading 3-2, the Bruins netted six in a row to take a 9-2 edge. UCLA had three blocks during the run, with Mills having two. The Bruins continued their outstanding blocking in the third and got the lead up to double figures at 20-10 on a kill by McGraw.
The Tribe fought back and after falling behind by as many as 14 at 25-11, they netted 11 of the next 12 points to cut the deficit to 26-22 and cause the Bruins to call a timeout. Out of the break, the teams traded sideouts for the next four, but kills by Carstensen and McGraw closed out the game to give UCLA a 30-24 win and its fifth straight victory.
The Bruins conclude play at the UC Irvine/Nike Invitational at 5 p.m. when they take on Southern Mississippi at Crawford Hall in Irvine. Gametracker will be available at www.ucirvinesports.com.