Nov. 8, 2007
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Ninth-ranked UCLA recorded a season-high 20 blocks, four different players had double-doubles and junior Jessica Fine became the first Bruin to post 30 digs since 2005 in a four-game victory at Oregon State on Thursday. Game scores were 31-29, 22-30, 30-24, 30-18.
The Bruins improve to 17-7 overall and 7-6 in Pac-10 action, snapping a three-match losing streak. The Beavers fall to 10-16 and 3-11 in league play.
Fine's 30 digs mark the first time a Bruin has reached that milestone since Jordan Smith (32) on Oct. 22, 2005 and only the 13th time a player has reached that total in UCLA history.
A pair of juniors surpassed the 1,000-career kill mark to go with their double-doubles. Ali Daley led the Bruins in kills with 19, adding 17 digs and five blocks for her 16th double-double of the year, while Kaitlin Sather had 13 kills and 14 digs for her 12th double-double of the season.
Junior Nellie Spicer posted her 15th double-double, equaling a season-high with 60 assists to go along with 12 digs, while freshman Katie Mills had her first career double-double with 11 kills and a personal-best 10 blocks. Senior Rachell Johnson added 15 kills and eight blocks.
Trailing 4-3 in the initial set, the Beavers scored four straight points to take a 7-4 advantage. Oregon State got its lead to as high as four at 12-8, but a 4-0 streak by the Bruins tied the game up. UCLA could not get over the hump though. Despite the Bruins tying the game again at 24, 26 and 28, the Beavers held on to the lead late into the game.
Oregon State had a game point at 29-28, but a kill by Mills tied the game at 29. Mills and Sather then teamed up for a block to give UCLA its first lead since 4-3 and a game point of its own. Mills finished up with her fifth kill of the game to give the Bruins a come-from-behind, 31-29 victory in the first.
The Beavers led from start to finish in game two, despite a late run by the Bruins. Oregon State led just 6-5 before runs of 4-0 and 8-2 gave the Beavers a 14-7 edge. UCLA responded with three straight points to cut its deficit to four, but Oregon State came right back with three in a row to make it a seven-point game again.
Oregon State got its lead up to as many as 10 at 22-12, but UCLA made another comeback in hopes of repeating its game one magic. The Bruins scored nine of the next 12 points to bring it to within four at 25-21. But the Beavers thwarted any hopes of a comeback, scoring the next four points and closing out the game with a 30-22 win.
UCLA got off to a fast start in game three, scoring the first three points on two team blocks and then a kill by freshman Dicey McGraw. The Bruins held onto the lead, despite seeing the Beavers tie things at five, seven and nine-all. UCLA led 12-11 when Oregon State scored three straight to take a 14-12 lead and force the Bruins into a timeout.
UCLA came out of the break with a 4-1 run to re-take the lead at 16-15. The lead switched hands three more times, when at 23-all, the Bruins ran off six straight points to take a 29-23 advantage. Johnson had three kills and a block for four of the points, while a Sather ace and a Daley kill completed the run. After an OSU sideout, Daley slammed home the game-clincher to give the Bruins the 30-24 victory.
The Bruins trailed 4-3 early in game four before reeling off four straight to take a 7-4 advantage and force the Beavers into an early timeout. UCLA never trailed the rest of the way. Oregon State got to within one on a pair of occasions, but at 11-10, the Bruins scored five straight to take a 16-10 advantage. Johnson had two kills and a block during the run.
Oregon State came back with two of the next three points, but a 4-0 Bruin run brought their lead up to 21-12. UCLA's lead reached double figures for the first time at 25-15 on a block by Mills and McGraw. From that point, the Bruins went on to score five of the last eight points of the match to win game four 30-18.
Rachel Rourke led the Beavers with 22 kills, while Jill Sawatzky added 19.
The Bruins close out their three-match road trip on Friday when they travel to Eugene for a tilt with 20th-ranked Oregon at 7 p.m.