Oct. 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Tabi Love had 24 kills, posted a .412 hitting percentage and added five digs, senior Bojana Todorovic produced 16 digs, junior Mariana Aquino had a season-best eight blocks and sophomore Megan Moenoa tallied a double-double with 34 assists and 12 digs, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-12, 28-26, 25-22.
The Bruins improve to 16-4 overall and 8-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Cougars fall to 10-13 and 0-11 in league.
Senior Rachael Kidder added nine kills, sophomore Karsta Lowe posted six kills and four blocks and sophomore Zoë Nightingale notched five kills and three roofs. Junior Kelly Reeves was in double figures in digs with 10 to go with four kills and three blocks, while junior Meg Norton added six digs. The Bruins hit .336 for the match.
The Cougars had slim one-point leads at 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2. With the score tied at four, back-to-back attack errors by Washington State put the Bruins up 6-4. The home team led for the rest of the set. Up 9-7, the Bruins went on a 4-1 run to go ahead 13-8. Love had two kills during the run, while Lowe and Nightingale each posted one. Still ahead four at 14-10, a 4-0 run on a WSU attack error, two kills by Love and one from Kidder made it 18-10.
Leading 19-12, the Bruins scored the last six of the set to win it 25-12. A Kidder kill, a Cougar attack error and an Aquino/Lowe combo block accounted for the first half of the run, while back-to-back Love kills gave UCLA a bunch of set points. Another combo roof from Aquino and Nightingale finished off the 13-point victory. The Bruins hit .643 in the opening set with 18 kills and no errors in 28 attempts. Love paced UCLA with eight kills in 13 swings, while Kidder had four in eight attacks. Washington State hit .108 in the first.
The Bruins scored the first four points of the second set on three Love kills and a WSU attack error. Still up by three at 7-4, four in a row by the Cougars gave the visitors an 8-7 edge. UCLA responded with consecutive kills by Love, Kidder and Moenoa to go back up 10-8. Leading 11-10, the Bruins scored six straight on two kills apiece by Love and Lowe, a Reeves kill and an Aquino/Lowe combo block to take a 17-10 advantage. Washington State rallied though, scoring seven of the next eight to get to within one at 18-17.
With UCLA up 21-19, the Cougars scored two straight to tie things up. The score was equal again at 22 and 23, with an Aquino/Lowe combo block giving the Bruins set point at 24-23. Washington State came back with the next two to earn its first set point, but a Love kill tied things at 25. The Cougars earned a second set point with another sideout, but a WSU attack error and a Kidder kill gave UCLA its second set point and Nightingale came through with a kill to clinch a 28-26 victory. Love had nine kills in the second, Lowe added four and Kidder posted three. Defensively, Reeves had seven digs, while Moenoa and Todorovic recorded six apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .226 to .116.
Neither team led by more than three in a third set that featured nine ties and six lead changes. Washington State held an early 10-7 edge, but five in a row for the Bruins on a kill by Lowe, a bad Cougar set, two straight kills by Love and one from Kidder made it 12-10 home team. With UCLA on top 15-14, Washington State scored four of five to take an 18-16 advantage.
The Cougars still led by a pair at 21-19 when the Bruins pounced, scoring four straight on a Wazzu service error and three consecutive blocks by Aquino, teaming up with Reeves on the first one and Kidder on the next two. After a Cougar sideout made it 23-22, a Kidder kill gave the Bruins match point and a combo roof from Nightingale and Reeves clinched a 25-22 victory. Love added seven more kills to pace the Bruins in the third. Todorovic recorded six digs, Aquino notched four blocks and Kidder and Reeves added three roofs apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .257 to .231.
The Bruins wrap up their four-match homestand on Sunday against fifth-ranked Washington at 12 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. Gametracker and free audio will also be available at UCLABruins.com.