Oct. 8, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. - Junior Rachael Kidder paced the Bruins with a double-double on 26 kills and 14 digs to go with four blocks, senior Lauren Van Orden added 49 assists, 11 digs and three kills and junior Tabi Love posted 12 kills, but the second-ranked Bruins lost at Arizona on Saturday at the McKale Center. Set scores were 22-25, 25-10, 25-19, 18-25, 12-15.
The Bruins fall to 14-3 overall and 7-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Wildcats improve to 11-6 and 3-5 in league action.
Junior Bojana Todorovic notched six kills, 10 digs and three blocks, sophomore Mariana Aquino added six kills and four blocks and freshman Zoë Nightingale posted six kills. Defensively, senior Lainey Gera had 25 digs and sophomore Meg Norton added six. The Bruins hit .256 for the match.
The first set featured six ties and three lead changes, but the Wildcats held on at the end to win the opener. Arizona had an early two-point lead at 6-4 when UCLA scored three in a row on back-to-back kills by Kidder and Love and a Wildcat attack error to go up 7-6. The Bruins still led 8-7, but two in a row and five of the next six by Arizona gave the home squad a 12-9 edge.
The Bruins would get to within one on a pair of occasions, but were unable to get even. Arizona saw its lead get to as many as five before eventually posting a 25-22 victory. Kidder had an outstanding set with eight kills and no errors in 16 attempts (.500) to go with five digs and a block. Gera added six digs, as the Bruins were out-hit by the Wildcats .239 to .237.
After an uneven first set by the Bruins, the visitors came out on fire to begin the second stanza and won wire-to-wire to tie the match going into intermission. Consecutive kills by Love and Todorovic, an Aquino/Todorovic combo block and back-to-back aces from Van Orden accounted for the first five UCLA points. After an Arizona sideout, the Bruins scored the next four on a kill by Aquino, a Wildcat attack error, a combo block by Aquino and Todorovic and then a solo stuff from Kidder to go up 9-1.
Following another Arizona sideout, a 5-1 UCLA run brought its advantage to 11 at 14-3. Kidder, Todorovic and Van Orden each had kills during the run, Aquino served an ace and the Wildcats committed an attack error. The closest Arizona would get was 10 points at 19-9, but UCLA scored six of the last seven to win it 25-10. An Arizona service error and a Todorovic kill made it 21-9, and after a Wildcat sideout, kills by Kidder and Nightingale, with an ace from Aquino, gave UCLA set point. An Arizona attack error would finish off a 25-10 win. Love and Todorovic each had three kills to pace the Bruins, as seven different players had at least one point in the set. UCLA had five aces and out-hit Arizona .500 (13-1-24) to .037.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 5-3 lead in the third set on two kills each by Aquino and Kidder and one from Love, but a 7-4 Arizona run gave the home squad a 10-9 edge. UCLA rallied with the next three on a kill by Love and two in a row from Kidder to go up 12-10 and never trailed for the rest of the set. Up 13-12, the Bruins scored the next five on a kill by Todorovic, two in a row from Kidder, one by Nightingale and another from Kidder to take a set-best lead of six at 18-12.
The Wildcats got to within three on a few occasions, but could get no closer. Up 22-19, the Bruins netted the final three on an Arizona service error, a combo block by Kidder and Nightingale and a Wildcat attack error to win the third 25-19. Kidder had eight kills to pace UCLA, Love and Nightingale had four apiece and Aquino added three. Gera had six more digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .410 to .294.
The Bruins only had a pair of one-point leads at 5-4 and 7-6 in the fourth set, as the Wildcats pulled away to force a fifth. Tied at eight, Arizona recorded four in a row and six of seven to take a 14-9 advantage. UCLA got to within three at 16-13, but could get no closer, as Arizona scored the next four and six of seven to go ahead by a set-best eight at 22-14. The Wildcats would win the set 25-18 and out-hit the Bruins .273 to -.083. Love had three kills in the set to lead UCLA.
After seven straight sideouts to start the set, Arizona scored four in a row to take a 7-4 advantage. UCLA responded with six of the next seven to go up by a pair. Sophomore Kelly Reeves had a kill, and after an Arizona sideout, five in a row on a Love kill, a combo block by Kidder and senior Sara Sage, a Kidder spike, a combo roof from Sage and freshman Megan Moenoa and another Kidder kill put the Bruins up 10-8. However, the Wildcats scored the next four and seven of the last nine points of the match to win the fifth 15-12. Kidder had six kills in the deciding set, while Reeves added three, as the Bruins were out-hit .348 to .296.
After two weeks on the road, the Bruins are back home next weekend against the Oregon schools, facing Oregon State on Friday and Oregon on Saturday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.