Nov. 20, 2012
EUGENE, Ore. - Senior Tabi Love led the Bruins with 16 kills, junior Kelly Reeves added 13 digs and seven kills and freshman Karly Drolson posted 12 digs, but the seventh-ranked Bruins lost in three at #6 Oregon on Tuesday at Matthew Knight Arena. Set scores were 26-24, 25-23, 25-21.
The Bruins fall to 21-7 overall and 13-6 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks improve to 24-4 and 15-4 in league action.
Senior Rachael Kidder had eight kills and five digs, sophomore Zoë Nightingale added five kills and no errors in 11 attempts (.455 hitting percentage) with four blocks, junior Mariana Aquino produced five blocks and junior Meg Norton totaled six digs. Sophomore Megan Moenoa (19 assists, five digs and three blocks) and freshman Becca Strehlow (16 assists) shared setting duties, as UCLA hit .178 for the match.
The Bruins scored the first three points of the match on two Love kills and a combo block by Love and Nightingale. Leading 5-3, a 4-0 UCLA run gave the visitors a set-best lead of six. Two consecutive Oregon attack errors, a Love kill and an Aquino/Strehlow combo block made it 9-3. With the score 11-7, the Ducks rallied with five straight to take their first lead of the match. An Oregon service error and a Nightingale kill put the Bruins back in front 13-12, but a 4-1 Duck run put the home team up 16-14.
Trailing 20-19, the Bruins regained the lead on kills by Reeves and Love to make it 21-20. Five sideouts later and tied at 23, Oregon scored another to earn its first set point. A Kidder kill saved the first attempt, but two in a row for the Ducks completed a 26-24 win. Love led the Bruins with eight kills in the opener, while Kidder added four. Reeves posted seven digs and Drolson had six, as the Bruins were out-hit .190 to .152.
UCLA held an early 6-4 lead in the second set, but a 5-0 Oregon run put the home team up 9-6. A 4-0 UCLA run put the visitors ahead again 10-9. Two by the Ducks put them back up, but a combo block by Aquino and sophomore Karsta Lowe and an Aquino ace made it 12-11 UCLA. After an Oregon sideout, kills by Lowe and Moenoa put the Bruins up 14-12.
UCLA's biggest lead of the set was three at 18-15, 19-16 and 20-17, but the Bruins would score just three points for the rest of the set. A 7-2 Oregon run gave the home team two set points. A service error on the first attempt kept the Bruins alive, but the Ducks won the second 25-23. Love had three kills, while Reeves added three kills and five digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .271 to .229.
The Bruins never led in the third, as Oregon completed the sweep. The Ducks held an early 5-2 lead, but a 3-1 UCLA run on kills by Kidder and Love and an Aquino/Moenoa combo block made it 6-5. Still down by three at 8-5, a 4-1 UCLA run on two kills by Love, a Reeves kill and an Oregon attack error tied things up at nine.
Up 12-11, the Ducks scored four of five to take a 16-12 edge. Still down by four at 19-15, four in a row for UCLA on a Love kill, an Aquino/Reeves combo block, a Kidder kill and a Kidder solo block tied the score at 19. However, Oregon would finish the match on a 6-2 run to clinch a 25-21 victory in the third. Love led the Bruins with five kills in the third, Kidder added four and Nightingale posted three. The Bruins were out-hit .294 to .162.
The Bruins host #4 USC in their final match of the regular season on Friday at the New Pauley Pavilion at 6 p.m. The contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks. Gametracker and free audio will also be available at UCLABruins.com.