Aug. 30, 2009
HONOLULU - Junior Dicey McGraw led the Bruins with 12 kills, while sophomore Lainey Gera added 14 digs and seven assists, but the ninth-ranked Bruins lost in three to #7 Hawai'i on Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center. Set scores were 25-23, 25-18, 25-22.
The Bruins fall to 2-1 on the season, while the Rainbow Wahine win the tournament with a 3-0 record.
Sophomore Amanda Gil had seven kills and six blocks, while freshman Lauren Cook had 31 assists, four kills and five digs, as both were named to the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational All-Tournament Team.
The first set was close throughout, but the Rainbow Wahine handed the Bruins their first set loss of the season. For the first 18 points of the set, Hawai'i either led by one, two or the match was tied. Down 10-8, the Bruins scored three in a row on a Gil solo block, a bad set by the Rainbow Wahine and a Hawai'i attack error to take an 11-10 lead. The Rainbow Wahine rallied back with seven of the next nine points to go up by a set-high four at 17-13.
The Bruins kept on fighting and eventually took the lead back with an 8-3 run to make it 21-20. McGraw had two kills and a solo block during the run, Gil and sophomore Sara Sage also had kills and UCLA benefitted from three Hawai'i attack errors. The Bruins still led at 23-22, but the Rainbow Wahine scored the last three points to win the opener 25-23. Kanani Danielson won it on a kill, which was one of her eight kills in the first set. McGraw paced the Bruins with four kills in the first, while Gil added three kills and three blocks. Despite the loss, UCLA out-hit Hawai'i .206 to .179.
UCLA had an early 3-1 lead in the second, but Hawai'i reeled off six straight to take a 7-3 advantage and never looked back. The Bruins made a 6-2 run and cut their deficit to one at 10-9. Sage had a kill and two blocks during the run, Cook added a kill and a roof and McGraw also posted a kill. But the Rainbow Wahine had an answer, netting 11 of the next 14 points to take a set-best lead of nine at 21-12. UCLA got as close as five at 22-17, but Hawai'i went on to record a 25-18 win to go up two sets to none. Cook, Gil, McGraw and Sage all had two kills, with the Rainbow Wahine out-hitting the Bruins .270 to .118.
After the intermission, the Bruins came out rejuvenated and scored the first five points of the third. McGraw began things with a kill, and after a Hawai'i attack error, a combo block by Gil and freshman Rachael Kidder made it 3-0. Gil followed with a kill and teamed up with Kidder on another roof to make it 5-0. But the Rainbow Wahine rallied with 13 of the next 17 points to take a 13-9 advantage.
The Rainbow Wahine's lead reached as many as five, but the Bruins cut it to a pair at 16-13 following a pair of McGraw kills. However, UCLA could only string back-to-back points together twice the rest of the way. The Bruins got to within one at 23-22 after a kill by freshman Mari Hole, but Hawai'i netted the final two points to complete the sweep with a 25-22 victory. McGraw had six kills in the third, while sophomore Katie Camp added three. The Bruins were out-hit .242 to .156.
Danielson had 16 kills, while Stephanie Ferrell added 14, as the Rainbow Wahine hit .229 for the match.
The Bruins head to Las Vegas next weekend for the Alexis Park Classic. UCLA faces UNLV at 7 p.m. on Friday, followed by a Saturday doubleheader against Loyola Marymount (10 a.m.) and Idaho (4:30 p.m.).