Sixth-Ranked Bruins Shoot Down #16 Ducks

Oct. 15, 2011

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LOS ANGELES - Senior Lainey Gera posted 27 of her 28 digs in the final three sets, senior Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs and juniors Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love produced 17 and 16 kills, respectively, as the sixth-ranked Bruins beat #16 Oregon in four sets on Saturday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 25-19.

The Bruins improve to 16-3 overall and 9-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks fall to 12-6 and 5-5 in league action.

Kidder added seven digs and two blocks, while Love recorded four roofs and a .387 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kelly Reeves was also in double figures in kills with 10, adding six digs and four blocks. Junior Bojana Todorovic notched 10 digs and sophomore Mariana Aquino added eight kills and six blocks. The Bruins hit .224 for the match.

The Bruins trailed for most of the first set, but went on a long run at the end to steal the opener. The Ducks led by as many as three on several occasions, but with the score 11-8, three straight kills by Love, Reeves and Kidder evened things at 11. The score was again tied at 12, but Oregon built its lead back up to three another time at 20-17. However, that is when the Bruins put their foot on the pedal and sped past the Ducks, going on runs of 6-0 and 8-1 to wrestle away the set.

After an Oregon service and attack error, a kill by Love tied the score at 20. That was followed by a Duck attack error, a combo block by Van Orden and freshman Zoë Nightingale and a solo stuff from Love to put the Bruins on top 23-20. Oregon sided out the next point, but a kill by Love gave the Bruins match point and another Duck attack error completed a 25-21 comeback win for the home team. Love posted seven kills and no errors in nine attempts (.778) in the first, Kidder added four kills and Reeves had three. The Bruins hit .481 in the opening set to the Ducks' .250 percentage.

Oregon's biggest lead of the second set was four, but despite five ties, the visitors never trailed in evening the match. Both teams had only one 3-0 run during the set. The five ties came at 1, 12, 13, 14 and 15-all. With the Ducks leading 17-16, they went on their lone 3-0 run to take a four-point edge at 20-16.

The Bruins responded with four of the next five to cut their deficit to one at 21-20. Aquino had two kills and combined with Reeves on a block, while Love added a kill. But Oregon netted four of the last six points of the set to win it 25-22. Love had four kills to again pace the Bruins, while Aquino and Kidder each posted three. Despite losing the set, the Bruins out-hit the Ducks .306 to .286.

A wild third set saw the Bruins come back late to go up 2-1 in the match. Up 6-5, UCLA took a set-best lead of four on a 3-0 run, as Aquino and Kidder had kills and also teamed up for a block to make it 9-5. The Ducks got to within one at 13-12, but another 3-0 UCLA run on a kill by Love, an Oregon attack error and a Reeves spike made it a four-point lead again at 16-12.

Oregon came back with seven in a row to take a 19-16 edge, however, UCLA answered that with a 6-0 run of its own to go back up by three at 22-19. Kills by Reeves and Aquino and an Oregon attack error tied things at 19. Another attack error, a combo block by Aquino and freshman Karsta Lowe and a kill by Kidder put the home squad up by three. The Ducks scored three of the next four to get to within one at 23-22, but another Oregon attack error gave the Bruins two set points. The Ducks staved off the first attempt, but a kill by Kidder finished off a 25-23 win. Kidder had four kills to lead the Bruins and Gera added eight more digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Ducks .061 to .021.

In the fourth, the Bruins scored the first three on a combo block by Kidder and senior Sara Sage, a Kidder kill and an Oregon attack error, but the Ducks came back with the next five to go ahead 5-3. However, three in a row by the Bruins on a kill by Kidder, a Duck attack error and a Love kill put the home team up by six, as they never relinquished the lead for the rest of the set. Tied at seven, the Bruins netted six of eight on kills by Aquino, Kidder, Reeves and Van Orden, a solo block by Love and an Oregon attack error to go ahead 13-9.

Still up by four at 18-14, the Bruins scored four of five to take a set-best lead of seven at 22-15. A Love kill and an Oregon attack error made it 20-14, and after a Duck sideout, another Love spike and a combo roof by Aquino and Reeves put the Bruins up by seven. The Ducks got the next three to make it 22-18, but would get no closer, as back-to-back kills by Reeves and Kidder earned a bunch of match points. On attempt number two, Kidder posted her team-best sixth kill of the fourth to finish off a 25-19 win. Love and Reeves each added three kills in the set, while Gera posted 10 digs. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .175 to .000.

The Bruins continue their four-match homestand next weekend against Colorado on Friday, Oct. 21 and Utah on Saturday, Oct. 22. First serve for both matches is at 7 p.m. at the John Wooden Center.

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