Nov. 11, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. - Junior Rachael Kidder had a double-double with 15 kills and 10 digs, senior Lainey Gera posted 23 digs and sophomore Mariana Aquino added a career-high 11 kills, but the top-ranked Bruins saw #20 Oregon come back from 0-2 down to win in five on Friday at Matthew Knight Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 25-23, 15-25, 18-25, 9-15.
The Bruins fall to 22-4 overall and 15-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Ducks improve to 18-7 and 10-7 in league action.
Junior Tabi Love added nine kills and sophomore Kelly Reeves posted eight with eight digs. Senior Lauren Van Orden recorded 41 assists and nine digs. Junior Bojana Todorovic notched nine digs. The Bruins hit .173 for the match.
Although they never led by more than five in the opening set, the Bruins never trailed to take the first. UCLA scored four of the first five points on a kill by Aquino and then three straight by Reeves. Oregon came back with the next two, but a 4-1 Bruin run on kills by Reeves and Kidder and two Duck errors kept it a four-point difference at 8-4. The Ducks again cut it to two at 10-8, but the Bruins scored five of seven to take a 15-10 edge. Reeves had two kills during the 5-2 run, Aquino and Kidder each had one and Van Orden and freshman Zoë Nightingale teamed up for a block.
Oregon again got close, cutting its deficit to one on three separate occasions. At 18-17, the Bruins scored three of four on kills by Aquino and Kidder and an Oregon attack error to make it 21-18. Still up by a pair at 22-20, the Bruins netted the last three points of the set on a Kidder kill, a Love/Nightingale combo block and a Kidder ace to win it 25-20. Reeves paced the Bruins with six kills, Kidder added five and Aquino posted four. Gera had six digs, while Reeves and Van Orden both posted five. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .286 to .170.
The Ducks took their first lead of the match by scoring the first two points of the second set, but the Bruins came back with the next three on Aquino and Kidder kills and an Oregon attack error to go up 3-2. The Ducks responded with three of the next four to re-take the advantage at 5-4, but a service error and a Nightingale kill made it 6-5 UCLA. The Ducks would tie things up at six-all, but the Bruins went on an 11-2 run to break it open.
The first four points came on Oregon errors. With the score 10-8, the Bruins scored seven in a row to go up by nine. An Aquino kill, a Todorovic ace, an Aquino/Reeves combo block and an Oregon attack error made it 14-8. UCLA then got the next three on another Todorovic ace, another Oregon attack error and another Aquino kill. It appeared that the Bruins would cruise, but with the Ducks down 23-14, they scored seven in a row and nine of 10 to get to within one at 24-23. However, a combo block by Aquino and freshman Karsta Lowe saved what would have been a crushing loss and preserved a 25-23 win. Aquino led the Bruins with four kills, while Gera added seven digs. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .226 to .163.
The Bruins had an early 3-1 lead in set three thanks to a kill by Love, a Todorovic ace and an Aquino/Kidder combo block. But the Ducks came back with runs of 4-0, 8-1 and 13-3 to take a 14-6 advantage. The closest the Bruins would get the rest of the way is five at 15-10, as they ended up dropping the set 25-15. Love led the Bruins with four kills, while Kidder added three. Sophomore Meg Norton posted five digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .333 to .000.
The first half of the fourth set had nine ties. The Bruins' biggest lead was two at 6-4. Kidder had two kills, Aquino and Van Orden added kills and senior Sara Sage posted a kill and an ace to account for the first six points. The Ducks came back with five of the next seven to go ahead 9-8 and never trailed for the rest of the set. The Bruins did tie things up at nine and 13-all, but the Ducks scored seven in a row to take a 20-13 edge, as the home squad went on to win the set 25-18. Kidder and Love each had three kills for the Bruins, who were out-hit .351 to .267.
The Bruins held an early 4-2 lead in the deciding fifth set on two kills from Kidder and two Oregon errors. But Oregon scored the next three to go ahead 5-4. UCLA responded with two in a row on an Oregon service error and a Love solo block, but the Ducks countered with the next two to go ahead 7-6. The Bruins would tie it up at 7 and 8-all, but the Ducks scored seven of the last eight points of the match to complete the comeback with a 15-9 win. Kidder had three kills in the fifth. The Bruins were out-hit .364 to .062.
The Bruins play their final regular-season road match on Saturday night at Oregon State at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.