Sept. 16, 2011
PULLMAN, Wash. - Junior Rachael Kidder led all players with 10 kills, while senior Sara Sage, junior Tabi Love and sophomore Kelly Reeves each hit better than .400, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday at Bohler Gym. Set scores were 25-12, 25-19, 25-21.
The Bruins improve to 9-1 overall and 2-0 in Pac-12 play, while the Cougars fall to 8-3 in dropping their conference opener.
Reeves had eight kills and only one error in 11 attempts for a .636 hitting percentage, Sage posted six kills and one error in nine swings (.556) and Love recorded six kills and one miscue in 12 attacks for a .417 percentage to go with four blocks. Senior Lauren Van Orden added 34 assists and six digs, while sophomore Mariana Aquino had six blocks. Senior Lainey Gera notched seven digs and junior Bojana Todorovic tallied five. The Bruins hit .329 as a team.
The Bruins led from start to finish in the first set, scoring four of the first five points. A Washington State service error and an Aquino kill got the Bruins going, and after a Cougar sideout, a Van Orden joust victory at the net and a WSU attack error made it 4-1. At 6-3, the Bruins scored five of six to go up by seven at 11-4. Three in a row on two kills by Kidder with a combo block by Kidder and Sage sandwiched between made it 9-3, and after a Washington State sideout, a Reeves kill and a Cougar attack error made it a seven-point lead for the visitors.
The Cougars came back with two of the next three, but four in a row by the Bruins on a Kidder kill and three straight WSU attack errors made it 16-6. Washington State got no closer than eight the rest of the way. Leading 21-12, the Bruins scored the final four of the set on a Kidder kill, a Sage/Van Orden combo block, a Cougar attack error and a Love kill to win it 25-12. Kidder had four kills in the opener, as UCLA out-hit Washington State .391 to -.125.
The Bruins dropped the first two points of the second stanza, but wouldn't trail by any more than that, taking the lead midway through the set and holding on to go up 2-0 in the match. Down 7-6, the Bruins got a Kidder kill and a combo block by Aquino and Van Orden to take their first lead of the set at 8-7. Although Washington State tied it at eight- and nine-all, UCLA would not trail for the rest of the set.
Leading 14-13, the Bruins got four in a row on a kill by Sage, two solo roofs by Love and an Aquino/Van Orden combo block to make it 18-13. After a WSU sideout, two Love kills with an Aquino/Reeves combo block in between put the Bruins up by a set-best seven at 21-14. The Cougars would get as close as four at 23-19, but an attack error gave the Bruins set point and a kill by Sage made it a 25-19 victory. Love had four kills and three blocks in the second, Reeves added four kills, Kidder, Sage and freshman Karsta Lowe each had three kills and Aquino posted four blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .481 to .103.
Like the first set, the Bruins never trailed in the third to finish off the sweep. UCLA scored three of the first four on two Cougar errors and a Van Orden kill, but two in a row by Washington State tied it up at three. However, four in a row by the Bruins on a WSU service error, an Aquino/Reeves combo block, a Cougar attack error and a Reeves kill made it 7-3. Still up by a pair at 10-8, UCLA scored five of six thanks to a Sage ace and four Washington State errors to take a 15-9 lead.
The Cougars trimmed their deficit to three at 17-14 thanks to a 5-2 run, but five in a row by the Bruins broke it open. A Kidder kill, a Kidder/Sage combo block, a Gera ace, another Kidder spike and a Cougar attack error put UCLA up by a set-best eight at 22-14. The Cougars again closed to within three thanks to a 7-2 run, staving off three match points, but an attack error on attempt number four gave the Bruins the 25-21 win. Kidder had three kills and two blocks to pace the Bruins, as they out-hit the Cougars .115 to .036.
The Bruins finish their two-match swing in the Pacific Northwest on Saturday in Seattle against fourth-ranked Washington. First serve is at 7 p.m. and Gametracker and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.