Nov. 21, 2009
EUGENE, Ore. - In their first match this season, UCLA won the first two sets, Oregon took the next two, but the Bruins triumphed in five. On Saturday, the Bruins again claimed the first two sets, with the Ducks winning the third and fourth. However, this time the 18th-ranked Ducks won the deciding set, defeating #7 UCLA in five at McArthur Court. Scores were 23-25, 18-25, 25-22, 27-25, 17-15.
The Bruins fall to 21-8 overall and 11-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks improve to 17-9 and 7-9 in league.
Senior Kaitlin Sather and junior Dicey McGraw paced the Bruins with 16 kills apiece, with Sather adding 11 digs for her team-best 16th double-double. Cook posted her 14th double-double with a career-high 56 assists to go along with 12 digs. Sophomore Katie Camp had 11 kills and eight blocks, while freshman Mari Hole was also in double figures in kills with 11. Sophomore Lainey Gera recorded 21 digs. The Bruins hit .319 with 13 blocks.
The Bruins never trailed in the opening set, but not without some tenuous moments at the end. UCLA scored six of the first seven, netting the first three on a McGraw kill and back-to-back Oregon attack errors. After a Duck sideout, the Bruins had another 3-0 run on a Sather kill, an Oregon error and a spike by sophomore Amanda Gil. The Ducks scored the next two points, but a third 3-0 UCLA run on an Oregon service error, a Hole kill and a Camp/Sather combo block gave the Bruins a set high lead of six at 9-3.
Oregon closed the gap to two at 14-12, and after 14 straight sideouts, the home squad finally got back to even at 21-all. The next four points were sideouts, and at 23-all, McGraw recorded a kill to give the Bruins a set point. UCLA took the opener on an Oregon attack error to win it 25-23. Camp had five kills to pace the Bruins, while McGraw and Sather posted four apiece. The Ducks out-hit the Bruins .368 to .361.
The Bruins lost the first point of the second set, but scored the next four on two Oregon attack errors, a McGraw kill and a Gil/McGraw combo block to take a 4-1 advantage. The Ducks rallied to re-take the lead at 8-7, but an Oregon error and a Camp/McGraw combo roof put the Bruins back on top 9-8. Oregon scored four of the next five to go ahead 12-10, but the Bruins had another rally in them, netting five of the next seven to take the lead for good at 15-14. McGraw had a pair of kills during the 5-2 run, Hole and Sather also had spikes and freshman Bojana Todorovic served an ace.
Tied at 15, the Bruins scored three straight and five of six to go ahead 20-16. A Camp/Hole block started the run, which was followed by a Hole kill and an Oregon attack error. After a Duck sideout, back-to-back kills by Cook and Camp put UCLA ahead by four. The Ducks scored two of the next three to make it 21-18, but the Bruins notched the final four points of the set to take it 25-18. Gil began the run with a kill, which was followed by a Duck attack error, a Sather spike and another Oregon error on set point. Six different Bruins had kills, with Hole and McGraw each recording three. The Bruins out-hit the Ducks .387 to .057 and had four blocks.
The Bruins scored the first point of the set, but the Ducks came back with the next six and never looked back to take the third set. Oregon got its lead up to as many as nine at 13-4 before UCLA started to chip away. The Bruins scored four of the next five on a Camp kill and three Duck attack errors to close to within six at 14-8. Down 15-8, the Bruins got five straight to cut their deficit to two at 15-13. After an Oregon attack error, UCLA got back-to-back kills by Sather, a Gil/Sather combo block and a McGraw kill.
The Ducks responded though with four of the next five to take a 19-14 advantage. The home team's lead never dipped below two the rest of the way, as a kill by Sonja Newcombe on the Ducks' second set point gave them a 25-22 victory. Sather led the Bruins with five kills, while McGraw added four. UCLA out-hit Oregon .364 to .310.
The first half of the fourth set featured nine ties and three lead changes, with the Bruins' biggest lead being one and the Ducks' largest advantage being three. Trailing 17-14, the Bruins scored four of the next five to even the set at 18. Hole had a kill to start the 4-1 run, which was followed by a combo block by Camp and freshman Rachael Kidder. After an Oregon sideout, McGraw had back-to-back kills to knot the score.
The Ducks then scored four in a row and five of the next six to take a 23-19 lead, but the Bruins stormed back with the next five to earn a match point. Following an Oregon service error, Hole had a kill, Todorovic served an ace and Sather and Hole had consecutive spikes to make it 24-23. The Ducks netted a sideout to tie it at 24, but the Bruins got their second match point following a Sather kill. However, Oregon came back with the next three points to win it 27-25. Sather had five kills for the Bruins, while Hole added four. The Bruins were out-hit .313 to .297.
The fifth set was tied at five before a 3-0 Oregon run gave the home squad an 8-5 edge. The Ducks upped their lead to four at 12-8, but the Bruins came back with three straight on back-to-back kills by McGraw and a Gera ace to make it 12-11.
The Ducks took a 14-12 lead for their first match point, but three straight for UCLA on a kill by Gil and consecutive combo blocks by Gil and Sather and Gil and Todorovic gave the Bruins their third match point at 15-14. However, Oregon answered with the next three, as a combo roof by Neticia Enesi and Heather Meyers gave the Ducks a 17-15 win. McGraw and Todorovic each had three kills in the final set. The Ducks out-hit the Bruins .226 to .154.
Newcombe had 28 kills and 25 digs to lead the Ducks, who hit .263 as a team. Meyers (17), Enesi (15) and Dana Stephenson (11) also had double figures in kills.
The Bruins close out the regular season at Pauley Pavilion next weekend, facing Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday. First serve for both matches is at 3 p.m. Gametracker and free audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com.