Bruins Down Long Beach, Advance to NCAA Second Round

Dec. 5, 2002

Final Stats

MALIBU, CA - UCLA opened NCAA play in style on Thursday night in Firestone Fieldhouse, defeating ninth-ranked Long Beach State 30-25, 30-37, 30-21. The Bruins improve to 20-13 on the season and advance to the NCAA Second Round, where they will play host Pepperdine at 7 pm on Friday night in Malibu. Long Beach State's season concludes with a record of 28-4.

The Bruins took control of the opening game early on, scoring four straight points to take a 4-2 lead. UCLA did not trail again from that point in the game. The Beach came to within one point at 12-11, on a rally that started by an antenna call that initially gave UCLA a 13-8 lead, but was overturned to bring Long Beach to within three points at 12-9. However, the Bruins would recover, scoring six straight points on the service of Lauren Fendrick to take a 21-14 lead. UCLA downed five blocks in the opening game, led by Cira Wright with one solo and three assisted blocks. Offensively, Fendrick led UCLA with six kills in the opening game.

Game two was closely fought, with the teams within one point as late as UCLA's 28-27 lead. From there, however, Nancy Barba and Heather Cullen downed a block and Brynn Murphy placed a cross-court kill to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead heading to the locker rooms.

The Bruins continued their hot streak coming out of the break, sprinting to a 4-1 lead and never looking back.

UCLA was led by Heather Cullen with 10 kills, Chrissie Zartman with 12 digs and Cira Wright with seven blocks (one solo, six assists). As a team, UCLA hit .282 to Long Beach's .167, out-dug them 42-39, and out-blocked them by an 11-6 margin.

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Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
Saturday, Sep 05 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
Sunday, Sep 06 - 8:00 PM PST
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
Friday, Sep 11 - 4:00 PM PST
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
Saturday, Sep 12 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
Sunday, Sep 13 - 2:00 PM PST
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 10:00 AM PST
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
Friday, Sep 18 - 7:30 PM PST
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
Wednesday, Sep 23 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Sep 27 - 12:00 PM PST
at California
Berkeley, CA
Friday, Oct 02 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 04 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - TBA PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - TBA PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - TBA PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - TBA PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA