Sept. 2, 2003
HONOLULU, HI - The 11th-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team played a hard-fought, dramatic match on Monday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, HI, falling to second-ranked host Hawai'i in five games. Game scores were 25-30, 30-18, 30-24, 29-31, 15-13. Four Bruins finished with double-figure kills in the two-hour, 39-minute match.
The Bruins took the lead early in game one, after Hawai'i scored the first point of the game, then sent the wrong player to the service box before a Cira Wright kill followed by a Lily Kahumoku hitting error gave the Bruins a 3-1 lead. UCLA held that lead to the television timeout, with a 15-12 UCLA lead. At that point in the match, the Bruins were hitting .250 to a .095 attack percentage for UH.
Kim Willoughby, who did not start the match for the Wahine, came in to the game following the time out and immediately recorded her first kill of the match. From that point, however, Willoughby put an attack into the net and would get blocked by UCLA's Krystal McFarland and Heather Cullen on her next attack to give the Bruins a 19-14 lead, prompting UH head coach Dave Shoji to take his first time out of the game. UCLA extended its lead to 24-17 before Hawai'i put together two small runs, cutting the Bruin lead to 25-21, at which point UCLA's Andy Banachowski took his first time out. UCLA came back with a kill by Brynn Murphy and refused to give up their lead, taking the opening game of the match by a score of 30-25. In the game, the Bruins hit .245 to Hawaii's .150. Cira Wright led the Bruins with seven digs, while junior libero Chrissie Zartman and Heather Cullen added four digs apiece.
The second game of the match started tight, with the teams trading points to the 5-5 mark before Kahumoku and Willoughby led the Rainbow Wahine to five straight points, taking a 10-5 lead at which point Banachowski called his first time out of the match. The Bruins responded with a Brynn Murphy kill, but the Wahine started to pull away again before the Bruins got the UH lead back down to five points at 18-13, when Shoji called his first time out of the game. His team responded, pushing forward to a 24-16 lead on consecutive service aces by Willoughby, at which point Banachowski called his final timeout of the game. UCLA was unable to close the gap, however, dropping game two by a 30-18 score. Hawai'i hit .436 in the game and downed three service aces in the second game win.
The teams came out of the locker room and UH built an early lead in game three, but the Bruins put together a four-point string to take an 11-10 lead. The teams would tie at 11, 12 and 13 before UH scored three straight points to force the television timeout with a 15-13 lead for the Rainbow Wahine. UCLA stayed within three points of the Wahine to the next stoppage in play, a UH timeout as Hawai'i led 24-22. Shoji's team responded, scoring three straight points on a block and two Willoughby kills for a 27-22 UH lead when Banachowski took a timeout of his own. After a Cira Wright kill, Willoughby downed her 22nd kill of the match to give UH a 28-23 lead and UCLA called its final timeout, but UCLA was unable to close the gap, falling 30-24. For a second straight game, Hawai'i hit over .400, finishing at .429 with 21 kills, three errors and 42 attempts. The Bruins, meanwhile, hit .231 for a second consecutive game, this time on 14 kills, 5 errors and 39 attacks.
Freshman Becky Green started the third game for the Bruins and downed four kills early in the match as UH held a slim 10-9 lead. The television timeout came at the 15-10 mark with Hawai'i in the lead, when UH's 15th point came when UCLA's Heather Cullen was called for a back row attack. UCLA responded with a run of its own, closing the UH lead to 17-14 as Haley Jorgensborg came in to serve following a hitting error by UH's Alicia Arnott and the Bruins put together four straight points, including UCLA's first ace of the match. Shoji then called his first time out, but it did not slow the UCLA run, as the Bruins came out of the timeout with a solo block by Brynn Murphy, kills by Krystal McFarland and Colby Lyman to tie the game at 17-17. A hitting error by Kahumoku gave the Bruins their first lead of the game at 18-17, at which time Shoji called his final timeout.
Maja Gustin tied the score for Hawai'i with a kill coming out of the timeout, but UCLA would not give up, responding with a Brynn Murphy kill and a block by Murphy and McFarland for a 20-18 UCLA lead. A kill by Gustin stopped the Bruin run, but a service error by Kahumoku, followed by a Willoughby hitting error and a Becky Green kill put the Bruins in front by a 23-19 margin. UH closed the lead to two points at 23-21, at which time Banachowski called his first time out of the game. Hawai'i continued its run, tying the game at 23. The teams then traded points before a block gave the Wahine a 25-24 lead. A Willoughby kill put the Wahine just three points away from match point at 26-24, and Banachowski used his final timeout in hopes of stopping the home team's momentum. Kahumoku, one of seven Wahine seniors on the 2003 squad, downed a kill for a 27-24 Hawai'i lead before a Heather Cullen kill and subsequent service ace brought UCLA to within one point. A Willoughby error tied the game at 27-27 and freshman Colby Lyman gave the Bruins a 28-27 lead. A tip by Lauren Duggins tied the game again at 28-all, putting Willoughby at the service line. A Cira Wright kill put Becky Green in the service box serving game point, but Willoughby re-tied the game with a kill.
Lyman stepped up again, putting a kill down the line to give the Bruins a second game point. Banachowski used a sub to put Haley Jorgensborg in to serve for Wright. The Bruins responded, as Brynn Murphy hammered a kill to stun the home crowd of 7,407 and send the match to a decisive fifth game.
UCLA's Krystal McFarland served to open game five and did so in style with a service ace. Two Brynn Murphy kills behind the service of Becky Green gave the Bruins an early 5-2 lead, but the Wahine responded with four points of their own, two on Bruin hitting errors, to take a 6-5 lead. After a UCLA timeout, Hawai'i extended its lead by one point on another Bruin hitting error, then an error by Kahumoku gave the serve back to UCLA at 7-6. Another Kahumoku kill had the teams changing sides as Hawai'i led 8-6. Banachowski utilized his subs, giving the Bruins a bigger block by putting Nancy Barba in for Krystal McFarland in the front row, leaving Haley Jorgensborg to set from the back row. His team responded with a kill by Colby Lyman. After UH hit double figures on a Kahumoku kill, UCLA came back to within one point at 10-9 on the strength of kills by Heather Cullen and Becky Green.
Following a Hawai'i timeout, the teams traded points, but Willoughby gave the Wahine a two-point lead at 12-10, and prompted Banachowski to use his final timeout as her 33rd kill of the evening gave UH a 13-10 lead. The Bruins responded, capitalizing on a Wahine service error followed by a Heather Cullen ace to pull within one point at 13-12 and stopping the match with the final Hawai'i timeout. Green kept the Bruin rally going, tying the score at 13-13 with a kill. Unfortunately, a long jump-serve by Cullen gave UH match point with Kanoe Kamana'o in the service box, and Willoughby closed out the dramatic match with her 34th kill of the match.
UCLA finished the match with four players having double-figure kills. That group was led by Brynn Murphy with 17, followed by Heather Cullen and Cira Wright with 12 apiece and Colby Lyman with 11. Chrissie Zartman led all players with 22 digs.
Two Bruins were named to the All-Tournament Team, which included Minnesota's Paula Gentil, Louisville's Lena Ustymenko, UCLA's Cira Wright and Brynn Murphy and UH's Kanoe Kamana'o, Lily Kahumoku and MVP Kim Willoughby.
The Bruins will return to action next Friday, September 5, at the Ruby's Montana Invitational against Idaho. UCLA will then face Boise State and host Montana on Saturday in Missoula, MT.