Oct. 21, 2005
The No. 8 Arizona Wildcats (15-2, 7-1 Pac-10) defeated the No. 21 UCLA Bruins (10-7, 3-5 Pac-10) in four sets (30-27, 16-30, 23-30, 28-30) on Friday night in front of a crowd of 1,988 fans.
As a team, the Bruins posted a season high 12 aces (old best, 11) as freshman Blair Socci led the team with four aces of her own. UCLA hit just .113 in the game, while Arizona hit for .289. Freshman Kaitlin Sather led the Bruins with 20 kills, just off her career high of 22.
The first third of game one went back and forth with UCLA eventually taking a 13-10 lead. The Bruins led by as many as four points several times during the game as UCLA would win game one 30-27.
Freshman Nellie Spicer opened up game two with an ace, but it was all Wildcats as Arizona would run away with game two, 30-16. As a team, UCLA hit -.147 compared to UA's .343.
In game three, UCLA opened up a 5-0 lead, but Arizona would tie it up at 10 all. After junior Colby Lyman was stuffed at the net, the Wildcats took their first lead of the game, 11-10 and would go on to win 30-23. The Bruins hit .106 compared to the Wildcats .485 in the third game.
The Bruins charged out to an early 13-5 lead in the final game of the match, but Arizona would tie the game at 19 after a hitting error by senior Nancy Barba. Freshman Kelsey Hall hit the ball wide to give the Wildcats their first lead in the fourth game (20-19). A kill by Sather would tie the game at 24, but Arizona would pull away to win 30-28.
For the match, Sather led the Bruins with 10 kills and 23.5 points, contributing two of th eteam's 12 aces and two blocks, one solo and one assist. Spicer and Katie Carter each added two aces for th eBruins, while freshman Blair Socci had four aces in the match. Jordan Smith had a team-high 23 digs, followed by Spicer with 19.
UCLA will continue Pac-10 action on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Pauley Pavilion as they host Arizona State at 7:00 pm.