Sept. 16, 2008
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Senior Ali Daley and freshman Amanda Gil each had 12 kills, as the fourth-ranked Bruins attacked at a season-best .400 hitting percentage in a three-set sweep at Cal State Northridge on Tuesday. Scores were 25-15, 25-16, 25-21.
The Bruins improve to 7-1 with the victory, while the Matadors fall to 5-5.
Gil hit .647, making just one error in 17 attempts, while adding a career-high nine blocks. Daley swung a season-high .440 with only one miscue in 25 attacks. Senior Nellie Spicer fell just short of a double-double, posting 33 assists, nine digs and four blocks. Freshman Katie Camp added five kills and six blocks, while sophomore Dicey McGraw had seven kills and three roofs. The Bruins had 16.5 total team blocks.
Northridge netted two of the first three points, but UCLA scored the next seven and never looked back. Following two attack errors by the Matadors, Gil had the next four points on three kills and a block and then teamed up with McGraw on a combo roof to make it 8-2. Northridge came back to score six of the next seven to cut the deficit to one at 9-8, but UCLA came back with a 7-2 spurt to forge ahead 16-10. Camp posted two kills and a block during the run, while sophomore Juliane Piggott had a kill and a block.
After a Northridge sideout, the Bruins went on another 5-1 run to up their lead to nine at 21-12. UCLA netted the final three points of the set on kills by Daley, McGraw and Piggott to take it 25-15. Gil had six kills and no errors in seven swings, adding three blocks, while Daley provided three kills in the first set. The Bruins were firing on all cylinders offensively, attacking at a .520 percentage with 15 kills and only two errors in 25 swings, while the Matadors were held to a -.061 percentage.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 6-3 lead in the second set, but the Matadors came back. Of UCLA's first six points, Daley had two kills, Spicer had one and McGraw and Gil teamed up for a block. That is when Northridge went on its run, scoring 10 of the next 14 to take a 13-10 advantage. UCLA scored the next three on a Piggott kill, an ace by senior Jessica Fine and a Piggott/Gil block to tie it at 13, but a Northridge sideout gave them the lead again at 14-13.
The lead would be short-lived for the Matadors, as the Bruins scored 12 of the last 14 points of the set to win it 25-16. Daley came on strong during the run with four kills and a block, while McGraw added two kills and a block during the final dozen points. UCLA hit .263 in the second set, while Northridge hit .000. Daley had seven of the Bruins' 14 kills in the set.
The Bruins had a nearly flawless set in the third en route to their fifth straight sweep. After trading sideouts for the first 17 points, the Bruins went on a 5-0 run to take a four-point advantage. Gil had a kill to start and finish the run, with three blocks sandwiched between them. Daley and Camp had the first block, while Camp and Gil teamed up for back-to-back roofs to make it 13-9.
UCLA never saw its lead slip below two the rest of the way, with it reaching as many as five on a few occasions. A kill by redshirt junior Laura Holloway, her first as a Bruin, clinched the match and a 25-21 victory in the third set. The Bruins had five blocks in the third and hit .500, with 13 kills and two errors in 22 swings. Gil had five kills in the third, while McGraw added three. The Matadors hit .143 in the final set.
Brittany Williams paced the Matadors with 11 kills, as Northridge recorded a .021 hitting percentage.
The Bruins finish up non-conference play this weekend in Evanston, Ill. at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic. UCLA will face Virginia on Friday at 8:30 a.m. PT and Georgetown at 3 p.m. PT, while on Saturday the Bruins take on the host Wildcats at 2 p.m. PT. Gametracker will be available for all three matches, which can be accessed on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.