Ninth-Ranked Bruins Sweep Washington State

Nov. 7, 2008

Box Score

PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Dicey McGraw led UCLA in kills for a team-best 10th time this season with a match-high 14, as the ninth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday at Bohler Gym. Scores were 25-13, 25-18, 25-17.

The Bruins improve to 16-7 overall and 6-6 in league play, while the Cougars fall to 7-16 and 0-12 in Pac-10 action.

Senior Nellie Spicer had 37 assists to increase her career total to 5,612, putting her 56 assists away from moving past Ann Boyer into second place on UCLA's all-time list. Senior Ali Daley had eight kills and 12 digs to move to within 12 kills of becoming the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-kill club. In the backcourt, senior Jessica Fine had 14 digs, sophomore Jazmin Machado recorded 10 and freshman Lainey Gera posted eight. UCLA hit .261 for the match.

The two teams combined for six ties and five lead changes early on before a long Bruin run put the set out of reach. Trailing 6-5, the Bruins scored 11 in a row, 10 coming on Daley's serve, to take a 16-6 lead. Following a Spicer kill to start the run, Daley served an ace and McGraw posted a kill to give UCLA an 8-6 edge. Freshman Amanda Gil then had consecutive block solos and a WSU attack error made it 11-6 and forced the Cougars into a timeout. The run wasn't done though, as a McGraw/Gil block out of the timeout followed by a McGraw kill put UCLA on top 13-6. Daley recorded her second service ace of the run and followed that up with a kill to make it 15-6, prompting another timeout by Washington State. McGraw posted another kill to make it 16-6 before a Daley service error finally gave the serve back to the Cougars.

The closest Washington State got the rest of the way was an eight-point deficit at 16-8, but the Bruins extended their lead to a set-best 13 at 23-10. On UCLA's second set point, freshman Katie Camp recorded the clinching kill to give the Bruins a 25-13 victory. McGraw had four kills in the first, while Camp added three. UCLA hit .233 in the first and held Washington State to a -.032 hitting percentage.

UCLA never trailed in the second set. Tied at five, the Bruins went on a 9-4 run to take a 14-9 advantage. Daley and freshman Sara Sage both had two kills during the run and Gil and McGraw each added a kill and a block. Washington State closed to within two at 14-12, but UCLA got its lead back up to four at 19-15. The Cougars rallied with another 3-0 run to cut their deficit to one at 19-18, forcing the Bruins into a timeout.

UCLA came out focused after the breather, scoring the set's final six points to win it 25-18. Sage had a block out of the timeout, which was followed by a pair of McGraw kills to put the Bruins ahead 22-18. Back-to-back combo blocks by Sage and Camp and Sage and McGraw gave the Bruins set point and a McGraw spike clinched the seven-point victory in the second set. Daley had five kills in the second, McGraw had four and Gil and Sage each had three. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .275 to .056.

The Bruins scored the first three points of the third set, but the Cougars came back with a 3-0 run of their own. UCLA re-took the lead 5-3, but Washington State took its first lead of the set with three in a row to go up 6-5. Back-to-back kills by Gil put the Bruins up 7-6, but yet another 3-0 spurt by the Cougars gave them a 9-7 advantage. Still trailing 10-8, the Bruins scored six in a row to take a 14-10 advantage. Spicer and McGraw had kills to start the run, and following a bad set by the Cougars, Spicer and McGraw notched consecutive kills again to give the Bruins a 13-10 lead. A WSU attack error closed out the run to make it 14-10.

Washington State got to within three at 19-16, but a 6-1 UCLA run to close out the set made it a clean sweep for the visitors. McGraw and Spicer each had two kills and freshman Juliane Piggott served an ace during a 5-0 run to give the Bruins match point. Washington State staved off one match point, but a McGraw kill gave UCLA the 25-17 victory to complete a fifth-straight sweep of the Cougars. McGraw had six kills in the third and didn't have an error in nine swings (.667 hitting percentage). Gil and Spicer added four kills apiece, as the Bruins out-hit the Cougars .267 to .105.

Brittany Johnson had a team-best six kills for the Cougars, while Kelly Hyder had 20 digs. Washington State hit .048 as a team.

The Bruins take on #5 Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly at the call. Gametracker will also be available on the schedule of

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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
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
(26-24, 25-15, 25-19)
Friday, Oct 16
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-18, 25-22)
Sunday, Oct 18
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-21, 25-16, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 23
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
(25-22, 19-25, 28-26, 29-27)
Sunday, Oct 25
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
(25-16, 25-21, 19-25, 23-25, 15-5)
Friday, Oct 30
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
(25-13, 25-20, 23-25, 25-16)
Sunday, Nov 01
at Washington
Seattle, WA
(20-25, 26-24, 15-25, 20-25)
Wednesday, Nov 04
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
(25-23, 26-24, 25-17)
Friday, Nov 06
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
(25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 25-16)
Thursday, Nov 12
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
(25-17, 17-25, 25-27, 25-23, 12-15)
Sunday, Nov 15
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 25-19, 25-27, 25-19)
Friday, Nov 20
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
(25-22, 22-25, 19-25, 28-26, 15-10)
Sunday, Nov 22
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
(22-25, 27-29, 27-25, 25-21, 10-15)
Wednesday, Nov 25
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
(25-18, 17-25, 25-19, 12-25, 15-12)
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE