Dec. 12, 2008
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Ali Daley had a double-double with 14 kills and 14 digs, senior Jessica Fine posted 22 digs and senior Nellie Spicer ended her collegiate career with 6,000 assists, but the 14th-seeded UCLA women's volleyball team fell to #3 Texas on Friday in the NCAA Regional semifinal at Gregory Gymnasium. Scores were 11-25, 25-22, 21-25, 21-25.
The Bruins conclude their season at 22-11, while the Longhorns improve to 28-3 and will face Iowa State in the Regional final on Saturday.
Spicer had 25 assists to finish her brilliant four-year career with exactly 6,000, becoming the second Bruin to reach that mark (Erika Selsor, 6,234). Freshman Katie Camp had eight kills, sophomore Dicey McGraw posted six kills and eight digs and freshman Amanda Gil recorded six kills and six blocks. Defensively, sophomore Jazmin Machado and freshman Lainey Gera each had eight digs. The Bruins hit .068 as a team.
The match got off to an auspicious start for the Bruins. Trailing 4-3, Spicer got tangled with a Texas player at the net and limped off the court with a sprained ankle. UCLA appeared stunned by losing its two-time All-American, as the Longhorns went on a 13-7 run to take a 17-10 lead. Spicer came back on the floor at that point, but was not at full strength for the rest of the match. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Bruins, as the Longhorns scored eight of the last nine points of the first to win it 25-11. UCLA hit .000 in the opener, while Texas hit .480.
The Bruins regained their composure in the second set and never trailed, scoring the first five points en route to tying up the match at one. Camp began the set with a kill, which was followed by spikes from Gil and Daley, a Texas attack error and a kill by Spicer to make it 5-0. Following 14 sideouts to put the score at 11-7, the Bruins scored three of the next four to take a set high lead of six at 14-8.
Texas made it a two-point game with a 5-1 run, but could get no closer than that. Leading 18-16, the Bruins benefitted from back-to-back Texas errors and tacked on a combo block by Gil and McGraw and a triple roof by Gil, McGraw and Spicer to take a 22-16 advantage. The Longhorns made things interesting at the end getting to within two at 24-22, but a Camp kill on set point gave the Bruins a 25-22 win. Daley had six kills in the second, while Camp added four, as the Bruins out-hit the Longhorns .273 to .217.
The Bruins came out strong to start the third also, scoring four of the first five. Daley had a kill and an ace, while Gil and McGraw also had kills. After Texas closed to within one at 5-4, UCLA scored five of the next six to take a 10-5 advantage. During the run, Daley, McGraw and Camp had kills, while Camp and freshman Sara Sage teamed up for a combo block. With the Bruins still leading 13-9, the Longhorns came back with an 8-2 run to go ahead 17-15.
UCLA stopped the Texas run with a 4-1 streak of its own to re-take a 19-18 advantage. Sage and Daley had kills, Camp posted a solo block and Fine served an ace. The set was tied at 19 and 20, but the Longhorns had a strong finish to the set, netting five of the last six to win it 25-21. Daley posted five kills and McGraw added three. The Bruins were held to a .067 hitting percentage, while the Longhorns hit .174.
Texas took an early 9-5 lead in the fourth, but the Bruins came back with four in a row to tie it at nine. Texas made two errors, while Camp added a kill and a solo block. A 3-0 run by the Longhorns put the home team back up at 12-9, but the Bruins responded with a 7-2 streak to take a 16-14 advantage. During the run, Sage and Gil had kills, Machado recorded an ace and Gil and Spicer teamed up for a block, as the Bruins also benefitted from three Longhorn errors.
The Bruins still led by two at 18-16, but three in a row by the Longhorns put them up 19-18. UCLA re-tied it at 19 on a McGraw/Sage block, but four straight by Texas made it 23-19. The Longhorns had back-to-back attack errors to get the Bruins to within two at 23-21, but a kill by Lauren Paolini gave Texas match point and a combo block by Jennifer Doris and Rachael Adams won the match for the Longhorns. The Bruins hit -.095 in the fourth, while the Longhorns swung at a .024 hitting percentage.
Texas was led by Paolini's 17 kills, while Destinee Hooker had 16 kills and 13 digs. Heather Kisner posted 28 digs. The Longhorns hit .196 as a team.