October 30, 1998
LOS ANGELES - In a match very reminiscent of UCLA's upset of No. 4 ranked UC Santa Barbara on Oct. 14, the No. 23 ranked UCLA women's volleyball team battled 11th-ranked cross-town rival USC to the wire falling, 15-6, 15-11, 9-15, 15-11, 18-16. The Bruins saw their six-match win streak stopped in the tough Pac-10 Conference match at Pauley Pavilion tonight. USC moved to 15-4 overall and 10-2 in the Pac-10, while UCLA fell to 9-10 overall and 8-4 in the league.
USC changed its starting lineup for the match as sophomore setter Heidi Munneke got the starting nod and stayed in well into game four. Munneke provided career-highs across the board with 61 assists, 10 kills and five digs. Leading the hitters for the Women of Troy was senior Jennifer Kessey with 21 kills, while Jasmina Marinkovic added 18 kills and four blocks and Janae Henry chipped in a career-best 12 kills, five blocks and match-high 20 digs.
The Bruins were led by freshman sensation Kristee Porter who surpassed the 30-kill mark for the second time this season and totaled a match-high 36 kills tonight while hitting .381. UCLA sophomore Elisabeth Bachman was also a major contributor hitting .524 with 24 kills and nine blocks, both tying her career- highs. Freshman Ashley Bowles added 18 kills and classmate Erika Selsor provided 73 assists and a team-high 17 digs.
The two teams came out playing a bit sloppy, but got on track during the third game and gave the crowd of 2,188 a great show down the stretch. USC won the first two games fairly easily, but the momentum shifted to UCLA midway through game three and the Bruins evened the match at two games all. The decisive game could not have been any tighter, although UCLA held the advantage more often and served for the match up 14-12 after Porter's 36th kill of the night. USC scored the next three points with a kill inside the UCLA block, a smash on an overpass and a block. The score was tied at 15 all when USC hit long, then UCLA took its final lead on a kill by Bowles. The Bruins made two errors to give USC a 17-16 advantage, then Marinkovic and Henry teamed for a block to seal the match.
Both UCLA and USC play at home next weekend hosting the desert schools. UCLA welcomes Arizona State at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 at Pauley Pavilion, then entertains Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the John Wooden Center. USC hosts Arizona at the Lyon Center on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and ASU on Sunday at 1:00 in the North Gym.