Oct. 3, 2003
PULLMAN, WA - UCLA improved to 11-2 (3-1 Pac-10) on Thursday night in Pullman, WA, with a five-game victory over Washington State (5-9, 2-3 Pac-10). Game scores were 23-30, 27-30, 30-35, 30-27, 15-10. Brynn Murphy had a career match, posting highs of 21 kills, 11 digs and 25 points. The match will be televised by FOX Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis.
The two teams traded points early in game one with the score tied at 14-14 before the Cougars started to pull away. Washington State took a one-point lead to force the television time out. From that point, the Cougars extended a 16-14 lead and then went on a five-point run, taking a lead they would never surrender. UCLA closed the gap with a late three-point run, but fell in game one by a score of 30-23. Cira Wright and Brynn Murphy had four kills apiece in the game, accounting for eight of UCLA's 14 kills in the game as UCLA hit .162 as a team.
In game two, UCLA took its first lead at 9-8 as Becky Green downed three straight kills to give the Bruins a 10-8 lead. The teams went back and forth from that point with ties at 10, 11, 12 and 13 points before WSU put together a three-point run to force the TV time out. UCLA then responded with a five-point run of its own to re-take the lead at 19-18. From that point, the game would be tied five more times, tied for the final time at 27-27. A Bruin service error then gave the Cougars the lead at 28-27, a UCLA hitting error gave game point to WSU and a blocking error call on UCLA sealed the game for the Cougars with a score of 30-27 as WSU took a two games to none lead into the locker rooms.
The Bruins led through the early portions of game three before WSU came back to tie the score at 17-17. From that point, the teams traded points to the 22-22 mark before the Bruins put together a four-point run to force the Cougars into their first time out of the game. That UCLA rally started with a block by Krystal McFarland and Brynn Murphy to give UCLA a 23-22 lead. At the end of the run, fifth consecutive point was again scored by a Murphy/McFarland block to give UCLA the 27-22 lead. The Bruins would not look back, winning the second game by a score of 30-25. The difference in game three was evident in WSU's attack percentage, which had been.299 at the end of game two and was .083 for the third game of the match.
In game four, Washington State pulled out to a 15-10 lead at the television time out before UCLA started chipping away at the Cougar lead. UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski called his first time out of the game with his team trailing 22-16. UCLA then staged a dramatic comeback to take the lead for good. Down 25-19, a Cougar hitting error sent Brynn Murphy to the service line for the Bruins. Murphy served the Bruins to eight straight points to take a 27-25 lead, and while she was in the back row at the service line, she upped her dig total to a new career-high level, surpassing her previous best of seven. After the Cougars pulled to within one point with a Kristen Carlson kill, Heather Cullen downed her 13th kill of the evening to score UCLA's 28th point. A Cougar error brought UCLA to game point, and the Bruins converted with a Becky Green kill on their second attempt to close out the game, sending the match to a fifth game with a 30-27 game four victory.
UCLA started quickly in the fifth and deciding game, pulling out to an early 5-1 victory. The Bruins never looked back, as the teams changed sides with UCLA leading 8-4. The Bruins had 11 kills in the final game as opposed to WSU's five en route to the 15-10 fifth game win.
Four Bruins posted double-figure kills, led by Murphy who had career-highs of 21 kills and 11 digs. Murphy was joined in double figure kills by Heather Cullen with 16, Cira Wright with 14 and Becky Green with 12. Chrissie Zartman led the Bruins with 16 digs. UCLa head 11 blocks as a team and was led by Murphy with four block assists and Cira Wright, who had one solo and three assisted blocks. Murphy led all players with 25 points.
Tonight's match will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports West. The match will air in Southern California on FOX Sports West at 1 pm on Sat., Oct. 4 and on FOX Sports West2 at Sat., Oct. 4 at 5 pm; Sun., Oct. 5 at 11 am and on Wed. Oct. 8 at 1 pm.
UCLA returns to action on Friday night in Seattle with a 7 pm start against Washington.