Aug. 30, 2010
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - Senior Dicey McGraw and sophomore Rachael Kidder led the Bruins with 13 kills apiece, while junior Lainey Gera recorded 23 digs, but the 16th-ranked Bruins dropped the championship match of the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational on Sunday to #5 Hawai'i in four sets. Scores were 22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 21-25.
McGraw added 11 digs for her first double-double of the season, while freshman Kelly Reeves was also in double figures in kills with 12. Junior Katie Camp had eight kills and seven blocks, while junior Lauren Van Orden produced 42 assists and five blocks. Freshman Madie Smith posted 10 digs. Kidder and McGraw were named to the All-Tournament Team.
The Rainbow Wahine (3-0) never trailed in the first set, scoring six of the first nine points. The Bruins (2-1) tied the set at six following back-to-back kills by McGraw and a service ace by junior Sara Sage. Hawai'i came back with the next two though and were able to maintain the lead for the rest of the set. The home team's largest advantage was four at 21-17 and 23-19, as they went on to win the set 25-22. McGraw paced the Bruins with four kills in the opener, as the Bruins were out-hit the Rainbow Wahine .361 to .171.
The Bruins had a brief lead in the second set at 5-3, but the Rainbow Wahine came back with three in a row and led the rest of the way to take a 2-0 advantage. UCLA stayed within reach, but ran out of points, as Hawai'i took the set 25-19. McGraw had four more kills in the second, with Kidder adding four. The Bruins hit better at .290, but the Rainbow Wahine were also better at .459.
After eight straight sideouts to start the third set, a kill by Camp gave the Bruins a 5-4 advantage, which they would not relinquish for the rest of the set. Leading 13-12, the Bruins scored four straight on a kill by McGraw, back-to-back spikes by Reeves and a combo block by Camp and Van Orden to make it 17-12.
UCLA's lead never dropped below three, reaching as many as seven. On top 20-17, the Bruins scored five of the final six points of the set. Kidder had three of the points on two kills and an ace, while a McGraw kill on UCLA's second set point gave the visitors a 25-18 triumph. Reeves had eight of her 12 kills in the third, while Kidder added five, as the Bruins out-hit the Rainbow Wahine .327 to .269.
The Bruins fell behind early in the fourth, rallied to take a lead, but eventually dropped the set and match. Hawai'i raced out with six of the first seven points, but UCLA made a stand to even the score at 10. During the 8-4 run, the Bruins got two kills from Reeves, a kill by McGraw, an ace from Gera and combo blocks from Camp and Van Orden and Camp and Reeves to go along with two errors. Four sideouts later, the Bruins took their first lead at 13-12 following a Kidder/Sage combo block.
But Hawai'i got the next three and didn't look back. The home team's lead was anywhere from two to four in the final moments, as they went on to win the clincher 25-21. Camp, McGraw and Reeves each had three kills in the fourth. The Bruins were out-hit .159 to .114.
The Bruins head to the San Jose Tournament next weekend, facing three matches in less than 48 hours. UCLA will play host San Jose State on Thursday at 7 p.m., #25 Saint Mary's on Friday at 5 p.m. and UC Riverside on Saturday at 10 a.m.