Aug. 31, 2007
HONOLULU - Junior Ali Daley led UCLA in kills for the third straight match with 14, while junior Kaitlin Sather added a double-double with 12 kills and 10 digs, as the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated Louisville in three games, 30-24, 30-27, 30-21, at the Hawaiian Airlines Rainbow Wahine Classic on Friday in Honolulu.
Junior Nellie Spicer added 40 assists, eight digs and four kills, while junior Jade Machado posted 17 digs for the Bruins, who improved to 2-1. Senior Rachell Johnson added eight kills, while junior Elise Carstensen equaled a career high with six. Louisville, which was led by Jana Matiasovska's 15 kills, falls to 3-1.
UCLA led throughout the first game, although its advantage was never more than three until the last stages of the game. Early on with the score tied at three, the Bruins netted three straight points on a kill by Daley and successive attack errors by the Cardinals.
UCLA's lead remained between one and three until at 22-20, back-to-back kills by Johnson and Sather gave the Bruins a 24-20 edge. After eight consecutive sideouts, UCLA held a 28-24 advantage and took a five-point lead when Machado's pass over the net landed untouched. The Bruins would clinch the first game on a kill by Daley, winning 30-24.
Game two was just as hotly contested and featured five long runs by the two teams which sent the lead back and forth. UCLA held an early 3-1 lead until three straight points gave Louisville its first lead of the match at 4-3. The Bruins re-took the advantage with the next two points, but saw it slip away when the Cardinals grabbed the lead back at 9-8. That is when the Bruins went on their first run of the game, posting five in a row on two service aces by Sather, a kill by sophomore Emily Clements and two Louisville errors to take a 13-9 edge. The lead swelled to five at 16-11 when Louisville erased its deficit with five in a row of its own to even things at 16.
The see-saw game continued with the Bruins stringing together their second five-point run of the game. Sather and Spicer each had two kills during the run, with Daley also posting an ace. But once again, the lead was short-lived, as the Cardinals scored eight of the next nine to take a 24-22 lead.
A timeout and a kill by Carstensen stopped the bleeding for the Bruins and began a 6-1 run, including their third different 5-0 stretch of the game. Down 25-24, UCLA received a sideout, two kills by Daley and one each by Carstensen and Clements to take the lead at 28-25. The Cardinals tried to stay in it with two in a row to cut it to 28-27, but a Louisville service error gave the Bruins match point and Daley spiked home the winner to take it 30-27.
After the Cardinals scored the first two points of game three, it was all UCLA after that, posting seven straight on freshman Dicey McGraw's serve to take a 7-2 lead. Carstensen had two kills during the run, with Daley adding one and McGraw serving an ace. Three Cardinal errors led to the remaining points. Louisville got no closer than three as UCLA continued to extend its lead little by little. Up 9-6, a 5-1 Bruin run extended their lead to 14-7.
Louisville stayed within five at 19-14, but another 6-1 spurt by UCLA brought its lead to double figures at 25-15. The Bruins' lead would remain above eight for the rest of the game as a service error by Louisville won the third for UCLA by a 30-21 score. The Bruins hit .308 for the final game, ending the match with a .250 hitting percentage.
The Bruins are off on Saturday but return to the court on Sunday when they face 25th-ranked Kansas State at 5:30 p.m. PT. Live stats will be available on the Hawai'i website, www.hawaiiathletics.com.