Sept. 19, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - Senior Nellie Spicer reached another milestone on Friday, recording her 5,000th career assist in fourth-ranked UCLA's three-set victory over Georgetown at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic. Scores were 27-25, 25-16, 25-12.
The Bruins move to 9-1 with their eighth straight victory and have won 24 consecutive sets. The Hoyas fall to 6-5.
Spicer recorded the milestone assist midway though the second set following a kill by freshman Katie Camp. Spicer had 33 assists and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season and now has 5,014 assists for her career, which is third on UCLA's all-time list.
Freshman Amanda Gil led the Bruins in kills with 16, making just one error in 26 attempts for a .577 hitting percentage. Sophomore Dicey McGraw had double figures in kills for the second time on Friday with 10. Senior Ali Daley added seven kills and five digs, while senior Jessica Fine posted 10 digs and six assists. The Bruins hit .352 as a team for the match, the fourth straight contest they have eclipsed the .300 hitting threshold.
Camp had no hitting errors for the second time on Friday, recording eight kills in 14 swings for a .571 hitting percentage. Including her earlier match of the day against Virginia, the freshman had 21 kills in 32 attempts for a .656 percentage. Camp has not had a hitting error in three consecutive matches, swinging at a .634 clip during that span (26 kills, 41 attempts).
The first set was hotly-contested, with neither team leading by more than three points. The Bruins didn't take their first lead until 9-8 and got their advantage to as many as three at 15-12 and 16-13. With UCLA ahead 18-16, the Hoyas netted three straight points to go ahead 19-18 and force the Bruins into a timeout. UCLA came out inspired after the break and bounced back with a 3-0 run of their own on back-to-back kills by Gil and a spike by Daley to go back up 21-19.
Georgetown would not quit and following a 4-1 spurt re-took the lead at 23-22. Five sideouts later, the Bruins jumped back in front following a kill by McGraw and a Hoya attack error, setting up UCLA's first game point. The Bruins would win it on another Georgetown attack error to take the opener 27-25. Gil had seven kills and no errors in nine attempts (.778) in the first set, while Camp and Daley added three kills apiece. Georgetown out-hit UCLA .256 to .214.
The Hoyas held an early advantage in the second set before the Bruins went on a run late to pull away. Georgetown scored four of the first six to get out in front and still led 11-10 before UCLA surged ahead. A 3-0 Bruin spurt made it 13-11 and UCLA never relinquished the lead for the rest of the set. Gil began the run with a kill, which was followed by a pair of Hoya attack errors.
Georgetown was still in it down 18-16, but UCLA served out the set to win it 25-16. Gil started the run with a kill, and then with McGraw serving, the Bruins scored six straight winners. Daley and Gil had back-to-back kills, which was followed by an ace from McGraw. Another Gil kill and a spike by freshman Sara Sage brought up set point, as McGraw sent home the set-clinching kill. Gil added eight more kills in the second, while McGraw had five. The Bruins hit .417 in the second, with 18 kills and just three errors in 36 swings. Georgetown hit .207 in the second.
The Bruins routed the Hoyas in the third to make it 24 straight sets without a loss. Georgetown scored two of the first three, but it would be a short-lived lead. A kill by Daley started a 7-0 UCLA run to make it 8-2. Daley added another kill and a block during the run, Camp had a kill and Fine served an ace. A sideout by Georgetown stopped the run, but another kill by Daley jump started another 5-0 Bruin stretch and made it 13-3. Camp had two more kills during the run, while freshman Lainey Gera had a service ace.
UCLA's highest lead in the set was 16 at 22-6. Georgetown scored six of the last nine points of the set, but the Bruins held on, as Gil spiked home the match winner in a 25-12 victory. The Bruins hit .481 in the final stanza, posting 15 kills and only two errors in 27 swings, while holding the Hoyas to a .077 hitting percentage. Camp, Daley, McGraw and Spicer all had three kills in the third.
Jessica Hardy led Georgetown with eight kills and 10 digs, as the Hoyas hit .194 for the match.
The Bruins close out tournament play and their non-conference schedule on Saturday when they face Northwestern at 2 p.m. PT. Gametracker will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.