Nov. 13, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Senior Kaitlin Sather, junior Dicey McGraw and freshman Lauren Cook all had double-doubles, as the sixth-ranked Bruins defeated #25 Washington State in four on Friday and moved into first place in the Pac-10 thanks to a Washington loss at USC. Scores were 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 25-23.
The Bruins win their seventh in a row and improve to 20-6 overall and 10-3 in Pac-10 play. UCLA, which notches its 11th-straight, 20-win season, is a half-game in front of 10-4 Washington, which fell in five sets to the Trojans. Washington State drops to 16-9 and 5-9 in league play.
Sather had a match and season-high 19 kills to go along with 12 digs for her team-best 14th double-double of the year. McGraw posted 12 kills and 10 digs for her seventh double-double and Cook tied a season-best with 54 assists to go with 10 digs for her 12th double-double. Sophomore Lainey Gera led all players with 26 digs, while freshman Bojana Todorovic added 15. The Bruins hit .258 as a team with 16 blocks.
The first set was a close one, with 13 ties and six lead changes, as neither team led by more than three points. With the Bruins on top early 6-4, the Cougars scored six of the next seven to take a 10-7 advantage. Washington State maintained its three-point edge at 13-10, but a 4-1 Bruin run tied it up at 14. McGraw had three of the points on two kills and a solo block. UCLA finally got the lead back at 17-16 after a kill by Todorovic.
A Sather kill made it 18-16, but a 3-0 WSU run gave the visitors the lead back at 19-18. Following a pair of sideouts, the Bruins got back-to-back points on a kill by Todorovic and a combo block by sophomore Amanda Gil and freshman Rachael Kidder to make it 21-20. The set would be tied up again at 21 and 22, but the Bruins scored three of the last four points on two kills by Sather, including one on match point, and another by McGraw to take the opener 25-23. McGraw had five kills in the first, Sather had four and Todorovic added three. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .297 to .214.
Despite five ties in the second, the Bruins never trailed to take a 2-0 match lead. Tied at seven, UCLA scored five of the next six to take a 12-8 advantage. Consecutive kills by Todorovic and Gil made it 9-7, and after a Washington State sideout, the Bruins netted three straight on another spike by Todorovic, a Cougar attack error and a combo block by Gil and McGraw.
The Cougars sided out again, but another 5-0 run extended the Bruins' advantage to 17-9. A kill by McGraw started the spurt, and after a WSU attack error, McGraw and Kidder posted back-to-back spikes with a solo block by sophomore Sara Sage closing out the run. The Bruins' biggest lead was 11 on several occasions, as a Washington State attack error on UCLA's second set point gave the home team a 25-14 win. McGraw had five more kills in the second, while Sather added four. The Bruins posted a .385 to .136 hitting advantage.
Washington State led for most of the third set, gave up the lead late, but came back to force a fourth set. The Cougars jumped out to a 7-1 lead, but the Bruins closed the gap to one on several occasions before taking their first advantage at 21-20. Trailing 20-18, the Bruins scored three in a row on a kill by Sather, a combo block by Todorovic and sophomore Katie Camp and a Washington State attack error.
The score was knotted again at 21, 22 and 23, but the Cougars recorded the last two points of the set, winning it on a kill by Meagan Ganzer to take the third 25-23. Sather had six kills in the third, while Camp added five. The Bruins were out-hit .182 to .178.
The Bruins scored four of the first five points to open the fourth set on kills by McGraw, Sather and Gil and a WSU ball handling error. UCLA maintained its lead until Washington State went on a run midway through the set to take its first advantage. Trailing 14-9, the Cougars netted the next six to take a 15-14 lead. The Bruins bounced back with three straight on a kill by Gil, a combo block by Kidder and Sage and a spike by freshman Mari Hole to go ahead 17-15, but the Cougars rebounded again and re-took the lead at 20-19.
Washington State saw its lead grow to a pair at 22-20, but UCLA would not be denied in the fourth, scoring the next four to earn a match point. A kill by Todorovic began the run, and after a WSU attack error, the Bruins had back-to-back combo blocks by Gil and Todorovic and Gil and Sather to make it 24-22. The Cougars staved off the first match point, but Sather's 19th kill of the contest gave the Bruins a four-set victory. Sather led the Bruins with five kills in the last set, while Gil posted four. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .190 to .163.
Ganzer and Jackie Albright each had 16 kills for the Cougars, who hit .173 as a team.
The Bruins host #4 Washington on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. Gametracker and free audio and video will be available on UCLABruins.com. The match will also be televised on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net.