Sept. 15, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Senior Tabi Love paced the second-ranked Bruins with 24 kills, senior Rachael Kidder added a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs and senior Bojana Todorovic recorded 20 digs, as UCLA defeated Colorado State in five sets on Saturday at Moby Arena. Set scores were 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 13-25, 15-10.
The Bruins improve to 8-1 on the season, while the Rams fall to 7-4.
Kidder, who had her third double-double of the season (13th career), added five blocks, Love posted four block solos and sophomore Zoë Nightingale notched seven blocks and six kills. Sophomore Karsta Lowe tallied 10 kills, junior Kelly Reeves notched 16 digs, sophomore Megan Moenoa recorded 45 assists and six digs and junior Meg Norton added 10 digs. The Bruins hit .219 as a team and had a season-best 18 blocks.
The Bruins came back from an early deficit to take the opening set. Colorado State scored the first five and nine of the first 11 points to take an early lead. UCLA responded with runs of 5-0, 8-1 and 10-2 to take its first lead of the set at 12-11. A Nightingale kill, back-to-back kills by Love, a Moenoa/Nightingale combo block and another Love kill made it 9-7 CSU. After a Ram sideout, Love had three straight points on two kills and a solo block to tie the score at 10. Following another CSU sideout, a combo block by Moenoa and freshman Hannah Boland and a bad Ram set gave the Bruins a one-point edge.
With ties at 12, 13, 14 and 15-all, the Bruins scored three in a row on a CSU service error, a Love kill and a Love solo block to take an 18-15 advantage. The visitors would hold the lead for the rest of the set. Up 20-19, the Bruins scored five of the last six on two Colorado State attack errors, a Lowe kill and back-to-back kills by Kidder to end the set to win it 25-20. Love was 7-for-10 (.700) in the opening stanza with two solo stuffs, while Kidder added three kills. Todorovic added six digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Rams .367 to .125.
In a second set that featured eight ties, the Bruins took a late lead, but the Rams came back to tie the match at one heading into intermission. Colorado State's largest lead of the set was three at 10-7, 13-10 and 14-11. With the Rams up 19-17, back-to-back kills by Kidder evened the score at 19. Colorado State sided out, but Kidder added another kill and served an ace to give UCLA its first lead of the set at 21-20.
However, the Rams scored the next four to earn three set points. A Love kill staved off the first attempt, but the Rams connected on their second try to win the set 25-22. Love had five kills and no errors in 18 swings, while Kidder also posted five kills. Todorovic had six more digs, as the Bruins were out-hit by the Rams .349 to .300.
Colorado State emerged with a 7-3 lead to open the third set, but a 6-2 run by UCLA tied the score at nine. Love had two kills during the run, Moenoa and Nightingale teamed up for a block and the Rams committed three errors. Down 11-10, the Bruins scored the next three on a Lowe kill, a CSU attack error and a Kidder block to go ahead 13-11. UCLA led for the rest of the set.
Up 14-13, the Bruins went on a 6-2 run to take a set-best lead of five at 20-15. Love had three of the six points on kills, while Lowe, Moenoa and Reeves also had kills. The Rams got to within one at 21-20 and 22-21, but the Bruins scored the last three of the set on a Reeves kill, a Moenoa/Nightingale combo block and a Love solo stuff to win it 25-21. Love paced the Bruins with five kills, while Lowe added three. Reeves recorded seven digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Rams .231 to .065.
The Bruins never led in the fourth set and fell 25-13. The score was tied at two, but the Rams scored the next four and never looked back. Love had three kills to lead the Bruins, as they were out-hit .429 to .000.
In the fifth, the Rams held an early 6-3 edge, but a 4-0 UCLA run on a kill by Nightingale, a CSU attack error and back-to-back Love kills put the visitors up 7-6. Colorado State came back with three in a row to go up 9-7, and still held a 10-9 edge, but the Bruins netted the last six to win it 15-10. The final six points came on a Love kill, a CSU attack error, kills by Kidder and Lowe, a solo block by Kidder and a combo roof from Boland and Lowe to take it by five. Love had four kills in the deciding set, as the Bruins out-hit the Rams .150 to -.095.
The Bruins open up Pac-12 Conference play on Wednesday at third-ranked USC. Start time is 7 p.m. and the match will be broadcast live on ESPNU. Gametracker and free audio will also be available at UCLABruins.com.