Oct. 7, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Seniors Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love each had 13 kills, as Love hit .591 with no hitting errors in 22 attempts and Kidder added five blocks, four digs and a .333 hitting percentage, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept Arizona on Sunday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-16, 25-20, 27-25.
The Bruins improve to 12-3 overall and 4-2 in Pac-12 play, while the Wildcats fall to 9-8 and 1-5 in league action.
Sophomore Megan Moenoa recorded 28 assists, five digs and three aces, while junior Kelly Reeves added six kills and six digs. Defensively, sophomore Zoë Nightingale notched seven blocks and senior Bojana Todorovic added six digs. The Bruins hit .333 for the match.
Arizona held a pair of slim, one-point leads at 1-0 and 2-1, but a 5-2 UCLA run on two kills from Love, one by Reeves and two Wildcat errors put the home team up 6-4. The Bruins never trailed for the rest of the set. Up 8-6, UCLA scored four of five on three Arizona errors and a Kidder/Nightingale combo block to take a 12-7 edge.
Ahead by five at 16-11, the Bruins scored eight of the next 10 to get their lead to double digits. The first 3-0 run came on a Reeves kill, an ace by junior Meg Norton and a Kidder kill. After an Arizona sideout, a kill by junior Mariana Aquino and a Kidder/Nightingale combo block made it 21-12. Following another sideout, a Kidder kill and back-to-back combo roofs by the duo of Moenoa and Nightingale put the Bruins on top 24-13. Arizona saved the first three set points, but a Kidder kill on the fourth try gave UCLA a 25-16 victory. Kidder, Love and Reeves all had three kills in the opener, while Nightingale added four blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .375 to .115.
The Bruins never trailed in taking the second. Equal at five, UCLA scored 10 of 12 to go up by eight. A Nightingale kill and an Arizona attack error made it 7-5, and after a Wildcat sideout, the Bruins scored five straight on back-to-back Love kills, a Moenoa kill, another kill by Love and a combo block from Aquino and Love to make it 12-6. Following another Arizona sideout, a Wildcat service error, a Moenoa ace and an Aquino kill gave the Bruins a set-best lead of eight at 15-7.
Arizona made things interesting, getting as close as one. Down 18-13, the Wildcats scored four straight to make it 18-17. However, with the score 19-18, the Bruins scored six of the last eight points to win the second 25-20. Love had three kills during the final run, Arizona made two errors and Kidder posted the set-clinching kill to win it by five. Love paced the Bruins with six kills and no errors in nine attempts, while Kidder added four kills and no miscues in 12 swings. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .419 to .387.
UCLA led wire-to-wire again in the third to finish off the sweep. The Bruins scored the first seven of the set on three kills by Kidder, two Arizona attack errors, a Reeves ace and a Kidder/Nightingale combo block. Still up by six at 15-9, the Bruins scored four of five to take a set-best lead of nine at 19-10. Kidder and Nightingale had kills, Reeves posted an ace and Arizona had an attack error during the 4-1 run.
Up 20-13, the Wildcats came all the way back to tie the score at 23 thanks to a 10-3 run. A combo roof by Kidder and Nightingale gave the Bruins their first match point, but Arizona sided out to tie things at 24. A Moenoa/Nightingale combo block gave the Bruins a second match point, but another Arizona sideout made it 25-all. A Love kill gave the Bruins match point number three and it was the charm, as Love recorded another kill to finish off a 27-25 victory. Kidder had six kills to lead UCLA in the third, Love added four on no errors in nine attempts and sophomore Karsta Lowe posted three. The Wildcats out-hit the Bruins .250 to .237 in the third.
The Bruins are back in action on Friday, Oct. 12 at Stanford at 6 p.m. The match will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.