Sept. 3, 2008
RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Sophomore Juliane Piggott had a career-high 14 kills and tied a personal-best with nine digs, while freshman Katie Camp added 12 kills and five blocks, as the sixth-ranked Bruins swept UC Riverside on Wednesday night. Scores were 25-16, 25-19, 25-16.
The Bruins improve to 3-1 with the win, while the Highlanders fall to 3-2.
The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the first set and never looked back. UCLA scored five of the first six points to take a 5-1 advantage. Camp and Piggott had two kills apiece during the run. The Bruins were still up by four at 9-5 when another 5-1 spurt put them up by eight at 14-6. Piggott had three of the five points on kills.
From that point, UCLA's lead never fell below five. Up six at 22-16, the Bruins scored the final three to win it by nine. A Clements kill was sandwiched between a pair of Camp spikes to give UCLA a 25-16 victory. Piggott, Camp and Clements combined for 15 of the team's 18 kills in the first set, posting six, five and four, respectively. The Bruins hit .371 and held the Highlanders to a .143 attack.
The Highlanders hung tough with the Bruins in the second set before UCLA pulled away. UC Riverside held a 4-3 lead, but the Bruins scored four straight to forge ahead 7-4. Piggott started the run with a kill, Camp and Clements had a combo block and the Highlanders had two errors to account for the UCLA points. UCR scored four of the next five to even the set at eight, but the Bruins went on a big run to take a huge lead.
The Bruins went on to score nine of the next 11 points to take a 17-10 advantage. Camp had three straight kills at one stretch, while freshman Amanda Gil served six straight winners at one point. UCLA never let its lead slip below four, as it reached a set-high eight at 22-14. Sophomore Dicey McGraw got the game-clinching kill to give the Bruins the 25-19 win. Camp paced the Bruins with five kills in the second, while Piggott had four. UCLA swung at a .333 percentage to UCR's .097.
Just like the first set, the Bruins led wire-to-wire in the third. With the score 4-3, UCLA netted four straight to take an 8-3 edge. Sophomore Katie Mills opened with a kill, which was followed by a Clements kill, an ace by Gera and a combo block by Camp and McGraw.
UCLA never trailed by more than four for the rest of the set, taking a game-high lead of 10 on three different occasions. Leading 14-8, the Bruins scored six of eight to take their first 10-point advantage. McGraw had two kills, while the other six points came on spikes by Camp, Clements and Mills and a Piggott ace. The Bruins clinched it on their third match point on a Highlander attack error. Piggott added four more kills in the third, with the Bruins hitting .303 as a team.
Kelly Fink paced UC Riverside with nine kills and nine digs. The Highlanders hit .124 for the match.
The Bruins resume tournament action on Friday when they travel to Reno to play in the Nevada Tournament. UCLA faces the host Wolf Pack on Friday at 7 p.m. before taking on Division-I upstart Seattle University on Saturday at 3 p.m. Live stats will be available for both matches at nevadawolfpack.com.