Ninth-Ranked Bruins Swept by #20 Oregon

Nov. 9, 2007

Box Score

EUGENE, Ore. - Juniors Ali Daley, Kaitlin Sather and Nellie Spicer all had double-doubles, but the ninth-ranked Bruins lost at #20 Oregon on Friday. Game scores were 30-24, 30-28, 30-24.

Daley and Sather each had 10 kills and 10 digs, while Spicer recorded 33 assists and 11 digs. The Bruins hit just .163 for the match, but had 13 blocks, led by nine from freshman Katie Mills.

The Bruins fall to 17-8 overall and 7-7 with the loss, while the Ducks improve to 18-9 and 7-8 in league action.

The Bruins jumped out to an early 7-4 lead, but a 4-0 run by the Ducks put them on top 8-7. UCLA got back-to-back kills by senior Rachell Johnson and Spicer to re-take the lead at 9-8, but a 7-3 run by the Ducks gave them a 15-12 advantage and they would not relinquish the lead for the rest of the game. UCLA cut its deficit to one on a pair of occasions, but could not get the lead back. Up 18-16, Oregon scored five of the next six to take a six-point edge at 23-17, its biggest lead of the game. The Ducks went on to win the first game by the same margin at 30-24.

UCLA held lead for the first half of game two. But at 14-11, the Bruins saw the Ducks string together six straight points to take a 17-14 advantage. After back-to-back errors by Oregon got UCLA back to within two at 17-14, the Ducks extended their lead to a game-high five at 22-17 before the Bruins made a late run.

The Bruins netted six of the next eight to close the gap to one at 24-23, prompting Oregon to call timeout. The Ducks scored the next two points, but a 4-0 run by the Bruins gave them the lead back at 27-26. Sather had two kills and a block during the run. The teams traded sideouts for the next three points to tie the game at 28-all. But back-to-back attack errors by the Bruins gave the Ducks the 30-28 win and a 2-0 lead in the match.

The two teams traded lead changes and ties for the first part of game three until the Ducks snapped an 8-8 tie with a 5-0 run. The Bruins got no closer than three the rest of the way. Leading 15-12, Oregon scored four in a row and eight of the next 12 to take a 23-16 advantage, its biggest edge of the game. Every time the Bruins made a run, the Ducks countered. After a 3-0 mini-run made it 23-19, the Ducks countered with four of the next six to go back up by six at 27-21. The teams traded sideouts for the rest of the game to give Oregon the 30-24 victory.

Gorana Maricic led the Ducks with 25 kills and 12 digs.

The Bruins return home for their final two regular-season matches at Pauley Pavilion, facing Washington State on Friday and Washington on Saturday. Start times are 7 p.m. for both matches.

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