Nov. 21, 2008
BERKELEY, Calif. - For the fourth straight match, UCLA and California went five sets. But for the third time in a row, the Golden Bears picked up the win, as #7 Cal defeated the ninth-ranked Bruins on Friday at Haas Pavilion. Scores were 25-17, 24-26, 25-27, 28-26, 13-15. Senior Ali Daley paced UCLA with a season-high 19 kills and a career-best 28 digs and seven blocks.
The Bruins fall to 18-9 overall and 8-8 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears improve to 21-5 and 11-4 in league action.
Sophomore Dicey McGraw posted double figures in kills with 10, while freshman Amanda Gil fell just shy of a double-double with nine kills and 10 blocks. Senior Nellie Spicer added 51 assists, eight digs, six blocks and six kills, freshman Sara Sage had a career-high nine kills and freshman Katie Camp posted eight kills and five blocks. Senior Jessica Fine recorded 18 digs, while sophomore Jazmin Machado had nine. The Bruins hit .139 as a team.
The teams traded sideouts for the first eight points until California took its first lead at 5-4. The Bruins re-took the advantage with two in a row, but a 6-2 Cal run gave the home team an 11-8 edge. UCLA came right back though with runs of 4-0, 10-1 and 13-2 to take an eight-point lead at 22-14. In the 4-0 run to give the Bruins a 12-11 lead, they received a kill from Sage, a Cal attack error, an ace by freshman Lainey Gera and a solo block by Daley. Following a Cal sideout to tie it at 12, UCLA scored six in a row. Daley had two kills and a combo block with Gil during the run, while the Bruins also benefitted from three Golden Bear attack errors.
Cal got another sideout to stop the run, but another 3-0 spurt put the Bruins on top by a set-high eight points at 21-13. Camp began the run with a kill, and following a Cal attack error, the Golden Bears found themselves out of rotation for another UCLA point to put the visitors on top 21-13. The Bruins had a lead of eight four separate times. Leading 22-16, the two teams found themselves in the longest rally of the set. Thanks to a couple of digs by Daley to keep things alive, McGraw concluded the point with a kill to make it 23-16. The Bruins went on to win the opener 25-17 on a service error by California. The Bruins out-hit the Golden Bears .212 to .026 in the first. Daley had three kills, seven digs and three blocks in the first, while Camp added three kills.
Like the first set, the second was close early on, as neither team led by more than two until the Golden Bears took a 13-10 advantage. UCLA called a timeout to stop a 5-1 Cal run and came out of it by scoring seven of the next nine points to take a 17-15 advantage. Daley had two kills during the run, Gil and Spicer each had a kill and a block and McGraw added a kill.
The run prompted a timeout by Cal, who like UCLA came out of the breather invigorated, scoring six in a row to take a 21-17 lead. Still down 23-19, the Bruins came back with four in a row on a kill by Sage, a Cal attack error and back-to-back kills by Daley to tie it at 23. The teams split the next two points, but a kill by Tarrah Murrey followed by a combo block by Hana Cutura and Mindi Wiley gave Cal the 26-24 victory to even the match at one set apiece. Daley paced the Bruins with six kills, while Gil and Sage had three each. The Bruins were out-hit .186 to .120. Defensively in a set where the Bruins had 24 digs, Daley, Fine and Machado combined for 18 of them, recording six apiece.
Tied at seven early in the third, the Bruins went on a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 lead. McGraw had a kill, followed by back-to-back Sage/Camp combo blocks. UCLA still maintained the lead or it least a share of it until a 3-0 Cal run put the home team up 19-17, forcing the Bruins into a timeout. Out of the break, McGraw had a kill, Gera served an ace and a Cal ball handling error gave the Bruins the lead back at 20-19.
The teams traded sideouts for the next three points, but Cal took the lead back at 22-21. Another seven sideouts ensued to put the score at 25-all, but the Golden Bears won the third on a UCLA service error and an attack error to win it 27-25. Daley and McGraw each had five kills in the third, while Spicer added seven digs. Cal out-hit UCLA .220 to .085.
The Bruins led throughout the fourth set, Cal made a late run, but UCLA rallied back to force a deciding fifth set. UCLA jumped out to an early 9-5 lead thanks to three separate 3-0 runs. In the third of the runs, Spicer and Gil had back-to-back kills and a Spicer/Gil block gave the Bruins a 9-4 advantage. The Bruins' lead got up to as many as six at 14-8 following a kill by Spicer. The Bruins still led 17-12, but the Golden Bears went on a 7-1 run to take a 19-18 edge. A McGraw kill tied it at 19, but another 5-1 Golden Bear run gave them match point at 24-20.
Back-to-back kills by Daley and Camp made it 24-22 and a Cal attack error got the Bruins to within one. On Cal's fourth match point, a Gil/Daley combo block evened things at 24. The Golden Bears scored the next point, but a Daley kill squandered a fifth-set point for the home team. Gil and Spicer then teamed up for a block to take a 26-25 advantage. The Bruins wouldn't capitalize on their first set point, but back-to-back Gil/Spicer combo roofs gave UCLA the 28-26 win. Daley, McGraw and Spicer all had three kills, as the Bruins out-hit the Golden Bears .209 to .115. Defensively, Gil had six total blocks and Fine posted seven digs.
The Bruins fell behind 4-0 to start the fifth, but came back with five of the next six to even it at five. Camp and Spicer had kills during the run, Gil added a block and Machado served an ace. The set was tied at seven when a 5-2 Golden Bear run put them ahead 12-9. The Bruins rallied back to get to within one at 13-12 and 14-13, but a kill by Cutura clinched it for Cal with the 15-13 win. The Golden Bears out-hit the Bruins .259 to .069 in the fifth.
Cutura had a match-high 26 kills to go along with 13 digs, while Murrey posted 21 kills and 19 digs. Also recording a double-double was Carli Lloyd, who had 57 assists and 19 digs. Defensively, Kristen Kathan had 19 digs and Meagan Schmitt had 11. Cal hit .154 for the match.
The Bruins continue their Bay Area road trip on Saturday when they travel to Maples Pavilion to take on the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal. First serve is at 7 p.m. and Gametracker will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.