Aug. 29, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Seniors Tabi Love (14) and Rachael Kidder (13) and sophomore Karsta Lowe (12) all had double figures in kills, while sophomore Megan Moenoa added 36 assists and seven digs, but the Bruins dropped a five-set exhibition match to the Jiangsu Volleyball Club on Wednesday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 14-25, 10-15.
The Bruins never trailed in the opening set, scoring the first four points and nine of the first 12. Jiangsu came all the way back to tie the score at 19 and 21. But UCLA netted four of the last five points to claim a 25-22 win. Lowe had five kills in the opener, Love added four and Kidder and sophomore Mariana Aquino each posted three. The Bruins out-hit Jiangsu .412 to .282.
UCLA started the second set the way it began the first by scoring the first four points and jumped out to a 10-3 advantage. The Bruins still led by five at 17-12, but again Jiangsu climbed back into the set. Down 21-17, Jiangsu netted the next five to take a one-point lead. The Chinese squad was still up 23-22, but UCLA scored the last three to take the second 25-23. Kidder had five kills in the second, Nightingale added four and Love and junior Kelly Reeves each registered three. The Bruins out-hit Jiangsu .326 to .262.
UCLA led 6-5 to open the third, but Jiangsu rallied with three of the next four to take an 8-7 edge and never relinquished the lead for the rest of the set. The Bruins tied it at 13, but a 6-0 Jiangsu run broke it open, as the Chinese team won 25-22. Freshman Maddy Klineman had all five of her kills in the third, Love added four and Lowe posted three, as the Bruins were out-hit .333 to .200.
The Bruins hit -.025 in the fourth, as Jiangsu forced a deciding set. With UCLA up 3-2, Jiangsu scored seven in a row to take a 9-3 advantage. The Bruins would not reach double figures until Jiangsu was already at 22, as they fell 25-14. Kidder paced UCLA with three kills.
Jiangsu never trailed in the fifth. It was close, until at 9-7, Jiangsu scored the next three to take a 12-7 edge, as it eventually won 15-10.
The Bruins return to regular-season play this weekend at the UCSB Invitational where they will face Northeastern on Friday at 7 p.m. and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday at 7 p.m. Live stats and video will be available for both matches, as will free audio for Saturday's contest at UCLABruins.com.