Oct. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Rachael Kidder had a career-high 17 kills and senior Dicey McGraw added 10, but the 12th-ranked Bruins lost in four to seventh-ranked California on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 18-25, 25-18, 15-25, 22-25.
The Bruins fall to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Golden Bears remain one of two undefeated teams in the nation at 15-0 and 5-0 in league action.
Junior Katie Camp added eight kills, while junior Lainey Gera posted nine digs. The Bruins had a season-high nine aces, including four from junior Sara Sage, who came into the match with just four aces for her career. UCLA hit .142 for the match, as California recorded 17 blocks.
Neither team led by more than a pair early on, but midway through the opener, Cal made a run and went on to the first set victory. Trailing 5-4, the Bruins scored three straight on a Cal service error and back-to-back kills by Camp and Kidder to go up 7-5. UCLA's biggest lead was two and at 11-9, the Bears came back with four in a row and nine of the next 11 to take an 18-13 advantage. The Bruins scored just five points for the rest of the set and fell 25-18 in the opener. Camp had five kills in the first for the Bruins, who were out-hit .400 to .138.
The Bruins dropped the first point of the second, but scored the next two and never trailed for the rest of the set. Tied at four, the Bruins scored three in a row on a kill by Kidder, an ace from Sage and a combo block by Camp and sophomore Bojana Todorovic to make it 7-4. The Bears cut their deficit to one on three separate occasions, but were unable to even the score. Leading 9-8, UCLA scored four of the next five on kills by Kidder and junior Lauren Van Orden, a combo roof by Sage and McGraw and a Bear attack error to go ahead 13-9.
The Golden Bears closed to within three at 16-13, but a kill by Camp, a Kidder ace and a Cal error got the lead back up to six at 19-13. With a 21-17 advantage, the Bruins scored four of the last five points of the set. A McGraw kill and a Kidder/Sage combo block made it 23-17. One Cal sideout later, Kidder recorded a kill and an ace from Sage gave the Bruins a 25-18 triumph, with seven being their biggest lead of the set. Kidder had seven of the Bruins' 13 kills in the second, as UCLA out-hit California .296 to .077.
California never trailed in the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the match. The Golden Bears scored the first two of the set, but consecutive kills by Kidder evened the score. However, Cal scored the next three and never looked back. Up 8-6, the Bears used a 7-1 run to break it open 15-7. The Bruins could get no closer than six the rest of the way and dropped the set 25-15. Kidder had four kills in the third, while McGraw posted three. The Bruins were out-hit .308 to .000.
The Bruins led for most of the first part of the fourth set, but a late run by the Bears gave the visitors a four-set victory. Trailing 3-2, UCLA posted four in a row on a kill by Camp, an ace from Kidder, a Camp/Van Orden combo block and a Cal attack error to go ahead 6-3. The Bears got to within one at 7-6, but three in a row by the Bruins on kills by McGraw and Kidder and an ace by Kidder made it 10-6 UCLA. Cal scored two of the next three to make it 11-8, but a 3-0 run by UCLA on a kill by freshman Kelly Reeves, an ace from Sage and a Bear attack error gave the Bruins a set-best lead of six at 14-8.
However, it was all California from there. The Golden Bears scored five of the next six to cut their deficit to a pair at 15-13. The Bruins notched the next two points on kills from Kidder and McGraw to make it 17-13, but Cal responded with a 3-0 run to get to within one at 17-16. After a UCLA sideout on a Kidder kill made it 18-16, the Golden Bears scored the next eight to earn match point at 24-18. The Bruins staved off four match points on kills by Kidder and Reeves and two Cal attack errors, but the fifth time was the charm for the visitors to post a 25-22 win. Reeves had five kills in the fourth, Kidder added four and McGraw posted three. The Bruins were out-hit .357 to .162.
The Bruins host top-ranked Stanford on Saturday at 7 p.m. It will be Breast Cancer Awareness Night at Pauley Pavilion, so wear pink and support the Bruins. Gametracker and free audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com.