Sept. 20, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. - Freshman Amanda Gil had a match-high 20 kills, while seniors Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer and sophomore Dicey McGraw each had double-doubles, as the fourth-ranked Bruins extended their winning streak to nine with a four-set victory over Northwestern at the Wildcat Classic. Scores were 25-19, 30-32, 25-22, 25-21.
The Bruins improve to 10-1 with the victory, while the Wildcats fall to 6-5.
McGraw had 16 kills and 10 digs for her fourth career double-double. Daley added 14 kills and 11 digs for her 31st double-double, while Spicer recorded 47 assists and 13 digs for her 54th double-double and second of the weekend, also adding seven kills. Senior Jessica Fine had a season-high 23 digs, freshman Katie Camp posted eight kills and five blocks and freshman Sara Sage had five kills and no hitting errors in 12 attacks. The Bruins hit .254 as a team.
Gil and McGraw were each named to the All-Tournament Team, while Spicer was named Wildcat Classic MVP.
UCLA never trailed in the first, but it wasn't a runaway, as Northwestern stayed close to the end. Tied at five, the Bruins scored five in a row to take a 10-5 advantage. Camp started the streak with a kill, which was followed by consecutive spikes from McGraw and Sage. After a Northwestern attack error, Spicer finished off the 5-0 run with a kill. Northwestern drew to within two at 13-11, but the Bruins went on a 3-1 mini-run to bring the lead back to four at 16-12. Gil and McGraw had kills, while freshman Lainey Gera had an ace.
Northwestern got to within one on three occasions, but UCLA closed out the opener with a 6-1 run to win it 25-19. Sage started the run with a solo block and then consecutive solo roofs by Gil made it 22-18. The Wildcats sided out on the next point, but UCLA scored the final three on a Northwestern attack error, a Camp kill and a spike by Gil to win it by six. McGraw posted six kills, Gil added four and Camp had three in the first. UCLA hit .317, while Northwestern hit only .136.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early 5-2 lead, but a 5-1 run by the Bruins gave them the advantage at 7-6. Daley began the run with the kill, which was followed by a Camp/Gil block and an attack error by Northwestern. A Wildcat sideout gave them the lead back, but another spike by Daley and another NU attack error put the Bruins up by one. The Wildcats responded with an 8-2 run of their own to go ahead 14-9. Trailing 17-13, four straight points by the Bruins evened the set at 17. Daley had the first kill, while Gil had three in a row to tie it up.
The Bruins still could not get over the hump until a kill by Gil and a combo block by Camp and Daley gave them set point at 24-23. But UCLA would not capitalize on that set point or the next six. Thirteen sideouts later and tied at 30, the Wildcats scored the set's final two points on a UCLA attack error and a service ace to snap the Bruins' streak of consecutive sets won at 25. The set featured 20 ties and six lead changes. Daley had eight kills in the second, while Gil had seven. Both teams hit under .200, as the Bruins swung .190 and Northwestern hit .183.
Northwestern led for the early part of the third, but a run midway through the set gave the Bruins the lead. Trailing 8-6, UCLA scored eight of the next 10 to take a 14-10 advantage. Gil had two kills during the run, while Daley had a block and a kill. The Wildcats got to within one a couple times, but could not get even. The Bruins won the set on a kill by McGraw to take it 25-22. Gil had six kills in the third, McGraw posted four and Camp had three, as the Bruins hit .268 to Northwestern's .258.
The Bruins never trailed in the fourth to win their ninth straight match. UCLA scored 10 of the first 14 points in the set to lead 10-4. Down 15-10, the Wildcats made a 6-1 run to even the set at 16. But the Bruins rebounded with four consecutive points and maintained the lead for the remainder of the set. On their first match point, Fine served an ace to give the Bruins a 25-21 victory. McGraw had four kills in the final set, while Daley, Gil and Spicer had three apiece. The Bruins hit .268 to the Wildcats' .257.
Northwestern was led by Chelsy Hyser's 17 kills. Sabel Moffett added 12 and Alexandra Ayers had 11, as the Wildcats hit .200.
The Bruins open up Pacific-10 Conference play on Friday when they travel to the Galen Center to take on USC. First serve is at 7 p.m. Live audio will be available with Darren Preston and Michael Sondheimer at the call on UCLABruins.com. Gametracker will also be available.