Aug. 27, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Bojana Todorovic tied a 28-year-old school record with eight aces, senior Lauren Van Orden had a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs and junior Rachael Kidder led all players with 13 kills, as the 11th-ranked Bruins led wire-to-wire against Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at the LMU Invitational. Set scores were 25-11, 25-21, 25-18.
The Bruins, who improve to 2-0 on the year, will play Loyola Marymount for the LMU Invitational title at 7:30 p.m. Cal State Fullerton falls to 0-2.
Todorovic's eight aces equaled the mark set by Liz Masakayan on Oct. 19, 1983 against San Diego State. The eight aces by the junior also set a school record for aces in a three-set match. That record was previously held by Elaine Youngs (11/13/92 vs. Colorado).
Kidder added seven digs to go with her 13 kills, while Van Orden registered her 10th double-double as a Bruin. Senior Lainey Gera notched 14 digs, while sophomore Mariana Aquino posted six blocks. The Bruins hit only .150 for the match.
The Bruins scored the first three points of the match and took an early 8-4 lead. Todorovic had an ace and a kill and Kidder added a kill, as UCLA took advantage of five Fullerton errors. Thanks to a 4-1 run, the Titans shaved their deficit to one at 9-8. But the Bruins countered with the next 11 points to put the set away. After a Titan service error, a kill by sophomore Kelly Reeves, a Todorovic ace and a Kidder kill made it 13-8. Following a Fullerton attack error, a Todorovic ace, an Aquino kill and back-to-back Todorovic aces extended the advantage to 18-8.
The run wasn't done yet though, as the Titans committed another attack error and a combo block from junior Tabi Love and sophomore Mariana Aquino made it 20-8. After the Titans sided out, the Bruins reeled off another three in a row on two kills by Kidder and an attack error to up the lead to a set-best 14 at 23-9. A dump kill by Van Orden finished off the rout by a score of 25-11. Kidder had four kills, while Todorovic added five aces. The Bruins out-hit the Titans .139 to -.075.
The second set featured six ties early on, but the Titans were never able to grab a lead. Tied at nine, the Bruins scored four of five to make it 13-10. A Kidder kill and an Aquino ace made it 11-9, and after Fullerton sided out, freshman Zoë Nightingale had a kill and Van Orden added a dump to give the Bruins the lead by three.
UCLA still led by three at 15-12 when four in a row on kills by Kidder and Love and two consecutive Fullerton attack errors made it 19-12. The Bruins' lead would get no higher than that seven-point difference, but it would get no lower than three, as they went on to win the set 25-21. Kidder had six kills in the second, Nightingale added four and Aquino posted two kills and two blocks.
It was another wire-to-wire win in the third, as the Bruins scored the first four points on an Aquino/Reeves roof, two Todorovic aces and a Kidder kill. The Titans closed to within two at 7-5, but a 5-0 run put UCLA on top by seven at 12-5. The first three points of the run came on a kill by Love, a combo block by Love and Aquino and a spike by Aquino. After a Fullerton attack error, Gera served an ace to make it a seven-point difference. Fullerton countered with seven of the next 11 to get to within four at 16-12, but would get no closer.
The Bruins scored seven of the next nine points to go up by a set-best nine at 23-14. Love had a kill and a block during the run and Kidder added a kill, as UCLA benefitted from four Fullerton errors. A Titan service error on the Bruins' fourth set point gave UCLA a 25-18 win. Kidder had three kills in the third, Todorovic added three aces and Love, Reeves and freshman Karsta Lowe recorded two kills apiece.