Sept. 1, 2011
HONOLULU, Hawai'i - In a match that featured 35 ties and 13 lead changes, the 12th-ranked Bruins received 18 kills from junior Rachael Kidder and double-doubles from senior Lauren Van Orden and sophomore Kelly Reeves, as UCLA defeated #23 Long Beach State in four sets on Thursday at the Rainbow Wahine Classic. Set scores were 25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 25-18.
The Bruins improve to 4-0 on the season, while the 49ers fall to 2-2.
Kidder added six digs and four blocks. Van Orden posted her second double-double of the season and 11th as a Bruin with 43 assists and 12 digs, while Reeves recorded her first double-double of the year and fifth career with 10 kills and 12 digs to go with four blocks. Junior Tabi Love was also in double figures in kills with 11, while freshman Zoë Nightingale added eight kills and four blocks. Junior Bojana Todorovic notched five aces and 12 digs, senior Lainey Gera added 15 digs and senior Sara Sage had five blocks. The Bruins out-hit the 49ers .169 to .146.
After nine ties and three lead changes through the first half of the set, the Bruins came on strong in the second half to take the opener. UCLA held a 10-8 edge, but Long Beach State came back with five in a row to take a 13-10 advantage. However, the Bruins rallied with a 6-0 run to take a 16-13 lead. After recording a kill to cut UCLA's deficit to a pair, Todorovic went back to serve in the Bruins' best rotation and keyed the run. Kidder posted a kill and a solo block to even things at 13, while a Todorovic ace gave the Bruins the lead for good in the set.
The run continued with a combo block by Reeves and Sage and a kill by Reeves to make it 16-13 Bruins. The closest the 49ers would get the rest of the way was two. Up 17-15, UCLA went on a 6-2 spurt to take a 23-17 advantage. The teams sided out the final four points of the set, as a Long Beach service error gave UCLA a 25-19 victory. Kidder had six kills in the first, Reeves added four and Nightingale recorded three. The Bruins out-hit the 49ers .433 to .171.
In a second set that featured 17 ties and seven lead changes and had neither team lead by more than three points, UCLA saved one set point and capitalized on its second try to go up 2-0 in the match. The Bruins started strong with three of the first four points on a pair of combo blocks by Kidder and Nightingale and Love and Nightingale, as well as a kill by Love. But the 49ers came back with four of the next five to take a 5-4 edge. UCLA rebounded with a 5-1 run of its own to go ahead by a set-best three at 9-6. Love and Reeves had kills, and after a 49er sideout, Reeves added another kill and Todorovic served back-to-back aces to give the Bruins a three-point lead.
It was then time for another run by Long Beach, which scored seven of the next nine to take a 13-11 edge, but three straight for the Bruins on a kill by Nightingale and two from Love made it 14-13. UCLA kept the lead until at 22-20 the 49ers scored three in a row to go up 23-22. A bad Long Beach set tied things at 23, but the 49ers sided out to give them a set point. Todorovic and Reeves responded with consecutive kills to go ahead 25-24 and earn a set point. Long Beach staved off the first try, but a 49er attack error gave UCLA a second attempt and Kidder made it count with her third kill of the set to win it 27-25. Reeves paced the Bruins with six kills, while Love added five. The Bruins were out-hit .239 to .192.
The middle of the third set belonged to the Bruins, but the 49ers controlled the beginning and the end to stay alive in the match and give UCLA its first dropped set of the year. Long Beach scored eight of the first 10 points before UCLA came back with a 9-3 run to even the score at 11. Kidder had three kills during the run, Love and Sage added one each and Reeves and Sage teamed up for a block, as the Bruins also benefitted from three Long Beach errors.
The Bruins would not take their first lead until 19-18 and got their advantage to as many as two at 21-19. Down 18-17, a Kidder kill and a LBSU attack error gave UCLA its first lead of the set. After a 49er sideout tied it up at 19, a Kidder/Nightingale block and a Nightingale kill put the Bruins up by a pair. But it would be the last point UCLA recorded in the set, as Long Beach State scored the final six of the set to win it 25-21. Kidder had four kills in the third, while Sage added three, as the Bruins were out-hit .089 to .000.
Long Beach State scored the first point of set four, but UCLA got the next three and five of the next six to go up 5-2 and never looked back. Gera and Todorovic each had aces during the 5-2 run, while Kidder and Nightingale added kills. Up 9-8, the Bruins scored five straight on a Nightingale/Reeves block, a Love kill, a Reeves ace and back-to-back unforced errors by the 49ers to make it 14-8. After a LBSU sideout, a Kidder kill got the lead up to six at 15-9.
The 49ers trimmed their deficit to three on a pair of occasions, but could get no closer. With the score 22-18, the Bruins netted the last three points to post a 25-18 victory in the fourth. After a kill by Nightingale and an ace from Todorovic gave UCLA match point, a solo block by Kidder finished off the Bruins' fourth win of the season. Kidder had five kills in the fourth, while Love added three. The Bruins out-hit the 49ers .128 to .062.
The Bruins continue play at the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic on Friday against #22 Ohio State at 8 p.m. PT/5 p.m. PT.