Nov. 3, 2008
THIS WEEK'S SCHEDULE
#9 UCLA (15-7, 5-6 Pac-10) at Washington State (7-15, 0-11)
Friday, November 7
#9 UCLA (15-7, 5-6 Pac-10) at #5 Washington (17-4, 8-3 Pac-10)
Sunday, November 9
Bank of America Arena
Live: TV-FSN Prime Ticket, Gametracker
BRUINS BACK ON THE ROAD AT WASHINGTON SCHOOLS
The ninth-ranked Bruins (15-7, 5-6 Pac-10) hit the road this weekend, facing Washington State (7-15, 0-11) on Friday at 7 p.m. and #5 Washington (17-4, 8-3) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's contest will be aired live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly at the call. Gametracker will also be available for Sunday's match only on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.
BRUINS ON THE NET
All UCLA home matches, along with the first two weekends of the NCAA Tournament, will feature live audio broadcasts at UCLABruins.com. Darren Preston and Michael Sondheimer will call all the action for each contest. In addition, Gametracker or live stats will be available for all home matches and most road contests.
BRUINS IN THE POLLS
The Bruins held steady at ninth in this week's Bison/AVCA poll. UCLA has been ranked 10th or better in each poll this season. The Pac-10 has six of the country's Top 10 teams (#2 Stanford, #5 Washington, #6 California, #8 Oregon and #10 USC). In last week's Molten/Volleyball Magazine poll (Oct. 28), the Bruins were ranked 10th.
BRUINS IN THE NATIONAL RANKINGS
The Bruins rank in the nation's top 35 in four statistical categories in rankings released on Monday. UCLA is 24th in blocks per set at 2.58, 26th in kills per set (13.85), 27th in assists per set at 12.80 and 34th in hitting percentage at .255. Individually, freshman Amanda Gil is 14th in the nation in blocks at 1.41, while fellow freshman Katie Camp is 44th in hitting percentage at .360. Senior Nellie Spicer is 27th in the country at 10.98 assists per set and senior Jessica Fine is just outside the Top 50 in digs per set at 4.59, which is good for 51st.
BRUINS IN THE PAC-10 RANKINGS
The Bruins remained in first in the Pac-10 in digs per set for the third straight week and are the lone squad averaging over 15 digs per set, posting 15.19 dps. Thanks to a 16-block effort against Oregon on Saturday, UCLA moved up two spots to third in blocks per set at 2.58. UCLA is fifth in hitting percentage (.255), assists (12.80) and kills (13.85) and sixth in aces (1.10). Individually, freshman Amanda Gil is second in the conference in bps (1.41) and eighth in hitting percentage (.330), while freshman Katie Camp is sixth in hitting percentage (.360) and 10th in blocks (1.05). Senior Nellie Spicer is fourth in assists per set (10.98) and senior Jessica Fine is third in digs per set (4.59).
SCOUTING THE COUGARS (7-15, 0-11 PAC-10)
Washington State dropped to 0-11 in Pac-10 play following a pair of road losses at California and Stanford. The Cougars took only their second set of the conference season at Cal on Friday, but lost in four and were swept by the Cardinal on Sunday. Washington State, which was 7-4 in non-conference matches, recorded its last victory on Sept. 19 against Utah Valley State. The Cougars have five players averaging two kills per set or more, led by junior Jackie Albright's 2.52 kps average. Albright is also second on the team in digs per set at 2.65. Senior Emily Rooney is second (2.30 kps), followed by junior Cassie Robbins (2.25), senior Brittany Johnson (2.25) and sophomore Brittany Tillman (2.00). Junior Renee Bordelon handles the setting duties and is averaging 9.31 assists per set, while junior Kelly Hyder is first on the squad with 4.11 digs per set. As a team, the Cougars are hitting .162 and averaging 11.74 kills, 0.75 aces, 14.53 digs and 2.10 blocks per set. Andrew Palileo is in his first year as head coach at Washington State and owns a 246-156 coaching mark in 11-plus campaigns.
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-WASHINGTON STATE
UCLA has won 11 straight against Washington State and leads the all-time series 38-7. In this season's first matchup on Oct. 11 at Pauley Pavilion, the Bruins claimed a 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 victory. UCLA hit .345 as a team and was led by Ali Daley, who had a double-double with a match-high 13 kills and 12 digs. Freshman Katie Camp added 11 kills and no hitting errors in 15 attempts for a .733 hitting percentage, while freshman Amanda Gil posted nine kills and no errors in 21 swings (.429). The Bruins have won five straight in Pullman, with the last four victories being sweeps. Washington State's last win in the series was a 3-2 victory at home on Oct. 25, 2002.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES (17-4, 8-3 PAC-10)
Washington had an up and down weekend in the Bay Area, but came away with a split, losing to Stanford in three on Friday before sweeping California on Sunday to snap the Golden Bears' 16-match home win streak. The Huskies have won six of their last seven conference contests, including a stretch of three, consecutive five-set victories from Oct. 10-17 (UCLA, USC, Oregon). Sophomore Becky Perry leads the Washington offensive attack with 3.71 kills per set, sophomore Kindra Carlson is second at 3.34 kps and junior Jill Collymore is third at with 3.03 kps. Sophomore Jenna Hagglund quarterbacks the offense and is averaging 12.09 assists per set, while junior Tamari Miyashiro is second in the Pac-10 at 4.89 digs per set. Washington hits .295 as a team with 14.11 kills, 1.28 aces, 14.55 digs and 2.41 blocks per set. Eighth-year head coach Jim McLaughlin is 187-53 at Washington and 411-171 in 18-plus seasons of coaching.
THE MATCHUP: UCLA-WASHINGTON
Washington claimed its fourth straight victory over UCLA with a five-set triumph at Pauley Pavilion on Oct. 10 (25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-11). Ali Daley (14 kills, 13 digs) and Nellie Spicer (61 assists, 13 digs) both had double-doubles, while Dicey McGraw had a team-high 16 kills. Jessica Fine had 30 digs in the backcourt, as the Bruins totaled a season-best 88 digs as a team. But UCLA hit just .156 in the final two sets to Washington's .355 hitting percentage to help the Huskies come back and win the match. The Bruins still lead the all-time series 40-14 and are 19-9 in matches in Seattle. However, Washington has won five in a row at home against UCLA, including a three-game sweep last season. The Bruins' most recent win in Seattle was a five-set victory on Oct. 3, 2003.
Senior Nellie Spicer could move into second place on UCLA's career assists list as soon as this Sunday against Washington. Spicer is 92 assists shy of tying and 93 away from passing Ann Boyer's mark of 5,667. If the last four weekends are any indicator, the senior will equal or surpass the total against the Huskies. Spicer has recorded at least 92 assists in each of the last four weekends, including 102 the last time the Bruins played the Washington schools (Oct. 10-11). The senior posted her team-leading 11th double-double and 61st for her career with a 58-assist, 12-dig effort against Oregon on Saturday. Seven of her 11 double-doubles have come in Pac-10 play. Spicer has produced at least 50 assists four times this season after accomplishing the feat against the Ducks. Her season best in assists came against Washington on Oct. 10. Spicer notched 61 assists in the five-set contest to give her 10 career 60-plus assists matches. The senior has set the Bruins to at least a .300 hitting percentage nine times (all UCLA wins), including a season-best total of .400 at Cal State Northridge on Sept. 16. Spicer, who is fourth in the Pac-10 and 27th in the nation with 10.98 assists per set, has 11 double-figure digs matches this season and 61 for her career. Her season high in digs came on Oct. 3 at Oregon with 15. She has also contributed to the Bruin offense in the kill department, matching a career high with eight kills in three different contests this season (Hawai'i, Aug. 31; Washington, Oct. 10; Arizona State, Oct. 18). This year, Spicer has been named to All-Tournament teams three times, including being named Most Valuable Player of the Nevada Tournament and the Wildcat Classic. Spicer has the chance to become the third player in UCLA history to earn three first-team All-American accolades. She received a second consecutive first-team All-American honor as a junior to become the sixth Bruin to accomplish the feat (Annett Buckner, Liz Masakayan, Daiva Tomkus, Natalie Williams, Elaine Youngs). Williams and Youngs are the only Bruins to earn three first-team All-American awards.
THE DALEY NEWS
Senior Ali Daley enters this weekend just 20 kills shy of becoming the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-kill club. Daley has 980 kills as a Bruin and should break the mark against Washington, as the senior has seven double-figure kills matches in her last eight contests. Daley notched her ninth double-double this season and 38th for her UCLA career on Saturday against Oregon when she posted 12 kills and 12 digs. The senior has seven double-doubles during Pac-10 play and nine double-figure kills matches, pacing the Bruins with 3.07 kills per set in league action. Daley has become the go-to hitter for the Bruins of late. After averaging 8.1 attempts per set during non-conference play, Daley's total has risen to 10.04 during Pac-10 contests. The senior is second on the team with 2.95 kills per set and 2.73 digs per set and is tied for first with 14 service aces. She has 13 double-figure kills matches this season (56 as a Bruin), which is second on the team, and 10 double-figure digs contests. Daley's season high in kills came against California on Oct. 24 when she had 17. She also has a pair of matches with 17 digs against Cal and Arizona (Oct. 17), which are both season bests. Daley has led the Bruins in kills for a match six times, including four times during Pac-10 play. Along with closing in on 1,000 kills at UCLA, Daley has 891 digs as a Bruin, putting her 109 away from 1,000.
SHE IS SO FINE AT DIGGING
Senior Jessica Fine continues to stand out on the volleyball court, not just because of the fact she wears a different color jersey than her teammates, but also due to her defensive prowess. One of the top passers in the Pac-10, Fine is first on the team, third in the conference and 51st in the nation with 4.59 digs per set. The senior has produced at least 15 digs in 12 straight matches, crossing the 20-dig threshold nine times and the 30-dig plateau twice. Fine posted 30 digs on Saturday against Oregon, marking the fourth time in her career that she has produced at least 30 digs. She also had 30 against Washington on Oct. 10. Along with her digging last weekend, Fine had her first two kills of the season, with one each against Oregon State and Oregon. Fine is averaging 5.57 digs per set during Pac-10 Conference play, thanks in part to a pair of 30-dig matches, a 29-dig effort at Arizona (Oct. 17) and a 27-dig performance at USC on Sept. 26. Fine has a team-best 16 double-figure digs matches this season (36 as a Bruin) and has 15 career contests with at least 20 digs. Fine has led the Bruins in digs in each of the last 14 contests and 18 times this season. With 887 career digs, the senior is on pace to break the 1,000 mark in a few weeks, which would make her the 17th Bruin to accomplish the feat. Fine is also tied for first on the team with 14 service aces.
GIL SOARING ABOVE THE REST
And not just due to the fact that she is the tallest member of the Bruins at 6-6. Amanda Gil is one of the early candidates for National Freshman of the Year, as she enters this week's play first in the nation among all freshmen in blocks per set at 1.41. Gil, who is 14th in the nation and second in the Pac-10 in bps, has a team-best 12 matches with at least five blocks, with eight of them coming during league action. Gil had a career-high 13 blocks against Oregon on Saturday, with two block solos and 11 assists. The freshman became the 16th Bruin to post at least 13 blocks in a match and the first to do so since Nana Meriwether (2006). Gil added 13 kills against the Ducks for her first career double-double. The freshman has led the Bruins in blocks a team-best 13 times this season. Along with her status as top blocker on the team, Gil is second in hitting percentage (.330) and points per set (3.35) and third in kills per set (2.77). She has six double-figure kills matches in 11 Pac-10 contests and has produced nine kills in three of the other five league games. Gil's season high in kills came at Northwestern on Sept. 20 when she had 20. The freshman has 10 matches with at least 10 kills this season, which is third on the team. Gil has hit over .300 in 13 matches, totaling a season-best .647 hitting percentage (12 kills, one error, 17 attempts) at Cal State Northridge. The freshman has been named to three All-Tournament teams this season at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic, the Nevada Tournament and the Northwestern Wildcat Classic.
QUICK DRAW McGRAW
Chalk up another double-figure kills match for sophomore Dicey McGraw, who has a team-best 14 contests this season with at least 10 kills. McGraw had a team and season-high 17 against Oregon on Saturday, marking the ninth time she has led the Bruins in kills, which is a club best. Seven of McGraw's 14 double-figure kills matches have come during Pac-10 play, which include a 16-kill effort against Washington (Oct. 10) and a pair of 14-kill performances against Arizona State (Oct. 18) and California (Oct. 24). She has 25 double-figure kills contests for her career. McGraw leads the Bruins with 3.05 kills per set. The sophomore recorded her first double-double of the season and fourth of her career with 16 kills and 10 digs at Northwestern on Sept. 20. McGraw earned All-Tournament honors at the Northwestern Wildcat Classic after she totaled three matches with at least 10 kills (12 vs. Virginia, 10 vs. Georgetown and 16 vs. Northwestern). McGraw has hit above .400 on four occasions this year, including a season-best .440 at Cal State Fullerton on Sept. 10.
SETTING UP CAMP ABOVE THE NET
Joining fellow freshman Amanda Gil in the middle, Katie Camp has made as much an impact as her counterpart, as she is first on the team with a .360 hitting percentage (sixth in the Pac-10 and 44th in the nation) and second with 1.05 blocks per set (10th in the Pac-10). Camp posted her seventh double-figure kills match and fourth of Pac-10 play on Saturday against Oregon with 16. Camp, who is fifth on the team with 2.12 kills per set, is averaging 2.89 kps over her last five matches. The freshman's season high in kills came against California (Oct. 24) when she had a team-high 19 with a .538 hitting percentage to go along with six blocks. She followed that up with seven more kills and no hitting errors in 14 swings (.500) against Stanford on Oct. 26. That marked the fifth time this season that Camp has recorded zero hitting errors (with at least five kills) in a match. The freshman has hit better than .500 seven times, including a season-best .733 percentage in a win at Washington State (Oct. 11). At the net, Camp has produced at least five blocks in seven matches, which is second on the team. Her season high in blocks is nine, set twice in wins at Hawai'i (Aug. 31) and Oregon State (Oct. 4). Camp has led the Bruins in blocks in eight contests this season.
NEWS AND NOTES
Freshman Sara Sage has started five straight matches and has produced at least six kills in four consecutive contests. Sage posted a career-high eight kills in a win against Oregon State on Friday, hitting .545 with only two errors in 11 swings ... sophomore Jazmin Machado had a season-high 13 digs on Saturday against Oregon for her first double-figure digs contest this season and seventh of her career. Averaging 1.02 digs per set on the season, Machado has 2.27 dps over her last three contests ... senior Jade Machado (foot) and sophomore Emily Clements (knee) were held out of game action for the third straight week.