Oct. 4, 2008
CORVALLIS, Ore. - Trailing two sets to one, the fifth-ranked Bruins rallied to win the fourth and the fifth to defeat Oregon State on Saturday at Gill Coliseum. Scores were 25-21, 21-25, 22-25, 25-15, 15-11. Sophomore Emily Clements set career highs with 16 kills and six blocks to lead UCLA.
The Bruins improve to 11-3 overall and 1-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Beavers fall to 12-5 and 1-3 in league action.
Freshman Katie Camp fell just shy of a double-double with 10 kills and nine blocks, which tied a career high. Senior Nellie Spicer posted a double-double, her fourth in the last five matches, with 44 assists and 14 digs. Freshman Amanda Gil had nine kills and eight blocks, while sophomore Juliane Piggott recorded eight kills and five blocks. Defensively, senior Jessica Fine had 20 digs, the fourth straight match which she has posted at least 20 digs. Junior Laura Holloway and freshman Lainey Gera also had nine digs apiece. The Bruins hit .136 as a team and had 17 blocks.
UCLA led for most of the first set en route to a 25-21 victory. The Bruins scored six of the first nine points to take an early lead, benefiting from four Beaver errors. UCLA also got a combo block by Gil and McGraw and a kill by senior Ali Daley during the run. Oregon State evened the score at six, at which the two teams traded side outs for the next 14 points until the Beavers took their first lead at 14-13. It was short-lived though, as back-to-back points on a Gil/Clements block and an Oregon State attack error made it 15-14 UCLA.
While Oregon State would tie it again at 15 and 16, the Bruins never trailed for the rest of the set. Leading 20-19, the Bruins scored four in a row to get their first set point. Clements began the run with a kill and then teamed up with Gil on a block. Following an OSU attack error, a Gil kill made it 24-19. The Beavers spoiled the Bruins' first two set points, but Clements recorded a kill to give UCLA the four-point win. Camp had three kills in the first, as the Bruins hit .135. Oregon State was held to a .000 hitting percentage.
The Beavers posted a wire-to-wire win in the second, going on runs of 5-1, 8-2 and 11-3 to start the set. UCLA went on a 6-1 run to cut its deficit to three at 12-9. Camp had two kills and a block during the run, Clements added a kill and Fine served an ace. But that was as close as the Bruins would get for the rest of the set. The Beavers earned their first set point at 24-16, but the Bruins made things interesting by going on a 5-0 run. Clements had a kill and block, while Camp added two block assists during the run. But Rachel Rourke earned the set-clinching kill to give Oregon State the 25-21 win. Piggott posted four kills in the second, with UCLA hitting .106 to Oregon State's .167.
After falling behind 3-0 to start the third set, the Bruins went on a 6-2 run to take a 6-5 advantage. Piggott and Gil had kills during the run, Spicer and Camp had a combo block and Piggott and Camp added a combo roof. The Beavers charged ahead though with six in a row to take an 11-6 lead. Oregon State would extend its lead to a set-high seven at 16-9 when UCLA made a 6-2 run to get to within three at 18-15. Clements, Gil and Holloway had kills during the run, while sophomore Jazmin Machado also had an ace. But the Bruins got no closer than two the rest of the way, as Oregon State won it 25-22. Clements had four kills, while Gil posted three in the third, as the Bruins hit .000. Oregon State swung at a .097 percentage.
The fourth set was close early, but the Bruins had a long run thanks to their blocking to put the Beavers away. Tied at 10, the Bruins scored six straight to go ahead 16-10. Four of the points came on blocks, with Gil combining on all four and Clements and Piggott totaling two block assists apiece. Oregon State sided out on the next point, but another 5-1 run put UCLA on top 21-12. Clements had two kills, while Holloway and Spicer added one each during the run. The Bruins took the fourth on a Camp kill to win it 25-15. Clements posted five kills in the fourth, as the Bruins hit .250 and held the Beavers to a -.024 hitting percentage.
Oregon State led 4-3 in the fifth, but a 4-0 Bruin run gave them a 7-4 advantage. Following two Beaver errors, a Spicer/Camp block and a Camp kill put UCLA up by three. Oregon State closed to within one on three occasions, but could not tie it up. With a 12-11 lead, the Bruins scored the final three points to win the match. Clements had back-to-back kills and an ace by Fine on match point earned the Bruins the 15-11 victory. UCLA hit .250 in the fifth to Oregon State's .091.
Oregon State hit .061 as a team for the match. Rourke led the Beavers with 20 kills, Bree Knitter had 12 kills and 10 digs and Camilla Ah-Hoy recorded 39 assists and 15 digs.
The Bruins play their first home matches of 2008 next weekend when they host Washington on Friday and Washington State on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. First serve is at 7 p.m. for both contests and you can follow all the action on UCLABruins.com via Gametracker and live audio with Darren Preston at the call.