Third-Ranked Volleyball Stays Undefeated With Four-Game Win Over Washington State

Sept. 29, 2006

Final Stats

LOS ANGELES - Katie Carter had a team-high 16 kills while Nana Meriwether had 15 kills and hit .519 as third-ranked UCLA completed a perfect home-opening weekend with a 30-17, 24-30, 30-21, 30-26 win over Washington State on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA improves to 17-0, 4-0 Pac-10, while WSU falls to 12-6, 0-4 Pac-10. The 4-0 start to conference play is UCLA's best since opening 4-0 with wins over the Washington schools at home and the Bay Area schools on the road in 2000.

Game one was tied at 11-11 before UCLA took control with six-straight points off the serve of Colby Lyman, using three Becky Mehring kills plus putaways by Rachell Johnson and Nellie Spicer en route to a 17-11 lead. The UCLA lead hit double-digits at 23-13 on an ace by Johnson and a Lyman kill ended game one at 30-17.

UCLA seemed in control of game two, leading by as many as five points at 16-11 thanks to a Meriwether kill. The Bruin lead was three points at 20-17 before WSU rattled off 11-consecutive points, taking advantage of eight UCLA hitting errors during that span as the visiting Cougars took a 28-20 lead. WSU eventually won game two, 30-24, to send the teams into halftime tied at a game apiece.

Game three was close early, tied at 13-13 when a Carter kill gave UCLA the lead for good at 14-13. The Bruin margin was thin for a while, however, as WSU stayed within 2-4 points until UCLA got back-to-back kills from Meghan Schoen and Lyman to take a 25-20 advantage. UCLA eventually went on a 7-1 run to end game three as the Bruins took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 30-21 win.

Game four went back-and-forth. The Bruins used three Ali Daley kills to jump out to a quick 5-1 lead, but WSU used a 6-0 run of their own as the Cougars took a 13-11 lead midway through the game. UCLA responded with a 6-1 run to reclaim the advantage at 17-14 on a kill by Meriwether. It proved to be a lead the Bruins never relinquished, although WSU never gave up, trimming the margin to just one point at 26-25. However, Carter helped put an end to the evening with three kills over the next five rallies as UCLA took game four, 30-26.

Carter and Meriwether paced UCLA with 18.5 points apiece. Carter notched 16 kills and four blocks while Meriwether used 15 kills and seven block assists. Daley added 11.5 points with 11 kills and a block. Nellie Spicer notched a double-double for the Bruins with 61 assists and a match-high 13 digs while Lyman also tied for match-high honors with 13 digs. As a team, UCLA nearly doubled-up WSU in hitting as the Bruins posted a .256 percentage on the night compared to WSU's .135. The Cougars' Brittany Johnson led all players with 17 kills.

The Bruins hit the road next weekend to face Arizona (Fri., Oct. 6) and Arizona State (Sat., Oct. 7). UCLA returns home on October 12-13 when California and Stanford visit Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09 - 5:00 PM PST
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE