October 18, 1998
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The UCLA women's volleyball team recorded its fourth consecutive victory as the Bruins swept Washington State, 15-8, 16-14, 15-9, in a Pac-10 Conference match at Pauley Pavilion today. UCLA improved to 7-9 overall and 6-3 in Pac-10 play while Washington State dropped to 7-9 overall and 5-4 in league action.
The leading hitter in the match again for UCLA was freshman Kristee Porter who drilled 20 kills for the third time this week. Sophomore middle blocker Elisabeth Bachman continued to post impressive numbers as she hit .382 with 16 kills and five blocks. Freshman Ashley Bowles registered another double-double with 11 kills and 12 digs. Sophomore Amy Nihipali added nine kills and five blocks. Freshman setter Erika Selsor provided 55 assists and seven digs.
The highlight for Washington State was the 16 kill effort of senior Jennifer Stinson who became only the seventh player in WSU history to register 1,000 career kills. Stinson was the only Cougar in double figures and now has 1,006 kills in her four years at WSU. Wendy Rouse and Joy Sperry each notched 11 digs, while Alicia Erickson led WSU with five blocks.
Although WSU scored the first three points of the match, UCLA scored the next five and set the tone for the day. UCLA built a 7-4 lead and WSU closed to 7-6, but could get no closer as UCLA allowed just two more points in the game. The Bruins were impressive in game one hitting .471 with only four hitting errors in 34 attacks.
Game two saw WSU build a 10-6 lead, but UCLA rallied and drilled four straight kills to take an 11-10 lead. Porter came through with some crucial kills for sideouts with the match on the line, and Bachman sealed the win with a down-the-line kill to give the Bruins the 16-14 win and a two game advantage.
Game three was tight early on, but UCLA scored the final six points to claim the match. Key to that run were three ace serves, one by Michelle Quon and two by Porter, including match point.
UCLA is on the road in its next action, traveling to the state of Oregon for matches on Friday and Sunday. Washington State hosts cross-state rival Washington on Friday, Oct. 23.