Sept. 18, 2005
MADISON, Wis. - The 11th-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team suffered its second loss of the 2005 season on Sunday night at the InnTowner Invitational, falling to host No. 13 Wisconsin 30-26, 30-28, 30-23. Two Bruins, junior outside hitter Nana Meriwether and freshman setter Nellie Spicer, were named to the All-Tournament Team.
UCLA opened the match with a Nancy Barba kill, but would trail for the majority of the opening game of the match. The Bruins were within three points late, but were unable to close the gap. Two of head coach Andy Banachowski's regular players, junior Colby Lyman and sophomore Meghan Schoen, were unable to play in Sunday's match due to injuries, playing a critical role in UCLA's difficulty mounting a consistent attack.
The Bruins rebounded with a very solid second game, building a 16-22 that included a five-point scoring run with Meriwether at the service line, but Wisconsin countered with an eight-point run to take a 27-25 lead. UCLA was able to close the gap to one point, but ran out of time and dropped the second game by a narrow 30-28 margin.
In game three, UCLA was again unable to put together an extended scoring run and trailed for much of the game. The inexperienced Bruin lineup was unable to counter Wisconsin's .353 attack percentage as the Bruins lost the third and final game of the match.
UCLA had two players with double-figure kills in the contest led by Kaitlin Sather with a match-high 18 kills and two aces. Barba also finished with double-figure kills, hitting .450 with 11 kills in the contest. On the block Meriwether continued to lead the way for the Bruins leading her team with five block assists in the contest. Junior libero Laura Kroneberger was the only Bruin with double-figure digs, leading all players with 12.
The Bruins remain on the road next weekend, traveling to the Bay Area to begin Pac-10 conference play at California on Friday and at Stanford on Saturday. Saturday's match will air on a tape-delayed basis on CSTV as the AVCA Match of the Week for the second consecutive Sunday (3 pm PT air time).