Sept. 18, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Dicey McGraw, junior Lauren Van Orden and freshman Kelly Reeves all had double-doubles, while junior Lainey Gera added 24 digs, as the 13th-ranked Bruins defeated UC Irvine in four sets on Saturday at the Bren Events Center. Set scores were 25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-15.
The Bruins win their eighth in a row to improve to 10-1 on the season, while the Anteaters fall to 4-7.
McGraw had a match-high 19 kills to go with 13 digs for her fourth double-double of the year and 15th of her career. Reeves posted 11 kills and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season, while Van Orden recorded 45 assists and 14 digs for her second double-double. Junior Katie Camp had 11 kills and seven blocks, sophomore Rachael Kidder notched nine kills and sophomore Bojana Todorovic tallied 11 digs. The Bruins hit .256 for the match.
The Anteaters scored two of the first three points of the match, but the Bruins netted the next four to take a three-point edge. After a UC Irvine attack error, Reeves and McGraw had kills and a combo block by McGraw and Camp put the Bruins up 5-2. UCLA increased its advantage to four at 8-4 before UC Irvine came back with a 5-1 run to even things at nine.
The score was still tied at 12 when the Bruins tallied four in a row on a kill by Kidder, an ace from Todorovic, a kill by McGraw and a UCI attack error to go up 16-12. UCLA's lead grew to as many as six at 20-14 and never dipped below four for the rest of the set. The Bruins won the set on an Irvine service error. McGraw posted eight kills in the opener and Gera had seven digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Anteaters .191 to .095.
The second set featured 13 ties and five lead changes, as the biggest edge for either side was three. Neither team led by more than a couple early on until the Anteaters forged ahead to a three-point advantage. UC Irvine trailed 8-6, but scored five in a row to go up 11-8. The Bruins came back with the next three on a UCI attack error, a McGraw ace and a Kidder kill to even things at 11. Six sideouts later, McGraw posted a kill to give UCLA the lead back at 15-14, while an Irvine attack error extended the advantage to a pair at 16-14.
The Anteaters came back to tie the score at 16, 17 and 18, but a McGraw kill and ace put the Bruins back up 20-18. Irvine rallied with the next three and didn't trail for the rest of the set. UCLA tied it at 21, but the Anteaters got the next two and went on to win the set 25-23. McGraw had three kills in the second, Camp, Kidder and Reeves recorded two apiece and Gera notched seven more digs. The Anteaters out-hit the Bruins .190 to .158.
Irvine scored two of the first three of the third, but UCLA came back with three in a row and led for the rest of the set. A McGraw kill, a Camp/McGraw combo block and a Camp spike gave the Bruins a 4-2 lead. The Anteaters got to within one on five occasions, but were never able to re-take the lead. Leading 10-9, UCLA scored four straight and six of seven to take a six-point advantage. Camp had two kills and a solo block during the 4-0 run, while McGraw added a kill. After a UCI sideout, McGraw had another spike and an Anteater attack error made it 16-10.
The Bruins' advantage never dipped below five for the rest of the set. UCLA got its lead to double figures for the first time at the end of the third. Leading 21-13, the Bruins scored three in a row on a kill by Kidder, a Camp/Reeves combo block and a UCI attack error to make it 24-13. A Reeves kill on UCLA's second set point gave the visitors a 25-14 victory. McGraw had four kills in the third, while Camp added three with three blocks. Todorovic recorded eight digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Anteaters .355 to .064.
UCLA scored the first three points of the fourth on a Camp/Kidder block, a UCI attack error and a Kidder spike and never trailed for the set. The Anteaters came back to tie the score at five, but the Bruins responded with five in a row to go up 10-5. After a UCI service error, UCLA received two kills from McGraw and a pair of aces by Van Orden to take a five-point lead. The Bruins never saw their lead dip below five for the rest of the set.
Leading 12-7, the Bruins scored five of six on two kills by Camp and one apiece from Kidder, McGraw and Reeves to take a 17-8 advantage. UCLA's biggest lead of the set was 10 and came on the final point of the match. Up 22-15, junior Sara Sage had a kill and back-to-back spikes by Reeves gave the Bruins a 25-15 victory. Reeves had five kills in the fourth, while Camp, Kidder and McGraw posted four apiece. Gera added eight digs in the fourth, as the Bruins out-hit the Anteaters .341 to .167.
The Bruins open up Pacific-10 Conference play next Friday at the Galen Center against USC at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. The match will also be broadcast on a tape-delay basis by Fox Sports Net. Air times will be announced at a later date.