Nov. 20, 2011
LOS ANGELES - Junior Rachael Kidder had a match-high 21 kills, senior Lainey Gera added 20 digs and senior Lauren Van Orden and freshman Megan Moenoa each had 24 assists, as the second-ranked Bruins bounced back with a sweep of Arizona State on Sunday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-23, 25-19, 29-27.
The Bruins improve to 24-5 overall and 17-4 in Pac-12 play, clinching second place in the conference. The Sun Devils fall to 8-21 and 4-16 in league.
Kidder added nine digs and hit .425 with four errors in 40 attempts. Sophomore Kelly Reeves produced eight kills, 10 digs and two aces, while freshman Karsta Lowe had seven kills and five blocks. Junior Tabi Love added eight kills and senior Katie Camp posted five blocks. The Bruins hit .248 for the match.
The Bruins scored the first four points of the match on kills by Kidder and Reeves, a Camp/Kidder combo block and an ASU attack error. Still up by three at 9-6, UCLA scored four in a row on kills by sophomore Mariana Aquino and Kidder, an Aquino/Love combo roof and a Sun Devil attack error to go ahead by seven at 13-6. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set would be eight at 17-9 and 18-10.
Trailing 22-15, the Sun Devils came back with the next five and seven of eight to get to within one at 23-22. A Kidder kill gave the Bruins two set points, and while the Sun Devils saved the first attempt, a kill by Lowe finished off a 25-23 victory. Kidder led the Bruins with six kills and five digs, while Reeves added four kills. The Bruins had five blocks in the first and out-hit the Sun Devils .265 to .162.
The Sun Devils had an early 7-5 lead in set two, but the Bruins scored five straight to take a 10-7 edge. An ASU attack error, a Camp kill and solo stuff, a Kidder kill and an Aquino ace accounted for the 5-0 run. After a Sun Devil sideout, a Love kill and an ASU attack error made it a 7-1 run and a four-point lead at 12-8.
ASU held tough though and again came back with runs of 5-2 and 8-4 to square the set at 16. But a 5-0 UCLA run on a Sun Devil service error, a Reeves ace, back-to-back kills by Kidder and Love and another Reeves ace made it a five-point difference at 21-16. On Kidder's team-best fifth kill of the set, the Bruins posted a 25-19 victory in the second. Love added four kills, while Gera posted five digs. The Bruins had four more blocks and out-hit the Sun Devils .250 to .133.
Arizona State led throughout the set, but UCLA came back late to finish off the sweep in a set that had 12 ties. The Sun Devils held a 6-3 edge, but the Bruins countered with a 6-3 run to tie things at nine. Even at 10, Arizona State scored the next five to go up 15-10. ASU was still up by four at 20-16, but UCLA scored six in a row on a Kidder kill, a Sun Devil attack error, back-to-back kills by Reeves, a combo roof by Camp and Lowe and a kill by Lowe to take a 22-20 edge.
The Bruins had their first match point at 24-23, but the Sun Devils got the next two to take a 25-24 advantage and earn a set point. Back-to-back kills by Reeves and Kidder gave the Bruins a second match point, but ASU tied it at 26. A Kidder kill made it 27-26, but again ASU tied it. Kidder followed with another kill to give UCLA a fourth match point and she came back with another spike to finish off a 29-27 victory. Kidder had 10 kills in the third, Lowe and Reeves each had four kills and Love added three. Gera posted 11 digs and Reeves added five. The Bruins had three blocks and out-hit the Sun Devils .237 to .217.
The Bruins close out the regular season next Friday, Nov. 25 against USC. First serve is at 5 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.