Penn Is Not Mightier Than the Bruins in Sweep

Sept. 17, 2010

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IRVINE, Calif. - Senior Dicey McGraw had a match-high 13 kills in just two sets, while sophomore Mari Hole added eight kills in a pair of sets, as the 13th-ranked Bruins swept Penn on Friday at the ASICS Challenge at Crawford Court. Set scores were 25-22, 25-21, 25-11.

The Bruins win their seventh in a row to improve to 9-1, while the Quakers fall to 3-5. Hole hit .412 with only one error in 17 attacks. Freshman Kelly Reeves recorded seven kills and seven digs. The Bruins hit .317 for the match.

After the Quakers scored two of the first three points of the match, the Bruins came back with two in a row and seven of the next eight to take an 8-3 advantage. Reeves had a kill and an ace to give UCLA the lead at 3-2. Penn sided out to even it at three, but the Bruins responded with five in a row. Junior Katie Camp was involved in four of the five points, posting back-to-back kills, a triple block with McGraw and junior Lauren Van Orden and a combo roof with McGraw. The run concluded with a kill from Van Orden to make it a five-point lead.

The Quakers called timeout and came out of the break on fire with six of the next seven to tie the score at nine. Six sideouts later and tied at 12, the Bruins scored three straight on a kill and ace by Reeves and a Penn attack error to make it 15-12. The Quakers again called timeout and again came back, scoring the next four to go up 16-15 to force the Bruins into a timeout. Penn scored the next point out of the break to extend its lead to 17-15, but UCLA rallied with three in a row on a kill by Van Orden, an ace from sophomore Bojana Todorovic and a McGraw spike to go up 18-17.

Penn tied it again at 18 and 19, but the Bruins netted four in a row and kept the lead for the rest of the set. McGraw had a kill, which was followed by a Van Orden ace, a Penn attack error and a spike by Reeves. UCLA won the opener on its second set point after a kill by Kidder. McGraw paced the Bruins with five kills, while Kidder, Reeves and Van Orden had three apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Quakers .310 to .289.

Set two began with a trio of 3-0 runs. UCLA started it with back-to-back kills by McGraw and another from Todorovic. After Penn tied it at three, consecutive spikes by McGraw, Reeves and freshman Mariana Aquino put the Bruins back up by three at 6-3. The Quakers came back though with seven of the next 10 to take a 10-9 advantage. Penn's lead grew to as many as three at 13-10 and 14-11.

But the Bruins stormed back with runs of 2-0 and 7-1 to go up 18-15. McGraw had a kill and a stuff block to get the Bruins to within one at 14-13. After a Penn sideout, UCLA scored five in a row on kills by McGraw and Hole, a combo block by Aquino and Reeves, a Penn attack error and another roof by Aquino and Reeves. The Quakers closed to within one at 18-17, but the Bruins scored three in a row on two kills by Reeves and one by Hole and never looked back. The set fittingly ended on a kill by McGraw, who had eight in the second, as the Bruins won 25-21. Hole and Reeves each had four kills in the second, while junior Sara Sage added three. The Bruins out-hit the Quakers .304 to .158.

UCLA never trailed in the third as it emptied the bench. Tied at four, the Bruins scored five straight on three kills by Hole, one from Aquino and a Penn attack error to go ahead 9-4. The Bruins led by five at 13-8 when they scored eight in a row to extend their advantage to 21-8. After a Penn service error, freshman Meg Norton had a kill and teamed up for a block with Aquino to make it 16-8. Following an ace by freshman Jenna Scilacci, Norton posted another kill to get the lead to double figures for the first time at 18-8.

The Bruins weren't done though, as Scilacci notched back-to-back aces, while another Aquino/Norton block made the lead 13 at 21-8. UCLA went on to score four of the final five points of the match, clinching it on a Norton kill to win the third 25-11. Norton had six kills in the third, Hole posted four and Scilacci added three. The Bruins out-hit the Quakers .343 to .000.

The Bruins wrap up their non-conference schedule on Saturday against UC Irvine at the Bren Events Center at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available at

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