13th-Ranked Bruins Knock Off Cal State Northridge in Four

Sept. 14, 2010

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NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The 13th-ranked Bruins dropped the opening set, but came back to lead wire-to-wire in each of the final three sets to post a four-set victory on Tuesday at Cal State Northridge. Senior Dicey McGraw and freshman Kelly Reeves each had double-doubles. Set scores were 22-25, 25-21, 25-15, 25-14.

The Bruins win their sixth in a row to improve to 8-1 on the season, while the Matadors fall to 3-7.

McGraw had a match-high 16 kills to go with 13 digs for her third double-double of the year and 14th of her career, while Reeves posted her second double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs. Junior Lainey Gera had a match-best 17 digs, while junior Lauren Van Orden was just one dig shy of a double-double with 41 assists and nine digs. Junior Katie Camp added nine kills, sophomore Rachael Kidder had eight and junior Sara Sage notched six. The Bruins hit .224 as a team.

The Matadors never trailed in taking the opening set. Tied at three, Northridge scored five straight to go up 8-3. The Bruins came back though to tie things up at 11. Down 9-5, UCLA went on a 6-2 run thanks to a pair of kills by Camp, a kill and a block by Sage and an ace by Van Orden. But Northridge scored the next three and held on to the advantage for the remainder of the set.

Cal State Northridge again extended its lead to a set-best five at 18-13. Trailing 22-18, UCLA scored three straight on back-to-back kills by McGraw and Reeves and a solo block by Kidder to cut its deficit to one. But the Matadors tallied three of the final four points of the set to take the opener 25-22. Reeves led the Bruins with six kills in the first, while Camp, Kidder and McGraw posted three apiece. The Matadors out-hit the Bruins .256 to .205.

The Bruins led wire-to-wire in the second set to even the match, scoring the first five points on a kill by Reeves, an ace from Van Orden, a solo block by Sage and two Northridge attack errors. The Matadors got back to within one at 8-7 following a 7-3 run, but were never able to tie up the score. Leading 12-11, the Bruins scored three in a row on kills by Sage and Reeves and a Northridge attack error to take a 15-11 edge.

The Matadors again got to within one at 16-15 and 17-16, but could not even things. UCLA brought its lead back up to five at 22-17 following a 5-1 run. Kidder and Camp had kills, Reeves served an ace and the Matadors had two errors. A kill by McGraw on the Bruins' second set point gave the visitors a 25-21 victory. Camp and Reeves each had two kills to pace the Bruins, while Gera had nine digs. The Bruins out-hit the Matadors .083 to .049.

The Bruins again led wire-to-wire in the third set, netting the first four and eight of the first 10. McGraw had three kills during the opening run and Camp had a solo block, as UCLA also benefitted from four Northridge errors. The Matadors got to within four at 14-10, but the Bruins went on runs of 4-0 and 8-1 to open up the lead to 22-11.

The run began with a kill from Kidder, a Camp/McGraw combo block, a McGraw spike and a CSUN attack error. After a Northridge sideout, McGraw posted another kill, which was followed by consecutive Northridge attack errors and a Sage/Van Orden combo roof. The Bruins won the set 25-15 on a Kidder kill. McGraw recorded seven kills in the third, while Kidder added three. UCLA out-hit Northridge .290 to -.027.

For the third straight set, the Bruins led wire-to-wire. Up 6-4, UCLA went on a 7-0 run to break it open. McGraw, Sage and Reeves had consecutive kills to get the run started, which was followed by a Kidder/Sage combo block. After two Matador errors, a Reeves kill made it 13-4. The Matadors closed the gap to four at 14-10 following a 6-1 run, but would get no closer.

Up 18-13, the Bruins scored six straight to get their lead to double figures. The run began with a combo roof by Camp and Van Orden, back-to-back spikes by McGraw and a Gera ace. A kill by sophomore Mari Hole brought the lead to double figures for the first time at 10 and a Sage kill wrapped up the run. The Bruins won the match on a CSUN service error to post a 25-14 win in the fourth. The Bruins out-hit the Matadors .344 to .061, as McGraw led UCLA with four kills. Camp and Reeves each had three.

The Bruins finish up their non-conference schedule this weekend at the UC Irvine ASICS Challenge. UCLA plays Penn on Friday at 8 p.m. at UCI's Crawford Court and UC Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bren Events Center. Gametracker will be available for both matches at UCLABruins.com.


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