Sept. 8, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Senior Dicey McGraw and sophomore Rachael Kidder each had a match-high 11 kills, junior Lainey Gera posted 16 digs and freshman Kelly Reeves added a career-best 15 digs, as the 13th-ranked Bruins swept Pepperdine in UCLA's home opener at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday. Set scores were 25-20, 25-20, 25-15.
The Bruins improve to 6-1 on the season, while the Waves fall to 3-4. McGraw added eight digs and is just five kills away from 1,000 for her career.
The Bruins dropped the opening point of the match, but scored the next three and never trailed for the rest of the set. After the Waves sided out to make it 3-2, UCLA went on a 7-2 run to take a set-high lead of six at 10-4. Kidder and McGraw each had two kills during the run, while juniors Katie Camp and Sara Sage had one apiece. UCLA still maintained a five-point advantage at 15-10, but Pepperdine came back to square the score thanks to a 6-1 run. The Waves tied it again at 17 and 18, but were never able to re-take the lead.
Even at 18, the Bruins scored four in a row on a Pepperdine service error, a combo block by Reeves and Sage, a Kidder kill and a Wave attack error to make it 22-18. The Waves got the next two, but a McGraw kill, a Sage ace and a combo block by Camp and Kidder gave the Bruins a 25-20 victory. McGraw had five kills in the first, while Kidder added four. Reeves recorded eight digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Waves .206 to .147.
UCLA never trailed in the second set. The score was tied at one, two and four-all, but a 5-0 Bruin run made it 9-4 in favor of the home squad. Camp and a Pepperdine attack error totaled the first two UCLA points, which was followed by a Sage spike, a combo block by Sage and junior Lauren Van Orden and another Wave attack error.
The Bruins' lead never dipped below three for the rest of the set. Leading 15-11, UCLA scored four straight and seven of the next nine to take a set-best lead of nine at 22-13. During the 7-2 run, McGraw had two kills, Kidder and Van Orden posted one each and sophomore Bojana Todorovic recorded an ace. The Waves made things interesting at the end of the set, cutting their deficit to four at 23-19, but a Kidder kill on set point gave the Bruins a 25-20 win. Kidder and McGraw each had four kills, while Camp posted three in the second. Gera added nine digs and Reeves had eight. UCLA out-hit Pepperdine .238 to .104.
UCLA led wire-to-wire in the third to finish off the sweep. The Bruins scored the first six points on a kill by McGraw, a Pepperdine attack error, a Sage solo block, a spike by Reeves, an ace by McGraw and a bad set by the Waves. Pepperdine closed to within three at 9-6, but UCLA brought its lead back up to seven at 14-7 following a 5-1 run. The Bruins benefitted from three Pepperdine errors, as McGraw added a kill and Reeves and Sage posted a combo block.
The Bruins' lead never dipped below six the rest of the way and reached a set high of 10 at 24-14. UCLA clinched the match on a Pepperdine attack error to win the third 25-15. Kidder and sophomore Mari Hole had three kills apiece in the third, as the Bruins out-hit the Waves .333 to .118.
The Bruins travel to CSU Bakersfield on Thursday for a 7 p.m. tilt at the Icardo Center. Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.