Oct. 1, 2010
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Bojana Todorovic had a season-best 11 kills and posted a career-high .529 hitting percentage with just two errors in 17 swings, as the 12th-ranked Bruins defeated Washington State for the 15th-straight time in a sweep on Friday at Bohler Gym. Set scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-17.
The Bruins even their Pac-10 record at 1-1 and improve to 11-2 on the season, while the Cougars fall to 6-7 and 0-3 in league play.
Senior Dicey McGraw had a match-high 13 kills and hit .393 with only two errors in 28 attacks. Sophomore Mari Hole added eight kills, seven digs and a career-best four blocks, while junior Lauren Van Orden posted 38 assists, six digs and two aces. Junior Lainey Gera had 17 digs, freshman Kelly Reeves notched nine and Todorovic added eight. The Bruins hit .262 as a team.
The first half of the opening set was close, with 11 ties and four lead changes and neither team leading by more than a pair. Tied at 13, the Bruins scored five in a row to bolt out to an 18-13 advantage. McGraw had back-to-back kills to open the run, which was followed by a Cougar attack error. Todorovic then had a kill and an ace from Van Orden made it a five-point spread.
The Cougars sided out the next point, but the Bruins came back with the next four on a WSU service error, a combo block by Hole and freshman Mariana Aquino, a solo stuff by Hole and a combo roof from Aquino and Todorovic to make it 22-14. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set was nine at 24-15 following a kill by Hole, who also notched the set-clinching kill to give UCLA a 25-17 victory. Hole had five kills in the opener, McGraw added four and Todorovic posted three. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .235 to .029.
Washington State scored two of the first three points of set two, but UCLA got the next two and never trailed for the rest of the set. With the Bruins up 8-6, they scored the next two and eight of nine to take a 16-7 advantage. Todorovic had a kill and a Cougar attack error made it 10-6. Following a WSU sideout, UCLA scored the next six. The first three points came on a Hole kill, a solo block from McGraw and an ace by Reeves. Two WSU attack errors later, a McGraw spike made it a nine-point margin.
The Cougars again sided out, but three in a row on back-to-back kills by McGraw and a WSU error gave the Bruins a set-high lead of 11 at 19-8. Washington State tried to make a run with the next four points to cut its deficit to 19-12, but UCLA responded with the next three on a kill from Aquino, a combo roof by Aquino and freshman Meg Norton and a spike by Norton to go up 22-12. The Bruins won the set 25-16 on yet another WSU attack error. McGraw had five kills in the second, while Todorovic added three, as the Bruins out-hit the Cougars .206 to .029.
Washington State netted four of the first five points of the third set, but UCLA came back with the next four to take a 5-4 edge. Van Orden and McGraw posted consecutive kills, McGraw and junior Katie Camp teamed up for a block and a WSU attack error gave the Bruins a one-point lead. Washington State scored three of the next four to re-take the lead at 7-6, but a 4-0 run by UCLA gave the visitors the lead for good at 10-7. Aquino and McGraw had kills, WSU committed an attack error and Van Orden posted a service ace.
The Cougars sided out the next point, but three straight kills from McGraw, Aquino and Todorovic made it 13-8. UCLA had a set-best lead of eight on three separate occasions, going on to win the third 25-17 following a Van Orden kill to complete the sweep. Seven different Bruins had kills in the third, led by Todorovic's five. McGraw added four and Aquino had three. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .343 to .108.
The Bruins conclude their three-match, conference-opening road trip on Saturday at 10th-ranked Washington at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.