Oct. 29, 2010
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Rachael Kidder had a match-high 24 kills, senior Dicey McGraw added 17 kills and junior Lainey Gera posted 20 digs, as the 11th-ranked Bruins rallied from 2-1 down to knock off seventh-ranked Washington in five sets on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 23-25, 30-28, 13-25, 25-22, 15-12.
The Bruins improve to 16-5 overall and 6-4 in Pac-10 play, snapping an eight-match losing streak to the Huskies, who fall to 17-4 and 6-4 in league.
Kidder surpassed the 20-kill mark for the third time this season and was one shy of tying her career high, also adding six digs and three blocks. Junior Lauren Van Orden had a career-best 64 assists to go along with eight digs. Freshman Mariana Aquino had a perfect evening with eight kills and no errors in 12 swings for a .667 hitting percentage, adding three blocks, while junior Katie Camp produced nine kills and four blocks. The Bruins hit .268.
The opening stanza was a close one with 15 ties and five lead changes. The biggest lead for either team was three points. The Bruins jumped out to an early 5-2 lead thanks to a pair of kills from Camp, one by McGraw and two Washington errors. The Huskies tied it at 7 and 8-all before taking their first lead at 9-8. Down 10-9, back-to-back kills by Kidder put the Bruins back on top 11-10. Another Kidder kill made it 12-11, but the Huskies notched the next two to go back up 13-12.
The lead changed hands one more time in the Bruins favor, when down 14-13, consecutive kills by Aquino and McGraw made it 15-14 for the home squad. The Huskies responded with three of the next four to go ahead 17-16 and held the advantage for the rest of the set. With the score tied at 20, Washington scored three straight to take a 23-20 edge. The Bruins saved the first two set points against them, but the third time was the charm for the Huskies, who took the opener 25-23. Aquino, Kidder and McGraw each had four kills in the first, while Camp added three. Despite losing the set, the Bruins out-hit the Huskies .355 to .316.
The Huskies led throughout most of the opening set, jumping out to an early 6-3 advantage. Trailing 9-7, the Bruins scored two in a row on a Kidder kill and a combo block from Aquino and Kidder to even things at nine. The Huskies responded with six of the next seven to take a set-best lead of five at 15-10. UCLA came back with the next three on a kill by Camp, an ace from freshman Kelly Reeves and a kill from Kidder to cut the deficit to two. Still down by three at 17-14, another 3-0 run on two kills by McGraw and a combo block from Aquino and Van Orden tied things at 17.
The Bruins evened it again at 21 and 22 before taking their first lead of the set following a Camp/Kidder combo block to go ahead 23-22. The Huskies came back with the next two to earn a set point, but another kill by Kidder made it 24-all. The Bruins staved off two more UW set points before a kill from McGraw gave the Bruins their first set point at 27-26. It was then the Huskies turn to hold off two UCLA set point tries, but even at 28, Washington committed a service error followed by an attack error to give the home team a 30-28 triumph. Kidder had eight kills and two blocks in the second, while McGraw posted six kills. The Bruins were out-hit .386 to .368.
Washington led from start to finish in the third set, scoring the first five points and eight of the first nine. The Bruins could get no closer than five the rest of the way and dropped the set 25-13. Kidder, McGraw and Reeves had two kills apiece in the third, as the Bruins were out-hit .600 to .115.
The Bruins scored three of the first four to open the fourth set, but the Huskies came back with a 3-0 run to take a 4-3 edge. UCLA responded with the next three though and led for the remainder of the set. Kills from sophomore Bojana Todorovic and Kidder and a UW attack error made it 6-4. After a Husky sideout, the Bruins got the next four on a Camp kill, a UW attack error, a Camp/Van Orden combo block and a McGraw kill to take a 10-5 advantage.
The Huskies got to within three at 16-13, but the Bruins scored five of the next seven to take a set-best lead of six at 21-18. Camp and Kidder each had a kill and a block during the run, while McGraw also added a kill. UCLA held a 22-16 lead before Washington made things interesting with a 5-0 run to cut its deficit to one. But a kill from Reeves and a UW attack error gave the Bruins set point at 24-21. Washington staved off the first attempt, but a kill by Todorovic on try number two gave UCLA a 25-22 win. Kidder had four kills in the fourth, while Camp added three kills and three blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Huskies .154 to .108.
UCLA never trailed in the fifth set to finish off the comeback. After six straight sideouts to start the set, the Bruins scored five in a row on back-to-back kills by McGraw, a Gera ace, a Kidder kill and another from McGraw to go up 8-3. The Bruins maintained at least a two-point edge until at 12-9, the Huskies scored two in a row to make it a one-point game.
A Kidder kill put the Bruins up 13-11, and following a Washington sideout, another kill by Kidder gave the home team match point at 14-12. UCLA would end up winning it on a Washington attack error to take the victory. Kidder had six kills in the deciding set, while McGraw added four. The Bruins were out-hit in the fifth set .385 to .368.
The Bruins' four-match homestand concludes on Sunday against Washington State at 1 p.m. Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.