#8 UCLA Drops Tough Five-Set Decision to Pepperdine
Sept. 7, 2011
MALIBU, Calif. - Junior Rachael Kidder tied a career high with 25 kills, senior Lauren Van Orden posted a double-double with 51 assists and 13 digs and senior Lainey Gera added 22 digs, but the eighth-ranked Bruins lost their first match of the season in a five-set defeat to Pepperdine on Wednesday at Firestone Fieldhouse. Set scores were 25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 20-25, 13-15.
Kidder just missed out on a double-double with nine digs to go with five blocks. Junior Tabi Love recorded 14 kills and sophomore Kelly Reeves added eight kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Mariana Aquino tallied five kills and seven blocks, while sophomore Meg Norton notched 10 digs. The Bruins hit .203 for the match.
The Bruins (6-1) scored four of the first five points of the match. After a Pepperdine (4-2) attack error and a Wave sideout, Reeves connected on back-to-back kills and another Pepperdine error made it 4-1. The teams sided out the next seven points, but a kill by Love followed by a solo block from the junior gave the Bruins a set-best lead of four at 9-5. After the Waves got three of the next four, a Love kill and a Kidder stuff block brought the lead back up to four at 12-8. Pepperdine rallied again with six of the next seven to take its first lead of the set at 14-13. Two sideouts later, UCLA went on a 5-1 run to go back up by three at 19-16.
A kill by freshman Zoë Nightingale and a Wave attack error made it 16-15, and after a Pepperdine sideout, another Wave attack error, a kill by Love and a combo block by Aquino and Love made it a three-point game. The Waves tied it again at 19- and 20-all, but the Bruins would not be denied. A 4-0 run on a kill by Aquino, a combo block by Aquino and Reeves, a Kidder kill and another Aquino/Reeves roof gave UCLA set point. The Waves staved off the first attempt, but a Kidder kill finished off a 25-21 Bruin win. Reeves had five kills and two blocks in the first, Love added four kills and two blocks and Aquino recorded three kills and three roofs. The Bruins out-hit the Waves .303 to .119.
In a see-saw, second stanza that featured 10 ties and three lead changes, the Bruins trailed early, took a late lead, but dropped their first second set of the year. Leading 3-2 after kills by Love, Reeves and Kidder, the Bruins saw the Waves score five of the next six to take a 7-4 edge. UCLA battled back with four of five to tie it back up at eight. After a Kidder kill and a Pepperdine sideout, the Waves had three straight errors to even the score. But the Waves responded with six of the next eight to take a set-best lead of four at 14-10.
The Bruins scored seven of the next 10 points to even things at 17. Kidder had three kills during the run, Love added one and UCLA benefitted from three Pepperdine errors. With three of the next four, the Waves went back ahead 20-18, but kills by junior Bojana Todorovic and Reeves, an ace from Todorovic and a Pepperdine attack error gave UCLA a 22-20 advantage. The Waves matched that with a 4-0 run of their own to go up 24-22 and earn two set points, but a Kidder kill and a Pepperdine attack error squared things at 24. However, Pepperdine bounced back with the next two points and took the set 26-24. Kidder had six of the Bruins' 12 kills in the set, as the Bruins were out-hit .118 to .000.
UCLA trailed for most of the first half of the third stanza, but stayed close, eventually took the lead and won the set. Pepperdine scored the first three points and nine of the first 14 to take an early lead, but the Bruins bounced back with six of eight to tie things at 11. Kidder had four kills during the 6-2 run, Love and senior Sara Sage teamed up for a block and Pepperdine committed an attack error. After a Wave sideout, the Bruins got three of the next four on a pair of Pepperdine errors and a Love kill to take their first lead of the set at 14-13.
The Waves re-took the lead at 17-16, but three in a row on two kills by Kidder and a Pepperdine attack error gave the Bruins an advantage it would not relinquish at 19-17. A Pepperdine sideout later, a Kidder kill and another Wave error made it 21-18. The teams sided out the next six, with the Bruins' three points coming on Pepperdine service errors, as UCLA gained set point at 24-21. An Aquino/Kidder combo block would give the Bruins the 25-21 win. Kidder posted eight of UCLA's 12 kills in the third, as the Bruins out-hit the Waves .278 to .182.
Pepperdine pulled away from UCLA late in the fourth set to force a race to 15 in the fifth. The Bruins had a 6-4 lead on three kills by Love, two from Kidder and one by Aquino. But the Waves recorded six of the next seven to take a 10-7 advantage. UCLA responded with a 5-1 run to re-take the lead at 12-11. A Kidder kill and a triple block by Kidder, Reeves and Sage made it 10-9, and after a Pepperdine sideout, three in a row on a kill by Sage and two by Kidder gave the Bruins a one-point edge.
The Bruins still led 13-12 after a Kidder kill, but the Waves rattled off five in a row and eight of nine to take a set-best lead of six at 20-14. Down 23-17, UCLA got to within three after recording kills by Sage and Kidder and a Kidder/Sage combo block. But the Waves scored the last two points of the set to win it 25-20. Kidder had seven kills and three blocks in the fourth, while Love added three kills, as the Bruins were out-hit .325 to .220.
Things started off good for the Bruins in the fifth set, scoring five of the first six points. Tied at one, UCLA netted four in a row on a kill by Love, two Pepperdine attack errors and a Kidder kill. The Waves trimmed their deficit to two at 6-4, but two in a row for the Bruins on a Pepperdine service error and a Love kill gave them a set-best lead of four at 9-5.
But the Waves responded with six of the next seven to take an 11-10 edge. The Bruins tied it up at 11- and 12-all following Love kills and again at 13 on a kill by freshman Karsta Lowe. But Pepperdine recorded the final two points of the match to take the fifth 15-13. Love had four kills in the fifth, while Kidder and Lowe added two apiece. The Bruins were out-hit .280 to .217.
The Bruins play their first-ever Pac-12 Conference match on Friday against ninth-ranked USC at Galen Center at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com. The match will also be broadcast on tape delay by Fox Sports West, with the first airing taking place on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. prior to the UCLA-San Jose State football game.
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