Second-Ranked Bruins Roam Past the Buffaloes
Oct. 2, 2011
BOULDER, Colo. - Junior Bojana Todorovic had 12 kills and no errors in 16 attempts for a .750 hitting percentage, adding 12 digs for a double-double, while senior Katie Camp added eight kills and only one error in nine swings (.778), as the second-ranked Bruins swept Colorado on Sunday at the Coors Events Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-16, 25-20.
The Bruins improve to 13-2 overall and maintain a share of the Pac-12 lead at 6-1. The Buffaloes fall to 5-10 and 0-7 in league play.
Todorovic, who was a dig shy of a double-double on Friday at Utah, posted her second double-double of the season and the 11th of her career. Offensively, junior Rachael Kidder had nine kills, junior Tabi Love added seven and senior Sara Sage recorded six. Senior Lauren Van Orden had 39 assists and five digs, senior Lainey Gera notched 12 digs and sophomore Meg Norton tallied nine digs. The Bruins hit .308 for the match.
Colorado started off on fire with six of the first seven points, but UCLA responded in a big way with 24 of the next 36 points to runaway with the opener. Trailing by five, four in a row on back-to-back kills by Kidder, a Todorovic ace and a Sage kill put the Bruins to within one. After a Colorado sideout, Sage had a pair of kills, with a Buffs attack error in between, to put UCLA up 8-7. Colorado came back with five of the next seven to re-take the advantage at 12-10, but UCLA went on runs of 6-0, 11-1 and 13-2 to take the lead for good. A kill by Love, a Colorado attack error and a spike by Kidder gave the Bruins the lead, which was followed by a Todorovic kill, a CU ball handling error and a Kidder solo stuff to put the visitors up by four at 16-12.
After a Colorado sideout, the Bruins reeled off five in a row on a Buffs service error, an ace from sophomore Mariana Aquino, kills by Kidder and Todorovic and another Aquino ace to go up 21-13. Following another CU sideout, a combo block by Sage and Todorovic and a Buffs ball handling error made it 23-14. The Buffaloes recorded four of the next five points, but a kill by Love finished off a 25-18 victory. Kidder had five kills in the first, while Love and Sage added three apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Buffaloes .229 to .156.
The Bruins would not repeat their slow start in the second set and never trailed. Up 4-3, UCLA went on runs of 5-0, 8-1 and 11-2 to take a double-digit lead. A bad CU set, three straight kills by Love and a Colorado attack error made it 9-3. After a sideout by the Buffaloes, a service error, a Todorovic kill and a combo block by Aquino and Todorovic made it 12-4. Following another CU sideout, Aquino, Todorovic and Kidder had consecutive kills to put the advantage at 10 at 15-5.
UCLA's biggest lead of the set would be 11, as following a CU sideout, kills by Aquino and Todorovic made it 17-6. Colorado came back with six of the next seven to cut its deficit to six at 18-12, but the home squad would get no closer, as UCLA on a Todorovic kill went on to complete a 25-16 win. Todorovic had seven kills in the second, while Kidder and Love added three apiece. The Bruins out-hit the Buffaloes .471 to .219.
The Bruins scored three of the first four points of the third set, but Colorado responded with four in a row to take a 5-3 lead. CU still led 6-4, but a 3-0 UCLA run on a Buffs service error, a kill by Love and a combo roof from Love and Sage put the visitors up 7-6, an advantage it would not relinquish for the rest of the set. Tied at nine, three in a row on two kills by Camp, with a Todorovic kill in between, made it 12-9 UCLA.
The lead was still three at 16-13 when runs of 3-0 and 5-1 put the Bruins up by a set-best seven. Combo blocks by Sage and Van Orden and then Camp and Van Orden, which was followed by a Camp kill, made it 19-13. After a Colorado sideout, consecutive kills by Camp and Todorovic upped the advantage to 21-14. The Buffaloes didn't quit and scored five of the next six points to get to within three at 22-19, but the Bruins got three of the final four to win it 25-20. A Camp kill and a combo block by Kidder and freshman Karsta Lowe gave the Bruins match point. Colorado saved the first attempt, but a kill by Lowe finished off a 25-20 victory. Camp had seven kills in the third, while Todorovic added three. The Bruins out-hit the Buffs .237 to .125.
The Bruins continue their four-match road trip next weekend in the desert, facing Arizona State on Friday, Oct. 7 and Arizona on Saturday, Oct. 8. Both matches start at 7 p.m.
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