Sixth-Ranked Bruins Gut Out a Four-Set Win Against #5 Washington
Oct. 28, 2012
LOS ANGELES - Senior Tabi Love had 25 kills and six digs, senior Rachael Kidder added 18 kills and senior Bojana Todorovic on her 21st birthday recorded a career-best 26 digs, as the sixth-ranked Bruins defeated #5 Washington in four sets on Sunday at the John Wooden Center. Set scores were 25-18, 25-22, 22-25, 28-26.
The Bruins improve to 17-4 overall and 9-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Huskies fall to 17-4 and 8-4 in league action.
Sophomore Zoë Nightingale added a personal-best 11 kills to go with four blocks, while junior Kelly Reeves had 15 digs and seven kills with no errors in 15 attempts for a .467 hitting percentage. Junior Mariana Aquino tallied five kills and five digs and junior Meg Norton added eight digs. At the setter spot, sophomore Megan Moenoa posted 36 assists and five digs, while freshman Becca Strehlow recorded 23 assists and four digs, as the duo set the Bruins to a .306 hitting percentage.
The Bruins never trailed in taking the opening set. Tied at two, the Bruins scored four in a row on back-to-back Reeves kills, a Nightingale kill and a Love kill to go ahead 6-2. Still leading 9-7, a 4-1 UCLA run on two kills apiece by Kidder and Love put the home team up 13-8.
UCLA's lead remained between four and seven for the rest of the set. With the Bruins on top 21-17, they scored four of the last five. A combo block by Love and Nightingale and a kill from Nightingale made it 23-17, and after a Washington sideout, successive kills from Love and Kidder gave the Bruins a 25-18 victory. Love led UCLA with 10 kills in the opener, Reeves added three kills and five digs and Kidder posted three kills. Todorovic added six digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Huskies .400 to .250.
The second set featured 13 ties and three lead changes, but the Bruins pulled away at the end to go up 2-0 in the match. Washington's biggest lead of the set was two on multiple occasions, while UCLA's largest advantage was four. With the Huskies leading 15-14, the Bruins scored three straight and six of seven to take a 20-16 edge. Kills by Aquino and Love and a Nightingale solo block put UCLA up 17-15. After a Washington sideout, two Love kills sandwiched between a Nightingale kill made it a four-point difference.
The Huskies came back with four in a row to tie the score at 20. It would be all square at 21 and 22 when the Bruins scored the last three of the set to win it 25-22. A service error and a Reeves solo roof gave the Bruins set point and Reeves came back with a kill to clinch the three-point win. Love again led the Bruins with six kills, Kidder added four and Nightingale posted three kills. Reeves had six digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Huskies .342 to .286.
Washington came out strong after intermission, scoring six of the first seven points. The Huskies' biggest lead of the set was seven at 14-7 when the Bruins started their comeback. Trailing 17-12, three straight kills by Kidder, Love and Strehlow got the Bruins to within a pair. After a Washington sideout, UCLA scored four in a row to take its first lead of the set. An Aquino kill, a Love solo block, a Husky attack error and a Reeves kill made it 19-18.
Following another UW sideout, back-to-back kills by Love put the Bruins up 21-19. However, that would be the last point of the set the Bruins scored on their own. Three straight by the Huskies gave them the lead back at 22-21. A Washington service error tied things at 22, but the visitors scored the next three to win the third 25-22. Love led the Bruins with seven kills, while Kidder added three. Todorovic had 11 digs in the third set, as the Huskies had the hitting advantage .282 to .211.
The Huskies again came out strong to start the fourth set, scoring five of the first six, with four being their biggest lead of the set at 5-1 and 7-3. A 6-1 UCLA run put the home team up. A Nightingale kill, a bad UW set and a Kidder kill got the Bruins to within one. After a Washington sideout, a kill by Strehlow, a combo roof from Aquino and Strehlow and a Kidder kill put UCLA on top 9-8. With the Bruins up 14-12, Washington scored four in a row to go back up 16-14.
The Huskies maintained their lead until at 22-21, back-to-back kills by Love and Kidder put the Bruins up 23-22. Washington got the next two to earn a set point, but a Kidder kill tied things at 24. Another Husky sideout gave the visitors a second set point, but another Kidder kill made it 25-all. Yet another Washington sideout made it three set points, but Kidder responded again with a kill to tie the score at 26. A UW attack error finally gave UCLA a match point and Love's 25th kill of the contest clinched a 28-26 victory. Kidder had eight kills to lead the Bruins in the fourth set, while Nightingale posted five. Todorovic added seven digs, as the Bruins were out-hit by the Huskies .298 to .283.
The Bruins open a four-match road trip on Friday at Arizona at 8 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks.
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