Bruin Women's Volleyball Downs ASU, 3-2
Oct. 13, 2000
TEMPE, AZ - For the second consecutive night, the UCLA women's volleyball team pulled out a five-game match, this time defeating Arizona State 3-2 in a match that was televised live on FOX Sports Net. Game scores were 11-15, 15-10, 6-15, 15-12, 15-11. With the win, the 10th-ranked Bruins improve to 12-5, 7-2 Pac-10, while Arizona State falls to 12-7, 4-5 Pac-10.
The first game of the match was a game of streaks. ASU started out with a 10-3 lead before the service of Erika Selsor brought the Bruins back to a 10-10 tie. From there, it was a back-and-forth battle with nine sideouts between points, to where the Sun Devils took a 12-11 lead and the Bruins took their first timeout of the game. UCLA responded with a block by Kristee Porter and Elisabeth Bachman, but it wasn't enough, as the Sun Devils closed out a 15-11 win in game one.
The Sun Devils came out hot at the start of the second game, and were able to capitalize on a string of Bruin errors to take a 5-1 lead. A UCLA timeout slowed ASU's momentum, but the Sun Devils were still able to take a 9-4 lead before UCLA started its rally. The Bruins slowly chipped away, and clawed back to a 9-9 tie, when ASU called its first timeout. The match was tied again at 10-10 when the Bruins began to take control of the game. Between five sideouts and another ASU timeout, UCLA was able to put together a 15-10 second game win. Porter had nine kills in the second game, bringing her to 16 for the match.
In game three, the Bruins went out to a quick 3-1 lead, but ASU was then able to rattle off 11 straight points, taking a 12-3 lead before a Kristee Porter kill gave the Bruins their fo0urth point of the match. The Bruins fought off four game points and brought the score to 14-6 before a triple block by ASU ended the game at 15-6.
Game four started slowly with the teams trading five sideouts before the first point was recorded. ASU started with a 2-0 lead, but behind the service of senior defensive specialist Michelle Quon, UCLA fought back to a 5-2 lead and forced the Sun Devils into a timeout, causing a shift in momentum. ASU served three straight points to tie the game. Once again, it became a back-and-forth game with teams trading points to a 7-7 tie, and ASU having an 8-7 advantage at the television-mandated timeout. The break in the action did not slow down the Sun Devils, who then sprinted out to a 12-7 lead, forcing UCLA into its first timeout of the game. The Bruins chipped away from there, taking advantage of a string of Sun Devil errors to get within 12-11, when ASU called its final timeout of the game. On the strength of seven straight points off the service of Selsor, the Bruins served out the game, winning 15-12, and going to a fifth game for the second consecutive night.
The teams kept it close early in game five, but UCLA fell victim to an overturned call, when a long rally that ended with a Porter kill was later called an ASU point from an earlier action in the rally, which gave ASU a 4-3 lead. UCLA responded with kills from Porter and Ella Harley to take a 5-4 lead. The teams switched sides with UCLA owning a two-point lead at 8-6. An attack into the antenna by ASU's Amanda Burbridge gave the Bruins a 10-7 lead, and prompted Sun Devil head coach Patti Snyder-Park to use her first timeout of the game. That shifted the momentum, and ASU tied it back up at 10-10. UCLA started to pull away after the 11-11 mark, and put the match away on the service of Erika Selsor and two kills apiece by Bowles and Porter.
For the second consecutive night, Porter had a performance of 20-plus kills and 20-plus digs, this time with 36 kills and 21 digs, her third career 20-20 match, and sixth 30-kill performance of the season. Porter was joined in double-figure kills by Bowles with 16, Fendrick with 11 and Bachman with 10. Fendrick joined Porter with 20-plus digs, checking in with 23, while Selsor (14), Quon (11) and Stacey Lee (10) also had double-figure digs in the match.
The Bruins return to action on Thursday and Friday night, when they play host to Stanford and Cal. First serve on both nights is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion.
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