UCLA Downs USC 3-0 in Women's Volleyball
Nov. 3, 2000
LOS ANGELES - The UCLA women's volleyball team posted a 3-0 victory over cross-town rival USC on Friday night in Pauley Pavilion, with game scores of 15-9, 15-3, 15-13. With the victory, the eighth-ranked Bruins improve to 17-5, 12-2 Pac-10, while No. 3 USC falls to 19-2, 12-2 Pac-10.
UCLA opened strong in the first game of the match, building a 7-0 lead among 23 sideouts. From there, the Bruins increased the lead to 13-3 before the Women of Troy started closing the gap. The Bruin margin was cut to 14-9 before UCLA converted on its sixth game point to close out the 15-9 first-game win. Bruin outside hitter Kristee Porter posted nine kills and two blocks in the opening game of the match.
The second game started close, with the game tied at 2-2, amidst 12 sideouts, before the Bruins started to dominate. UCLA rattled off five-straight points to take a 7-2 lead before USC scored its third and final point of the game. By the end of game two, the Trojans had hit .063 in the game as a team, to UCLA's .300. Three Bruins went to the break with a match-high 11 kills, including Porter, senior Elisabeth Bachman and sophomore Lauren Fendrick.
In the third game of the match, UCLA once again came out of the gate with a big lead, taking early control with a 13-6 lead. After a timeout, the Women of Troy regrouped and started chipping away, closing the gap to 14-13. UCLA had 11 chances to serve for the match, including a stretch of 13-straight sideouts at 14-13, before Kristee Porter's 20th kill put the match away with a 15-13 game win.
Porter's 20 kills and 19 digs were both match-highs, followed by Fendrick who had 18 kills and 16 digs on the evening to go along with two aces. Two additional Bruins had double-figure kills in the match, with Bachman checking in with 16 kills, four blocks and a .419 attack percentage, and Bowles posting 13 kills to go along with two service aces. Ella Harley led the Bruins with two solo blocks and three block assists on the evening.
With the victory over USC, the Bruins now control their own destiny in the Pac-10 race. Arizona, which travels to USC and UCLA next weekend, is the only remaining team with one Pac-10 loss. UCLA holds the tiebreaker over USC, and a win over Arizona in Pauley Pavilion on senior night (Nov. 11) would give UCLA a season sweep over the Wildcats. UCLA finishes the Pac-10 schedule Nov. 16 and 17 with matches at Washington State and Washington, respectively.
The Bruins return to action on Tuesday, November 7, with a 7 p.m. match against No. 9 Pepperdine. The match will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com with Lou Riggs and Paul Nihipali calling the action.