No. 19 UCLA Holds Off Late Beaver Rally As Bruins Win 3-0
Nov. 8, 2002
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 19 UCLA volleyball team held off a late Oregon State rally as the Bruins swept the Beavers, 3-0, Friday night. UCLA beat OSU, 30-19, 30-25, 33-31.
OSU (7-15, 2-11 Pacific-10) struggled early in the match but made some adjustments and sparked a late comeback that nearly sent the match into a fourth game.
Down 27-24 in game three, OSU rallied and eventually took a 30-29 lead, giving the Beavers a game-point opportunity before Cira Wright's kill gave the Bruins another shot. A UCLA error gave the Beavers another game-point chance at 31-30, but Brittany Ringel responded with another Bruin kill to keep the game going. A ball-handling error and a hitting error by the Beavers finally gave the win to UCLA (14-10, 7-7).
The Beavers hit just .122 in the first game before picking things up later to finish the night with a .189 mark. Meanwhile, UCLA started off with a .410 effort in game one but finished with a .298 overall performance.
'We made some adjustments in our blocking and our defense, and we took them out of their rhythm. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win game three, but we just couldn't put it away,' coach Nancy Somera said. 'If you look at the trends, UCLA hit .410 in game one, .300 in game two and only .226 in game three. If this goes to a game four, you have to wonder what they might have done. They started running out of options because we slowed them down.'
The Beavers won the battle between the Pac-10's top two defensive teams. OSU entered the match ranked first in the Pac-10 for digs, with UCLA second among the conference stat leaders. The Beavers finished the night with 77 digs to UCLA's 68. However, UCLA's Chrissie Zartman came out on top in the match-up of the league's top two individuals. Zartman, who leads the league, finished with 25. Nikki Neuburger, who ranks second behind Zartman, finished with 21. OSU also got double figures from Lawrence (16), Rhoades (13) and K.C. Frederic (11). The double-double for Rhoades was the first of her career.
Match ResultsNo. 19 UCLA (14-10, 7-7) 30 30 33Oregon State (7-15, 2-11) 19 25 31