Fifth-Ranked UCLA Upends #25 Kansas State in Four
Sept. 2, 2007
HONOLULU - Senior Rachell Johnson hit .423 with 14 kills, while sophomore Emily Clements hit a career-high .571 with 13 kills, as the fifth-ranked Bruins defeated #25 Kansas State in four games, 30-20, 30-25, 19-30, 30-27, on Sunday at the Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Classic in Honolulu.
The Bruins face 16th-ranked Hawai'i in the tournament championship match on Monday at 8 p.m. PT. Live stats will be available at www.hawaiiathletics.com.
Kansas State (5-2) recorded the first point of game one, but it would be its last lead of the game. The Bruins netted four of the next five to take an early 4-2 edge. Still up 5-4, UCLA went on another spurt, going on a 9-4 run to take a 14-8 advantage. The Bruins were helped out by four Wildcat errors, while junior Nellie Spicer added two kills during the run.
The Bruins maintained their six-point lead at 16-10 when three straight by the Wildcats cut their deficit to three. But UCLA equaled the three-point run on kills by junior Ali Daley and Johnson and an ace by Daley, prompting a Kansas State timeout at 19-13. UCLA's advantage never dropped below four the rest of the way and four straight points to close out the game gave the Bruins the 30-20 victory. UCLA committed only two attack errors, hitting .366 as a team.
Game two started just the way the first did, with the Wildcats netting the first point. And just like in game one, it would be Kansas State's only lead. With the game tied at four, UCLA scored three in a row, capped off by a kill by junior Kaitlin Sather and prompting a Kansas State timeout. The Wildcats stopped the run with two straight points, but three more in a row for the Bruins got their lead to 10-6, as Kansas State took another timeout.
Kansas State's use of the timeout proved beneficial again, as it cut the deficit to one at 13-12. But a 6-2 run by the Bruins got the lead back up to five at 19-14. Ten sideouts later, the Wildcats went on a 3-0 run to make it 24-22, prompting a UCLA timeout. The Wildcats got to within one at 26-25, but the Bruins ended the game with a run, which could not be stopped after Kansas State spent its two timeouts early on. Back-to-back kills by senior Meghan Schoen and Clements made it 28-25 and the Bruins ended the game with consecutive blocks by Clements and Schoen to give UCLA the 30-25 win. Another good hitting game by the Bruins with just two errors resulted in a .340 attack percentage.
For as great as UCLA's hitting was in the first two games, it was just as bad in game three. Kansas State began the game on fire, taking a 12-4 lead, while UCLA was cold. After having just four errors in the first two games, the Bruins misfired on five of their first nine swings in the third. The Wildcats extended its advantage to 19-10 until a 3-0 spurt got the Bruins back in it and caused Kansas State to call a timeout. Johnson had a kill and teamed up with Daley on a block during the run. But the run was the lone bright spot in game three, as Kansas State outscored UCLA 11-6 to end the game, scoring the final four points to win 30-19. The Bruins ended the game with a hitting percentage of .033.
Game four was a back-and-forth affair, with neither team leading by more than two for the first half of the game. With Kansas State leading 13-12, a kill by Johnson evened things at 13 and consecutive aces by the senior gave the Bruins a 15-13 lead. But Kansas State reeled off five straight points to go up 18-15, as UCLA took a timeout. Following the break, the Bruins netted five of the next seven to tie things at 20. The game was tied again at 22, and after eight sideouts, the Bruins were serving at 26 all.
Clements scored a kill to give the Bruins their first lead since 15-14 and a subsequent kill by Daley gave UCLA a 28-26 edge, as Kansas State called a timeout. Daley and Schoen then teamed up for a block to give the Bruins match point. Kansas State sided out to make it 29-27, but a kill by Clements gave UCLA a hard-fought, four-game victory.
Spicer added 45 assists and 12 digs, also recording six kills. Junior Jade Machado chipped in with 15 digs, while Daley and Sather posted nine and eight kills, respectively.
Kansas State was led by Natalya Korobkova, who had 22 kills. Rita Liliom added 18 for the Wildcats, who hit .216 as a team.