No. 5 Bruins Throw a Block Party in Sweep of Arizona State
Sept. 21, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior Ali Daley had a match-high 15 kills with six blocks and senior Rachell Johnson had 14 kills and a career-high 11 blocks, as UCLA tied a season high with 14.5 blocks in a three-game victory over Arizona State. Game scores were 30-18, 30-21, 30-25.
The Bruins win their 11th straight match and improve to 12-1 on the year and 2-0 in Pac-10 play. Arizona State falls to 8-7 and 0-2 in conference action.
Junior Kaitlin Sather added a double-double, her fifth of the season, with 14 kills, 13 digs and five blocks. Junior Nellie Spicer had 45 assists to move into fourth on the all-time UCLA assists list. The junior surpassed Krystal McFarland's total of 3,671 and now has 3,770 for her career. Spicer also had 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.
Arizona State had the lead early at 6-4, but the Bruins went on a 7-1 run to open an 11-7 advantage, a lead they would not relinquish. The Sun Devils got no closer than two the rest of the way, as the Bruins finished the game with a .410 hitting percentage. With UCLA holding a 16-14 advantage, the Bruins scored five of the next six points to take a 21-15 lead. Daley had two kills during the run.
The Sun Devils scored the next two points to bring it back to 21-17, but seven straight by the Bruins put the game away. Sather had a pair of kills during the 7-0 spurt to put the Bruins up 28-17 and then clinched the game with another to give them a 30-18 win.
Although the Bruins' hitting dropped in game two, it fell to only .277, while the Sun Devils struggled to a .114 hitting game. UCLA never trailed, scoring the first six points before Arizona State called timeout. Sather served a pair of aces during the run. The Sun Devils closed to within three, but a 4-0 run put the Bruins up 10-3.
The Bruins' advantage never dipped below five, reaching double figures for the first time at 19-9. UCLA's biggest lead of the game came with the scoring of the next point to put the score at 20-9. Arizona State went on an 11-6 run to close the gap to six at 26-20, but UCLA received winners on four of the next five points to win game two 30-21.
In game three, Spicer's first assist moved her past McFarland. Arizona State held the lead for the first part of the game, taking a 7-4 advantage before a 6-1 run by the Bruins gave them an edge they would not relinquish for the rest of the game. Up 10-8, UCLA followed with another 5-1 run to go up 15-9. The Bruins' lead remained between four and nine for the rest of the game before Johnson's kill at match point clinched it for UCLA.
Sarah Reaves led the Sun Devils with 12 kills and 10 digs, while Margie Giordano posted 11.
The Bruins hit the road for Pac-10 play next week, making a trip to Northern California to face 11th-ranked California on Thursday and second-ranked Stanford on Friday. Both matches start at 7 p.m. and Gametracker will be available on each of the school's respective websites. In addition, the match on Friday between the Bruins and the Cardinal will be aired live on CSTV.