No. 5 UCLA Defeats No. 4 USC, 3-1, In Pac-10 Match
Oct. 5, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Kaitlin Sather and Ali Daley had 16 kills each Friday as the No. 5 UCLA Bruins defeated the No. 4 USC Trojans, 3-1 (30-26, 25-30, 30-25, 30-22), in a Pac-10 Conference match at Pauley Pavilion. Sather and Daley recorded 15 and 16 digs, respectively, as the Bruins (14-2, 4-1) earned five points towards the Lexus Gauntlet standings.
USC fell to 14-2 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play.
Senior middle blocker Bethany Johansen (San Jose/UC Santa Barbara) tied a season-high with 10 kills and hit .714 for the Trojans (10-0-14) with six blocks while freshman outside hitter Kimmee Roleder (Pasadena/Pasadena HS) had a team-high 13 kills with 11 digs. Senior All-America outside hitter Asia Kaczor (Wroclaw, Poland/College of Southern Idaho) had 10 kills to go with six digs and five blocks.
Rachell Johnson had 10 kills and hit .500 for the Bruins, but left late in game four with an undisclosed injury. Nellie Spicer recorded 49 assists with 10 digs and five blocks.
Three blocks from the Bruins in game one gave UCLA the lead early as USC burned a timeout, down 13-7. Kaczor recorded three kills put USC back in at 16-12, but Piggott's next serve hit the top of the net and dribbled over for the service ace with Daley following for the 18-12 Bruins' advantage. The Bruins added two more points with Sather making it 20-12, but a back row kill from Roleder sparked a 6-1 run for the Women of Troy as UCLA called its first timeout, leading 23-20. Sather's backrow kill put UCLA ahead, 27-22 and despite a late charge from the Trojans, the Bruins forged a 1-0 lead in the match. Sather registered seven kills in game one for the Bruins.
Johansen figured in three straight points as USC jumped out to a 9-4 margin in game two. UCLA managed four straight with Spicer pushing a ball off Roleder's block to cut the deficit to two at 11-9. Dicey McGraw and Katie Mills finished the 11-2 run with a block and UCLA up by a 16-13 score. The Trojans responded by getting on a 'Rol'eder as the freshman used three kills to put USC back in the lead at 20-18. Setter Taylor Carico's service ace and backrow kill by Roleder kept USC ahead, 26-22. Mills hit an overpass and Sather hammered one to the back as the Bruins closed again to two, 26-24. Kaczor's crosscourt kill sparked the Trojans in the end and Roleder's sixth kill of the game evened the match.
With USC up 6-5 in the third game, McGraw sparked a 6-1 run. Spicer mixed in a dump for a kill and Johnson aced her serve for the four-point lead, 11-7. USC closed to one, but Johnson used three kills to keep the Bruins ahead with Mills and McGraw later extending the lead to 22-18. Both teams battled for the rest of the game as the Bruins were able to stave off the Trojans with three straight points, capped by a USC attack error and the 2-1 lead.
UCLA caught on fire early in game four, jumping out to the 7-2 lead as Mills put one down. The Bruins pushed the tempo and did not look back after adding four more points for a commanding 11-2 lead. The Women of Troy attempted a late surge, but the Bruins were too tough in the end to secure the third win in a row in the series for UCLA.
USC returns to Pac-10 Conference action next week as the Trojans host Oregon State on Thursday (Oct. 11) and Oregon on Friday (Oct. 12) with both matches starting at 7 p.m. Thursday's game against Oregon State will be 'All-Time Great Night' as the USC women's volleyball program honors former Trojan middle blocker Paula Weishoff.
Both matches will be broadcast live via video webcast on usctrojans.com, courtesy of TrojanTV All-Access.
USC 26-30-25-22UCLA 30-25-30-30
Records: UCLA (14-2, 4-1), USC (14-2, 3-2)Kills: Ali Daley/Kaitlin Sather 16 (UCLA), Kimmee Roleder 13 (USC)
Team: USC UCLA1 .121 .1362 .273 .1863 .235 .2254 .103 .233Match .187 .194
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