#4 UCLA Stunned by Oregon State
Oct. 12, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior Ali Daley registered her first career 20-20 match, posting personal highs with 26 kills and 25 digs, while junior Jade Machado added a career-high 29 digs, but the fourth-ranked Bruins were stunned by Oregon State on Friday at Pauley Pavilion, falling in five games. Game scores were 31-29, 16-30, 30-27, 17-30, 15-13.
The Bruins fall to 15-3 overall and 5-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Beavers improve to 9-11 and 2-6 in league action.
Daley's 20-20 match was the first for a Bruin since Ashley Bowles on Nov. 2, 2001. It was also her fifth straight double-double. Junior Nellie Spicer added 52 assists and 13 digs for her eighth straight double-double, while junior Kaitlin Sather had 15 kills and 13 digs. Senior Rachell Johnson was also in double figures in kills with 14.
The Beavers were upset-minded at the outset, holding the lead for most of the first game. Oregon State scored three of the first four points and got its lead to as high as four at 10-6. Still trailing 12-9, the Bruins had their first run of the game, which started with a long rally ending in a Sather kill. Sather and Johnson then teamed up for a block and had back-to-back kills to give the Bruins a 13-12 advantage. UCLA maintained a 16-14 edge when a 3-0 run put the Beavers back on top. At 18-17, the Bruins countered with a 3-0 run of their own to take a 20-18 advantage and force Oregon State into a timeout. Daley had a kill and a block during the mini-run.
UCLA didn't lose the lead until a 5-0 run put the Beavers up 27-24. The Bruins came back with three in a row out of a timeout to even the match. Sather and Daley had kills during the run to make it 27-all. Oregon State scored the next two for a pair of game points, but a three-person block by Spicer, Daley and Johnson and a kill by Daley tied it at 29. The Beavers got the next point on a UCLA service error and won it on their third game point on a Bruin attack error to take it 31-29. The hitting wasn't pretty in the first game, with both teams combining to hit below .100. UCLA hit .055, while Oregon State hit .037.
Game two was all Bruins, as they held the Beavers to a -.258 hitting attack, while hitting .296 themselves. Oregon State's only lead of the game was 3-2. UCLA went on an 8-2 run from that point to take a 10-5 lead. Daley had two kills during the run. The Beavers got no closer than three the rest of the way. Leading 23-16, the Bruins scored the game's final seven points to win it 30-16. Among the last seven points for the Bruins were two kills by freshman Dicey McGraw and a kill and two blocks by Sather.
UCLA never led by more than one in game three and saw the Beavers take a two games to one advantage. Oregon State had as much as a four-point lead on two separate occasions. With the game tied at 19, the Bruins took their first lead since 1-0 at 20-19. The Bruins still held the lead as the two teams exchanged sideouts, but tied at 26, Oregon State scored three in a row to earn game point. UCLA staved off one game point, but a Bruin ball handling error closed it out to give the Beavers the 30-27 win.
Just like game two, the fourth was all Bruins, who never trailed. UCLA jumped out to leads of 4-1 and 10-3 thanks to some sharp hitting. Spicer and Johnson combined for four of the team's first eight kills of the game. The Beavers came back with a 6-1 run to cut the margin to 11-9, but the Bruins countered with their own 11-1 streak to take a 22-10 advantage. Sather had three kills during the spurt, with freshman Katie Mills adding a pair. UCLA kept its lead above double figures for the rest of the game en route to a 30-17 victory.
Game five featured seven ties and neither team led by more than one through the first 14 points. With the deciding game tied at seven, the Beavers netted three in a row to take a 10-7 advantage. Still down 11-8, the Bruins got back-to-back kills by Daley and Spicer to make it 11-10, but Oregon State posted three of the next four points to take a 14-11 lead. The Bruins saved the first two match points on a kill by Daley and an OSU attack error, but Camilla Ah-Hoy dumped home the match-winner to give the Beavers the upset victory.
Rachel Rourke led the Beavers with 25 kills, while Ah-Hoy had 38 assists and 17 digs. Ashley Evans posted a match-high 32 digs.
The Bruins close out the first half of Pac-10 Conference play next week when they travel to eighth-ranked Washington on Thursday and Washington State on Friday. Start times for both contests are 7 p.m.