Volleyball Falls in Three at No. 10 UCLA
Nov. 16, 2007
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team gave the No. 10 UCLA team a good scare Friday night before the Bruins took the 31-29, 30-21, 30-17 win in Pauley Pavilion on the Westwood campus.
UCLA, 18-8 overall, 8-7 in Pacific-10 Conference action, had a pair of players with double-doubles. Kaitlin Sather had 17 kills and 12 digs while Ali Daley contributed 12 kills and 13 digs. Rachell Johnson led all player with 9 blocks. Nellie Spicer set 47 assists and added 16 digs. Jessica Fine had a team-high 18 digs.
WSU dropped to 9-20 overall, 0-15 in league play. Sophomore Jackie Albright had a double-double with 10 kills and 13 digs. Tara West had 8 blocks and Cassie Robbins added five more blocks. Kelly Hyder reached 18 digs and Maureen Perez set 28 assists. The Cougs went without a service ace in this match. WSU hit .070 for the match and UCLA hit .248.
Cougars climbed out of a 19-13 first game deficit to tie the game at 22-all. The two teams knotted it up again four more times before Albright landed a kill to put Wazzu back in contention with a 29-29 tie. A kill by Daley put the Bruins serving for game point when the Cougars committed an attack error and the home team escaped with the 31-29 win. WSU hit .082 but held UCLA to a .164 team hitting percentage.
WSU hung with the Bruins early in the second game but after the second game was tied at 10 points, UCLA put a couple of strings of points together to out-distance the visitors. UCLA won the second game 30-21, and used the momentum to grab a 30-17 third game win.
'We had a really strong start tonight,' Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. 'We played great as a team both offensively and defensively. I thought we were really aggressive with UCLA. And unfortunately we couldn't sustain that all night long. UCLA is a great defensive team and in games two and three they really started slowing us down. I felt like they served more a little bit more aggressively and we didn't respond real well. As a team I felt like we started strong but did not finish strong. That is something we really need to work on; reliability and consistency is a big area of focus for our team. We need our athletes as a team to come every night and be able to perform at this level.'
Washington State takes on No. 8 Southern California Saturday night in Los Angeles.
No. 10 UCLA (18-8, 8-7) def. Washington State (9-20, 0-15) 31-29, 30-21, 30-17KILLS - WSU 35 (Albright 10), UCLA 57 (Sather 17)HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .070, UCLA .248ASSISTS - WSU 34 (Perez 28), UCLA 55 (Spicer 47)DIGS - WSU 62 (Hyder 18), UCLA 74 (Fine 18)BLOCKS - WSU 9 (West 8), UCLA 12.5 (Johnson 9)SERVICE ACES - WSU 0, UCLA 4 (Piggott 2)Attendance: 1,092.