Ninth-Ranked Bruins Breeze to Win Over Beavers
Oct. 31, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Senior Jessica Fine had a match-high 25 digs and the Bruin offense featured a balanced attack with five players recording at least six kills, as #9 UCLA swept Oregon State on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-17, 25-16, 25-20.
The Bruins improve to 15-6 overall with the win and 5-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Beavers fall to 14-9 and 3-7 in league action.
Senior Ali Daley and sophomore Dicey McGraw each led the Bruins with nine kills. Freshmen Amanda Gil and Sara Sage had eight apiece, while freshman Katie Camp added six. Sage hit .545 for the match, while Gil had no errors in 16 attempts (.500 percentage) with a match-best six blocks. UCLA hit .318 for the match.
UCLA led from start to finish in the opener. The Bruins scored seven of the first 10 points and never looked back. Gil had three of the first seven points on kills. The Bruins still led by four at 13-9 when they scored three in a row to take a seven-point advantage. Daley had a kill to open and close the mini-run, with a Gil/Daley combo block in between, to make it 16-9.
The Bruins' lead stayed between six and eight for the rest of the set. On set point, Gil spiked home the clincher to give UCLA the 25-17 victory. Gil paced the Bruins with five kills, while Daley and Sage added four each, as UCLA had just one error in the opener with 19 kills in 30 swings for a .600 hitting percentage. Oregon State hit .294 in the first.
Oregon State scored four of the first five points of the second set, but UCLA answered with a 5-1 run to take a 6-5 lead. Daley had two of the five points on kills, while Fine also had a kill. The Beavers re-took the lead at 7-6, but another 4-1 Bruin run gave them a 10-8 advantage. UCLA benefitted from two Oregon State service errors, a McGraw kill and a Sage/Spicer block. The Beavers again battled back to re-take the lead at 13-12, but yet another UCLA run gave the home team the lead for good.
The Bruins scored eight unanswered to go up 20-13. Following an OSU service error to start the run, Gil and Camp teamed up for two blocks and Fine served an ace to make it 16-13. Gil then added back-to-back kills, a Daley/Gil roof made it 19-13 and a Beaver attack error put the Bruins on top by seven. Holding a 21-15 advantage, the Bruins scored four of the final five points of the set to win it 25-16. Daley and McGraw each had two kills during the final surge, with McGraw clinching the set on a kill. UCLA hit .286 in the second, while Oregon State swung at a .140 hitting percentage. Daley had five kills and McGraw posted four.
It was another wire-to-wire lead for the Bruins in the third. UCLA scored six of the first eight points thanks to kills by Camp, McGraw and Spicer, a Camp/Sage block and two OSU attack errors. The Beavers closed to within one at 8-7, but four unanswered by the Bruins made it 12-7. Sage had two kills during the run, while Camp added another.
UCLA held a 16-12 advantage when it scored three in a row to take a set-high lead of seven at 19-12. Daley and Gil began the run with a combo block, and following an OSU attack error, a Gil kill made it a seven-point game. The Bruins' lead never slipped below four the rest of the way, and on match point, McGraw spiked home the winner for the 25-20, third-set victory. Sage had four kills in the third, while Camp and McGraw each had three. UCLA hit .143 in the third and held Oregon State to a .000 hitting percentage.
Rachel Rourke led the Beavers with 12 kills, as Oregon State hit .134 for the match.
The Bruins conclude their four-match homestand on Saturday as they host seventh-ranked Oregon at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.