Ninth-Ranked Bruins Lose Heartbreaker to #7 Oregon in Five
Nov. 1, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Three Bruins recorded double-doubles to help the ninth-ranked team in the nation come back from an 0-2 deficit, but #7 Oregon prevailed in five sets on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 24-26, 24-26, 25-18, 25-21, 13-15.
The Bruins fall to 15-7 overall and 5-6 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks improve to 19-5 and 7-4 in league action.
Sophomore Dicey McGraw led the Bruins with a season-high 17 kills, while freshman Katie Camp added 16. Freshman Amanda Gil went for a double-double with 13 kills and a career-high 13 blocks, senior Nellie Spicer had 58 assists and 12 digs and senior Ali Daley posted 12 kills and 12 digs. On defense, senior Jessica Fine had 30 digs, while sophomore Jazmin Machado added 13. The Bruins hit .279 as a team and had 16 blocks.
UCLA led for the first half of the opening set, but Oregon took the advantage midway through and went on to win. The Bruins jumped out to a 7-3 lead thanks to a pair of kills by both Camp and Gil, kills by McGraw and Spicer and an ace by Machado. Oregon scored the next three to make it 8-7 and eventually tied it up at 11. The Bruins still maintained the lead at 15-13 until a 3-0 Duck run gave them a 16-15 edge.
Oregon's lead got to as high as two at 19-17, but three in a row by the Bruins put them back on top at 20-19. A Duck service error opened the run, which was followed by back-to-back blocks by the combo of Daley and Gil and then the tandem of Gil and Camp. The Ducks bounced back though with a 3-0 run to forge ahead 22-20. UCLA tied it again at 22, 23 and 24, but Gorana Maricic recorded consecutive kills to end the set and give Oregon the 26-24 win. Gil had five kills to pace the Bruins, while Camp and McGraw had four each. Oregon out-hit UCLA .405 to .267.
The Bruins squandered a pair of set points in the second to fall behind 2-0 for the match. The set featured 13 ties and six lead changes. Neither team led by more than two points early on until a Duck run gave them a five-point advantage. With the score tied at nine, Oregon recorded seven of the next nine points to take a 16-11 advantage. UCLA rallied though and took an 18-17 lead thanks to a 7-1 run. Daley, Gil and McGraw each had successive kills to begin the streak. After an Oregon side out, the Bruins scored points on a Gil kill, a Duck attack error, a kill by McGraw and a combo block by McGraw and sophomore Katie Mills.
Oregon rallied back with a 5-2 run to re-take the lead at 22-20, but four in a row by UCLA made it set point for the Bruins. The run began with a kill by Camp, which was followed by one from Daley. After another kill by Camp, Gil and Daley teamed up for a block to make it 24-22. The Ducks made an improbable comeback though, scoring the next four points to win the set 26-24. A kill by Heather Meyers was followed by two Bruin attack errors, with Kristen Forristall posting the set-clinching kill. McGraw recorded five kills in the second, while Camp added four. The Ducks out-hit the Bruins .283 to .262.
Neither team led by more than two in the third until Oregon made a run midway through the set. Tied at eight, the Ducks scored five of the next six to take a 13-9 advantage. UCLA came back with a 5-2 run to get to within one at 15-14. McGraw had two kills during the run, while Daley and freshman Sara Sage each had one.
Still trailing 17-15, the Bruins scored seven unanswered and 10 of the last 11 points of the set to win it by seven. The run began with a kill from Camp and a block by Gil to tie it up. Machado then served an ace and back-to-back kills by Daley and Gil put the Bruins on top 20-17. A Gil/Spicer block made it 21-17 and a Daley kill closed out the run to make it a five-point lead. Following an Oregon side out, Gil had a block and a kill to give the Bruins set point and a Duck attack error won the third for the Bruins 25-18. Daley had four kills in the third, as the Bruins out-hit the Ducks .343 to .087, making just one hitting error in 35 swings.
The Bruins never trailed in the fourth to force a deciding set. With a 10-9 lead, UCLA went on a 4-1 run to go up by four. Spicer and McGraw both had kills during the run, as the Bruins also benefitted from two Oregon attack errors. The Bruins still maintained a four-point advantage at 20-16 when a 3-0 run gave them a set-high lead of seven at 23-16. After an Oregon attack error, Camp had a kill and freshman Lainey Gera served an ace. The Ducks made things interesting by scoring the next four points, but the Bruins held on to win it 25-21, earning the victory on an Oregon service error. Camp, McGraw and Sage each had three kills in the third. UCLA out-hit Oregon .256 to .188.
The largest lead in the fifth set for either team was two. Trailing 6-4, the Bruins scored five of the next six to go up 9-7. Camp began the run with a kill, which was followed by a Gil/Daley block and another Camp spike. After an Oregon side out, Daley had back-to-back kills to put the Bruins up by two. The Ducks came back with the next three to re-take the lead at 10-9, but a Gil kill and a Gil/Spicer block made it 11-10 UCLA. However, Oregon scored four of the next five points to take a 14-12 lead and serve for match point. While a Sage/Spicer combo block staved off one match point, Neticia Enesi clinched it on a kill for the 15-12 win.
Sonja Newcombe had a match-high 22 kills for the Ducks, adding 18 digs. Maricic (17 kills, 16 digs), Nevena Djordjevic (64 assists, 10 digs) and Heather Meyers (11 kills, 14 digs) also had double-doubles, while Enesi posted 17 kills. Katie Swoboda added 22 digs. Oregon hit .243 for the match.
The Bruins are back on the road next weekend, facing Washington State on Friday at 7 p.m. and Washington on Sunday at 1 p.m. Sunday's match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly at the call. Gametracker will also be available on Sunday at UCLABruins.com.