Ninth-Ranked Bruins Feeling Lucky in Sweep of UNLV
Sept. 4, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Freshman Mari Hole posted 10 kills and six digs, junior Dicey McGraw added nine kills and sophomore Amanda Gil chipped in eight kills, seven blocks and six digs, as the ninth-ranked Bruins swept UNLV on Friday at Cox Pavilion. Set scores were 25-16, 25-17, 25-16.
The Bruins improve to 3-1 with the win, while the Rebels fall to 1-2.
The Bruins never trailed in the first set, jumping out to an early 6-2 lead. Senior Kaitlin Sather had a part in the last three points of the opening run on a kill, a combo block and a solo roof. UCLA held the lead at 7-5 when it went on a 5-1 run to go ahead 12-6. Sophomore Sara Sage had two kills, while Gil added a kill and block to make it a six-point lead. The Rebels again closed to within two at 13-11, but five straight gave the Bruins an 18-11 advantage. Gil began and ended the run with kills, with Hole adding a pair of spikes.
UCLA's lead grew to as many as nine on three different occasions. Leading 23-16, the Bruins received a solo block by Sage and a set-ending ace by Gera to post the 25-16 victory. Hole had five kills in the opener, while Gil added four kills and two blocks. The Bruins had four blocks and out-hit the Rebels .324 to .081 in the first set.
The Rebels scored the first two of the second set, but the Bruins netted five of the next six to take a 5-3 lead. UCLA benefitted from three errors during the run and never trailed the rest of the way. Tied at five, the Bruins scored four straight to take a 9-5 lead. UNLV had three more errors, with Hole adding a kill during the run.
UNLV tied the set again at 11, but a 8-1 UCLA spurt put the set away. Gil had a kill and two blocks during the run, while McGraw posted a kill, a block and an ace to make it 19-12. The Bruins' lead never dipped below four the rest of the way and they scored five of the set's last six points to win it 25-17. Hole and Cook had back-to-back kills to end the set. Hole posted four kills in the second, while McGraw added three. The Bruins out-hit the Rebels .206 to .031.
The Bruins never trailed in the third to close out the sweep. Thanks to a big block, UCLA took an early 8-3 advantage. The Bruins had all four of their blocks in the set during the opening run. Gil had a kill and two roofs, Hole had three blocks and sophomore Katie Camp posted two kills and a block. With the score 13-8, UCLA netted the next five to go ahead 18-8. Along with two UNLV errors, Cook had an ace and kill and Hole posted one spike.
UCLA had at least an eight-point advantage for the remainder of the set. A kill by Gil on the Bruins' third match point ended the festivities with a 25-16 result in the third. UCLA again out-hit UNLV, posting a .323 hitting percentage and holding the Rebels to an .069 percentage. Camp and McGraw recorded four kills apiece in the third, while Gil added three kills and a pair of blocks.
Cursty Jackson and Sara Nehf had seven kills apiece for the Rebels, who hit .061 as a team.
The Bruins play twice on Saturday, facing Loyola Marymount at 10 a.m. and Idaho at 4:30 p.m. Gametracker will be available for both matches on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.