Ninth-Ranked Bruins Finish Strong in Sweep of Loyola Marymount
Sept. 5, 2009
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Junior Dicey McGraw had 16 kills, including nine in the third set, as the ninth-ranked Bruins defeated Loyola Marymount in three sets on Saturday morning. Scores were 25-22, 25-23, 25-14.
The Bruins, who improve to 4-1 on the season, face Idaho in their weekend finale at 4:30 p.m. The Lions fall to 3-2.
Sophomore Amanda Gil posted 10 kills on a .471 hitting percentage with six blocks, while freshman Lauren Cook had 30 assists and seven digs. Senior Kaitlin Sather recorded double figures in digs with 13, as did sophomore Lainey Gera and freshman Mari Hole, who each had 10. Hole added six kills.
The Bruins jumped out to an early 10-6 advantage before the Lions came back to take their first lead. McGraw had three kills in the opening run, while Gil and Hole each added a kill and a block. Loyola Marymount bounced back with six unanswered to go ahead 12-10. The Lions still maintained the advantage at 17-16 before a long Bruin run gave them the lead for good.
The run began with back-to-back kills by Hole and sophomore Sara Sage to make it 18-17. After LMU sided out to tie it at 18, the Bruins scored six straight to take a 24-18 advantage. Sather started things with a block, which was followed by a Sage/Hole duo roof. During the run, the Bruins also got another kill from Sather, a solo roof from McGraw and two LMU errors. The Lions won the next four points, but a kill by Sage on the Bruins' fifth set point gave them a 25-22 win. McGraw had four kills in the opener, while Sather added three kills. The Bruins out-hit the Lions .109 to .056.
UCLA trailed early in the second 6-5, but scored five in a row to take a 10-6 advantage. After two LMU errors, McGraw had a solo block and a kill, followed by a sophomore Katie Camp kill, to put the Bruins up by four. UCLA still led 12-8, but a 5-0 run by the Lions gave them a 13-12 advantage. The Bruins took the lead back on a LMU service error and a Gil/Hole block, but an 8-3 Lions run gave them a 21-17 edge.
The Bruins rallied though and came back to win the second. UCLA netted eight of the last 10 points to win it 25-23. Along with three LMU errors, the Bruins received five kills from Gil, including the last three of the set. All of Gil's five kills in the second came during the final run, with the sophomore adding three blocks. McGraw had three more kills, but the Lions won the hitting battle in the second, .179 to .121.
Loyola Marymount scored the first two points of the third, but the Bruins came back with a 13-4 run to go ahead 13-6 and never looked back. McGraw posted four kills during the run, Gil added two and Hole had a kill and an ace. The Bruins' lead never dipped below six the rest of the way, reaching as many as 12 at 24-12. Two LMU points later, a Lion service error gave the Bruins a 25-14 win. McGraw had half of the Bruins' 18 kills in the third, while Gil and Hole each had three, as UCLA had an outstanding hitting attack with a .405 percentage. The Lions hit .086 in the third.
Ariana Covington had 13 kills, while Jasmine Rankins added 11 for the Lions, who hit .102 as a team.