Women's Volleyball Survives Beavers, 3-2

Oct. 27, 2000

CORVALLIS, OR - The eighth-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team played five games against Oregon State for the second time this season, but this time the outcome was different, as the Bruins prevailed 3-2 in Corvallis. Game scores were 9-15, 7-15, 15-4, 15-10, 15-7. With the win, UCLA improves to 15-5, 10-2 Pac-10, while the Beavers fall to 15-9, 5-7 Pac-10. In the match, Bruin junior Kristee Porter posted her nation-leading seventh 30-kill match, checking in with 30 kills and a .390 attack percentage.

The match did not start out well for the Bruins, as Oregon State went out to an early 5-0 lead before the Bruins were able to get on the board. OSU took an 8-2 lead before the Bruins started closing the gap, inching to within three points at 10-7. The Bruins were unable to complete the comeback, losing 15-9 while hitting just .341 to OSU's .341.

It was more of the same in the second game of the match, with the Beavers sprinting out to a 9-2 lead before UCLA closed the gap to 11-7. From that point, the Beavers put together four straight points to win the game 15-7 and take a 2-0 lead into the locker rooms at the break. The Beavers had three service aces in the game, and held UCLA to a .111 attack percentage in game two.

A different UCLA team came out of the locker room, and the Bruins opened a 5-0 lead to start the game. The Bruins hit .447 in that game, Erika Selsor had all four of her kills, and hit 1.000 for the game. Porter and senior Elisabeth Bachman each hit .500, as Porter had eight kills on 14 attacks with one error, while Bachman downed five of her 20 kills on eight swings with one error. Bachman also assisted on two blocks in the game. The Bruins won the game 15-4, with the Beavers never threatening after the 5-3 mark.

The trend continued in game four, as Ella Harley posted two of her match-high six block assists, and one of her match-high three aces. Bachman and Porter both hit over .500 again in game four, this time with nine kills for Porter and six for Bachman. After UCLA opened an 8-3 lead, Oregon State fought back and tied the game at 10-10, but the Bruins were than able to open a lead on the service of Michelle Quon, opening a 12-10 lead. Setter Erika Selsor then served out the match, capitalizing on a block by Harley and Ashley Bowles, followed by a block by Porter and Harley. The game ended with UCLA taking a 15-10 win on Kristee Porter's 27th kill of the match.

The fifth and deciding game of the match was hard-fought, with five ties before the teams switched sides with UCLA holding an 8-5 lead. UCLA closed out the match with five straight points involving Lauren Fendrick, as she downed her ninth kill of the match to give UCLA an 11-7 lead, then stepped back to the service line. From there, the Bruins put together a kill by freshman Cira Wright for their 12th point, Fendrick's third ace of the match for point 13, Porter's 30th kill for the 14th point and a kill by Bachman to win the game 15-7 and the match, 3-2. In the game, the Bruins hit an impressive .556, while holding OSU to .095 in the game.

Four Bruins finished the match with double-figure kills, led by Porter's seventh 30-kill match of the season and 14th 30-kill match of her career. Bachman checked in with 20 kills, followed by Harley with 12 and Bowles with 10. Bowles and Porter each checked in with a team-high 16 digs, while Harley and Fendrick had a match-high three service aces, and Harley had a team-high six blocks. Setter Erika Selsor also double-doubled with 64 assists and 15 digs on the evening.

UCLA returns to action on Saturday night in Eugene, OR, with a 7 p.m. match against Oregon.

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