Bruin Volleyball Gets Past Washington in Five Games

Nov. 3, 2001

WESTWOOD - Ashley Bowles notched team-highs of 19 kills and 21 digs while Lauren Fendrick added 17 kills and 15 digs as eighth-ranked UCLA fought off Washington in five games on Saturday night in Pauley Pavilion, 25-30, 30-24, 30-25, 24-30, 15-12. The Bruins improve to 13-6 overall, 8-4 Pac-10, while UW falls to 11-13, 4-11 Pac-10.

This was the second-straight night that UCLA won in five games, knocking off Washington State on Friday night. It also marked the fourth time in the last five home games the Bruins have gone the distance.

UCLA took control midway through game one, using four early kills by Lauren Fendrick to take a 12-7 lead before UW rallied to knot the game at 15-15. The game would see ties at 15, 16, 17, 19, 20 and 21, when UW used a pair of aces by Allison Richardson en route to a 24-21 lead. The Huskies would not relinquish the margin and earned a 30-25 game one win.

Game two saw UW continue to control the flow of the match, taking 17-12 and 20-16 leads before a 5-0 UCLA run, including two kills by Ashley Bowles, gave the Bruins a 21-20 lead. After a sideout, the run extended another three points as Angela Eckmier added a pair of kills to give UCLA a 25-21 lead. The Bruins would eventually win game two, 30-24, and even the match at a game apiece.

After the intermission, the two teams went back-and-forth early in game three, with six ties up to 10-10 on the scoreboard before UW put a little distance between the two teams. With UW leading 22-19, the Bruins went another late run, this time a 5-0 run off the serve of Heather Cullen -- a rotation in which UCLA would get an ace from Cullen followed by kills from four different Bruins -- to take a 24-22 lead. Much like game two, UCLA got a sideout and another three-straight points en route to taking game three, 30-25.

Game four again was tied until the 10-10 mark, when UCLA got kills from Stacey Lee, Cullen and Brynn Murphy for a 13-10 lead. This time, it was Washington with a 5-0 run, taking advantage of three Bruin hitting errors, as the Huskies took an 18-15 edge. The Washington lead would reach as much as 24-18 before eventually securing a 30-24 win in game four and sending the match to a decisive fifth game.

Game five featured a series of runs. UCLA opened the game with a 3-0 lead, including two kills by Bowles, and used another 3-0 run with two Fendrick kills for an 8-3 lead midway through the game. After the teams switched sides of the court, UW went on an immediate 4-0 run to close the game to 8-7 before a Bowles kill kept the Huskies at bay at 9-7. UW would take its first lead at 11-10, at which point UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski called timeout. UCLA came out of the timeout with three-straight points, getting two Eckmier kills sandwiched around a Bowles kill, for a 13-11 lead. After a sideout, Bowles would down a ball for a 14-12 lead and went back to serve match point, where Fendrick closed the win with a kill for the 15-12 game five win and the 3-2 match victory.

Bowles and Fendrick were two of five Bruins to reach double figures in kills. Eckmier downed 15 kills on 24 swings (.417 hitting percentage) while Cullen and Murphy added 12 kills apiece. Four UCLA players had double-figure digs, again led by the duo of Bowles and Fendrick. Stacey Lee had 14 digs while Chrissie Zartman posted 12 digs. Murphy added a team-best five blocks in the win.

UCLA hits the road for three matches next weekend in the Bay Area, taking on Cal and Stanford on Thursday and Friday (Nov. 8-9) before a nonconference tilt on Sun., Nov. 11, at St. Mary's. The Bruins close the 2001 home slate on Nov. 15-16 when they host the Oregon schools in Pauley Pavilion.

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