Volleyball Bruins Blast Islanders 3-0

Sept. 11, 2003

AUSTIN, TX - The ninth-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team made quick work of Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Thursday afternoon at Gregory Gym in Austin, TX, with a 30-15, 30-16, 30-22 victory in the third match of the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Brynn Murphy led the Bruins with 13 kills in the match.

UCLA junior Brynn Murphy finished the game with 13 kills to lead the Bruins, while Katie Carter had 12. Setter Haley Jorgensborg had 34 assists, while Chrissie Zartman had 14 digs to lead the match. The Islanders were led by Melanie Travis' seven kills.

UCLA (7-1) opened a lead early, 4-2, in the first game and established the pace of the match. The Islanders hung close for a few points, but at 8-6 UCLA went on a 12-3 run to open a commanding lead. UCLA had a strong .438 hitting percentage in the first game, and held TAMUCC to .000 with seven kills to seven errors. The Bruins had 19 kills in the first, led by sophomore Nancy Barba who had six, as well as three blocks.

The Bruins continued to roll in the second game, limiting the Islanders to a .194 attack percentage. Freshman Katie Carter's nine kills highlighted UCLA's .467 hitting percentage. TAMUCC (3-5) fell behind 15-5 and tried to mount a comeback, but was not able to pull any closer than eight points the rest of the game. UCLA capped the game with a 7-2 run to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi played the third game with determination and played closely with the Bruins throughout the final game. UCLA built an 8-3 advantage, but the Islanders rallied all the way back to trail by a lone point at 18-17. From that point on, UCLA controlled the game and closed the match with a 12-5 run.

The final day of action at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational begins on Friday, Sept. 12 with a Texas A&M-Corpus Christi UT-Arlington match at 5 p.m. Host Texas and UCLA will square off at 7 p.m. to close the tournament. All times listed are Central.

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