Bruins Battle for 24-22 Game Five Win to Down Washington 3-2

Oct. 4, 2003

SEATTLE, WA - UCLA completed the weekend sweep of the Washington schools on Friday night with a second straight five-game win, this time a marathon match at Washington that again turned into a UCLA victory. Game scores were 30-27, 30-26, 26-30, 21-30, 24-22. For the second consecutive night, Brynn Murphy led the Bruins with a career-high in kills, this time posting 22 in the match. UCLA improves to 12-2 (4-1 Pac-10) with the win, while the Huskies fall to 11-3 (2-3 Pac-10) with the loss.

The Bruins extended an early lead and stayed in front of the Huskies until the 19-19 mark. From there, the teams traded points with UW taking a slight lead. UCLA came back to tie the game at 26-26, prompting Washington to take their second and final time out of the game. The Huskies responded with a Kara Bjorklund kill to take a one-point lead, but UCLA roared right back with a Brynn Murphy kill, her third of the game, then took advantage of three straight UW errors to take the opening game of the match by a score of 30-27. Brittany Ringel and Heather Cullen led the Bruins with four kills apiece in the opening game.

The Bruins again took an early lead in the second game with a four-point lead as late as 10-6. Washington climbed back to tie the game at 11-11, and the teams would tie four more times before UW took an 18-17 lead. The Huskies led to to the 23-22 mark, when a Heather Cullen kill tied the game for the Bruins. The teams would tie again at 24 before two Becky Green kills gave UCLA the lead for good, before the Bruins closed out the game 30-26 and went to the locker room with a two games to none lead. At the break, the Bruins were out-blocking UW 4-3, and Murphy was leading the Bruins with 11 kills.

After the break, a tight third game followed. The teams tied at the first seven points before UW put together a four-point run to take a 10-7 lead, at which point UCLA head coach Andy Banachowski called his first time out of the game. The Bruins responded, with a Colby Lyman kill, but UW then extended a six-point lead that it would hold as late as 19-13. From that point, UCLA started to chip away at the lead, cutting it to three points when UW's Jim McLaughlin called his first time out of the game as his team held a 20-17 lead. The Bruins continued to close the gap, and after consecutive block assists by Heather Cullen and Cira Wright the Bruins were within one point at 24-23, forcing the Huskies into their second and final time out of the game. The Huskies responded from that point, scoring three of the next points to go up 27-24 and prompting UCLA to use its final time out of the game. The Bruins were able to close to within three points at 28-25, but it was not enough as the Huskies closed out game three by a score of 30-26.

The Huskies again opened an early lead in game four at 8-5, and never looked back. The Bruins were unable to close the gap to fewer than three points from that point on. UCLA would fall by a score of 30-21 in the game and would play a fifth game for a second straight night.

UCLA scored the first two points of the deciding game on kills by Brittany Ringel and Cira Wright, but the Huskies rebounded to take a 4-3 lead on a kill and consecutive blocks, leading Banachowski to spend his first time out. Unfortunately for UCLA, the Husky scoring run continued, and UCLA used its final time out down 7-3. A UW ball handling error stopped the scoring run, but the teams would change sides with Washington leading 8-4. UCLA, however, would not give up. The Bruins chipped away at the Husky lead after changing sides, pulling to within two points at 10-2 when McLaughlin called his first time out of the game. UCLA continued to press, and Washington took its final time out leading by just one point at 12-11.

A Brittany Ringel kill coming out of the time out tied the score at 12, and the two teams would battle to the finish from there. A Brie Hagerty service ace gave UCLA its first lead of the game at 14-13 and the teams would continue to tie at every point up to 22-22. UCLA earned its first match point at 15-14 on a Brynn Murphy kill, but the teams would trade points with UW serving for the match five times and UCLA getting four opportunities before they converted their fifth match point thanks to a Washington hitting error. Ringel led the charge for the Bruins in game five, leading the team with five kills in the deciding game.

For a second consecutive night, Brynn Murphy led the Bruins in kills, setting a new career high. Murphy had 22 kills against the Huskies, scoring 23.5 points. Murphy was joined in double-figure kills by four teammates, Heather Cullen with a career-high 18, Cira Wright with 14, Becky Green with 11 and Brittany Ringel with 10. Junior libero Chrissie Zartman led all players with 23 digs in the match

UCLA returns to action next week with home matches on Friday and Saturday nights against Arizona and Arizona State. Both matches are scheduled for 7 pm starts in Pauley Pavilion.

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