Fifth-Ranked Bruins Come Back to Beat Arizona in Pac-10 Opener
Sept. 20, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior Kaitlin Sather had a match-high 17 kills, while juniors Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer each posted double-doubles, as the fifth-ranked Bruins won their Pac-10 opener and 10th in a row in a four-game win over Arizona. Game scores were 27-30, 33-31, 30-19, 30-27.
The Bruins improve to 11-1 on the season, while the Wildcats fall to 10-3. Daley had 13 kills, 12 digs and tied a career high with seven blocks, while Spicer had 54 assists, 13 digs and equaled a personal best with eight kills.
The Bruins had the lead for the first part of the initial game, but poor hitting down the stretch allowed the Wildcats to take over. Arizona went on to a 30-27 victory in a game that featured 11 tie scores and seven lead changes.
The second game was tied at two when four straight points by the Bruins gave them a 6-2 lead and forced Arizona into a timeout. UCLA maintained a lead of at least two until Arizona took its first lead of the game. Down 15-11, the Wildcats netted six straight to take a 17-15 advantage and cause the Bruins to call a timeout.
UCLA took the lead back with four straight points after trailing 20-19 to go up 23-20. But the Wildcats slowly crept back in it, holding off three straight game points to even things at 29. Arizona staved off two more game points until an attack error gave UCLA the 33-31, game two victory.
The Bruins never trailed in game three and the only tie was at 1-1. Runs of 4-0 and 8-1 after that gave the Bruins a 9-2 lead. Arizona got no closer than four the rest of the way. UCLA got its advantage up to double figures for the first time at 25-15 and ended up winning the game 30-19.
UCLA jumped out to a 9-4 lead in game four and it appeared that things were going to go easy for the Bruins, but the Wildcats battled back. Trailing 16-14, the Wildcats scored four in a row to take an 18-16 lead. Arizona got its lead up to as many as three, but UCLA evened it back up at 26. Another two points in a row gave the Bruins a 28-26 advantage. The teams sided out the final three serves and UCLA won the fourth game 30-27.
Arizona was led by Tiffany Owens, who had 14 kills.
The Bruins finish up a brief two-match homestand on Friday when they host Arizona State at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.