All is Fine for Bruins in Victory Over Pepperdine

Nov. 20, 2007

MALIBU, Calif. - Jessica Fine set a school record for digs in a four-game match with 33, while Ali Daley, Dicey McGraw, Kaitlin Sather and Nellie Spicer all had double-doubles, as the 10th-ranked Bruins defeated Pepperdine in four games on Tuesday at Firestone Fieldhouse.

The Bruins improve to 19-9 with the win, while the Waves fall to 18-10.

Fine's 33 digs surpasses the old four-game record of 32 set by Jordan Smith and Chrissie Zartman. It is also the second match this season that Fine has had 30 digs, recording 30 against Oregon State on Nov. 8.

Sather led all players with 17 kills, adding 13 digs and seven blocks. McGraw had 16 kills with 10 digs and five blocks, Daley added 15 kills and 20 digs and Spicer posted 59 assists and 18 digs. Rachell Johnson added 14 kills and six blocks for the Bruins, who hit .205 for the match and had 17.5 team blocks and 101 digs.

UCLA scored the first point of the match, but quickly surrendered three in a row and never had the lead for the rest of the game. Eight times the Bruins tied the game, but they could not get back into the lead. McGraw was impressive during the first game, posting seven of UCLA's 28 points on five kills and two aces. Pepperdine's lead was no more than four for the entire game.

Trailing 19-15, the Bruins went on a 4-0 run to tie it at 19, with McGraw scoring three of the points on two kills and an ace. The other point came on a triple block by Daley, Johnson and Spicer. Tied at 23, the Waves scored three straight to force the Bruins into their second timeout of the game. But UCLA came out of the break with a 3-0 run of its own on a kill by Johnson sandwiched around two kills by Sather to even things at 26. The initial game would be tied two more times, but at 28-all, the Waves got a sideout and then served an ace to take the first game by a 30-28 score.

After a slow start for the Bruins in game two, UCLA took control midway through for a 30-22 win. The trio of McGraw, Mills and Sather combined for 20 of UCLA's 30 points during the game. With Pepperdine leading 12-11, the Bruins went on a 10-0 run to take command and the lead 21-12. During the run, the Bruins had five blocks. Mills and Sather each had two kills, while McGraw added one, as the Waves had to use both timeouts during the UCLA run.

The Bruins' lead reached double figures for the first time at 23-13 and got as high as 11 on three occasions. Leading 26-15, the Waves made things interesting with a 6-1 run which cut the deficit to six and forced the Bruins into a timeout. But UCLA scored three of the final four points to win it by eight. The Bruins held the Waves to a .075 hitting attack and posted six blocks, as Sather had six kills and two blocks, Mills posted four kills and six blocks and McGraw recorded four kills and three blocks in the second game.

Another long run gave the Bruins an early lead in game three. Down 3-1, UCLA netted five straight to go up by three. Johnson and Sather teamed up for two blocks, while Daley and McGraw had one kill each. The Waves got no closer than two the rest of the way. The Bruins went on another 4-0 run to go up 10-4, and after a 3-0 Pepperdine streak, UCLA recorded eight of the next 10 to make it an 18-9 lead. Daley had three kills during the 8-2 run.

UCLA's lead reached double figures for the first time at 22-12, which was part of another 3-0 run by the Bruins. A Mills/McGraw block and kills by Sather and Johnson accounted for the run. The Waves scored three in a row to make it 22-15, but the teams traded the next 11 sideouts and the Bruins' lead never dipped below seven, with UCLA taking the game 30-22. Daley, who had just four kills in the first two games combined, had six in the third, while McGraw added five. The Bruins hit .286, holding the Waves to a .083 attack and recording five roofs.

For the first half of game four, neither team led by more than two points until Pepperdine took a four-point lead at 18-14. But out of a timeout, the Bruins scored four straight to even it at 18. UCLA still couldn't get over the hump until it took its first lead since 8-7 with a Johnson kill to make it 24-23. Sather followed with another to give the Bruins a two-point lead.

The Waves tied it back up at 27, but out of a timeout, Daley gave the Bruins the lead again at 28-27. The Waves scored two in a row to get a game point, but a block by Mills and Spicer evened things at 29. Mills came back with a kill to give the Bruins a match point and an attack error by Pepperdine gave UCLA the 31-29 victory.

Rachel Lumsden led the Waves with 16 kills and 21 digs, while Julie Rubenstein posted 14 kills and 20 digs.

UCLA travels for a Thanksgiving weekend trip to Arizona to close out the regular season, facing Arizona State on Friday and Arizona on Saturday. Both matches start at 6 p.m. and Gametracker will be featured on each of the school's respective websites. On Sunday, the Bruins will learn where their postseason begins when the NCAA Selection Show is aired on ESPNU at 5 p.m.

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