Sixth-Ranked Bruins Fall to #1 Penn State

Aug. 30, 2008

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Sophomore Dicey McGraw had a team-high eight kills, while seniors Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer and freshman Amanda Gil each had five kills, but the sixth-ranked Bruins lost to #1 Penn State in straight sets on Saturday. Scores were 25-22, 25-21, 25-13.

McGraw added seven digs for the Bruins (1-1), while Spicer posted 18 assists and three blocks. Daley added 10 digs and Gil had four blocks. UCLA hit just .096 for the match.

The Bruins jumped out to an early lead in the first set, taking a pair of four-point advantages at 6-2 and 8-4. Among the first eight points were a block and a kill by Daley and two kills and a block by Gil. The Nittany Lions tied things up at nine and took their first lead of the set at 11-10. The Bruins recorded a sideout to tie it again at 11, but Penn State reeled off four straight points to go up 15-11 heading into the media timeout.

UCLA tried to get the lead back, closing to within one on four occasions, but could not get over the hump. Megan Hodge tallied the set-winning kill to give Penn State the 25-22 victory. Daley had five kills to go along with her solo block in the first set, while McGraw had four kills. The Bruins hit just .171 in set one, with 13 kills and six errors in 41 attacks, while the Nittany Lions swung at a .324 percentage (16-4-37).

Set two began the same as the first, as the Bruins staked themselves to an early lead by scoring the first four points. UCLA took advantage of three Penn State attack errors, with a McGraw kill added in to go up 4-0. The Nittany Lions came back again though, and trailing 13-9, scored five straight to take their first lead of the set at 14-13.

Both teams traded points on each of the next nine serves until the Bruins finally won on their serve to take a 19-18 advantage. Following a Penn State sideout, back-to-back kills by Gil and McGraw made it 21-19, forcing the Nittany Lions into a timeout. Penn State came out of the breather on fire, recording the final six points of the set to come back and post the 25-21 victory. McGraw had four kills for the second straight set, while sophomore Emily Clements and Spicer added three apiece. UCLA hit .156 (13-6-45), while Penn State swung .244 (17-6-45).

Following a disappointing end to the second set, the Bruins came out flat in the third. After Penn State served an error on the first point, the Nittany Lions scored six in a row to go up 6-1. UCLA got no closer than four the rest of the way, as Penn State closed things out with a 25-13 win. The Bruins were held to a -.103 hitting percentage in the third, while the Nittany Lions hit .265.

Hodge led the Nittany Lions with 14 kills, Nicole Fawcett added 12 kills and 15 digs and Christa Harmotto had 11 kills and six blocks.

The Bruins close out play at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic on Sunday when they face the host Rainbow Wahine at 8 p.m. PT. Live stats will be available at

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