Bruins All Aces in Sweep of Seattle
Sept. 6, 2008
RENO, Nev. - The sixth-ranked Bruins served 12 aces on Saturday, including a career-high four by senior Ali Daley, as UCLA swept Division I upstart Seattle University. Scores were 25-19, 25-10, 25-20.
The Bruins improve to 5-1 on the year, while the Redhawks fall to 1-5.
Sophomore Dicey McGraw led the Bruins in kills for the fourth time in six matches with 11, while freshman Katie Camp added 10 and five blocks. Senior Nellie Spicer recorded 20 assists and three blocks in two sets, with redshirt freshman Stephanie Nucci coming in to post eight assists in the third set. Sophomore Katie Mills added five kills.
The Redhawks held an early 3-2 edge in the first set until the Bruins went on runs of 3-0 and 5-1 and never relinquished the lead for the rest of the set. Successive kills by freshman Amanda Gil, Camp and McGraw surged UCLA ahead, which were followed by two more kills by Camp and Spicer to put the Bruins up 7-4. UCLA maintained at least a two-point advantage the rest of the way.
Leading 13-9, the Bruins went on another 3-0 run to go up 16-9. Following a Seattle blocking error, freshman Lainey Gera served an ace and Camp and Spicer teamed up for a block. UCLA's biggest lead of the set came at 23-14, with the Bruins eventually winning 25-18. McGraw had five kills in the first set, while Camp added four, as the Bruins hit .308 to the Redhawks' .133.
The second set was close in the beginning until a long run during Daley's serve turned things into a rout. With the Bruins on top 6-5, they scored 12 straight to take an 18-5 lead. The streak started with kills by Camp and McGraw, a Camp/Spicer block and an ace by Daley. Following a Spicer kill and a Seattle error, Daley served another ace, while Camp and Spicer teamed up for another roof to make the score 14-5. Daley recorded the third ace during her run on the next point, then after another Seattle attack error, the senior served her fourth ace of the 12-0 streak. Another Redhawk miscue gave the Bruins their 12th consecutive point to make it an 18-5 lead.
In all, the Bruins had eight aces in the second set, including one from freshman Alexa Harper, who made her collegiate debut. Senior Jessica Fine clinched the game on an ace to give UCLA the 25-10 win. McGraw added four more kills in the second, as UCLA hit .412 and limited Seattle to a -.143 attack percentage.
UCLA led for the first part of the third set, but Seattle made a game of it late before the Bruins put them away. Tied at three, the Bruins scored four straight to go ahead 7-3. After two Redhawk errors, Camp and sophomore Juliane Piggott teamed up for a block, while Piggott added a kill. UCLA still led 11-7 when Seattle went on a 7-2 run to take its first advantage of the set at 14-13. The Redhawks got their lead up to as many as two, but could not maintain it.
With the Bruins trailing 16-14, they scored four straight to go up 18-16. Camp had two consecutive kills, then after a Seattle attack error, Camp and Piggott had a combo block to put UCLA up by a pair. Seattle scored three in a row to get the lead back, but UCLA matched that with a 5-0 run to take a 23-19 advantage. Camp again started the streak with back-to-back kills, which were followed by a Nucci kill, another Camp spike and a Piggott ace. Camp served out the match with an ace to give the Bruins the 25-20 win. The freshman had five kills, two blocks and two aces in the third. UCLA swung .138 in the third to Seattle's .095.
Seattle was led by Cristin Richards' six kills, as the Redhawks hit just .062 for the match.
The Bruins continue their 14-match road trip to start the season on Wednesday when they travel to Cal State Fullerton. First serve is at 7 p.m.