Washington Comes Back to Beat Bruins in Five

Oct. 10, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Senior Ali Daley, sophomores Dicey McGraw and Juliane Piggott and freshman Amanda Gil all had double figures in kills, but the eighth-ranked Bruins lost a five-set thriller to #10 Washington on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 23-25, 25-22, 25-22, 18-25, 11-15.

The Bruins fall to 11-4 overall and 1-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Huskies improve to 12-3 and 3-2 in league action.

Daley led the Bruins with 16 kills, Daley and Piggott both had 14 and Gil posted 13. Daley added 13 digs for a double-double, while senior Nellie Spicer also had one with 61 assists and 13 digs, tying a career high with eight kills. Senior Jessica Fine had a season-high 30 digs, the third time she has reached the 30-dig plateau in her career. Freshman Lainey Gera also had double figures in digs with 11. The Bruins hit .228 as a team.

The Bruins fell victim to a long Washington rally midway through the first set to drop the opener. Things were tied at eight when the Huskies went on an 8-2 run to take a 16-10 advantage. Washington got its lead up to as many as seven on two occasions, but UCLA made things interesting near the end of the set.

With the Huskies holding set point at 24-20, the Bruins got a kill from freshman Katie Camp and then consecutive combo blocks by Camp and Piggott to make it 24-23 and force Washington into a timeout. The run came to an end though on the Huskies' fourth set point, as Jessica Swarbrick spiked home the clincher to give Washington the 25-23 win. Daley had four kills during the first, while McGraw added three. The Bruins were out-hit by the Huskies .240 to .192.

UCLA led from start to finish in the second, but not without some tenuous moments at the end. The Bruins scored the first four points on a Washington set error, kills by Gil and Piggott and an ace by Fine. UCLA got its lead up to as many as six on two occasions at 11-5 and 12-6. The Huskies closed the gap to a pair at 19-17, but three straight put the Bruins back up 22-17. A pair of kills by Piggott were sandwiched by a Daley spike to make it a five-point game.

Washington responded with a 4-0 run of its own to make it 22-21. The Bruins would not be denied though in the second, scoring three of the final four to win it 25-22. Gil had two of the last three points on a pair of kills, including the set-clincher. Piggott had five kills in the second, while Gil added four. The Bruins hit .214, while the Huskies swung at a .186 percentage.

The Bruins had control of the beginning of the third set, the Huskies took command in the middle, but UCLA prevailed in the end. The Bruins jumped out to an early 7-2 lead behind some great hitting. Daley had two of the first seven points on kills, while Gil, Piggott and Spicer also added kills. But the Huskies made a game of it, going on a 10-4 run to take their first lead of the set at 12-11. Washington's lead reached as many as four at 20-16, but a late run by the Bruins gave them the 2-1 advantage in the match.

With the Huskies holding a 22-19 lead, the Bruins scored the set's last six points to take it 25-22. Piggott and Spicer opened the run with kills, followed by back-to-back spikes by Daley and another by Gil to give the Bruins set point. UCLA won it on a Gil/Spicer block to earn the three-point comeback win. Piggott had five kills and no errors in 10 swings in the third, while Daley and Spicer each added four kills. The Bruins hit well throughout, ending with a .386 hitting percentage. Washington swung at a .270 clip.

The fourth set went back and forth until the Huskies pulled away to force a deciding fifth game. The largest lead for the Bruins was two at 12-10, but four in a row by the Huskies gave them a 14-12 advantage. Washington would not trail for the remainder of the set. Leading 17-16, the Huskies scored five straight to break it open 22-16. A Becky Perry kill on set point gave Washington the 25-18 victory. The Huskies out-hit the Bruins .391 to .136. McGraw had four kills to pace the Bruins.

The fifth was again a close affair, but the Huskies came up big at the end to win the match. The Bruins led 6-5 when the Huskies scored five of the next six to take a 10-7 advantage. UCLA tied it back up at 10 though on a Washington service error and back-to-back kills by Daley. But the Bruins could not get the lead back, as the Huskies reeled off three in a row and went on to win it 15-11. A Perry kill on match point sealed the deal for the Huskies. Washington hit .391 in the fifth, while UCLA hit .136.

Perry paced the Huskies with a match-high 33 kills, while Airial Salvo added 18. Kindra Carlson was also in double figures with 11 kills. Jenna Hagglund added 56 assists and 25 digs, while Tamari Miyashiro posted 32 digs. The Huskies hit .271 for the match.

The Bruins host Washington State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available at UCLABruins.com.

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