10th-Ranked Bruins Fall in Five to #4 California

Oct. 24, 2008

LOS ANGELES - The Bruins fall to 14-5 overall and 4-4 in Pac-10 action. The Golden Bears improve to 18-1 and 8-0 in conference matches.

Seniors Nellie Spicer (57 assists, 12 digs) and Ali Daley (17 kills, 17 digs) each had double-doubles, while sophomore Dicey McGraw was also in double figures in kills with 14. Freshman Amanda Gil had nine kills and five blocks, freshman Sara Sage posted seven kills and senior Jessica Fine notched 19 digs.

The first set featured 15 ties and six lead changes, but the Golden Bears prevailed 30-28. California jumped out to a 5-2 advantage before UCLA scored eight of the next 12 to take a 10-9 lead. Camp had four kills during the run, Daley added two and McGraw and Sage had one apiece. The Bruins got their lead up to as many as three on two occasions at 18-15 and 20-17 before California tied it back up at 21.

With the set tied at 23, a Mindy Wiley kill gave the Golden Bears their first set point, but the Bruins came back with three of the next four on kills by Gil and Camp and a combo block by Camp and Daley to get their first game point at 26-25. Cal responded with three of next four to get another set point at 28-27, but a Spicer kill evened things at 28. However, the Golden Bears finally took the set on a kill by Hana Cutura and a Bruin attack error to win it by two. Camp had six kills to pace the Bruins, while Daley added four. UCLA out-hit Cal .265 to .240.

Cal jumped out to an early lead in the second, but a long run by the Bruins midway through the set propelled them to victory to even the match. The Golden Bears had a 10-4 advantage, but UCLA scored nine in a row on Camp's serve to take a 13-10 lead. Camp had a kill and an ace during the run, while Spicer and Sage each had a kill and a block, as the Bruins also benefitted from four Cal attack errors.

UCLA never trailed for the rest of the set and led by as many as four on five different occasions. The Golden Bears closed to within one at 23-22, but back-to-back kills by Gil gave the Bruins the 25-22 victory. Gil had four kills in the second, while Camp and Daley had two each. UCLA out-hit Cal for the second straight set, .207 to .132.

The Golden Bears led from start to finish in the third to take a 2-1 edge in the match. Cal jumped out to a 9-4 advantage and maintained at least a two-point lead the rest of the way. The Golden Bears' largest lead was six at 14-8. Cal won the match on a UCLA attack error to record the 25-21 victory. McGraw had six of the Bruins' 14 kills in the third, while Camp added three. The Golden Bears notched a .371 hitting percentage, while the Bruins swung at a .222 clip.

The Bruins returned the favor in the fourth, going to wire-to-wire to send the match to a fifth set. The Bruins scored six of the first nine to go ahead by three on two kills by Camp, one each by Gil and Sage and a kill and a block by Daley. Cal came back to tie the set at eight, at which point the teams traded nine straight side outs. Tied at 12, the Bruins scored the next three on successive kills by Camp, McGraw and Daley to go ahead 15-12.

The Bruins never let their lead slip below two the rest of the way and had it up to five on three occasions. Leading 18-16, UCLA got a kill by Sage, a Gil/Camp block and a Camp kill to make it 21-16. The Bruins received a service error and attack error for their final two points to win the fourth 25-21. Camp and Daley each had five kills in the fourth, while McGraw added four. UCLA out-hit Cal .350 to .211.

Neither team led by more than three in the deciding set, but the Bruins only had a pair of one-point advantages before eventually falling by two points. Cal led 3-1, but UCLA came back with a 4-1 run to take a 5-4 advantage. Daley had two kills during the mini-run. The Bruins still led 6-5, but two in a row by the Golden Bears gave them a 7-6 advantage, one that they would not relinquish for the rest of the set. UCLA tied it at seven and eight, but Cal took a three-point lead at 11-8. The Bruins closed to within 14-13, but Tarah Murrey won the match on a kill. Cal hit .474 in the fifth, while UCLA hit just .190.

Hana Cutura and Am'ra Solomon led the Golden Bears with 18 kills apiece, while Cutura added 19 digs. Wiley had 15 kills and Murrey posted 13, while Kristen Kathan had a match-high 23 digs. Cal hit .261 for the match.

The Bruins continue their four-match homestand on Sunday when they host #5 Stanford at 12:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly at the call. You can also follow the match online with live audio and Gametracker at UCLABruins.com.

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