10th-Ranked Bruins Best #23 Pepperdine in Four

Nov. 25, 2008

LOS ANGELES - Senior Ali Daley had 20 kills, including the final one on match point, while senior Jessica Fine recorded 32 digs, as the 10th-ranked Bruins defeated #23 Pepperdine in four on Tuesday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-22.

The Bruins improve to 19-10 overall, while the Waves fall to 20-7.

Daley fell just short of a double-double, adding nine digs, while freshman Lainey Gera posted 17 digs. Senior Nellie Spicer had her team-best 14th double-double of the season with 44 assists and 10 digs. Freshman Katie Camp had 12 kills and seven blocks, while freshman Amanda Gil had nine kills and no errors in 19 swings (.474 hitting percentage) to go along with six blocks.

UCLA led just once in the opener, but traded sideouts with Pepperdine for the first part of the set. The Waves' biggest lead was two early on, but they found themselves trailing 15-14 after a 3-0 Bruin run on kills by sophomore Dicey McGraw and freshman Sara Sage and a Spicer ace. However, Pepperdine rallied back with five straight to go up by its biggest lead of the set at 19-15.

The Bruins stormed back to tie things at 22 thanks to a 7-3 run. UCLA received a Daley kill, a Fine ace and combo blocks by Camp and Sage and Gil and Spicer, as well as three Pepperdine errors. But the Waves scored the final three points of the set, with Julie Rubenstein capping it off with back-to-back kills to give the visitors a 25-22 victory. The Bruins were out-hit .265 to .152 in the first. Daley had four kills and Sage added three, with each committing no hitting errors. Fine had 12 digs in the opener.

The Bruins never trailed in the second set. With the score tied at four, UCLA went on runs of 5-0 and 8-1 to go up by seven at 12-5. During the 5-0 run, the Bruins got two kills from Daley and Gil and one from Camp to take a 9-4 advantage. After a Pepperdine sideout, UCLA scored three in a row on a kill by Gil, an ace by Daley and a combo roof by Gil and Spicer. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set was eight at 16-8.

Pepperdine came back to score five in a row and cut its deficit to three at 16-13, but the visitors would get no closer. Up 17-14, the Bruins got a Wave service error and consecutive spikes by Daley to go up 20-14. The Waves again got within three at 22-19, but the Bruins closed things out with three of the final four points to win it 25-20, with the last of the points coming on a Pepperdine attack error. Daley added six more kills in the second, while Gil had four, as the Bruins out-hit the Waves .286 to .188. Gera had eight digs and Fine added six.

In the third, neither team led by more than three until the Bruins pulled away to take the set 25-19. The early part of the set featured 10 ties and two lead changes. Behind 11-9, the Bruins scored four of the next five to take a 13-12 advantage and never trailed for the rest of the set. UCLA got kills by Camp, Daley, Gil and Spicer during the run.

The Waves were still within one at 19-18, but the Bruins scored six of the final seven points to win the set by six. Daley started the run with a kill, which was followed by a Camp/Gil block to make it 21-18. After a Pepperdine sideout, the Bruins got three straight kills by Camp, Gil and Daley, and an ace by sophomore Jazmin Machado won it for the home team. UCLA out-hit Pepperdine .351 to .158 in the third and had seven blocks. Daley had five kills to pace the Bruins. Camp added four kills and four blocks, while Fine had seven digs.

The Bruins staged a furious rally late in the fourth to win the match. UCLA led early at 5-3, but Pepperdine came back with a 7-1 run to take a 10-6 advantage. The Waves' lead got up to as many as five on several occasions, but UCLA made its run to get back in it. Trailing 14-9, the Bruins scored five of the next six to get to within one at 15-14. Gil had two kills during the run, while Daley had one, as the Bruins also benefitted from two Pepperdine attack errors.

Still down 19-17, the Bruins scored five in a row to take a 22-19 advantage. After two Pepperdine attack errors, the Bruins got an ace from Spicer and back-to-back spikes by Camp to go up by three. The Waves climbed back to within one at 23-22, but a Camp/Sage combo block and a Daley kill on match point gave the Bruins a 25-22 victory. Daley had five kills in the final set, while Camp added four. The Bruins out-hit the Waves .171 to .122.

Rubenstein (15 kills, 10 digs), Rachel Lumsden (15 kills, 12 digs) and Lilla Frederick (13 kills, 18 digs) all had double-doubles, while Stevi Robinson posted 31 digs. The Waves hit .185 for the match.

The Bruins finish up the regular season on Friday when they host 11th-ranked USC at 3 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 along on the internet with an audio broadcast and Gametracker at UCLABruins.com.

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