Raucous Crowd Spurs Bruins to Sweep of Trojans

Oct. 9, 2009

LOS ANGELES - A Pauley Pavilion crowd of 3,180 witnessed senior Kaitlin Sather and freshman Lauren Cook post double-doubles, as the 16th-ranked Bruins swept #13 USC on Friday for their fourth straight home victory against their crosstown rival. Set scores were 27-25, 25-20, 25-22.

The Bruins improve to 13-5 overall and 3-2 in Pac-10 play, while the Trojans fall to 13-4 and 2-3 in league action.

Sather had a match-high 15 kills to go along with 15 digs, while Cook netted 47 assists and 10 digs. Sophomore Lainey Gera led all defensive players with 23 digs, while freshman Bojana Todorovic added 11. Junior Dicey McGraw and sophomore Amanda Gil each had double-figure kills matches with great hitting nights. Gil had 13 kills and only two errors in 23 swings for a .478 hitting percentage, while McGraw recorded 12 kills and just one miscue in 27 attempts for a .407 percentage.

The Bruins jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the opener on a Todorovic kill, two USC errors and a McGraw spike. UCLA still led by two at 7-5 before another 4-1 run made it 11-6 and forced the visitors into a timeout. Sophomore Katie Camp had two kills during the run, Sather posted one and the Trojans had a service error. USC bounced back after the breather with runs of 6-0 and 8-1 to take its first lead of the set at 14-12. The Bruins came back to tie it at 15, 16 and 17 before a combo block by Camp and Cook gave them the lead back at 18-17.

The Trojans turned around with four in a row to go up 21-18, forcing the Bruins into a timeout. UCLA remained within striking distance and tied the set back up at 24 on a Sather kill. The Bruins got their first set point following a USC attack error, but the Trojans sided out to square it again at 25. UCLA earned it second set point after a Gil kill and Sather won the opener 27-25 on her fifth kill of the set. Sather added nine digs in the first, while Gil matched the senior in the kills department with five. Camp, McGraw and Todorovic all had three kills. The Trojans out-hit the Bruins .292 to .236.

The second set began with 14 consecutive sideouts before a Cook/Gil combo block and a McGraw kill gave the Bruins a 9-7 advantage. Eight sideouts later, the Trojans scored back-to-back points to tie it at 13. It was even at 14 when the Bruins went on a 5-1 run to go ahead 19-15 and force the Trojans into a timeout. McGraw had two kills during the run, Sather had a spike and Gil and freshman Rachael Kidder teamed up for a block.

The Trojans briefly made things interesting with three straight after the breather to make it 19-18 and force the Bruins into a timeout. But UCLA came out recharged after the break, scoring the next five to earn set point. After kills by Gil and Sather and a McGraw ace, Gil, Sather and sophomore Sara Sage teamed up for a triple block and another Sather kill made it 24-18. The Trojans staved off the first two set points, but an attack error on the third attempt gave the Bruins the 25-20 win. McGraw had five kills to pace the Bruins, Sather posted four and three blocks and Gil recorded three kills and four roofs. Gera added 13 digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Trojans .171 to .041.

Neither team lead by more than three points in a third set that featured 12 ties and four lead changes. Tied at seven, the Trojans scored four of five to take an 11-8 advantage. USC maintained that lead until the Bruins tied it at 15. Trailing 15-12, UCLA got three straight on kills by Gil, Todorovic and Sather. After USC sided out to go up 16-15, kills by Sather and Todorovic made it 17-16 to give the Bruins their first lead since it was 3-2.

The Trojans re-took the lead with two straight and still held a one-point edge at 20-19, but the Bruins scored three in a row on a kill by Todorovic and back-to-back spikes by Sather to make it 22-20. USC sided out the next point, but consecutive kills by Gil and Sather gave the Bruins match point at 24-21. The Trojans held off the first match point, but a Gil kill on the second attempt gave the Bruins the 25-22 victory. Sather had six kills in the third, Gil had five and McGraw posted four. The Bruins out-hit the Trojans .400 to .342.

Alex Jupiter had 13 kills and 14 digs to lead the Trojans, while Kimmee Roleder posted 10 kills. USC hit .215 as a team.

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