Impressive All-Around Match for Sather and Bruins in Win at Washington State

Oct. 17, 2009

PULLMAN, Wash. - Senior Kaitlin Sather had a match and season-high 16 kills, hitting .560 to go along with six digs and five blocks, as the 12th-ranked Bruins stormed past Washington State with a three-set sweep on Saturday at Bohler Gym.

The Bruins improve to 14-6 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Cougars fall to 15-4 and 4-4 in league action.

Freshman Lauren Cook tallied her team-best ninth double-double of the season with 33 assists and 10 digs, while freshman Bojana Todorovic posted eight kills and 11 digs. A pair of sophomores had great offensive and defense nights, as Katie Camp had six kills and only one error in nine swings (.556 percentage) with six blocks, while Gil added seven kills and one error in 14 attacks (.429) with seven roofs. The Bruins hit .289 as a team.

The Cougars scored the first three points of the match and led 7-5, but a 6-0 UCLA run gave the visitors an 11-7 advantage. Sather began the run with a kill and then teamed up with Camp on a block. After two Washington State attack errors, Camp and Sather combined for another roof and a third Cougar error made it a four-point lead and forced the home squad into a timeout. Washington State could get no closer than three the rest of the way. Leading 12-9, four in a row on kills by Todorovic and Camp, a WSU attack error and a Todorovic ace made it 16-9.

Up 18-11, the Bruins scored five in a row and seven of the last eight to win the opener 25-12. To start the 5-0 run, junior Dicey McGraw had a kill and Sather posted back-to-back spikes. Following an ace by Cook, Gil and Sather teamed up for a block to make it 23-11. The Cougars sided out the next point, but a Gil/McGraw block and a Todorovic kill closed out the set. Sather had five kills and three blocks in the first, while Todorovic added four kills. The Bruins hit .344 and limited the Cougars to a .000 percentage.

UCLA staged a late comeback in the second to take a 2-0 advantage. Just like the opening set, the Cougars scored the first three points of the second, but the Bruins came back with eight of the next 11 to take an 8-6 advantage. Camp and Sather combined for four of the points on a pair of kills apiece, while Gil had a kill and a solo block. Washington State tied it back up at 12 and then scored six of the next eight to go ahead 18-14. The Bruins rebounded with five straight to re-take the lead 19-18. After a Todorovic kill, Camp and sophomore Sara Sage teamed up for a block, which was followed by a Camp/Sather roof, a Gil ace and a Cougar attack error.

The Bruins maintained the lead at 21-20, but the Cougars scored three straight and four of five to earn set point at 24-22. UCLA stopped the first set point on a Cook/Gil block and an ace by Cook tied things at 24. Sather then netted a kill to give the Bruins a set point of their own and UCLA would take advantage of a Washington State attack error to win the second 26-24. After leading the Bruins in kills in the first, Sather added a team-best six kills in the second. Camp posted four kills with two blocks and Todorovic had three kills. Both teams hit .158 in the second.

To continue the trend, the Cougars took an early 4-1 lead to start the third, but the Bruins came back with four straight and never trailed for the rest of the set. After back-to-back errors by Washington State, Gil had a kill and a Gil/Cook combo block made it 5-4. Tied at six, a mini 3-0 UCLA run on a Sather kill and block and a Gil kill made it 9-6.

The Bruins held a 15-11 advantage when they turned it on at the end of the set to win it in a rout. A 7-0 run began with a combo block by Cook and Camp and an ace by sophomore Lainey Gera. After Gil and freshman Mari Hole had a tandem roof, Hole notched a kill and a block by Gil and freshman Rachael Kidder made it 20-11. Another ace by Gera and a Hole kill ended the run to make it 22-11. The Cougars sided out the next point, but consecutive kills by Hole, Gil and Sather closed out the match with a 25-12 romp. The Bruins hit .407 and held the Cougars to a -.125 hitting attack. Sather again led the Bruins in kills with five. Gil added four kills and three blocks and Hole posted four kills.

Meagan Ganzer had a team-best eight kills for the Cougars, who hit .031 as a team.

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