Sather Joins Elite Club as #13 UCLA Outlasts #12 Oregon
Oct. 23, 2009
LOS ANGELES - Senior Kaitlin Sather became the 12th player in UCLA history to reach 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs, joining sophomore Amanda Gil and freshman Lauren Cook in the double-double department, as the 13th-ranked Bruins outlasted #12 Oregon in five sets on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 26-24, 25-18, 22-25, 22-25, 15-9.
The Bruins improve to 15-6 overall and 5-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Ducks fall to 14-4 and 4-4 in league action.
Sather had 20 digs, one shy of a career high, crossing the 1,000 mark in the second set. She added 13 kills for her ninth double-double of the season. Gil posted 14 kills and 10 blocks for her second career double-double, while Cook notched a personal-best 54 assists and 10 digs for her team-leading 10th double-double. Junior Dicey McGraw tied for the team lead with 14 kills, adding a career-high eight blocks, while sophomore Katie Camp recorded eight kills and seven blocks. Defensively, sophomore Lainey Gera had 22 digs and freshman Bojana Todorovic had 12. The Bruins hit .216 for the match and had 18.5 blocks as a team.
Thanks to a big blocking set that saw the Bruins record eight roofs, UCLA staged a dramatic late comeback to win the opener. UCLA scored the first two points of the match, but Oregon fired back with the next six to take a 6-2 lead and force the home team into a timeout. The Bruins still trailed 11-7, but thanks to the tandem of Gil and Todorovic scored four in a row to tie it at 11. Gil started the 4-0 run with a kill, followed by a Todorovic spike, a Gil/Todorovic combo block and another Todorovic kill, as the Ducks called their first timeout.
Oregon came out of the break on fire, going on two separate 5-1 runs to take a 23-17 advantage. But the Bruins stormed back late to take the opener. Trailing by six, UCLA scored four straight on a kill by Cook, a triple block by Gil, Todorovic and freshman Rachael Kidder, an Oregon attack error and a Gil/Kidder combo roof to make it 23-21.
The Ducks sided out to earn a set point at 24-21, but the Bruins scored the last five of the set to win it 26-24. A kill by Gil and a double block by Gil and McGraw made it 24-23, and following two Oregon attack errors, UCLA staved off three set points to get one of its own. Fittingly enough, the set ended on a block, this time by the tandem of Gil and Kidder. Gil had a hand in seven of the Bruin blocks, adding three kills. Kidder and McGraw also had three roofs apiece, while Todorovic led the Bruins with four kills. A bad offensive set saw the Ducks out-hit the Bruins .089 to .071.
The Bruins turned it on late in the second to go up 2-0 in the match, accruing four more blocks. Down 3-1, UCLA scored four straight to take a 5-3 edge. A McGraw kill started the run, followed by an ace by Cook, a Camp/McGraw combo block and a Camp kill. The Bruins still held a four-point lead at 9-5, but the Ducks rallied with a 9-4 run to regain the advantage at 14-13.
However, it was all Bruins after that, as a 4-0 run gave the home team the lead for good. A Camp kill started the run, which was followed by a Camp/Sather combo block, an Oregon attack error and a Todorovic spike to make it 17-14, forcing the Ducks into a timeout. Oregon was unable to score consecutive points for the rest of the set, as the Bruins scored five of the last six to win it 25-18. McGraw had three of the last five points on kills, as the junior paced the Bruins with five spikes in the second. Gil added four kills, while Camp had three kills and three blocks. The Bruins hit .355 in the set to Oregon's .167.
The Bruins couldn't get the blocking going in the third, totaling only one, as the Ducks came back late to force a fourth set. Oregon held an early 5-2 advantage, but UCLA scored five of the next seven to tie it at seven. Cook, Sather, Todorovic and freshman Mari Hole all had kills during the run. Four straight by Oregon kept the lead in its favor, but an 8-2 UCLA spurt gave the home squad a 15-13 edge. Sather had three kills during the run, while Gil added a kill and a block.
UCLA still led by two at 19-17, but five straight by Oregon gave the visitors the advantage for good. Back-to-back kills by Sather and Kidder made it 22-21, but the Ducks netted three of the final four points to take it 25-22. Sather had a team-high six kills in the third, while Gil added three. The Bruins were out-hit .220 to .188.
After Oregon scored the first point of the fourth set, the Bruins came back with five straight to go up 5-1. McGraw started the run with a kill and teamed up with Camp on back-to-back blocks. Camp then added a kill and McGraw finished the run with a spike. The Ducks called an early timeout and came out of it with runs of 5-0 and 7-1 to take an 8-6 advantage.
The Bruins tied the set eight different times, but could not regain the lead. Even at 20, the Ducks recorded five of the set's last seven points to win it 25-22 and force a fifth set. Camp, Gil, Hole and Sather had three kills apiece in the fourth, as the Ducks out-hit the Bruins .310 to .209.
UCLA scored the first four points of the deciding set and never looked back. McGraw had a part in three of the four points on two kills and a solo block. After an Oregon sideout, a Cook kill and a Duck attack error increased the lead to five at 6-1. Oregon tried to get back into it, cutting its deficit to two at 9-7, but UCLA came on strong at the end to win the fifth 15-9.
Leading by two, Hole had a kill and a Camp/Kidder block made it 11-7. Following an Oregon sideout, McGraw posted back-to-back kills and a Gil/Kidder combo roof gave the Bruins match point at 14-8. The Ducks held off the first match point, but a kill by McGraw won it for the Bruins. McGraw had five of the Bruins' nine kills in the last set, as UCLA out-hit Oregon .296 to .071.
Sonja Newcombe had 22 kills and 23 digs to lead the Ducks, while Heather Meyers (15 kills, 19 digs), Katherine Fischer (15 kills, 13 digs) and Nevena Djordjevic (54 assists, 12 digs) also had double-doubles. Oregon hit .184 as a team.
The Bruins host Oregon State on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and free audio and video will be available at UCLABruins.com.