Eighth-Ranked UCLA Sweeps Washington State
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Ali Daley recorded a double-double for the second straight contest with a match-high 13 kills and 12 digs, while freshman Katie Camp added 11 kills, as the eighth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-22, 25-18, 25-14.
The Bruins improve to 12-4 overall and 2-3 in Pac-10 play with the win, while the Cougars fall to 7-10 and 0-6 in league action.
Both Bruin middles, Camp and freshman Amanda Gil, did not have a hitting error for the match. Camp had no miscues in 15 swings (.733 hitting percentage), while Gil had nine kills and no errors in 21 attacks (.429 percentage). Sophomore Dicey McGraw added eight kills, while senior Jessica Fine had 15 digs. Senior Nellie Spicer posted 41 assists.
The Bruins scored the first four points of the opening stanza on a Cougar attack error, a kill by Daley and back-to-back aces by sophomore Juliane Piggott, but Washington State came back with four straight to tie it up. UCLA still held the lead at 13-12, but three in a row by Washington State gave them its first lead of the set at 15-13. The Cougars got their lead up to as many as three at 18-15, but the Bruins rallied with four in a row to take a 19-18 advantage. Camp began the run with a kill and then teamed up with Piggott on a block, which was followed by consecutive Cougar attack errors to make it a one-point game.
Washington State earned the next point to tie it at 19, but a 3-0 UCLA run made it 22-19. The Bruins benefitted from two WSU errors, with a Fine ace in between, to go up by three. Gil clinched the match with a kill to give UCLA the 25-22 win. Daley had six of the Bruins' 13 kills in the first set, as UCLA out-hit Washington State .190 to .159.
The second set started similar to the first, but this time it was Washington State which started with a 4-0 run before UCLA responded with the next four to tie it up. Daley had the first three kills of the run, while Gil added another. The Cougars took the lead back on the next point on a side out, but the Bruins went on a 7-2 run to take an 11-7 advantage. McGraw had three kills during the run. UCLA didn't trail for the rest of the set, but Washington State did tie it up at 13.
However, five in a row by the Bruins put the game out of reach. Washington State committed three errors, while Gil had a kill and Fine had an ace. The Cougars trimmed the deficit to three at 21-18, but the Bruins scored the last four points of the set on kills by McGraw and Spicer, an ace by sophomore Jazmin Machado and a combo block by McGraw and Camp to win the set 25-18. The Bruins hit .375 in the second, recording 16 kills and only one error in 40 swings. McGraw posted five kills, while Daley and Gil each had four. Washington State swung at a .205 clip.
The Bruins led from beginning to end in the third to finish off the sweep. UCLA scored eight of the first 11 and never looked back. Camp had four of the first eight points on kills, while Daley, Gil, McGraw and freshman Sara Sage also had kills. The Cougars got no closer than four the rest of the way, as UCLA increased its lead to double figures for the first time at 17-7. On top 13-7, the Bruins got a kill by freshman Lainey Gera, an ace by Daley, another kill by Gil and a WSU attack error to go up by 10.
With the Bruins holding a 19-13 advantage, they scored six of the last seven points of the match to win it 25-14. Camp had two kills, Daley posted a kill and a block and Sage added a kill to give the Bruins match point. A Washington State attack error on match point gave the Bruins the 11-point victory. Camp had eight kills in the third, while Gil added four, as the Bruins hit .516 with 18 kills and only two errors in 31 attempts. The Cougars hit .161 in the third.
Jackie Albright led the Cougars with nine kills, as Washington State hit at a .175 hitting percentage.
The Bruins are back on the road next weekend, facing Arizona on Friday and Arizona State on Saturday. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. for both matches.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.