Ninth-Ranked UCLA Sweeps Washington State
PULLMAN, Wash. - Sophomore Dicey McGraw led UCLA in kills for a team-best 10th time this season with a match-high 14, as the ninth-ranked Bruins swept Washington State on Friday at Bohler Gym. Scores were 25-13, 25-18, 25-17.
The Bruins improve to 16-7 overall and 6-6 in league play, while the Cougars fall to 7-16 and 0-12 in Pac-10 action.
Senior Nellie Spicer had 37 assists to increase her career total to 5,612, putting her 56 assists away from moving past Ann Boyer into second place on UCLA's all-time list. Senior Ali Daley had eight kills and 12 digs to move to within 12 kills of becoming the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-kill club. In the backcourt, senior Jessica Fine had 14 digs, sophomore Jazmin Machado recorded 10 and freshman Lainey Gera posted eight. UCLA hit .261 for the match.
The two teams combined for six ties and five lead changes early on before a long Bruin run put the set out of reach. Trailing 6-5, the Bruins scored 11 in a row, 10 coming on Daley's serve, to take a 16-6 lead. Following a Spicer kill to start the run, Daley served an ace and McGraw posted a kill to give UCLA an 8-6 edge. Freshman Amanda Gil then had consecutive block solos and a WSU attack error made it 11-6 and forced the Cougars into a timeout. The run wasn't done though, as a McGraw/Gil block out of the timeout followed by a McGraw kill put UCLA on top 13-6. Daley recorded her second service ace of the run and followed that up with a kill to make it 15-6, prompting another timeout by Washington State. McGraw posted another kill to make it 16-6 before a Daley service error finally gave the serve back to the Cougars.
The closest Washington State got the rest of the way was an eight-point deficit at 16-8, but the Bruins extended their lead to a set-best 13 at 23-10. On UCLA's second set point, freshman Katie Camp recorded the clinching kill to give the Bruins a 25-13 victory. McGraw had four kills in the first, while Camp added three. UCLA hit .233 in the first and held Washington State to a -.032 hitting percentage.
UCLA never trailed in the second set. Tied at five, the Bruins went on a 9-4 run to take a 14-9 advantage. Daley and freshman Sara Sage both had two kills during the run and Gil and McGraw each added a kill and a block. Washington State closed to within two at 14-12, but UCLA got its lead back up to four at 19-15. The Cougars rallied with another 3-0 run to cut their deficit to one at 19-18, forcing the Bruins into a timeout.
UCLA came out focused after the breather, scoring the set's final six points to win it 25-18. Sage had a block out of the timeout, which was followed by a pair of McGraw kills to put the Bruins ahead 22-18. Back-to-back combo blocks by Sage and Camp and Sage and McGraw gave the Bruins set point and a McGraw spike clinched the seven-point victory in the second set. Daley had five kills in the second, McGraw had four and Gil and Sage each had three. The Bruins out-hit the Cougars .275 to .056.
The Bruins scored the first three points of the third set, but the Cougars came back with a 3-0 run of their own. UCLA re-took the lead 5-3, but Washington State took its first lead of the set with three in a row to go up 6-5. Back-to-back kills by Gil put the Bruins up 7-6, but yet another 3-0 spurt by the Cougars gave them a 9-7 advantage. Still trailing 10-8, the Bruins scored six in a row to take a 14-10 advantage. Spicer and McGraw had kills to start the run, and following a bad set by the Cougars, Spicer and McGraw notched consecutive kills again to give the Bruins a 13-10 lead. A WSU attack error closed out the run to make it 14-10.
Washington State got to within three at 19-16, but a 6-1 UCLA run to close out the set made it a clean sweep for the visitors. McGraw and Spicer each had two kills and freshman Juliane Piggott served an ace during a 5-0 run to give the Bruins match point. Washington State staved off one match point, but a McGraw kill gave UCLA the 25-17 victory to complete a fifth-straight sweep of the Cougars. McGraw had six kills in the third and didn't have an error in nine swings (.667 hitting percentage). Gil and Spicer added four kills apiece, as the Bruins out-hit the Cougars .267 to .105.
Brittany Johnson had a team-best six kills for the Cougars, while Kelly Hyder had 20 digs. Washington State hit .048 as a team.
The Bruins take on #5 Washington on Sunday at 1 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. Gametracker will also be available on the schedule of UCLABruins.com.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.