No. 9 UCLA Defeats Arizona State, 3-0
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Nellie Spicer moved into second place on UCLA's all-time assists list and freshman Amanda Gil led the Bruins with a match-high 13 kills and six blocks, as the ninth-ranked Bruins swept Arizona State on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-20, 25-12, 25-11.
The Bruins improve to 17-8 overall and 7-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Sun Devils fall to 12-14 and 3-10 in league.
Spicer had 39 assists and 10 digs for her team-leading 12th double-double of the season. The senior has 5,697 assists for her career and moved past Ann Boyer for second place on the Bruins' assists list. Gil hit .478 for the match, while fellow freshman Katie Camp hit .476 with 11 kills and just one error in 21 swings. Sophomore Dicey McGraw added nine kills, senior Jessica Fine posted 14 digs and sophomore Jazmin Machado had nine digs.
The Sun Devils jumped out to an early 7-4 lead in the opening set, but the Bruins rallied with five of the next six to go up 9-8. Camp had two kills during the run, while Gil and junior Laura Holloway each had a kill and a block. After ASU sided out to even the score at nine, a 3-0 run thanks to back-to-back Gil kills and a Holloway spike put UCLA ahead 12-9. The Bruins never trailed for the rest of the set. On a kill by McGraw that put UCLA up 14-12, Spicer moved into second place on UCLA's all-time assists list.
Arizona State hung tough and was still in it down 14-13, but the Bruins reeled off six of the next seven points to take a 20-14 advantage. UCLA received two kills from freshman Sara Sage and one each from Camp, Holloway and McGraw during the run. The Bruins' largest lead of the set was seven at 23-16. UCLA clinched the opener on an Arizona State service error to claim the 25-20 victory. In a good offensive showing in the first set by both teams, the Bruins out-hit the Sun Devils .311 to .268. Gil (6) and Holloway (5) combined for 11 of the Bruins' 20 kills, while Camp, McGraw and Sage combined for the other nine with three apiece.
The Bruins led from start to finish in the second set. It was all McGraw and Sage early on, as the duo combined for the first six Bruin points. McGraw opened the set with a kill, followed by a McGraw/Sage roof. After an ASU side out, McGraw and Sage had consecutive kills and another McGraw/Sage block made it 5-1. McGraw closed out the run with a kill to make it 6-1. With the Bruins still leading 10-5, they scored six in a row to take a double-digit lead. This run was courtesy of senior Ali Daley and Gil. The duo had a pair of combo blocks, with Gil adding two kills and Daley posting another.
UCLA had a set-high lead of 13 on two occasions. Arizona State closed the gap to nine at 21-12, but the Bruins scored the final four points on a Sun Devil attack error, a Sage/Camp block, a Camp kill and a solo roof by Daley to win it 25-12. UCLA had just one hitting error in the second, swinging at a .289 percentage. Camp, Gil and McGraw had three kills apiece. The Bruins added eight blocks. Arizona State hit just .021 with 11 kills and 10 hitting errors.
It was another wire-to-wire win for the Bruins in the third, scoring five of the first six to take an early 5-1 advantage. UCLA benefitted from two ASU attack errors and also received a McGraw kill and block and a Sage/Camp combo roof. Leading 7-3, the Bruins went on a 5-0 run to go ahead 12-3. Two Sun Devil hitting errors opened the run, which was followed by a Gil kill, a Daley/Gil block and a Camp kill.
UCLA got its lead up to double figures for the first time at 19-9 following an ace by Fine. Leading 20-10, the Bruins scored five of the last six points of the match to win the third 25-11. Gil had three kills in the final run, while a Daley kill won it for the Bruins on their second match point. Camp had five kills in the finale, Gil added four and McGraw posted three. The Bruins again had just one hitting error, recording 15 kills in 35 swings for a .400 hitting percentage. Arizona State hit -.029 in the third with eight kills and nine errors.
Sarah Reaves led the Sun Devils with 11 kills, while Margie Giordano (15), Sarah Johnson (11) and Sofie Schlagintweit (11) all had double figures in digs. Arizona State hit .089 for the match.
The Bruins host Arizona on Saturday at Pauley Pavilion. First serve is at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live audio will be available on UCLABruins.com.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.