Daley Joins Elite Club in UCLA Sweep of Arizona
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Senior Ali Daley had a team-high 11 kills and became the 24th member of UCLA's 1,000-kill club on Saturday, as the ninth-ranked Bruins swept Arizona at Pauley Pavilion. Scores were 25-17, 25-18 and 25-22.
The Bruins improve to 18-8 overall and 8-7 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats fall to 14-12 and 4-10 in league action.
Daley brings her Bruin kill total to 1,009 with the double-figure kills match. Senior Nellie Spicer had 31 assists, seven digs and five kills, while senior Jessica Fine posted 20 digs. Sophomore Jazmin Machado had four service aces and freshmen Amanda Gil and Sara Sage each registered seven kills.
Arizona scored three of the first four points of the opening set to take an early 3-1 lead, but a 6-0 UCLA run put the home team ahead 7-3. After a service error to start the run, freshman Katie Camp and Gil had consecutive kills. Camp added another spike, followed by a Spicer kill and a Gil/Camp combo block to put the Bruins up by four and force Arizona into a timeout. UCLA led by at least three for the remainder of the set.
Still leading by four at 14-10, the Bruins had a 3-0 mini-run on a kill by Camp and back-to-back service aces by Machado. UCLA's highest lead of the set was at eight on multiple occasions. A kill by Gil won the first set for the Bruins by a score of 25-17. Gil (5) and Camp (4) combined for nine kills and no hitting errors in 13 swings in the first set, as UCLA hit .419 as a team. Arizona hit .294 in the opener.
The Wildcats again had the advantage early in the second set, but another Bruin run gave them the lead for good. Arizona held a 7-5 edge, but a 5-0 UCLA spurt made it 10-7. The Bruins benefitted from four Arizona errors and a solo roof by sophomore Dicey McGraw to put them up by three. The Wildcats came back with the next three points to tie it at 10, but UCLA rallied with four of the next five to go up 14-11. Sage and Daley had kills, while Gil and Camp teamed up for a block.
Arizona again came back to get to within one at 16-15, but a 7-2 UCLA run made it a 23-17 score. Spicer began with consecutive kills, while Sage also added three kills and a block during the run. UCLA recorded its fourth block of the set to clinch the second, thanks to a Gil/Camp roof, to win it 25-18. Daley and Sage each had four kills in the second, as the Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .242 to .031.
For the third straight set, it was Arizona which jumped out to an early lead at 3-1. However, a 5-1 Bruin run put them up 6-4. Fine and Machado had aces during the run, while McGraw added a kill. The Wildcats battled back with three in a row to re-take the lead 7-6. Down 8-7, the Bruins received three straight kills by Daley to forge ahead 10-8. UCLA would never relinquish the lead for the rest of the set.
Tied at 15, the Bruins scored five of the next six points to take a 20-16 advantage. Daley had a kill and block during the run, while Gil and McGraw each added a kill. The Wildcats made things interesting late in the set, cutting their deficit to 23-22, but Camp had a kill and Machado served an ace on match point to give the Bruins the 25-22 win. Daley had five kills, McGraw posted four and Sage added three. The Wildcats out-hit the Bruins .244 to .143 in the third.
Randy Goodenough had 13 kills to lead the Wildcats, while Paige Weber added 31 assists and 10 digs. The Wildcats hit .198 for the match.
The Bruins head to the Bay Area for their final regular-season road trip, facing California on Friday at 5 p.m. and Stanford on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com for both matches.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.