10th-Ranked UCLA Dispatches Arizona in Four
TUCSON, Ariz. - Freshman Amanda Gil paced the Bruins with 15 kills, senior Ali Daley had a double-double with 14 kills and a season-high 17 digs and sophomore Dicey McGraw also posted double figures in kills with 13, as the 10th-ranked Bruins defeated Arizona in four sets on Friday at McKale Center. Scores were 25-15, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22.
The Bruins improve to 13-4 overall and 3-3 in Pac-10 play, while the Wildcats fall to 12-6 and 2-4 in league action.
Gil hit .538 on the evening with only one error in 26 attempts. She also added five blocks. Senior Nellie Spicer netted a double-double with 51 assists and 14 digs, while sophomore Juliane Piggott posted nine kills and a career-high seven blocks. Senior Jessica Fine recorded 29 digs. The Bruins hit .248 and 12 blocks as a team.
UCLA jumped out to a 6-1 lead thanks in part to five Arizona errors. Daley recorded a kill on the match's first point, and following an Arizona sideout, the Wildcats committed a service error and two attack errors. A receiving error by Arizona resulted in a Daley service ace, which was followed by another attack error, prompting a Wildcat timeout. Out of the break, McGraw and Gil recorded kills to make it 8-1, as Arizona called its second timeout of the set. But the breather again was not enough to stop the Bruins' run, as Daley served another ace to make it 9-1. UCLA then received two straight blocks on a Gil/Piggott roof and a Gil/McGraw stuff to increase its lead to 11-1. A service error by Daley finally ended the run at 10-0.
Trailing 11-1, the Wildcats scored the next four to close the gap to six at 11-5. UCLA increased its lead to nine at 16-7 when another 4-0 Arizona run made it a five-point game at 16-11. But the Wildcats were unable to get any closer. At 21-15, the Bruins posted the final four points of the set to take it 25-15. Following service and attack errors by Arizona, the Bruins got a block from McGraw and freshman Katie Camp and Daley clinched the set with a kill to give UCLA the 10-point win. The Bruins hit .400 in the opener, with 11 kills and only one error in 25 swings. Daley and Gil each had three kills, while Fine posted 10 digs in the first. Arizona had a .081 hitting percentage.
Arizona led for the majority of the second set to even the match. The Wildcats scored the first three points, but the Bruins rallied back with three straight to tie it up. Daley and Gil had kills, which was followed by Daley's third ace of the match. Arizona came back with five of the next six to take an 8-4 advantage. The Bruins chopped away at their deficit and finally took their first lead of the set at 13-12. UCLA remained in front at 14-13, but a 5-1 Wildcat run put them up by three and ahead for good. UCLA got no closer than two the rest of the way, as Arizona won it 25-20 on a Jacy Norton kill on set point. The Bruins could not put the ball down in the second, recording more than twice as many attempts (52) than in the first set (25) and hitting just .096. Daley had five kills, while McGraw added three. Arizona hit .125 in the second.
The Bruins never trailed in the third en route to a 25-21 victory. UCLA went on 4-0 and 6-1 runs to start the set. Gil and Daley had kills during the run, while Piggott added an ace. The Bruins still held a four-point lead at 11-7 when the Wildcats scored five of the next six to even the score at 12. Things remained tied at 13 when the Bruins went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 advantage. Gil was a key part of the run, tallying two kills and two block assists. UCLA's lead remained between three and five for the rest of the set. McGraw won the match on a kill for the four-point victory. The Bruins out-hit the Wildcats .294 to .200. Daley, Gil and McGraw all had four kills in the third.
The fourth was a back-and-forth affair with 12 ties and eight lead changes and neither team leading by more than three, but the Bruins pulled away to win the set and the match. The Wildcats took a brief 3-2 edge before the Bruins scored six of the next eight to take an 8-5 advantage. Piggott had a kill and an ace during the run, while Gil added three kills. Arizona responded with a 7-3 run of its own to re-take the lead at 12-11. From that point, the lead switched hands five more times with seven ties.
Trailing 19-17, the Bruins scored four straight to take a 21-19 lead. Following an Arizona attack error, Piggott had a kill and a block with freshman Sara Sage, while McGraw also had a kill. The Bruins didn't trail for the rest of the set. On their second set point, Daley spiked home the match clincher to give UCLA the 25-22 win. Gil had six kills in the fourth, while McGraw added four. The Bruins hit .295 in the final set, while the Wildcats hit .238.
Tiffany Owens led the Wildcats with 23 kills and 14 digs, as Arizona hit .160 for the match.
The 10th-ranked Bruins travel to Tempe to face Arizona State Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker will be available on the schedule page of UCLABruins.com.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.