10th-Ranked Bruins Make a Clean Sweep of Arizona State
TEMPE, Ariz. - Sophomore Dicey McGraw led the Bruins with a match-high 14 kills, senior Nellie Spicer had 41 assists and tied a career high with eight kills and senior Jessica Fine posted 22 digs, as the 10th-ranked Bruins swept Arizona State on Saturday at Wells Fargo Arena. Scores were 25-17, 27-25, 25-17.
The Bruins improve to 14-4 overall and 4-3 in Pac-10 play with the win, while the Sun Devils fall to 10-10 and 1-6 in league action.
Spicer did not have a hitting error on the evening in 11 attempts for a .727 hitting percentage. Freshman Amanda Gil was in double figures in kills with 11, while senior Ali Daley recorded 10 kills and nine digs. The Bruins hit .333 as a team.
The teams traded the first 12 points on sideouts until Arizona State took its first lead of the set at 7-6. But the lead would be short-lived, as back-to-back kills by Gil made it 8-7. The Sun Devils scored the next point to tie things up at eight, but a 5-0 Bruin run gave them a 13-8 advantage and forced ASU into a timeout. Daley started and finished the run with a kill, adding an ace as well, while Spicer also recorded a kill. McGraw posted the next four UCLA points on kills to make it a 17-10 lead.
The Bruins' largest advantage of the set was eight on four different occasions. A kill by Spicer on the Bruins' second set point gave them a 25-17 victory. UCLA hit a spectacular .514 in the opener with 19 kills and just one error in 35 swings. McGraw had six kills and no errors in 13 swings, while Gil added five kills and no errors in seven attempts. The Sun Devils hit .206 in the first.
Arizona State led the majority of the second set, but UCLA staged a dramatic comeback late to win it. The Sun Devils jumped out to a 5-1 advantage and got their lead up to as many as seven at 12-5. The Bruins began to slowly chip away though and eventually took their first lead of the set. Down 18-14, the Bruins scored five in a row to take a one-point advantage. Sophomore Juliane Piggott began the run with a kill, and following two ASU attack errors, Daley had consecutive kills to make it 19-18.
The Sun Devils came back with a 6-2 run to give them set point at 24-21, but the Bruins rallied and scored the next four points. After an ASU attack error, Gil and Spicer teamed up for a block and Daley had a kill to make it 24-all. Gil and McGraw then had a combo stuff to give the Bruins set point. While ASU thwarted UCLA's first chance at winning the set, tying it at 25, Gil and Spicer had back-to-back kills to take the set 27-25. UCLA out-hit Arizona State .158 to .111. Daley had five kills, while McGraw, Piggott and Spicer added three each.
UCLA posted a wire-to-wire victory in the third to finish off the sweep. The Bruins scored four of the first five on two kills by McGraw and one each from Gil and Daley. The Sun Devils closed to within one at 5-4, but a 7-0 Bruin run started to put things out of reach. Spicer had two kills and a block during the run, freshman Katie Camp had a kill and block and Daley and McGraw each had kills during the run.
The Bruins' lead stayed between five and eight for the rest of the set. On their second match point, McGraw notched the kill to give UCLA the 25-17 victory. McGraw had five kills in the third, while Camp and Gil had four each. The Bruins finished out the match with a .432 hitting percentage in the third, while the Sun Devils hit just .094.
Sarah Reaves led Arizona State with eight kills and 11 digs, as the Sun Devils hit .135 for the match.
The Bruins open a four-match homestand on Friday when they host California at 7 p.m. Live audio and Gametracker will be available at UCLABruins.com.
Article courtesy of UCLA athletics.