Oct. 26, 2006
PULLMAN, Wash. - The No. 4 UCLA volleyball team battled Washington State to a 30-27, 30-28, 30-25, win Thursday night before 633 fans at Bohler Gym.
WSU falls to 14-10 overall, 2-8 in Pac-10 play while UCLA moves to 22-1 overall, 9-1 in conference action and atop the Pac-10 standings after No. 5 USC lost to No. 6 Washington Thursday night, 3-1.
Four Bruins combined for 49 of UCLA's 57 kills: Rachell Johnson with 14, Nana Meriwether with 13, Katie Carer with 12 and Kaitlin Sather with 10. Meriwwether, the Pac-10 blocking leader, had six blocks with Colby Lyman adding four. Setter Nellie Spicer had 49 assists and Sather added 13 digs. Jade Machado served a match-high three aces.
Cougar junior Adetokunbo "T" Faleti led all players with 18 kills (.293) while Brittany Johnson had 12 kills. Stephanie Weishaar, playing libero, had 17 digs and Tara West had three blocks. Corina Beyer had 41 assists.
"I think that over all we did a lot of good things tonight," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "UCLA and a lot of these Pac 10 teams, they are going to be able to bring five and maybe even sometimes six offensive weapons to you every single night. We, as a team, are having some really great individual performances from different people each night. What we need in order to be competitive, we have to bring that all together as a team and begin to click on all five or six cylinders out there offensively. I believe that we have five hitters on the floor and I believe that every one of those hitters can terminate the ball. I think that if we just had a little bit more out of our middle attack it would really lighten the load for someone like `T'."
While the Cougars kept the first two games close, they gave up a 19-13 lead in the third game as the Bruins out-scored them 8 to 2 to tie the game at 21 points. UCLA distanced themselves with a 9 to 4 end-run to win the game 30-25, their largest margin on the night.
Cougar senior co-captain Kelly Rosin said, "I think that our goal was to stop their middle hitter and in the third game and the second game we slowed her down a little bit and made it easier for our defense to pick it up."
Washington State hosts No. 5 USC Friday night at Bohler Gym.
No. 4 UCLA (22-1, 9-1) def. Washington State (14-10, 2-8) 30-27, 30-28, 30-25 KILLS - UCLA 57 (Johnson 14), WSU 47 (Faleti 18) HITTING PERCENTAGE - UCLA .247, WSU .190 ASSISTS - UCLA 55 (Spicer 49), WSU 46 (Beyer 41) DIGS - UCLA 60 (Sather 13), WSU 56 (Weishaar 17) BLOCKS - UCLA 8 (Meriwether 6), WSU 8 (West 3) SERVICE ACES - UCLA 4 (Machado 3), WSU 3 (Weishaar 2) Attendance: 633.