Sept. 16, 2011
PULLMAN - The Washington State volleyball team was swept by No. 6 UCLA Friday night 25-12, 25-19, 25-21 in the Pac-12 opener for the Cougars before 713 fans at Bohler Gym. The WSU record is now 8-3 overall, 0-1 in conference play while UCLA advances to record of 9-1 overall, 2-0 in Pac-12.
Rachel Kidder's 10 kills led the Bruins and the match as UCLA hit .325 for the night. Setter Lauren Van Orden had 34 assists and Mariana Aquino led the match with six blocks as the visitors out-blocked WSU 12 to 7.5.
The taller and more experienced Bruins opened the match hitting .391 in claimed the first set 25-12 while holding the Cougars to a -.125 hitting percentage. The Cougars came alive more in the second set, tying the score at nine before UCLA marched ahead to a 21-14 lead. WSU made a late run with back-to-back blocks from Glab and Harris to close the gap to four points before the Bruins won 25-19. The Cougars again made a late run in the third set, stopping the Bruins at match point three consecutive times but UCLA prevailed and took the 25-21 win.
"I thought we were able to do a good job serving; that was part of our game-plan and it took them a little bit off balance but we just couldn't convert those opportunities into points," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "I thought our players had a little `deer in the headlights' in the first set so now that they have this Pac-12 experience especially against a fantastic UCLA team hopefully that will get them a little bit of confidence because we did some good things and they can take that and build on it."
WSU hosts No. 13 USC (6-3, 1-1) Saturday night at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym. USC defeated No. 4 Washington Friday night in Seattle 3-0.