Oct. 17, 2009
PULLMAN, Wash. -- The Washington State volleyball team was not able to sustain the momentum of the upset win Friday night against No. 16 USC as No. 12 UCLA defeated the Cougars 25-12, 26-24, 25-12, Saturday night before 1,108 fans in Bohler Gym.
"I give credit to UCLA. They did a great job coming out with a lot of energy and executed their game plan. They came out and competed and we didn't," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said.
Kaitlin Sather led UCLA (14-6, 4-3) with 16 kills and hit an outstanding .560 as the Bruins hit .289 as a team. Amanda Gil, Katie Camp and Sather combined for 18 blocks as UCLA outblocked WSU 14 to 8. Lauren Cook had 33 assists and combined with Bojana Todorovic for 21 digs.
Meagan Ganzer's eight kills led Washington State (15-4, 4-4). Oceana Bush's 15 digs and Renee Bordelon's 23 assists were the only double-digits for the Cougs. Cassie Robbins added four blocks with Brittany Tillman and Rachel Todorovich each adding three blocks. WSU hit a season-low .031 for the match.
UCLA raced to the lead in the first set and never looked back taking the 25-12 win. The Bruins hit .344 with five kills from Sather and four from Todorovic. WSU hit .000 and Todorovich had four kills.
The second set teetered back-and-forth as the Cougars took an 18-14 lead only to have the Bruins score five straight and go ahead 19-18. Tied at 20, UCLA scored first and WSU tallied three points for a 23-21 lead. Camp landed a kill to put UCLA within one and WSU took a timeout. Todorovich rolled one down the net to put the Cougars serving for set at 24-22. But it was not to be. Gil blocked Albright, Cook served an ace, Sather landed a kill and the 26th point was scored when Albright lost her footing on a kill and fell under the net. Both teams hit .158 as both Ganzer and Sather had six kills for their respective teams.
WSU began the third set strong but quickly lost control as UCLA hit .407 in this set. Ahead 15 to 10, the Bruins scored the final 11 points with only one point by the Cougs.
The Cougars host No. 4 Washington (17-1, 7-1) Friday, Oct. 23 in a 7 p.m. match in Bohler Gym.