Oct. 11, 2008
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- The Washington State volleyball team could not hold off No. 8 UCLA as the Bruins took the 25-22, 25-18, 25-14 win Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion.
WSU falls to a 7-10 overall record and 0-6 in the Pacific-10 conference action as No. 8 UCLA moves to 12-4 overall, 2-3 in league play.
Jackie Albright had nine kills while Cassie Robbins added another eight kills and hit .375 for the match. Brittany Tillman added seven kills and three blocks. Emily Rooney and Brittany Johnson each had six kills. Renee Bordelon had 32 assists and Kelly Hyder contributed 17 digs. Bordelon and Bree Flach each had one service ace.
UCLA's Alli Daley led all players with 13 kills (.355) and 12 digs. Katie Camp had 11 kills (.733) two blocks. Amanda Gil had nine kills and three blocks while Nellie Spicer had 41 assists. Jessica Fine added 15 digs and two aces and Juliane Piggott also landed a pair of aces.
The Cougars came out ready to play in the first set. Tied at 13-each, WSU took its first lead of the set on an Albright kill. The Bruins and Cougs were knotted again at 19-all, the 10th tie of the set, when UCLA scored a trio to go up 22-19. WSU battled back, making the home team give up three points before the Bruins took the opener, 25-22.
WSU got off to a quick start in the second set and knocked down three points to tie the score at 13 points each. UCLA then reeled off five consecutive points before committing a service error making the score 18-14. Another pair of Bruins points were followed a timeout by WSU. The Cougars tried to claw their way back into the set, outscoring UCLA four to one, down only three at 21-18. After a Bruin timeout, kills from Dicey McGraw, Spicer, a WSU attack error and a block from Camp gave UCLA the 25-18 win.
UCLA jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third set and never looked back. Bruins close out the match with a 25-14 final set score. Camp landed eight kills on eight attacks in this set.
"I thought we played better last night but we played well in the first set tonight," WSU Head Coach Andrew Palileo said. "We had good focus and we put ourselves in a position to win the set but the four errors in the middle, when they tied us and passed us, was key to that first set. We never recovered late in the set. In the last two sets I think we competed at a high level at several points but UCLA was doing pretty good things against us. We are consistent up until we need a big pass or a big swing in crunch time. When you look at the numbers you see our outside position is struggling right now and not putting the ball down the way we need to."
Next on the schedule for Washington State is hosting No. 7 Oregon State Friday, Oct. 17, and No. 24 Oregon Sunday, Oct. 19, in Pullman.