Sept. 28, 2012
PULLMAN -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-5, 0-3 Pac-12) lost 25-17, 25-13, and 25-15 to the defending national champions, No. 4 UCLA (10-3, 2-2), Friday night before 926 fans at Bohler Gym.
UCLA's Rachel Kidder led the match with 18 kills while hitting .429, and Tabi Love added 10 kills and hit .526. The much taller Bruins out-blocked the Cougars six to two with Zoe Nightingale stopping a match-high four blocks. Bojana Todorovic had 11 digs and Megan Moenoa had 41 assists.
WSU's Jaicee Harris led the Cougars with 11 kills and Rachel Todorovich contributing seven more. Camryn Irwin set up 23 assists and Kate Sommer had 12 digs. Marcelina Glab had two blocks. The Cougars struggled with a .134 team hitting percentage while UCLA hit .468 for the match.
"UCLA is a very good team with a ton of experience and I thought we did a few things well but we definitely need to come out with all cylinders when we face these top-ranked teams," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said.
The Bruins took an early lead in the opening set and held off several strong WSU comebacks with a .500 hitting percentage that led the visitors to a 25-17 win. Love tagged five kills for UCLA and Harris led the Cougars with four.
The second set was tied at six-all when UCLA scored five unanswered points and ran off to a 25-13 win. The Bruins hit .467 and held the Cougars to a .032 hitting percentage in this set. Kidder had eight kills in this set and after two was hitting .417.
For the Cougars the third set was much like the second with UCLA taking the lead and not relinquishing it for the 25-15 win.
WSU takes on defending Pac-12 champions No. 3 USC (12-2, 1-2) Sunday, Sept. 30 at 11:30 a.m. in Bohler Gym. USC lost to No. 5 Washington Friday night in Seattle with set scores of 25-23, 26-24 and 25-21.