Volleyball Battles but Falls at No. 6 UCLA
Oct. 26, 2012
LOS ANGELES -- The Washington State volleyball team (10-13, 0-11 Pac-12) lost to the defending national champions No. 6 UCLA (16-4, 8-3) in scores of 25-12, 28-26, and 25-22 Friday night in a Pac-12 Networks televised match at the John Wooden Center on the Westwood campus.
UCLA's Tabi Love led the match with 24 kills while hitting .412. No other Bruin had double-digit kills. Mariana Aquino led the match with eight blocks and setter Megan Moenoa had 34 assists and 12 digs. Bojana Todorovic led the match with 16 digs. UCLA hit .336 and held WSU to a .151 hitting percentage and the Bruins tallied 11 blocks to the Cougars' five.
Leading the Cougars was Jaicee Harris with 16 kills, eight digs and two blocks in spite of playing the last set with a bloodied nose. Ver'Leea Hardaway had eight kills while Camryn Irwin had 29 assists and 11 digs, Kate Sommer had 12 digs, and Marcelina Glab, suffering from flu symptoms, put up four blocks.
UCLA hit .643 in the opening set with 18 kills and zero errors in 28 attacks and captured the 25-12 win. Love had eight of the Bruins' kills while Harris led the Cougars with four kills.
The Cougars opened the second set with an 8-7 lead only to see UCLA roar back to lead 18-12. WSU battled back to tie the set at 21. After trading points WSU was serving for set at 25-24 but Love landed an attack to knot the score again. Logan and Glab combined on a block to put WSU ahead 26-25 but on the second set point attempt WSU committed an attack error to tie the score for the eighth time of the set at 26 points. Kills from Kidder and Nightingale handed UCLA the 28-26 win.
UCLA could not shake the Cougars as the visitors came back to tie the set at 14 and then took the lead 16-15. WSU extend its advantage to 18-16. The Bruins and Cougars traded pairs of points until UCLA scored four straight to go ahead 23-21. WSU scored again to close the gap to one but UCLA took the 25-22 win.
"It's taking too long for us to make adjustments (in the first set). We dug some great balls and when we did make those adjustments we did really well," Cougar Head Coach Jen Greeny said. "We have to learn to do that a little bit quicker. I think if we would have had everybody on tonight - Rachel was off tonight and with Marcelina being sick, we need everybody functioning on all cylinders. UCLA made some diving plays and that's what great teams do, they find a way to win so give credit to UCLA. I thought we fought hard in the second and third sets."
Washington State plays at No. 7 USC (20-3, 8-3) Sat., Oct. 27 in a 7 p.m. match. USC defeated No. 5 Washington 3-2 Friday night in Los Angeles.
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