UCLA Bruins Tame LSU Tigers in NCAA First-Round Match
Dec. 6, 2008
LOS ANGELES - Sophomore Dicey McGraw had a team-high 13 kills, senior Ali Daley had a double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs and sophomore Emily Clements came off the bench to post nine kills in just two sets, as the #14-seeded Bruins defeated LSU 3-1 on Friday at Pauley Pavilion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Scores were 25-19, 22-25, 25-20, 25-20.
The Bruins improve to 21-10 on the season and will face Duke in the second round on Saturday at 7 p.m. LSU finishes its season at 18-10.
Clements made no hitting errors on the night in 13 attempts for a .692 hitting percentage. Joining her with zero errors was freshman Amanda Gil, who posted eight kills in 14 attacks (.571 hitting percentage). Senior Nellie Spicer joined Daley in the double-double department with 41 assists and 15 digs, while senior Jessica Fine recorded 18 digs.
The Tigers took an early 5-3 lead, but the Bruins battled back with three in a row and never trailed for the remainder of the set. The 3-0 run came on two LSU attack errors and a Spicer kill. The set was still tied at eight when a 5-0 Bruin spurt put the home team up 13-8. Freshman Katie Camp had a kill to start the run, and after an LSU attack error, the Bruins got a spike from Daley and back-to-back blocks by the duo of Daley and Gil. The Bruins' lead never dipped below four for the rest of the set, with the biggest advantage coming at 23-16. With UCLA up 23-19, McGraw had consecutive kills to win the set 25-19. The Bruins out-hit the Tigers .190 to .068. McGraw had four kills to pace UCLA in the first, while Fine had seven digs.
UCLA led early in the second, but LSU came back late to tie up the match. The Bruins scored the first three points of the set on two kills by Daley and one by Camp. Leading 8-6, the Tigers ran off three straight to take their first lead of the set at 9-8, but a kill by Daley and a Camp/Gil roof put the Bruins back ahead 10-9. UCLA still led 13-12, but LSU made runs of 4-0 and 9-2 to take a 21-15 advantage. The Bruins made a late 7-2 run to cut their deficit to one at 23-22. Gil had three kills, while Daley and McGraw each had one during the run. But back-to-back kills by Kyna Washington gave the Tigers a 25-22 win. Daley posted six kills, while Gil had five in the second. LSU out-hit UCLA .316 to .229.
The Bruins led for most of the third set to take a 2-1 lead. UCLA took an early 7-4 advantage thanks to kills by Gil, Daley, freshman Sara Sage and Spicer, as well as a combo block by McGraw and Sage. The Tigers took their first lead at 9-8 and also had a 10-9 advantage before a 5-1 run put the Bruins ahead 14-11. UCLA benefited from three LSU attack errors, also receiving a kill from Clements and a combo block by Sage and Spicer. The Tigers evened the set at 16, but three in a row by the Bruins on two LSU errors and a kill by McGraw gave them a 19-16 edge. Leading 21-19, the Bruins closed out the set with three of the final four points to win it 25-20. Clements had four kills in the third, while McGraw added three, as the Bruins out-hit the Tigers .286 to .128.
UCLA trailed just twice in the fourth set to win the match 3-1. After dropping the first point, the Bruins scored five straight to take a 5-1 lead. Spicer had two kills and an ace during the run, while Clements had two kills. The Bruins grew their lead up to five at 9-4, but a 7-3 LSU run got the visitors to within one at 12-11. After a kill by McGraw and a combo block by Clements and Sage brought the Bruins' advantage back up to three at 14-11, the Tigers came back with four straight to take a 15-14 edge.
The Bruins responded with two in a row on kills by Clements and Daley to take a 16-15 lead and never trailed for the rest of the set. Tied at 17, the Bruins scored four straight on a Daley kill, two LSU errors and an ace by sophomore Jazmin Machado. UCLA still led it 22-20 when it posted the final three points of the match on a Spicer kill, a Gil ace and a McGraw kill on match point to win it 25-20. The Bruins out-hit the Tigers .268 to .184 in the fourth. Clements had five kills in the fourth, Spicer added four and Daley and McGraw had three each.
Washington led LSU with 15 kills, adding 10 digs for a double-double. Brittnee Cooper (12), Michele Williams (11) and Angela Bensend (10) also had double figures in kills. Elena Martinez posted 31 digs. The Tigers hit .175 as a team.