Fifth-Ranked UCLA Tops Matadors 30-16, 30-24, 30-18
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Sophomore Angela Hupp had 15 assists and nine kills and freshman Alex Johnson added seven kills and eight digs but Cal State Northridge was no match for No. 5 UCLA as the Bruins won in three games on Friday at Jenny Craig Pavilion.
With the win, UCLA improved to 8-1 while the loss drops the Matadors to 3-7.
Hupp's nine kills (.147) was a team-high as she accounted for 9.5 Northridge points in the match. Johnson hit .222 with seven kills and junior Val Kepler added five kills (.267). Kepler also had one of two Matador aces in the match. Northridge libero Amy Hultner recorded 18 of Northridge's 44 digs.
For the Bruins, Ali Daley recorded a match-high 17 kills and served three aces, while Kaitlin Sather posted her third double-double of the season with 12 kills and 11 digs. Rachell Johnson tallied 11 kills (.588) as UCLA hit a season-high .325 as a team to just .137 for the Matadors.
Northridge got off to a quick start in game one, after a pair of sideouts to start the game, the Matadors took a 2-1 lead on a Bruin attack error. Northridge eventually upped its lead to 4-1, but UCLA turned it on after that to take control of the game.
The Bruins won the next three points to even the game at four, and after a Northridge sideout, claimed nine in a row, including eight straight points on Juliane Piggott's serve to take a 13-5 lead. After another sideout by the Matadors, UCLA reeled off another three in a row to take an early double-digit lead at 16-6. The Bruins' lead never dipped below nine the rest of the way, with the largest advantage being 14 when UCLA scored the game-winning point on a block by Piggott and Elise Carstensen to take game one 30-16.
The Matadors again got off to a good start at the outset of the second game, taking the first four points. But once again the Bruins battled back and quickly tied things up at five. Northridge maintained its lead for the first half of the game, but could never take any more than a two-point advantage.
Trailing 16-14, UCLA netted four in a row to take an 18-16 edge. The Bruins would not relinquish the lead for the remainder of the game. Leading 27-24, UCLA recorded the final three points of the game to win it 30-24. A Daley and Johnson block assist, a solo block by Johnson and a kill by Dicey McGraw closed out the second set.
The Bruins never trailed in the third game to register their sixth, three-game sweep of the season. With a 7-6 lead, UCLA posted five of the next six points to take a 12-7 edge. The Matadors posted the next two points, but the Bruins went on a long run to take a double-digit lead.
Three straight kills by Daley made it 15-9, and after a Northridge sideout, UCLA recorded six in a row to complete a 9-1 run and go up 21-10. The Bruins' lead never dipped below 10 the rest of the way, reaching as high as 13 on two occasions. A kill by Piggott clinched the game 30-18 and the match.
Cal State Northridge plays the second of three matches at the USD Tournament on Saturday morning as the Matadors take on No. 18 San Diego at 10 a.m. Northridge wraps up its tournament schedule at 5 p.m. against Pittsburgh.
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