Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sage and No. 9 Bruins end season to No. 6 Texas

Huron graduate Sara Sage totaled 11 kills, while sophomore teammate Rachael Kidder led the team with 22 kills and Dicey McGraw had 18, but the No. 9 UCLA Bruins fell to No. 6 Texas in four sets on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Set scores were 23-25, 25-20, 18-25, 24-26.

A Kidder kill, a Texas attack error and a Sage kill cut a Bruins’ deficit to 19-18 in the fourth game. After a Texas sideout, UCLA scored three in a row on back-to-back kills by Sage and one from McGraw to take a 21-20 edge. The Longhorns posted the next two, but a McGraw kill and an Aquino/Van Orden combo block put the Bruins up 23-22. Texas then scored two straight to earn a match point at 24-23. A McGraw kill tied the score at 24, but the Longhorns notched the final two points to post a 26-24 victory. McGraw had seven kills in the fourth, while Kidder and Sage added five apiece. The Bruins were out-hit .306 to .286.

The Bruins’ season concludes with a record of 22-9.

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