Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sage helps lead UCLA to National Championship in volleyball

Huron’s Sara Sage had six decisive kills in the final set to help lead UCLA to its first NCAA women’s volleyball title in 20 years on Saturday, defeating Illinois, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16.

Junior outside hitter Rachael Kidder’s 20 kills and freshman Zoe Nightingale’s inspired play at the net made the difference for the Bruins, who have won four women’s volleyball NCAA titles overall. Kidder was selected most valuable player of the Final Four; Nightingale, teammate Lauren Van Orden and USC’s Alex Jupiter were named to the all-Final Four team.

The win gives UCLA 108 NCAA championships in all sports, more than any other school. The Bruins’ previous NCAA women’s volleyball titles were in 1984, 1990 and ‘91.

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