Anae's Season-High 29 Kills Leads #15 Utah Past #18 UCLA
Anae posts eighth straight double-double Friday night.
LOS ANGELES – Behind Adora Anae's season-high 29 kills, the No. 15-ranked Utah Utes (19-8, 10-6) picked up a road win over the No. 18-ranked UCLA Bruins (16-9, 9-7) in four sets (25-22, 24-26, 30-28, 25-18) Friday night at the Wooden Center in Los Angeles. Anae registered eight kills in the first set to lead the Utes to a 25-22 win. Tied 17-17, UCLA scored three of the next four points to take the lead late in the set 20-18, but the Utes recorded a block to end the run. The block fromTawnee Luafalemana and Carly Trueman sparked a Utah 5-0 run which would force the Bruins to call timeout, trailing 23-20. Leading 24-22, Utah would clinch the set win from Anae's eighth kill of the set. UCLA evened the match 1-1 before heading into intermission after taking the second set 26-24. The Utes fell behind 12-10, but would score seven of the next nine points to go ahead 17-14. An Anae kill held the Ute lead at 21-18, but three straight points from the Bruins squared the set at 21-all. Utah fought off UCLA's first set point to tie the set at 24-24, but two consecutive kills from Reily Buechler gave the Bruins the frame. Utah jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the third set, but later the Utes found themselves trailing 13-9 following a UCLA 8-1 run. Trailing 16-13, Utah scored four straight to regain the lead at 17-16. Both teams went back-and-forth until it was tied 22-22 and Shannon Scully recorded a service ace, which was followed by a block by Luafalemana to give the Utes set point, leading 24-22, but UCLA scored two straight to stay alive. Tied 28-28, the Utes would eventually close out the frame with a kill from Lauga Gauta to take the set 30-28 and take a 2-1 lead in the match. Utah led 10-8 early in the fourth set, but UCLA put together a 6-2 run to take the lead 14-12. Utah then responded with four straight points which led to a UCLA timeout. Tied at 17-17, Utah went on a 3-0 run to force the Bruins to call its final timeout. Out of the timeout, UCLA recorded a kill, but it was all Utah as the Utes scored five straight points to win the match, and close out the fourth set on an 8-1 run. Utah registered a hitting percentage of .200 in the frame, while limiting UCLA to just a .095 clip. Along with 29 kills on the evening, Anae notched her eighth straight double-double after tallying a team-high 19 digs. Anae also recorded three service aces in the win. Bailey Choy also recorded a double-double for Utah, totaling 38 assists and 10 digs. Two other Utes also reached double-digit digs, with Brianna Doehrmann totaling 18 digs and Scully adding in 10 digs. Luafalemana recorded seven blocks, while Kenzie Koerber tallied six blocks for the Utes. Doehrmann and Koerber each added in a pair of services aces. Carly Trueman collected her 1,000th career kill during the match against the Bruins, becoming just the 18th player in school history to become a member of the 1,000-kill club. Trueman finished the night with 6 kills. Utah heads back home to host Arizona State and Arizona for its final home-stand of the season. The Utes open action on Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. against Arizona State before facing Arizona for senior night Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. inside the Huntsman Center.