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Darren Abate, Associated Press
UCLA's Zoe Nightingale, right, and Lauren Van Orden, left, watch as the ball gets by Illinois' Michelle Bartsch during an NCAA college championship volleyball match on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, in San Antonio.

SAN ANTONIO — Outside hitter Rachael Kidder had 20 kills and UCLA beat Illinois in the NCAA women's volleyball championship to give the Bruins their first title in two decades Saturday night.

The Bruins won their fourth title in school history, putting them third behind Stanford (six) and Penn State (five).

Tabi Love had 14 kills for UCLA in the 25-23, 23-25, 26-24, 25-16 victory. Michelle Bartsch led Illinois with 22 kills in the first championship match ever for the Illini.

UCLA hadn't won a championship since 1991 or even played in the final since 1994.

The Bruins are the sport's first new champion in five years. They dethroned the Nittany Lions, whose record run of four consecutive titles ended in the regional semifinals.