Women's Volleyball Falls to Stanford

Sept. 24, 2005

Final Stats

STANFORD, Calif. - No. 13 UCLA was unable to hold off third-ranked Stanford on Saturday night in Maples Pavilion, falling to the Cardinal 30-22, 31-29, 30-26. Nana Meriwether led the Bruins in the match with nine kills and nine blocks (three solo, six assists) for 15 points. The match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis on Sunday at 3 pm PT on CSTV as part of their "NCAA Volleyball: AVCA Match of the Week" series.

Stanford sprinted out to an 11-3 lead in the opening game of the match, and an injury-decimated UCLA squad was not able to recover. The Bruins were able to climb within five points at 20-15, but the mini-rally was not enough. In game two, the Cardinal once again had an early lead, but UCLA put together an impressive rally late in the game, holding off game point five times to tie the game at 29-all before a kill from Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo paired with a Bruin attack error sealed the 31-29 game two win for Stanford.

In game three, UCLA came out of the break with the momentum from their late rally in game two, and went out to an early lead. Stanford was then able to close the gap and take the lead 6-5. UCLA closed to within two points at 11-9, and again cutting the lead to three points at 18-15 but the Cardinal was too strong, closing out the 30-26 third game win.

Junior middle blocker Nana Meriwether led the Bruins with 15 points in the match on nine kills and nine blocks, three solo and six assists while hitting .667 in the contest. Freshman Kelsey Hall led UCLA with 10 kills in the match while freshman libero Jordan Smith had a team-high 11 digs.

The Bruins return to action on Friday for their home opener against cross-town rival USC. The match will be the opening contest for the 2005-06 Lexus Gauntlet, which UCLA captured last season by the largest margin in Gauntlet history. The match is scheduled for a 7 pm PT start in Pauley Pavilion.

UCLA Health Sponsor - Event Information
Saturday, Aug 29
vs. Virginia
Los Angeles, CA
(25-19, 25-21, 25-16)
Sunday, Aug 30
vs. Loyola Marymount
Los Angeles, CA
(15-25, 23-25, 27-29)
Friday, Sep 04
vs. American University
Honolulu, HI
(25-19, 25-19, 25-18)
Saturday, Sep 05
vs. Iowa
Honolulu, HI
(25-20, 25-16, 25-13)
Sunday, Sep 06
at Hawai'i
Honolulu, HI
(25-16, 25-27, 25-17, 28-26)
Friday, Sep 11
vs. San Diego
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-13, 24-26, 25-21, 25-23)
Saturday, Sep 12
vs. SMU
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-20, 25-22, 25-16)
Sunday, Sep 13
at UC Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA
(25-19, 27-25, 25-23)
Friday, Sep 18
at UC Irvine
Irvine, CA
(25-23, 25-17, 25-21)
Friday, Sep 18
at Long Beach State
Long Beach, CA
(25-20, 19-25, 25-17, 25-14)
Wednesday, Sep 23
vs. USC
Los Angeles, CA
(22-25, 12-25, 19-25)
Sunday, Sep 27
at California
Berkeley, CA
(25-20, 27-25, 25-16)
Friday, Oct 02
vs. Washington
Los Angeles, CA
(29-31, 16-25, 15-25)
Sunday, Oct 04
vs. Washington State
Los Angeles, CA
(25-20, 25-18, 30-28)
Friday, Oct 09
at Utah
Salt Lake City, UT
(17-25, 25-12, 25-15, 25-16)
Sunday, Oct 11 - 11:00 AM PST
at Colorado
Boulder, CO
Friday, Oct 16 - 6:00 PM PST
vs. Arizona
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Oct 18 - 1:30 PM PST
vs. Arizona State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Oct 23 - 6:00 PM PST
at Oregon
Eugene, OR
Sunday, Oct 25 - 12:00 PM PST
at Oregon State
Corvallis, OR
Friday, Oct 30 - 7:00 PM PST
at Washington State
Pullman, WA
Sunday, Nov 01 - 11:00 AM PST
at Washington
Seattle, WA
Wednesday, Nov 04 - 7:30 PM PST
vs. Colorado
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 06 - 7:00 PM PST
vs. Utah
Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, Nov 12 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Oregon
Los Angeles, CA
Sunday, Nov 15 - 11:00 AM PST
vs. Oregon State
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 20 - 6:00 PM PST
at Arizona State
Tempe, AZ
Sunday, Nov 22 - 11:00 AM PST
at Arizona
Tucson, AZ
Wednesday, Nov 25 - 8:00 PM PST
at USC
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Nov 27 - 8:00 PM PST
vs. Stanford
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, Dec 04 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA First Round
Saturday, Dec 05 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Second Round
Friday, Dec 11 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Saturday, Dec 12 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA Regional ...
Thursday, Dec 17 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE
Saturday, Dec 19 - TBA PST
vs. NCAA National ...
Omaha, NE