Sept. 23, 2011
LOS ANGELES - In front of a raucous, standing-room only crowd of 2,176 at the John Wooden Center, the seventh-ranked Bruins knocked off #2 Stanford in five sets on Friday, 25-18, 25-18, 23-25, 27-29, 15-9. Junior Rachael Kidder had a career-high 30 kills to go with eight digs to lead UCLA, while senior Lauren Van Orden and sophomore Kelly Reeves added double-doubles.
The Bruins improve to 10-2 overall and 3-1 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal fall to 8-2 and 2-2 in league.
Kidder's 30 kills also marked the 38th time in UCLA history that a player posted at least 30 and the first time since Oct. 11, 2001 (Kristee Porter against Stanford).
Reeves tied a career best with 17 kills and established a new personal high with 19 digs for her sixth-career double-double and her second of the season. Van Orden posted her fourth double-double of the year (13th as a Bruin, 29th career) with 61 assists and 14 digs to go with four blocks and four kills.
The Bruins never trailed to win the opening set. After six straight sideouts to start the match, three in a row by UCLA on kills by Kidder and Camp and a Stanford attack error made it 6-3. With the Bruins up 9-8, the home squad scored five of the next six to take a 14-9 edge. An attack error and a solo block and kill by Kidder made it 12-8, and after a Stanford sideout, a Kidder kill and another Cardinal attack error put the Bruins up by five.
UCLA's lead stayed between two and five for most of the rest of the set until they scored the final three points to record a 25-18 win. Leading by four at 22-18, a kill by Kidder and two in a row by Love gave the Bruins a seven-point victory. Kidder had seven kills and Reeves added three in the opener, as UCLA out-hit Stanford .250 to .000.
It was another wire-to-wire win for the Bruins in the second set. UCLA scored five of the first seven on three kills by Kidder, a Reeves kill and a Stanford attack error to take an early lead, but Stanford came back with four of the next six to cut its deficit to one at 7-6. But five straight by the Bruins on a kill by Todorovic, back-to-back spikes by Reeves, a Camp/Reeves combo block and a Cardinal attack error brought the lead up to six at 12-6.
The Bruins' lead would not dip below four for the rest of the set and got as high as seven on several occasions. A Stanford attack error on UCLA's second set point gave the home team a 25-18 victory. Kidder had five more kills in the second, Reeves added four and Camp posted three, as the Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .333 to .179.
Stanford took its first lead of the match with two of the first three to start the third, but four in a row by UCLA on back-to-back kills by Reeves, a Cardinal attack error and a Kidder kill made it 5-2. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set was four and it appeared that they were on their way to a sweep. But at 17-13, the Cardinal rallied, scoring the next six to take a 19-17 edge.
Still down 21-19, the Bruins got back-to-back kills by Reeves and Camp to tie the score at 21. But a 3-1 Stanford run gave the visitors set point. Senior Sara Sage staved off the first attempt with a kill, but Stanford made good on the second try to win it 25-23. Reeves had nine kills and no errors in 15 attempts in the third, while Kidder added four kills. Todorovic posted seven digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .300 to .190.
In a fourth set that featured 15 ties and nine lead changes, the Cardinal extended the match to a fifth stanza after finally winning it on their fifth set point. Neither team led by more than three in the set, as Stanford took early leads of 6-3 and 9-6. Trailing 14-12, three in a row on a Love kill, a Stanford ball handling error and a Camp/Van Orden combo block put UCLA on top 15-14. However, the Cardinal responded with four of the next five to go back up by a pair at 18-16.
Down 21-19, Kidder scored on three straight points on two kills and a solo roof to put the Bruins up 22-21. But again the Cardinal came back with a 3-0 run to earn a pair of set points. Kidder stopped the first try with a kill and another by Love squared things at 24. Van Orden and freshman Zoë Nightingale then teamed up for a block to give UCLA a match point.
Stanford scored the next two to earn a third set point, but a Love kill tied it at 26. Another sideout for the Cardinal gave them set point number four, but another Love kill tied it at 27. But after yet another sideout by Stanford, the visitors finally capitalized on set point number five to win it 29-27. Kidder had nine of the Bruins' 17 kills in the fourth, while Love added four. Gera had eight digs and Reeves posted seven, as the Bruins were out-hit .132 to .115.
The fifth set belonged to Kidder, as the Bruins never trailed to win it in five. UCLA scored five of the first seven on kills by Nightingale and Reeves, as well as three Stanford errors. The Cardinal got to within one on five occasions, but were never able to tie up the score. At 10-9, a Kidder kill and a Stanford attack error made it 12-9. Kidder then produced two more kills to give the Bruins match point. And who else would finish off the victory, on her 30th kill of the night, as the junior sent one to the floor to give UCLA a 15-9 win. Kidder had five kills in the fifth, as the Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .333 to .150.
The Bruins host top-ranked California on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the John Wooden Center. Gametracker, free audio and free video will be available at UCLABruins.com.