Fifth-Set Lead Slips Away for #7 UCLA at #4 Stanford

Oct. 12, 2012

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STANFORD, Calif. - Seniors Rachael Kidder and Tabi Love each had 25 kills, while Kidder (10 digs), junior Kelly Reeves (14 kills, 15 digs) and sophomore Megan Moenoa (career-high 66 assists and 16 digs) all had double-doubles, but the seventh-ranked Bruins dropped a five-set decision at #4 Stanford on Friday at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 23-25, 25-19, 26-28, 25-17, 14-16.

The Bruins fall to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal improve to 16-2 and 8-0 in league action.

Sophomore Zoë Nightingale added seven kills and seven blocks, junior Mariana Aquino had five kills and no errors in 10 attempts (.500) with five blocks, senior Bojana Todorovic tallied 22 digs and junior Meg Norton posted a personal-best 18 digs. The Bruins hit .215 for the match.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early 9-4 lead for a set-best advantage of five. UCLA responded with an 8-1 run to take its first lead of the set. Kills by Aquino and Kidder made it 9-6, and after a Stanford sideout, back-to-back errors by the Cardinal, a Kidder kill and another error by the home squad tied things at 10. Kills by Kidder and Nightingale put the Bruins up 12-10.

A 5-0 Stanford run put the home squad back up 15-12. Down 17-14, two Stanford errors and a Moenoa/Nightingale combo block equaled the score at 17. The Cardinal scored the next three, but three straight from Love tied the score at 20. Stanford came back with four of the next five to earn three set points, but kills by Love and Kidder saved the first two. However, Stanford sided out to take the opening set 25-23. Kidder and Love each posted six kills in the first set, while Norton added five digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .219 to .089.

UCLA started off the second set with a 4-2 run on kills by Aquino, Love and Nightingale and a Stanford attack error, but the Cardinal came back with the next three to go up 5-4. Stanford's biggest lead of the set was a pair on multiple occasions. Down 11-9, the Bruins went on runs of 3-1, 6-2 and 9-3 to re-take the lead. Love had two kills and teamed up with Aquino on a block to square the score at 12. After a Stanford sideout, three straight Kidder kills made it 15-13 UCLA.

Following another Stanford sideout, Kidder had two more kills and teamed up with Nightingale on a block to give the Bruins an 18-14 advantage. The Cardinal were within three at 19-16, but a 4-1 UCLA run on kills by Love, Nightingale and Reeves and a combo block from Love and Nightingale gave the Bruins a set-best lead of six at 23-17. A Kidder kill, her team-best ninth of the set, on the Bruins' second set point gave them a 25-19 victory. Love added six kills, while Nightingale posted three. Moenoa added six digs, while Todorovic notched five, as the Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .462 to .256.

The Cardinal held an early 6-2 lead in the third, but a 9-1 UCLA run put the visitors on top. Kills by Moenoa, Nightingale and Love, an ace by Kidder and a Stanford attack error put the Bruins up 7-6. After a Cardinal sideout, a Kidder kill, two straight from Love and an Aquino/Love combo block made it 11-7 UCLA. Stanford came back with its own 9-1 run to re-take a four-point lead at 16-12. The Bruins came back with a 7-1 run to go ahead 19-17. A kill by Reeves, a Stanford attack error and back-to-back kills by Kidder tied the score at 16. After a Stanford sideout, a Reeves kill, an Aquino ace and a combo block by Kidder and Nightingale put the visitors up by two.

With the Bruins up 21-20, the Cardinal scored two in a row to go up 22-21. UCLA scored three of the next four on a Love kill, a Stanford attack error and a Moenoa ace to earn a set point at 24-23. Stanford scored the next two to earn a set point, but a Reeves kill and an Aquino/Reeves combo block gave the Bruins a second set point at 26-25. However, the Cardinal scored three in a row to win the third 28-26. Love paced the Bruins with four kills, while Kidder and Reeves added three apiece. Reeves also had six digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .217 to .127.

The Bruins dropped the first three points of set four, but a 5-0 UCLA run on a Kidder kill, a Kidder/Reeves combo block, a Stanford attack error and consecutive kills by Reeves and Kidder put the visitors up by two. With the score 6-4, the Cardinal scored three in a row to re-take the lead. Stanford still held a one-point edge at 9-8, but UCLA scored six straight to go up 14-9 and never looked back. Love had two kills during the run, Reeves added two and teamed up with Aquino on a block and Moenoa service an ace.

The closest the Cardinal would get the rest of the way was four. With the Bruins up 22-17, the visitors scored the last three on a Love kill and two straight Stanford errors to win it 25-17. Love and Reeves each had six kills in the fourth, while Kidder added four, as the Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .353 to .189.

Stanford held an early 3-1 lead in the fifth, but a 5-1 UCLA run on two kills by Love, a Kidder/Nightingale combo block and two Cardinal errors put the visitors up 6-4. Up 8-7, back-to-back kills by Reeves gave the Bruins a set-best lead of three at 10-7. Trailing 12-9, Stanford came back with the next five to earn a pair of match points. A Nightingale kill and a combo block by Love and Nightingale saved both match points. But Stanford recorded the next two to win the fifth 16-14. Kidder and Love each had three kills in the fifth, as the Bruins were out-hit .190 to .130.

The Bruins take on California on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks and Gametracker will be available at

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