Oct. 26, 2007
LOS ANGELES - Junior Kaitlin Sather had a season-high 20 kills to lead all players, adding 18 digs for her ninth double-double of the season, but the seventh-ranked Bruins fell in four games to #3 Stanford on Friday at Pauley Pavilion. Game scores were 30-20, 28-30, 30-22, 30-27.
Senior Rachell Johnson added 15 kills, while junior Ali Daley was also in double figures with 12. Junior Nellie Spicer added 53 assists, while the Machado sisters each posted double figures in digs. Junior Jade had 19 and freshman Jazmin posted 14. The Bruins hit .165 for the match, recording 74 digs, but just 7.5 team blocks.
Stanford led wire-to-wire in the first game, scoring the first five points and never looking back. The Bruins were no closer than four the rest of the way, with Stanford eventually reaching a double-figure lead on game point to take the initial set 30-20. The Cardinal hit .295 for the first game, while the Bruins posted a mere .045 attack.
Game two featured 13 ties and six lead changes. Stanford jumped out to an early 4-1 lead, but the Bruins scored four in a row to take a 5-4 edge. Johnson had two kills and a block during the run. UCLA's lead fluctuated between zero and two until Stanford took it back at 15-14. The Bruins bounced back with three of the next four to go back ahead 17-16, but consecutive points by the Cardinal made it 18-17 Stanford.
The roller-coaster second set continued with the Bruins scoring three in a row to go up 20-18 on kills by Sather and Daley and a tandem block by Spicer and freshman Katie Mills. Although the game would be tied on two more occasions, the Bruins never relinquished the lead. At 26-25, a kill by Sather and an ace by Daley gave UCLA its biggest lead of the game at three. On the Bruins' second game point, Sather's kill gave UCLA a 30-28 victory and evened the match at one.
Stanford led throughout most of the third game. Tied at five, the Cardinal scored four straight to go up 9-5. The Bruins wouldn't quit though and eventually took the lead for the first time in the game at 15-14 on a kill by Johnson. Unfortunately, it would be the Bruins' only lead of the game. The Cardinal scored four straight to go up 18-15 and force the Bruins into a timeout. UCLA scored the next two points out of the break to make it 18-17, but runs of 4-0 and 9-1 put the game out of reach. The Cardinal went on to win the third 30-22.
Game four was similar to the third in that the Bruins led just once and the Cardinal had a solid hitting attack. UCLA scored the first point of the fourth, but it was its only lead. The Cardinal came back with the next four to take a 4-1 advantage. The Bruins made a run trailing 8-4, scoring four of the next five to get to within one at 9-8, but a 5-1 run put the Cardinal back up 14-9. Stanford got its lead up to as many as nine at 27-18, but the Bruins made things interesting down the stretch. Trailing 29-21, UCLA rallied with six straight points. But the run came to an end, as Stanford clinched it after seven match points to win 30-27.
Alix Klineman led the Cardinal with 16 kills, while Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo added 14 apiece. Stanford hit .269 for the match with 79 digs and 13 team blocks.
The Bruins take on another Top 10 team on Saturday when they host #9 California at 7 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The first 2,000 fans in attendance will receive a Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet. Gametracker and live audio and video will be available on UCLABruins.com.