Fifth-Ranked Bruins Fall in Four to Top-Ranked Stanford

Nov. 16, 2012

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LOS ANGELES - Senior Rachael Kidder led all players with 21 kills, senior Bojana Todorovic added 22 digs and freshman Becca Strehlow had a double-double with 45 assists and 10 digs, but the fifth-ranked Bruins fell in four sets to #1 Stanford on Friday in UCLA's debut at the New Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 22-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-27.

The Bruins fall to 21-6 overall and 13-5 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal improve to 25-3 and 17-1 in league action.

Kidder was just shy of a double-double with nine digs, as she hit .362 for the match. Senior Tabi Love and sophomore Karsta Lowe each had 10 kills, while juniors Mariana Aquino and Kelly Reeves and sophomore Zoë Nightingale notched five kills apiece. Reeves added nine digs, while junior Meg Norton posted eight digs. The Bruins hit .224 for the match.

The opening stanza was a set of runs, as the Cardinal began the match with a 5-0 run, but four in a row for the Bruins on a Kidder kill, a Norton ace and consecutive kills from Aquino and Love got the home team to within one. Stanford responded with an 8-2 run to take a set-best lead of seven at 13-6, however a 9-2 UCLA stretch brought the score even for the first time since the match started. Six straight on a kill by Nightingale, an ace from Love, back-to-back Stanford attack errors and consecutive kills from Love and Kidder got the Bruins to within one at 13-12. The Cardinal scored two of the next three, but kills by Kidder and Reeves equaled the score at 15.

The score was tied again at 16- and 17-all, but the Bruins were unable to get out in front. Stanford scored five of the next seven to go ahead 22-19, and six sideouts later, the Cardinal took the first 25-22. Kidder led the Bruins with seven kills and only one error in 11 attempts (.545) in the opener, while Love and Nightingale each added three kills. Todorovic posted eight digs, as the Cardinal out-hit the Bruins .362 to .153.

Like the first, the Bruins never led in the second set. Stanford scored the first four, but three in a row for UCLA on an Aquino kill, a Cardinal attack error and a Nightingale kill made it 4-3. Trailing 9-5, the Bruins again got to within one on two Stanford attack errors and a Kidder kill. However, a 4-0 Stanford run gave the visitors a 13-8 lead.

The closest the Bruins would get for the rest of the set was three. Leading 21-18, Stanford scored the last four of the second to win it 25-18. Lowe, Nightingale and Strehlow each had two kills in the second set to lead UCLA, which was out-hit .400 to .182.

Early on in the third set, it was a back and forth affair, with 10 ties and six lead changes before the score got to double figures for either team. With Stanford up 11-10, the Bruins scored four in a row on a combination block by Lowe and Nightingale, a Kidder kill, a Cardinal attack error and a Reeves ace to take a 14-11 advantage. The Bruins led for the rest of the set.

Ahead 15-13, another 4-0 run on kills by Nightingale and Aquino, an Aquino/Love combo block and a Todorovic ace put the Bruins up 19-13. Still up 20-15, UCLA scored the last five of the set on kills by Reeves, Lowe, Kidder, Lowe again, and a Stanford attack error to win it 25-15. Kidder had six kills and no errors in 11 attempts (.545), while Lowe added four kills. Todorovic posted six digs, as the Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .394 to .139.

The fourth set featured 13 ties and five lead changes. The Bruins started strong with the first four points on two Stanford attack errors and kills by Kidder and Lowe. The Cardinal came back with an 8-2 run to go up 8-6. UCLA tied things at nine, but a 3-0 Stanford run put the visitors back up. The Bruins countered with their own 3-0 run on an Aquino kill and two from Love to equal the score at 12. After the Cardinal scored the next two, a 4-1 Bruin run on an Aquino/Love block, a Lowe kill and two Stanford attack errors made it 16-15 home team.

With UCLA up 19-17, three straight from the Cardinal put them back ahead. A Love kill and a Cardinal attack error forged the Bruins ahead again at 21-20. After a Stanford sideout, kills by Reeves and Love made it 23-21. Stanford scored the next two, but a service error out of a timeout gave UCLA a set point. The Cardinal responded with the next two to earn their first match point, but a Kidder kill tied the score at 25. However, Stanford netted the next two to win the fourth 27-25. Kidder had seven kills and five digs in the fourth, Love added five kills and Lowe posted three. Todorovic had six digs, as the Bruins were out-hit .244 to .213.

The Bruins play their final regular-season road match on Tuesday at fourth-ranked Oregon at 8 p.m. The contest will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks.

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