Nov. 5, 2010
STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Dicey McGraw (17), sophomore Rachael Kidder (12), freshman Kelly Reeves (11) and junior Katie Camp (10) all had double figures in kills, but the 10th-ranked Bruins dropped a four-set decision to #3 Stanford on Friday at Maples Pavilion. Set scores were 23-25, 16-25, 26-24, 23-25.
The Bruins see their four-match winning streak snapped and fall to 17-6 overall and 7-5 in Pac-10 play, while the Cardinal improve to 19-2 and 10-2 in league.
Junior Lauren Van Orden notched her fifth double-double of the year with 50 assists and a career-high 16 digs. The Bruins had 12 blocks, including eight from Camp and five by Kidder. In the backcourt, junior Lainey Gera had 17 digs and sophomore Bojana Todorovic added 15. The Bruins hit .181 for the match.
The first set featured 13 ties and four lead changes. Stanford jumped out to an early 5-1 edge and maintained the lead until UCLA made its run. Down 12-8, the Bruins scored five in a row on a kill by Kidder, two Stanford attack errors, an ace from freshman Mariana Aquino and a kill by Camp. Stanford rallied with the next two to re-take the lead at 14-13. The teams sided out the next eight points to make it 18-17, when the Bruins posted two in a row on a Reeves kill and a Todorovic ace to go back up 19-18.
After six more sideouts and with the Bruins up 22-21, the Cardinal scored two straight to go up by one. A McGraw kill evened things at 23, but the Cardinal netted the last two points of the set to take the opener 25-23. Reeves had five kills in the first, McGraw added four and Camp posted three. Stanford out-hit UCLA .205 to .156.
Stanford led wire-to-wire in the second set to go up 2-0 in the match. The Cardinal posted eight of the first 11 points to take an 8-3 advantage. The Bruins edged to within three several times, but could get no closer. Up 16-13, Stanford scored nine of the final 12 points of the set to post a 25-16 triumph. Camp and Kidder had three kills apiece in the second, as the Cardinal out-hit the Bruins .481 to .133.
The Bruins staged an epic comeback late in the third to force a fourth set. UCLA led early posting three of the first four points on two Stanford errors and a Camp/Van Orden combo block. The Bruins' biggest lead of the set was three at 6-3 after a kill by McGraw. Down 7-5, the Cardinal rallied off the next three to go ahead 8-7. UCLA tied it up at eight, nine and 10-all before a Kidder kill put the visitors back up by one.
Stanford came back with three in a row and five of the next six to take a 15-12 edge. McGraw rallied her team though, scoring the next five points for the Bruins on kills to tie it up at 17. A Stanford attack error then gave UCLA the lead back at 18-17. The Bruins still led 19-18, but the Cardinal reeled off five in a row to take what looked to be a commanding 23-19 advantage.
UCLA kept on fighting though and rallied to take the set. Kills by Reeves and Kidder and a Stanford attack error got the Bruins to within one, while a solo block by Camp evened the score at 23. Another roof, this time by Camp and Van Orden gave the Bruins a 24-23 edge and their first set point of the evening. The Cardinal staved off the first attempt, but successive kills from Camp and McGraw gave UCLA a 26-24 victory. The set featured 12 ties and seven lead changes. McGraw had eight kills in the third, while Camp added three kills and four blocks. The Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .182 to .091.
The Cardinal never trailed in the fourth set to snap their two-match losing streak to the Bruins. Stanford scored the first three points, but UCLA responded with three of the next four on kills by Reeves and Kidder and a Cardinal service error to get to within one at 4-3. Leading 6-5, Stanford scored three in a row and five of the next six to go up by five at 11-6. UCLA closed to within two at 11-9 and 13-11, but Stanford responded with four in a row to take a 17-11 advantage.
It appeared that the Bruins might stage another rally similar to the third set. Trailing 22-17, a McGraw kill, a combo block from Aquino and Reeves and a Kidder kill cut the deficit to a pair. Stanford sided out the next point, but UCLA netted the next three on a kill by Kidder, a Cardinal attack error and a Camp/Kidder combo block to even things at 23-all. However, Stanford would not be denied, recording the last two points to post a 25-23 triumph. Kidder and McGraw each had five kills in the fourth. UCLA was out-hit .325 to .250 in the set.
The Bruins face California on Saturday at 7 p.m. Gametracker and live video will be available at UCLABruins.com.