LOS ANGELES - Junior Karsta Lowe had 11 kills, sophomore Karly Drolson added 12 digs and senior Kelly Reeves posted 11 digs and six kills, as the 16th-ranked Bruins dropped a three-set decision to #7 Stanford on Wednesday at Pauley Pavilion. Set scores were 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.
The Bruins fall to 9-4 overall and 0-3 in Pac-12 play, while the Cardinal improve to 10-2 and 3-0 in league action.
Despite six ties, the Bruins never led in the opening set. The first part of set one was close, with Stanford’s biggest lead being three at 11-8 and 12-9 before both teams got to double figures. With Stanford leading 15-14, the visitors closed out the set on a 10-3 run to take the opener 25-17. Lowe led the Bruins with five kills in the first, while Lawless and Reeves each added three. The Bruins were out-hit .586 to .229.
Stanford jumped out to an early 7-4 lead in set two, but a 5-1 UCLA run gave the visitors its first advantage of the match. Two kills by freshman Claire Felix, two Stanford errors and a Reeves kill put the Bruins up 9-8. The Cardinal came back with a 5-1 run to go back ahead 13-10 and didn’t trail for the rest of the set. With the score 16-13, a 9-2 Cardinal run closed out a 25-15 victory. The Bruins were out-hit .367 to .062.
The Cardinal led wire-to-wire in the third to finish the sweep. Stanford raced out to a 7-3 lead before an Aquino kill and a Lawless ace got the Bruins to within a pair at 7-5. The Cardinal came back with the next four and seven of eight to go ahead 14-6. The closest the Bruins would get the rest of the way was six, as the Cardinal’s largest lead was nine in winning the third 25-16. Lowe led the Bruins with four kills, while Lawless added three. Drolson posted nine digs and Reeves had eight. Stanford out-hit UCLA .268 to .085.
The Bruins host California on Friday at 6 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion. The match will be broadcast live on Pac-12 Networks. Live stats and audio will also be available at UCLABruins.com.