Bruins Crush Stanford in Three Games

March 9, 2002

The top-ranked UCLA men's volleyball team avenged an earlier loss to No.7 Stanford with a 3-0 victory Saturday in Pauley Pavilion.

The Bruins (19-3, 13-2) won 32-30, 30-21, 30-24 in 72 minutes before 3,002 fans, their largest home crowd of the season.

The Cardinal fell to 12-8 overall and 11-6 in league play.

Junior Cameron Mount spiked 13 kills (.526), and recorded seven digs, four block assists and an ace. Junior Scott Morrow also slammed 13 kills (.722) and sophomore Chris Pena added 11 kills (.625), five blocks and six digs.

The Bruins out-blocked the Cardinal 8.5-4.5, while hitting at a .478 clip to their opponents' .304.

Senior Marcus Skacel and junior Billy Strickland led Stanford with 13 kills each.

The Bruins watched a pair of four-point leads in Game 1 evaporate. They took a 4-0 lead only to watch the Cardinal tie the game at 10-10 and take a 12-10 lead. After tying the game at 22-22, UCLA moved ahead, 28-24. But Stanford tied it up at 29-29 on kills by Strickland and Skacel and a couple of unforced errors by UCLA. The Bruins had game point at 30-29 after a kill by Pena. Stanford tied the game at 30-30 on a kill by Paul Bocage, but the Bruins won it, 32-30, on a kill by senior Matt Komer and setter Rich Nelson's kill off an over-pass.

In Games 2 and 3, UCLA raced out to big leads and won easily.

The Bruins will host Concordia College of New York on Tues., Mar. 12 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion.

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