No. 2 Stanford Defeats No. 5 UCLA, 3-1
Nov. 11, 2006
Stanford, Calif. - Second-ranked Stanford (21-3, 12-2) rebounded to defeat fifth-ranked UCLA (21-3, 12-3) tonight at Maples Pavilion, 17-30, 30-25, 30-26, 30-27. Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led Stanford with 15 kills, followed by double-digit efforts by sophomore Erin Waller (13), senior Kristin Richards (12) and junior Franci Girard (10). In tonight's Dig for the Cure match, the Cardinal collected 79 digs to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which ties a season high also recorded earlier in the season at UCLA. Barboza, Richards, junior Bryn Kehoe and sophomore Jessica Fishburn all tallied over 15 digs apiece.
UCLA opened to a 3-0 lead in game one until senior Nji Nnamani ended the streak with a kill on the right side. Nana Meriwether collected a pair of kills to help the Bruin increase their lead to 5-1. Barboza answered with a tip in the middle, followed by a kill from Kehoe on the right side, 5-3. Barboza tallied two more kills as Stanford pulled within three points, 9-6. UCLA then pulled out a 5-1 run on kills by Katie Carter and Colby Lyman until Stanford ended the streak with a kill from Girard. UCLA came out of a timeout with a kill by Ali Daley, but Barboza ended a long rally with a powerful kill in the middle, 19-10. The Cardinal later logged back-to-back points on a kill by Barboza and an ace by Kehoe, 20-12, but UCLA followed with kills by Nellie Spicer and Rachell Johnson, 22-12. The Bruins pulled out a 5-0 run on kills by Johnson and Meriwether, then a bock by Meriwether and Carter put UCLA within a point of a game win. Lyman, Meriwether and Daley combined for a block to cinch game one for the Bruins, 30-17.
Stanford jumped to a 3-2 lead in game two, including an ace by Girard. Meriwether tallied two kills to help UCLA take the lead at 4-3. Barboza collected a kill on the left side to tie the game at 4, later followed by another kill from Waller on the right side, 5-5. UCLA matched the Cardinal kill for kill to keep the game tight until Richards collected a kill and an ace to put Stanford up, 9-7. UCLA rallied back with blocks, but a kill from Barboza kept the Cardinal in the lead, 12-10. Daley later tied the game at 13 with a kill on the left side. Following a timeout, Evans collected an ace to kick off a 6-2 Cardinal run that gapped the Bruins, 21-15. UCLA collected back-to-back blocks by Carter and Meriwether to spark a 5-0 run, 21-20. Girard ended the run with a kill and an ace to keep the Cardinal in the lead, 23-20. Two kills from Waller on the right side put Stanford ahead, 27-22, and forced UCLA into a timeout. Another kill from Waller put Stanford near the win, then Stanford claimed game two off of a Bruin attacking error, 30-25.
Game three opened in a tight contest, with UCLA taking a 4-3 lead on a kill by Meriwether. The Bruins gained momentum with a series of three kills, 8-3. Waller ended the run with a rocket on the right side, followed by another kill from Richards on the left side, 9-5. The Cardinal continued on a 4-0 streak with kills by Richards and Girard to pull within a point, 9-8. Kehoe snuck a tip over the net to tie the game at 11, and Barboza followed with three more kills to put Stanford head, 15-11. A kill and a block by Suiter and Kehoe helped the Cardinal increase its lead to 17-12. Suiter and Waller later combined for a block as Stanford used another 3-0 run to gap UCLA, 20-14. The Bruins later registered back-to-back kills, but Waller answered with another powerful kill on the right side, 24-18. Stanford continued to gap the Bruins with kills from Waller and Richards, 28-24. Suiter then tallied a kill and combined for a block with Waller to end game three, 30-26.
Girard opened game four with a kill to lead the Cardinal on a 3-1 run. Meriwether tied the game at 3 with a kill in the middle, sparking UCLA's own 3-1 spurt. UCLA used another 3-0 run to remain the lead, but a quick kill from Girard in the middle ended the run, 9-7. Kills by Lyman and Daley put the Bruins ahead, 13-8, to force Stanford into a timeout. Suiter collected a kill and a block to bring the score to 16-12, later followed by another block solo from Waller, 17-14. The Cardinal pulled within a point with a kill by Girard, 16-17, but UCLA maintained a slight edge on attacking errors. The Cardinal tied the game at 23 on a kill by Richards on the right side, then Waller's kill gave Stanford the lead, 23-22. UCLA tied the game at 25 on a ball handling error, then took the lead on a kill, 26-25. Stanford regained the lead with a long tip by Kehoe in the corner, then a block by Girard and Kehoe put the Cardinal within two points of the win, 28-27. Barboza nailed a kill to claim the match for Stanford, 30-27.
Suiter and Waller each collected six blocks, as season high for Suiter, as Stanford combined for 14 team blocks. Barboza led the squad with 20 digs, followed by Kehoe with 19. Kehoe also tallied 47 assists against the Bruins. Girard also tallied a career-high three service aces.
The Cardinal hits the road next week to take on Oregon and Oregon State. Stanford will first match up against the Ducks on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm before facing the Beavers on Friday, November 17 at 7:00 pm.
GAME SCORES 1 2 3 4 TEAM RECORDSUCLA (1) 30 25 26 27 25-3, 12-3Stanford (3) 17 30 30 30 21-3, 12-2