Womens Volleyball Falls to Cardinal in Five-Game Thriller

Oct. 11, 2001

WESTWOOD - The fifth-ranked UCLA women's volleyball team played a five-game thriller on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion, but fell to No. 4 Stanford with game scores of 27-30, 25-30, 30-27, 30-24, 15-13. With the loss, the Bruins fall to 9-3 (4-2 Pac-10), while Stanford improves to 14-1 (7-0 Pac-10).

UCLA had its way with the Cardinal in the first two games of the match, led in game one by a 13-kill effort by Kristee Porter, who hit .435 on 23 attacks in that game. In game two, the Bruins jumped out to an 8-0 lead and held a 10-point lead as late as 19-9 before Stanford started closing the gap. The Bruins would hit .220 to Stanford's .077 in that game en route to the 30-25 win.

Game three was closely fought, and was tied as late as 27-27 before a Logan Tom kill and two Bruin errors closed it out for the Cardinal. UCLA was only able to muster a .086 team attack percentage in game four as they lost 30-24, sending the match to a fifth and final game.

Porter downed her 30th kill of the match in game five, becoming the first Pac-10 player this season to record a 30-kill match. It was the 18th 30-kill match of Porter's record-breaking Bruin career, three times the number of 30 kill matches posted by Pac-10 Player of the Decade and former Pac-10 and UCLA career kills record holder Natalie Williams.

The Bruins and Cardinal traded points through the first 11 rallies of the match, and changed sides with Stanford holding an 8-5 lead. UCLA scrapped back to a one-point deficit with Stanford holding a 13-12 lead, but a Bruin hitting error gave Stanford a 14-12 lead and a kill by freshman Ogonna Nnamani, her 12th of the match, gave Stanford the 15-13 game five win to take the match.

In addition to her 30-kill performance, Porter dug a team-high 16 balls and served a team-high four aces.

Ashley Bowles and Lauren Fendrick also double-doubled, as Bowles had 11 kills and 15 digs while Fendrick posted 11 kills and 10 digs.

Senior setter Erika Selsor recorded 60 assists in the match, leaving her just five short of setting a new Pac-10 career record.

The Bruins return to action on Friday night with a 7 pm match against California in Pauley Pavilion. The match will be broadcast live on www.uclabruins.com.

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