Volleyball Falls to Stanford in Four Games

Nov. 13, 2003

LOS ANGELES - The Bruin women's volleyball team dropped a four-game match to No. 7 Stanford on Thursday night in Pauley Pavilion, falling 30-17, 30-27, 25-30, 30-18. Brynn Murphy led UCLA with 17 kills and 20 points in the match. With the loss, UCLA is now 20-6 (11-5 Pac-10), while Stanford improves to 19-5 (12-3 Pac-10).

The Cardinal jumped out to an early 8-4 lead in game one, then turned in a seven-point run to extend the lead to 16-6. UCLA was unable to recover, as the Bruins hit -.024 as a team in the game to Stanford's .370 attack percentage.

The two teams remained close early in game two with neither squad staking more than a two-point lead. The Bruins led by three points at the media timeout after back-to-back Bruin kills by Brynn Murphy and Heather Cullen. UCLA extended their lead to five at 21-16, forcing a Cardinal timeout. Stanford rallied off three points to close the gap to three at 19-22 then scored the next four points to take a 23-22 lead. UCLA was able to re-tie the game at 27-all, but could not close out the game, going to the locker rooms down two games to none after Stanford took game two 30-27.

UCLA came out of the break on fire, taking a commanding 7-1 lead to open game three. With the Bruins leading 13-7, the Cardinal put together a five-point run to close within one at 12-13. UCLA fought back to reclaim a 17-13 lead and force the final Stanford timeout. The Bruins would keep the lead for the remainder of the game reaching game point at 29-25 and win the game 30-25. UCLA held the Cardinal to a team attack percentage of .145 in the game, their lowest single-game attack percentage of the match.

Stanford took control early in game three staking a 9-4 lead to force a Bruin timeout. The Cardinal continued to roll and were up by 10 at 15-5 when UCLA took their final timeout. UCLA was unable to close the gap, hitting .021 as a team in the game with 14 kills and 13 errors on 47 total attacks

UCLA had five players with double-figure kills in the match, led by Brynn Murphy with 17, Colby Lyman with 15, Becky Green with 11 and Heather Cullen with 10. Chrissie Zartman led all players with 22 digs in the match, giving her 1,222 career digs and passing Jenny Johnson for third place on UCLA's all-time career digs list.

The Bruins return to action on Friday night with a 7 pm match against No. 9 California. It will be Senior Night for the Bruins as they honor the team's two seniors, Natalie Ray and Cira Wright.

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