No. 6 Stanford Gets by No. 16 Bruins in Four Games

Nov. 25, 2005

The No. 16 women's volleyball team won game one, but it was all Cardinal as No. 6 Stanford (24-5, 13-4 Pac-10) defeated UCLA (17-10, 9-8 Pac-10) in four games (30-24, 28-30, 23-30, 28-30). Junior Rachel Johnson led the team with 21 kills, while junior Nana Meriwether had seven blocks.

As a team, the Bruins hit for .206 compared to Stanford's .275. The Cardinal's Kristin Richards notched 31 kills and 16 digs in the win while hitting for .367 (31-9-60). Junior Katie Carter also posted double-digit kills with 18, while freshman Nellie Spicer led the team wtih 13 digs. The Bruins posted seven aces in the match as Spicer recorded two of her own.

Johnson started the Bruin scoring in game one with a kill as UCLA dominated game one. The Bruins led by as many as nine points during the first game, eventually winning 30-23. UCLA had three aces, while two Stanford players, Nji Nnamani (-.333) and Erin Waller (-.500) posted negative averages. As a team, Stanford hit for just .098 compared to UCLA's .265 in the first set.

Senior Nancy Barba opened up game one with a kill, but Stanford would take a five-point lead at 12-7 early on. A dump play by freshman Kaitlin Sather would tie the game at 25-25, but Stanford would pull away for a 30-28 win. Game two saw Stanford hit for .361, while UCLA hit just.244.

Stanford scored first in game three, but a roof by Meriwether would tie the game at 3 all. Meriwether followed that up with a kill to give UCLA their first lead of the game (4-3). Stanford would re-take the lead, but an ace serve by freshman Blair Socci would tie the game at 12-12. Stanford would pull away in the second half of the game to win 30-23, while UCLA hit just .111 compared to the Cardinal's .366.

In the final game, it would be a back and forth battle early on, but Stanford would jump out to a 23-13 lead. UCLA battled back, using a 13-4 run to pull within 27-26, but the Cardinal would hold on to win 30-28.

UCLA will conclude the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 26 as they host California at 7:00 pm in Pauley Pavilion. It will also be the final regular season home game for the Bruins' only senior, Nancy Barba, who will be honored for her career with the team on Saturday.

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