Ninth-Ranked Bruins Lose Another Five-Set Thriller to #2 Stanford

Nov. 22, 2008

STANFORD, Calif. - Seniors Ali Daley and Nellie Spicer each had double-doubles, but the ninth-ranked Bruins fell in five sets to #2 Stanford on Saturday at Maples Pavilion. Scores were 15-25, 25-20, 15-25, 26-24, 11-15.

The Bruins fall to 18-10 overall and 8-9 in Pac-10 action, while the Cardinal improve to 24-3 and 15-1 in league play.

Daley had 13 kills and 18 digs, while Spicer posted 43 assists and 13 digs. Sophomore Dicey McGraw had double figures in kills with 12, while freshman Amanda Gil added 11 kills and seven blocks. Senior Jessica Fine had 25 digs and freshman Lainey Gera added 19 digs. The Bruins hit .159 as a team and had 13 blocks and 90 digs.

Stanford never trailed in the opening set, scoring the first three points and never looking back. Trailing 7-5, the Bruins scored three of the next four points to tie the set at eight. Freshman Katie Camp had two kills, while Daley added another during the 3-1 run. But Stanford came back with an 8-4 streak to take a 16-12 advantage. Still within three at 17-14, the Cardinal posted eight of the last nine points of the opening set to win it 25-15. The Bruins were out-hit .364 to .139 in the first. Gil had three of UCLA's 10 kills.

UCLA jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in set two on a Camp kill, a Stanford attack error and a combo block by Camp and freshman Sara Sage. But the Cardinal scored the next five to take a 5-3 edge. The Bruins would call timeout, and the breather helped, as they scored eight of the next 12 to take an 11-9 lead. Gil had two kills and two blocks during the run, McGraw added two kills and a roof and Daley posted a kill and a block. Stanford rallied back with a 10-5 streak to take a set-high lead of three at 19-16. However, the Bruins came on strong at the end to take the second and head into intermission with a 1-1 split.

UCLA scored nine of the last 10 points of the set to win it 25-20. The run began with back-to-back combo blocks by Daley and Gil, the last of which came following a long rally. After a Stanford attack error, the Bruins tied it at 19, forcing the Cardinal into a timeout. Out of the break, Stanford committed another error and a Spicer kill gave UCLA a 21-19 advantage, as the Cardinal called another timeout. Consecutive kills by Daley put the Bruins up 23-19, and following a Stanford sideout, a Cardinal attack error gave UCLA set point. McGraw pounded home the set-clincher to give the Bruins the five-point victory. Daley had four kills in the second, while McGraw added three. The Bruins out-hit the Cardinal .146 to .017 and out-block them 7-2. UCLA had 30 digs in the second, after just 15 in the first, with Fine (10) and Gera (9) accounting for 19 of them.

The Bruins scored the first point of the third set, but it would be their only lead, as Stanford came back with six of the next seven to go ahead 6-2. UCLA was still in it down 11-9, but Stanford runs of 6-0 and 8-1 gave the home club a 19-10 advantage. UCLA came back with three in a row after a Stanford service error, a McGraw kill and a combo block by Gil and McGraw to cut its deficit to six at 19-13. But the Bruins could get no closer, eventually losing the set 25-15. McGraw had five of the Bruins' nine kills in the third, as UCLA hit just .088 to Stanford's .457.

The fourth was close at the start, with neither team leading by more than two until the score hit double digits. With the Cardinal up 6-5, the Bruins scored five of the next seven to take a 10-8 lead. Spicer had two kills during the run, Gil and sophomore Emily Clements each had one and Daley served an ace. The score was still tied at 12-all when an 8-1 Stanford streak made it a 20-13 game.

UCLA made a 5-0 run and cut its deficit to two at 20-18. Daley began things with a kill, and following a Stanford attack error, a McGraw/Gil combo block made it 20-16. Spicer then had a kill and another Cardinal error got the Bruins to within two. Stanford came back with three of the next four to take a 23-19 advantage, but for the second straight night, the Bruins made an incredible late comeback in the fourth to force a fifth set. After a Cardinal service error, Clements had back-to-back kills to make it 23-22 Stanford. The Cardinal sided out to get match point, but an attack error and another Clements kill tied it at 24. Daley then had consecutive spikes to give the Bruins a 26-24 victory. Clements had six kills in the fourth, while Daley had four. The Cardinal barely out-hit the Bruins .222 to .220.

The Bruins jumped out to a 3-1 lead to start the fifth, and still on top 6-5, they scored three in a row to take a 9-5 advantage. Sage had a kill and a block, followed by a McGraw kill to get UCLA's lead to four. But Stanford rallied with a big run to win the match. The Cardinal scored 10 of the last 12 points to win it 15-11. Daley, Gil and McGraw all had two kills in the fifth. Stanford out-hit UCLA .417 to .192 in the final set.

Alix Klineman led the Cardinal with 28 kills and 18 digs, Cynthia Barboza had 14 kills and 22 digs and Foluke Akinradewo posted 14 kills, nine blocks and seven digs. Cassidy Lichtman had a double-double with 67 assists and 11 digs, Gabi Ailes had a match-high 28 digs and Jessica Fishburn posted 12 digs. Stanford hit .251 as a team.

The Bruins entertain Pepperdine and USC next week in their final regular-season homestand. UCLA hosts the Waves on Tuesday at 7 p.m. and the Trojans on Friday at 3 p.m. at Pauley Pavilion Both matches will be broadcast on and feature Gametracker, while Friday's contest will be aired live on Fox Sports Net Prime Ticket with Paul Sunderland, Holly McPeak and Karch Kiraly at the call.

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