After losing the first set on Friday night, the UCLA Women’s Volleyball team won the next three sets to defeat Stanford for the first time since 2011. The victory ended a seven-match skid against the Cardinal.
Torrey Van Winden led the Bruins to the win with 19 kills while Jordan Anderson had 15 kills and Jennie Frager added 11.
UCLA wasn’t really ever in the first match as Stanford scored 8 of the first 10 points and they weren’t able to come back from the deficit, losing the first set 25-17.
In the second set, Stanford jumped out to a 4-2 lead when the Bruins went on a 9-0 run to make it 11-4 and they never looked back, winning the set 25-17.
UCLA took a 9-3 lead early in the third, but then the Cardinal came back to tie it at 12-12 and again at 13-13. Yet the Bruins never allowed Stanford to have a lead in the set and they won the third 25-21.
The fourth set was the biggest battle of the night as the teams had 15 tie scores. With it tied at 20, UCLA broke through for three straight points and eventually won both the set and the match on a Stanford attack error.
The win moved UCLA into a four-way tie for second until both Washington State and Oregon won their matches yesterday. Now, the Bruins need a win today to keep pace. If UCLA wins and Washington should lose today to Arizona, then there would be at least a four-way tie for first place in the conference.
Taylor Formico posted 20 digs for the match to give her 1,390 at UCLA. She is now 16 digs shy of passing Samantha Shaver for third place on the UCLA All-Time Digs list and she could pass Shaver when the Bruins play UC Berkeley this afternoon at the John Wooden Center.
The Golden Bears are 8-11 on the season and 2-7 in conference play, but they’ve won their last two Sunday matches.
#15 UCLA Women's Volleyball (14-4, 5-3)
Opponent: UC Berkeley Golden Bears (8-11, 2-7)
When: Noon PT, Sunday, October 23, 2016
Where: John Wooden Center, Los Angeles, CA
Stream: Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now App
Live Stats: UCLA Bruins Stat Broadcast