Page, Paullin help No. 6 UCLA score a three-set victory against No. 4 Stanford
LOS ANGELES -- No. 6 UCLA chopped down No. 4 Stanford in three sets, 25-21, 25-23, 29-27, in an MPSF Conference match Sunday at the John Wooden Center. UCLA improved its record to 13-9 overall and 9-7 in the MPSF. Stanford fell to 12-8 and 9-8.
In the first set, Clayton Paullin's play helped break a 5-5 tie with a couple of kills, some tough serving and a few big plays at the net. When Paullin was done the Bruins owned a 10-6 advantage. The Bruins still led 14-9 after a Paullin block. A Robart Page kill made it 19-13 Bruins. Stanford caught a second wind at that point and narrowed the margin to 23-21, forcing a UCLA timeout. A service error killed Stanford's momentum and the Bruins took the next point, as well, for a 25-21 win.
The Bruins ran out to a 8-2 lead in the second set thanks to some fine serving by Dane Worley. He put back-to-back service aces together for a 7-2 lead and then added a kill for the 8-2 gap. UCLA grabbed a 18-11 edge on a Page kill. Stanford rallied to close to 22-18 and then to 24-23 after some UCLA errors. However, the next point went to the Bruins for a 25-23 win.
Stanford opened up a 6-3 lead in the third set, taking advantage of the poor UCLA service game. A Page kill narrowed the deficit to 7-5, but the Bruins had trouble gaining the lead. Worley's hit off the block brought UCLA to within one at 11-10. Stanford held off the UCLA efforts and went back up 12-10. Kills by Gonzalo Quiroga and Paullin knotted the set at 12-12. The score was tied again at 13, 18, 20 and 21. Quiroga's spike helped UCLA take a 24-22 lead, but Stanford fought off a couple of match points and tied the score at 24-24. A Worley kill put the Bruins up 25-24, but Stanford had the answer once again, taking the lead on a service error and hitting error. Worley tied the set at 26-26, and then at 27 with a pair of clutch blasts. The Bruins then put a couple of kills together, as Page, and then setter Steve O'Dell, put balls away for the 29-27 win.
Page topped the Bruins with 15 kills. Paullin finished with nine kills, while Worley added eight to go with his three service aces. Spencer Rowe put down five blocks. Quiroga chipped in with nine spikes, five digs and three blocks. O'Dell had 35 set assists and a block. Libero Evan Mottram recorded eight digs.