Volleyball Drops Five-Game Thriller To #17 Stanford

Nov. 2, 2000

SEATTLE - In one of the fiercest battles in recent Washington volleyball history, the 17th-ranked Stanford Cardinal hung on to pull out a thrilling five-game victory, 10-15, 15-9, 15-10, 15-17, 15-11, Thursday evening at the Hec Edmundson Pavilion Addition. With the loss, the Huskies fell to 6-15 overall and 1-12 in the Pac-10, despite grabbing their first game from the Cardinal since 1995, while Stanford improved to 14-9 overall and 7-7 in conference play.

The Huskies recorded a number of career-high performances on the night, led by junior Allison Richardson's (Hemet, Calif.) career-high 24 kills and sophomore Paige Benjamin's (Redmond, Wash.) career-best 21 kills and 17 digs. Freshman defensive specialist Libba Lawrence (West Linn, Ore.) also came up big on defense, tallying a career-best 19 digs against her sister, Stanford defensive specialist Emily Lawrence, and the Cardinal.

'I was proud of our team,' UW head coach Bill Neville said. 'It was the first match all season that we haven't had any dips in our play. We came back and stood right up to them, but (Stanford's) Logan Tom just took over the match in the end.'

In game one, the Huskies broke a 6-6 tie and then outscored the Cardinal 9-4 to earn the 15-10 victory. Stanford took back the momentum in games two (15-9) and three (15-10), fending off several late charges by the Huskies, to move into the lead at two games to one.

The fourth game was indicative of the entire match with both sides battling back and forth until the Huskies seemed to be in control with their first game point at 14-10. The Cardinal, however, staged a four-point comeback, tying the score at 14-14 and then recording a game and match point of their own at 15-14. A kill off an overpass saved the Huskies from defeat, tying the match at 15-15. A Stanford hitting error and then a block by sophomore Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) and junior Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) secured a 17-15 win to send the match to fifth and final game.

In the rally-scoring fifth game, Stanford sophomore Logan Tom, who would end the night with a match-high 26 kills, took over, allowing the Cardinal to get out to what would prove to be an insurmountable 10-5 lead. The UW rallied at the end, fending off three match points before finally falling 15-11 on a back row kill from Tom.

Tom, a starter on the 2000 U.S. women's Olympic volleyball team, added five aces and 19 digs, while teammates Jennifer Detmer and Tara Conrad had 16 and 17 kills respectively.

The Huskies remain at home Friday evening for another Pac-10 match versus California at 7 p.m.

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