No. 20 Stanford Volleyball Handles No. 14 Santa Clara 3-1

Nov. 21, 2000

Logan Tom paced the Cardinal with a match-high 23 kills as No. 20 Stanford defeated No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1, to close out regular season play. Game scores were 9-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-10.

The Cardinal improves to 18-11 overall while the Broncos fall to 26-4 overall.

The Broncos got out of the gate early in game one, posting a 6-0 lead before the Cardinal notched its first point on a Tara Conrad kill. Santa Clara increased the lead to 9-2 as the match progressed taking advantage of Stanford's poor passing and unforced errors. The Broncos reached game point at 14-2 but Stanford rattled off four points to force a Santa Clara timeout at 6-14. The Cardinal held off three game points before falling 9-15.

It was d�j� vu in game two as Santa Clara went on a 6-0 run before Stanford regrouped to tie the game up at 6-6. The Cardinal took the lead on a block by Sara McGee and Lindsay Kagawa but the two teams would knot up again at eight-all. With a slim 11-10 lead, Stanford pushed forward to reach game point on a service ace by Kagawa. A kill by Sara Dukes would give the Cardinal the 15-10 win to even up the match at one game a piece.

Game three belonged to Stanford as the Cardinal took the early 5-0 lead. They extended the lead to 10-1 behind some timely hitting a solid blocking. Stanford stalled at 13-2, allowing Santa Clara to close the gap and get within three at 10-13. Consecutive kills by Logan Tom and Tara Conrad would give the Cardinal the 15-10 victory.

Stanford steadily built a 7-3 lead in the early stages of game four to force a Santa Clara timeout. The Cardinal extended the lead to 10-3 before the Broncos came charging back to pull within four at 6-10. Stanford rolled off several points to reach game and match point at 7-14. Once again Santa Clara rallied to get a couple of points to close the gap to 10-14. But ultimately the Cardinal would prevail, notching the win on a service ace by Sara McGee.

Stanford's Logan Tom had a double-double with 23 kills and 18 digs on the night. Tara Conrad added nine kills and seven blocks while teammate Sara Sandrik tallied 10 kills and seven digs.

Invitations to the 2000 NCAA Volleyball Tournament will be extended on Sunday, November 26 when the 64-team field is announced. First and second rounds matches will run from Thursday, November 30 through Sunday, December 3.

No. 20 Stanford def. No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1.

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