Cardinal Sweeps Loyola In NCAA Volleyball Tournament

Nov. 30, 2000

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Stanford jumped to a 5-0 lead over the Loyola Marymount in game one oftheir first round NCAA Tournament match in Santa Barbara, Calif. onThursday night, setting the tone for a match filled with scoring runs,but ultimately ending in a Cardinal sweep, 15-11, 15-6 and 15-9.

The Lions bounced back in game one, going on a six point run of theirown to claim a 6-5 lead. With the score tied a 7-7, it was theCardinal which went on another run, giving them the lead for good at11-7. LMU scored a pair to narrow the margin to 11-9, but Stanfordoutscored the Lions 4-2 the rest of the way to win game one 15-11. TheCardinal scored the game-winner on a block by Sara Sandrik and TaraConrad.

In game two, LMU jumped out to a quick start, pushing its lead to 6-2before Stanford called a timeout. Whatever was said in the timeoutworked like a charm. The Cardinal ran off 13 consecutive points, pacedby setter Lindsay Kagawa who served 11 straight points of her own,including the game-winner to cap a 15-6 victory.

Stanford outblocked Loyola Marymount 9-3 in game two.

The Cardinal opened game three with another streak. Taking advantageof Lion hitting errors, they jumped out to leads of 6-1 and 9-2. LMUpulled to within 9-6, but after a timeout Stanford scored a pair tomake it 11-6. The Lions made one final rally, pulling to within 11-8,but Stanford outscored them 4-1 to close things out, 15-9.

Stanford was led by sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom who had 16 killsand hit .419 in the win. As a team, the Cardinal hit .330 and limitedthe Lions to a miserable .089 hitting percentage. Perhaps mostimportantly, Stanford forced the nation�s leader in kills per game,Sarah McFarland, into a negative hitting percentage at -.086. As ateam, Stanford had 12 kills while LMU had only five.

With the victory, the Cardinal improves to 19-11 and advances to thesecond round of the NCAA Tournament, taking on the winner of Thursday�ssecond match between UC Santa Barbara and Texas-San Antonio. The Lionsfinish their season with a record of 19-11.

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