Cardinal Volleyball Wins 2002 NACWAA/State Farm Classic

Aug. 24, 2002

Minneapolis, MN - Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani had a match-high 19 kills as the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal volleyball team defeated Minnesota, 3-1, to win the 2002 NACWAA/State Farm Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. before a crowd of 1,800. Game scores were 30-21, 24-30, 30-27, 30-21. The Cardinal improve to 2-0 on the season while the Golden Gophers fall to 1-1.

Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year, Logan Tom, was named the tournament MVP. Nnamani and middle blocker Sara McGee were selected to the all-tournament team.

Game one remained close early with neither team gaining more than a three point advantage until Stanford went on a five point run to go up 18-14. The Cardinal went up 22-18 on a Tom kill while a Tom/Sara McGee block forced a Gopher timeout at 24-19. Another five point Stanford run got the Cardinal to game point on another Tom/McGee block at 29-20. After a kill by Minnesota's Trisha Bratford, Tom and McGee combined once again for a game-winning block (30-21).

With Stanford leading 8-6 in game two, Minnesota would go on a seven point scoring run to go up 13-8. After trading a couple points, the Gophers would put together four points to take a commanding 19-11 lead. Minnesota extended the lead to 10 points at 22-12 before Sara McGee recorded a kill. The Cardinal would pull to within seven at 21-28 on a Gopher error. A Cassie Busse kill got Minnesota to game point at 29-21. Stanford held off three game points before a Gopher kill ended the game at 30-24.

Game three was a hard fought battle with the two teams battling back and forth until Stanford forced a Minnesota timeout at 16-12 on a Jennifer Harvey kill. With the Cardinal leading 22-19, the Gophers would string together five points to take the 24-22 lead on a Stanford error. Trailing 23-26, the Cardinal got three consecutive points to tie the game up on a McGee/Anna Robinson block. Cassie Busse's kill would give Minnesota the 27-26 advantage, however, Stanford would score the remaining four points of the game to claim victory at 30-27 on a triple block by Nnamani, McGee and Robinson.

After the Cardinal posted a 9-3 lead early in game four, Minnesota fought back to pull within one at 8-9 on a service ace. Behind the solid serving of Jennifer Harvey, Stanford put together a five point run to pull ahead 15-9. The Gophers pulled to within three at 21-23 but Stanford would go on a run and score seven consecutive points to win the match, 30-21.

Libero Jennifer Hucke led the squad with a career-high 18 digs for the Cardinal. Middle blocker Sara McGee posted a career-high 17 kills while hitting at a .600 clip (17-2-25). Logan Tom and Ashley Ivy chipped in 13 kills each. Ivy added three service aces and 14 digs as well. Tom had two aces and six blocks on the night. McGee led the match with nine blocks.

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