No. 1 Stanford Sweeps St. Mary's 3-0

Sept. 2, 2002

Moraga, Calif. - The No. 1 ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated St. Mary's College, 3-0, behind Lindsey Yamasaki's 12 kills and 13 digs in a non-conference match in Moraga, Calif. Games scores were 30-26, 30-18, 30-23.

The Cardinal improve to 3-0 on the year while the Gaels fall to 2-2.

In game one, St. Mary's took the early lead, jumping out to 11-6. After a Stanford timeout, the situation did not improve for the Cardinal as the Gaels continued to lead 15-8. Stanford pulled to within two at 14-16 on a St. Mary's hitting error, forcing a Gael timeout. An Ogonna Nnamani kill tied the game at 17-all. With the game tied at 20-20, the Cardinal went on a five point run to take the 25-20 advantage on a Sara McGee/Ashley Ivy block. Stanford pushed the lead to 27-21 on a Yamasaki kill. The Cardinal reached game point on a McGee kill and finished out the game with a Nnamani kill at 30-26.

Stanford scored the first four points in game two but the Gaels returned the favor by scoring the next four. The Cardinal made another strong push at 7-6, scoring four consecutive points to go up 11-6. Another four point run at 11-9, gave Stanford a 15-9 edge while a tip shot by Yamasaki put the Cardinal up 22-14. A block by McGee and Robinson, followed by a Nnamani kill forced a St. Mary's timeout at 25-16. Stanford reached game point on a kill by Sara Dukes and won game two on a tip by Ivy at 30-18.

Stanford took control of game three early, staking a 5-1 lead, and never looked back. The Cardinal extended their lead to 14-8 on back-to-back kills by Yamasaki and Ivy. St. Mary's called a timeout at 21-15 after a Gael hitting error. Stanford continued to press forward reaching 28-21 on a McGee kill. The Cardinal got to game and match point on a Nnamani kill and a St. Mary's service error game Stanford the victory.

Nnamani and McGee notched a match-high 14 kills each. Ashley Ivy chipped in four blocks and two service aces while teammate Sara Dukes had six kills and three blocks on the night.

Stanford hit .384 for the match while the Gaels hit only .097. The Cardinal also outdug SMC 51 to 25 for the match.

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