No. 1 Stanford Tops San Jose State 3-1

Sept. 6, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki had a match-high 16 kills to lead the No. 1 ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over San Jose State this evening at the Stanford Invitational in Maples Pavilion. Game scores were 30-18, 30-26, 27-30, 30-26.

The Cardinal improve to 4-0 on the year while the Spartans fall to 2-2. With the victory, Stanford runs its consecutive wins streak to 23 matches (dating back to last season).

In game one, the Cardinal dominated, posting a quick 8-2 lead to force a SJSU timeout. The Spartans fought back closing the gap to four points at 16-12 but Stanford ran off four straight points to take the 20-12 lead on a SJSU ball-handling error. A block by Sara Dukes and Lindsey Yamasaki put the Cardinal up 24-16. With Stanford leading 24-18, the Cardinal would rally off six consecutive points to win game one, 30-18, on a Yamasaki kill.

Game two was a back and forth battle between the two teams. With Stanford leading by only one point at 10-9, the Cardinal would string together five points to force a Spartans timeout at 15-9. San Jose would slowly close the gap until they tied up the game at 26-all on a kill by Kimberly Noble, forcing the Cardinal to take a timeout. Stanford would regroup and score the final four points of the game to win 30-26 on a block by Ashley Ivy and Jennifer Harvey.

Game three was dominated by San Jose State with the Spartans building a 15-7 lead to open the game. The Cardinal slowly chipped away at the lead but could not overtake the surging Spartans. With Stanford trailing 22-27, the Cardinal rallied to score five straight points to tie the game however failed to get any closer as SJSU scored the final three points to take the game 30-27.

Both teams came out battling in game four with the game remaining close throughout. San Jose State would take a timeout with Stanford leading by three at 17-15 and again at 23-19. The Cardinal took their first timeout at 26-23 after the Spartans put together a three-point run. Stanford would push forward getting to game and match point on a SJSU service error at 29-24. After back-to-back Spartan kills, the Cardinal won the match on a Lindsey Yamasaki kill at 30-26.

Stanford hit .265 for the match and collected 12 blocks on the night.

Four Cardinal players hit in double figures for Stanford including Ogonna Nnamani who notched a double-double with 15 kills and 11 digs. Setter Anna Robinson had 52 assists and 10 digs on the night whle middle blocker Sara McGee tallied 10 kills. Rightside hitter Ashley Ivy posted 12 kills, seven assists and five blocks. Junior Jennifer Harvey led the match with eight blocks as well. Defensive specialist Leahi Hall had a career-high seven digs in the winning effort.

San Jose State was led by Kim Noble's 14 kills and 10 digs. Katherine Powers added 14 kills and five blocks to the Spartans effort. Two other Spartans notched double figures in kills including Stephanie Pascucci (12) and Fran Pozzi (10).

Stanford is back on the court tomorrow morning, facing Cal Poly (1-3) at 10 a.m. The defending national champs will then take on No. 8 Utah (4-0) at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

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