Top Ranked Cardinal Sweeps Cal Poly 3-0

Sept. 7, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Junior middle blocker Sara McGee tallied a match-high 13 kills as the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept Cal Poly, 3-0, this morning at the Stanford Invitational in Maples Pavilion. Game scores were 30-24, 30-28, 30-23.

The Cardinal improve to 5-0 on the season while the Mustangs fall to 1-4.

Stanford runs its consecutive matches won streak to 24 with the victory.

The Cardinal started off sluggish in game one, falling behind the Mustangs 2-7. Stanford then rattled off four straight points to pull within one at 6-7. A Cal Poly error tied the game at 9-all and a kill by Lindsey Yamasaki gave Stanford the lead (10-9). The Cardinal extended their lead to 19-15 on another Cal Poly hitting error and went ahead 27-23 on a block by Jennifer Harvey and Ashley Ivy. An Ivy kill gave Stanford the 30-24 win.

With the Cardinal leading 9-4, the Mustangs would roll off five consecutive points to tie the game at 9-all. Using their momentum, Cal Poly forged ahead taking a 15-11 advantage on a service ace. Stanford would tie the game at 21-21 on a kill by Sara McGee. The two teams battled point for point and the Cardinal would reach game point on an Ivy kill at 29-27. Sara McGee scored the final point of the game on a kill, giving Stanford the 30-28 win.

Game three remained tight between the two teams until Stanford rallied off five straight points to take a 21-16 advantage. With the Cardinal leading 26-23, a Jennifer Harvey/Ashley Ivy block would force Cal Poly to use their final timeout. Stanford would continue to roll scoring the final three points for the 30-23 victory.

Senior Ashley Ivy chipped in 11 kills, four blocks and a match-high six service aces. The six aces ties her career record and ranks fifth all-time on the Farm for a single match. Senior outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki added 10 kills for the Cardinal as well.

Stanford takes on No. 8 Utah (5-0) tonight at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion in a matchup of unbeatens. San Jose State will face Cal Poly at 5 p.m.

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