Top Ranked Cardinal Sweep Houston 3-0
Sept. 13, 2002
Gainesville, Fla. - Senior opposite Ashley Ivy had a match-high 10 kills and six service aces as the No. 1 Stanford women's volleyball team swept Houston 3-0 tonight in Gainesville, Fla. at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Game scores were 30-21, 30-19, 30-17.
The Cardinal improve to 8-0 overall while the Cougars fall to 7-2 on the year.
Stanford has now won 27 consecutive matches dating back to last season.
Ivy's six service aces ties for fifth all-time on The Farm for a single match.
Game one remained close between the two teams until the Cardinal went on a five point run to go up 21-15 on an Ashley Ivy service ace. Stanford continued to roll reaching game point on an Ogonna Nnamani kill at 29-19. An Ivy kill gave the Cardinal the 30-21 victory. Stanford hit .355 for game one with five blocks.
Houston took a 7-5 lead to open game two before the Cardinal rattled off five consecutive points to take the 10-7 advantage. The Cougars would pull to within on at 15-16 on a block. But Stanford would slowly gain momentum behind the tough jump service of Ivy and Jennifer Hucke to take a 27-17 lead. A Jennifer Harvey kill got the Cardinal to game point at 29-19 and another Harvey kill put Stanford up two games to none. The Cardinal hit .467 in game two with five service aces.
Stanford took control of game three early, taking the 12-6 advantage on a Cougar ball-handling error. The Cardinal extended their lead to 21-10 on a block by Ivy and Katie Goldhahn. Houston took their second timeout of the match at 26-13 after a Sara McGee kill. Stanford reached game and match point on a kill by Courtney Schultz at 29-16. A final Schultz kill sealed the win for Stanford at 30-17.
Stanford hit .a season-high .467 for the match with 10 service aces.
Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani chipped in nine kills while hitting .471 (9-1-17) while teammate Sara McGee added nine kills (9-2-13) as well. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey had eight kills (8-1-10) and a match-high three blocks on the night. Freshman Courtney Schultz tallied a season-high five kills (5-0-7).
The Cardinal will face the winner of the Florida-Ohio University match tomorrow in the championship at 3:30 p.m. ET.