No. 22 Volleyball Swept By Defending NCAA Champion Stanford
Oct. 10, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. (www.TheSunDevils.com) -- Stanford All-American outside hitter Logan Tom carried the No. 4 Cardinal to an easy 3-0 win over the 22nd-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils Thursday night in Pac-10 volleyball action at Wells Fargo Arena in front of 1,182. Game scores were 30-20, 30-18, 30-16 in favor of the defending national champion Cardinal.
Tom, who was the 2001 AVCA Player of the Year and is a prominent member of the USA National Team, recorded a double-double with match highs in kills (16), digs (13) and hit at a very high .414 clip on 29 total attacks.
The win improved the fourth-ranked and preseason No. 1 Cardinal to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in Pac-10 play. They are now 40-4 all-time vs. the Sun Devils, having won 15 of the last 16 matches dating back to 1994. The Sun Devils fell to 7-4 overall and evened their Pac-10 record at 3-3. ASU is now 3-3 against ranked opponents this year after losing its second in as many matches to a top 20 team.
Arizona State was led by a solid match from reserve middle blocker Mandy Stephens (Napa, Calif.) and a record-setting performance from junior setter Cheryl Anglin (Queen Creek). Stephens, who had only played in six games heading into the match, matched her season high with six kills and is expected to move into a starting role after hitting .462.
Anglin, who set the ASU single-season record for assists when she was a freshman (2000), moved into second place in the ASU career record books with her 22-assist night against the Cardinal. Anglin moved past former Sun Devil Jennifer Helfrich (2,956; 1989-92) with 2,958.
Senior middle blocker Julia Leddy (Mesa) and junior outside hitter Juliana Escobar (Brasilia, Brazil) tied for the team lead with eight kills each. Sophomore opposite Alicia Akporiaye (Tucson) led the Devils with 10 digs.
In addition to the solid match from Tom, Stanford also received a big night from 2001 AVCA Freshman of the Year Ogonna Nnamani. Nnamani hit .476 with 11 kills. As a team, Stanford hit at a blistering .371 clip, including a .586 mark in game two.
ASU returns to action in a Pac-10 match Friday night vs. the California Golden Bears (11-3, 2-3 Pac-10) at 7 p.m.