No. 20 Arizona Upsets No. 4 Stanford 3-2 In Tucson
Oct. 12, 2002
Tucson, Ariz. - The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team, playing its fourth ranked opponent in as many matches, fell to No. 20 Arizona, 3-2, in Tucson, Arizona before 9,141 fans - the largest crowd to see a Pac-10 women's volleyball match ever. Game scores were 30-25, 30-17, 16-30, 30-32, 13-15.
The Cardinal fall to 14-3, 5-2 in the Pac-10 while the Wildcats improve to 8-6 on the year, 3-3 in league play.
Stanford took the 5-2 lead to open game one after an Ogonna Nnamani kill. The Cardinal increased the lead to six at 11-5 on a Logan Tom kill. Arizona fought back to close the gap to 12-13 and tied the game at 14-all on a Cardinal error. The two teams traded points with neither squad able to gain more than a two-point advantage. Stanford called its first timeout of the game trailing 21-22 after a Lisa Rutledge kill. The Cardinal came out and scored the next three points to force an Arizona timeout at 24-22. Stanford reached game point on a block by Jennifer Harvey and Ashley Ivy at 29-25 and closed it out on a Tom kill at 30-25. The Cardinal hit .389 in game one with three team blocks.
Stanford opened game two with a 5-2 advantage and extended the lead to 11-5 on a Wildcat hitting error. Arizona called a timeout trailing 6-13 after a Harvey/Ivy block. The Cardinal built a 19-11 lead on an Ashley Ivy kill. An Anna Robinson service ace put Stanford up 28-14 and a Wildcat ball-handling error gave the Cardinal game point at 29-15. Arizona held off two game points before an Ivy kill ended the game 30-17. Stanford hit .444 in game two with five team blocks.
Game three remained close between the two teams early with neither squad taking more than a two point advantage until Arizona rallied off three consecutive points to force a Stanford timeout at 13-10. The Wildcats would extend their lead to 16-11 on a block and force a second Cardinal timeout. Arizona continued to roll using tough serving and timely blocking to reach 25-13 after four consecutive service aces. The Wildcats would win game three 30-16 on another ace. Arizona tallied seven service aces for the game while Stanford hit. 000 with nine hitting errors.
Arizona came out firing in game four taking the early 7-4 lead. After Stanford closed the gap to 9-11, the Wildcats scored four consecutive points to go up 15-9. After a quick Logan Tom kill, Arizona got two quick points to take the 17-10 advantage. The Cardinal took their final timeout of the game trailing by five at 17-22. Stanford tied up the match at 22-all on a Wildcat hitting error. The two teams traded points until Arizona reached game point at 29-28. Stanford held off three game points before falling 32-30 as Arizona forced a game five.
Arizona posted an early 5-2 lead in game five to force a Stanford timeout. The Wildcats continued to press taking the 8-4 lead as the teams changed sides of the court. The Cardinal tied up the game at 12-all however Arizona reached game and match point at 14-13 on a Cardinal hitting error. A Wildcat block ended the match at 15-13.