No. 6 Cardinal Upset No. 1 USC 3-2
Nov. 2, 2002
Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Logan Tom had 28 kills and 15 digs to lead the No. 6 Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten No. 1 USC tonight in Los Angeles. Game scores were 30-26, 16-30, 26-30, 30-28, 16-14.
The Cardinal improve to 21-3 overall, 11-2 in the Pac-10 while the Trojans drop to 19-1, 12-1 in league play.
Both teams came ready to play in game one with neither squad able to take more than a two point advantage most of the game. Stanford took its first timeout, trailing 21-22 after a Trojan kill. The Cardinal tied the game at 24-all on an Ogonna Nnamani kill and went ahead 26-24 on a Sara McGee kill. USC took a timeout trailing 25-28 after a Trojan hitting error. A block by Jennifer Harvey gave Stanford match point at 29-25. A Logan Tom kill would end the game at 30-26.
USC quickly opened a 5-1 lead in game two but the Cardinal fought back to tie the game at six-all. The Trojans forged ahead at 10-7 and took a 15-11 advantage into the media timeout. Behind the strong serving of April Ross, USC built a 26-14 lead and never looked back. The Trojans won game two 30-16.
Stanford would take a 6-3 lead early in game three but found themselves knotted at 14-all and trailing 14-15 at the media timeout. The Cardinal took their first timeout trailing 19-22. Stanford closed to within one at 23-24 on a Tom kill but found themselves down by three at 24-27 after a Trojan block. USC would take game three 30-26.
Game four began with the Trojans posting a 5-2 lead. USC maintained its lead over Stanford taking a19-14 advantage into the second Stanford timeout. Trailing 25-27, Stanford rallied off three consecutive points to take their first lead of the match at 28-27. After USC tied the game at 28-all, a Tom kill put the Cardinal at game point while a Trojan ball handling error gave Stanford the 30-28 win.
Game five was a battle with USC taking an 8-6 lead as the two teams traded sides of the court. With the Trojans leading 12-10, Stanford rallied off three consecutive points to go up 13-12 and reached match point at 14-13 on a Jennifer Harvey kill. With the game knotted at 14-all, a USC hitting error gave the Cardinal its second match point. Ogonna Nnamani would rack up her 12th kill of the match to give Stanford the 16-14 win.