No. 3 Cardinal Sweep No. 13 Ohio State To Advance To Elite Eight
Dec. 12, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani had a team-high 16 kills and nine digs to lead the No. 3 Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-0 sweep over No. 13 Ohio State tonight at Maples Pavilion in an NCAA Pacific Region semifinal match. Game scores were 30-24, 30-25, 30-27.
The Cardinal improve to 30-4 on the year while the Buckeyes end the season at 21-11.
Stanford head coach John Dunning notched his 500th victory tonight becoming only the 21st coach in the history of Division I volleyball to reach the milestone.
'I thought Ohio State played great, especially with their setter going down yesterday,' said Dunning. 'They were well coached and people stepped up for them. We are happy to advance and look forward to continue playing.'
Game one remained close between the two teams until Stanford gained a four point advantage at 17-13 on a block by Sara McGee and Ashley Ivy. The Cardinal never gave up the lead from that point, taking a 26-21 lead on a kill by Ogonna Nnamani. Stanford reached game point on a Ohio State hitting error (29-24) and won the game on a second Buckeye error at 30-24.
Game two saw the Cardinal take a commanding 10-4 lead on a block solo by McGee. Ohio State fought back to close the gap to two points trailing 12-14. With Stanford leading 23-16, the OSU would string together four consecutive points to pull within three at 20-23 but the Cardinal would answer with a run of their own, taking the 27-21 lead on another McGee/Ivy block. A Logan Tom kill put Stanford at game point (29-24) and a kill by McGee gave the squad the 30-25 victory.
Ohio State took an early 5-3 lead in game two put Stanford quickly tied the game up at five-all. With the teams tied 9-9, the Cardinal scored three quick points to take the 12-9 lead on a block solo by Tom. The Buckeyes tied the game up again at 16-all but could get no closer. Stanford had a five point lead at 23-18 after a block by McGee and Anna Robinson. OSU took a timeout out trailing 25-27 after an Ashley Ivy kill. The Cardinal reached game and match point on a McGee kill and closed it out on a Lindsey Yamasaki kill at 30-27.
For Ohio State, Stacey Gordon had a match-high 19 kills, three service aces and nine digs on the evening. Setter Heather Whalen had 38 assists and seven digs as well. Shelly Draeger chipped in six kills, two service aces and two blocks.
'Given the circumstances we played well,' said OSU head coach Jim Stone. 'Stanford is a great team and I wish them well.'
Stanford now faces No. 12 Arizona in the Pacific Regional final tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Wildcats defeated No. 9 Minnesota, 3-1, to advance in the earlier regional semifinal.
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