Nnamani Tallies 16 Kills In 3-0 Win Over Colorado State
Aug. 29, 2003
Fort Collins, Colo. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani had a match-high 16 kills as the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team opened the 2003 season with a 3-0 win over Colorado State before a crowd of 3,503. Game scores were 30-22, 30-16 30-21.
Stanford took an early 6-2 lead in game one on a block by Jennifer Harvey and Sara Dukes. After taking a 9-5 lead, the Rams stormed back to tie the game at nine-all on a kill by Melissa Courtney. The Cardinal pushed ahead 14-11 on a block solo by Harvey and went up 21-17 on another Stanford block to force a CSU timeout. Stanford's eighth block (Sara McGee/Sara Dukes) of the game at 26-20 forced another Rams timeout. A kill by Jennifer Hucke would give the Cardinal game point at 29-22. Sara McGee and Ogonna Nnamani teamed up for a block on the final point to hand Stanford the 30-22 victory.
The Cardinal scored three consecutive points to open game two and never looked back. A kill by Hucke gave Stanford a 9-4 lead while three straight blocks built the Cardinal lead to 15-8. The Rams took their first timeout trailing 9-17 after a McGee kill. Colorado State would call their second timeout after an Nnamani kill at 22-10. A block by McGee and Hucke put Stanford up 27-14 while a Hucke kill gave the Cardinal game point at 29-16. Freshman Kristin Richards closed out the game with a kill at 30-16.
After Stanford jumped out to an early 11-6 lead, CSU scored three consecutive points to close the gap to 9-11 and tied the game at 12-all on a Cardinal hitting error. Stanford posted four straight points out of the timeout to take a 16-12 advantage. The game remained close until the Cardinal began to pull away taking the 25-18 lead on a Rams hitting error. A kill by Nnamani gave Stanford match point at 29-21 while another Nnamani kill sealed the victory at 30-21.
The Rams were led by Becky Sarauer and Katie Jo Shirley who had 12 kills each.
Stanford will take on Bradley tomorrow at Noon and Florida A&M at 5 p.m.
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