Fourth-Ranked Cardinal Open Pac-10 Play With 3-1 Win Over OSU

Sept. 18, 2003

Corvallis, Ore. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani notched a match-high 22 kills as the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team opened conference action with a 3-1 win over Oregon State in Corvallis, Ore. this evening. Game scores were 30-27, 27-30, 30-22, 30-19.

The Cardinal improve to 7-2 overall, 1-0 in the Pac-10 while the Beavers fall to 9-3, 0-1 in league action.

The Beavers took the early lead in game one, going on a four-point run to take an 11-7 lead. OSU took the 15-9 lead into the media timeout after a kill by Amanda Eggert. Stanford fought back to close the gap to 20-22 on a kill by Ogonna Nnamani and tied the game up at 24-all on a Nnamani service ace. With the game tied at 27-all, back-to-back kills by Sara McGee and Nnamani put the Cardinal at game point as the Beavers called a timeout. Another Nnamani kill sealed the win for Stanford at 30-27.

The Cardinal opened game two with a 8-3 lead after a kill by Sara Dukes that capped a four-point run. But OSU countered with a five-point run to tie the game at eight-all. A Beaver service ace gave Oregon State the 13-11 advantage but Stanford scored three straight points to take the 14-13 lead. The two teams traded points until the Cardinal built a 21-17 lead after another Dukes kill. But OSU fought back to tie the game up at 21-all. Again the two squads traded point until the Beavers went up 27-25 to force the final Stanford timeout. Oregon State reached game point with a 29-26 advantage. The Cardinal held off one game point on a kill by Ogonna Nnamani but fell to OSU, 27-30 to tie up the match at one game apiece.

The two teams remained close to open game three until the Cardinal put together a four point run to go up 12-6 on a block solo by Jennifer Harvey to force a Beaver timeout. Stanford continued to roll taking an 18-8 advantage after an OSU hitting error. A kill by Kristin Richards put the Cardinal up 22-13. Oregon State took a time out trailing 18-27 but Stanford reached game point on a block solo by Sara McGee. A dump by Anna Robinson gave the Cardinal the 30-22 victory.

Game four began with the two teams trading points with neither squad able to gain more than a two-point advantage. The Cardinal had a 15-13 lead heading into the media timeout after a Beaver hitting error. Stanford took the 21-15 lead on a dump by Katie Goldhahn as the Cardinal opened a six-point advantage. With SU leading 22-17, the Cardinal strung together four quick points including back-to-back Nnamani kills, forcing the final Beaver timeout at 26-17. A kill by Kristin Richards gave Stanford game and match point at 29-19 while a Beaver hitting error closed out the match 30-19.

Four Stanford players ended the night in double figures in kills including Kristin Richards (18), Jennifer Harvey (14) and Sara Dukes (12). Libero Leahi Hall set a career high with a match high 17 digs. Harvey led the team and the match with nine blocks followed by Dukes' five.

The Cardinal will face Oregon tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in Eugene in continued conference action.

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