No. 4 Stanford Volleyball Sweeps Washington State

Sept. 26, 2003

STANFORD, Calif. -- The No. 4-ranked Stanford volleyball team swept Washington State 30-28, 30-23, 30-18, at Maples Pavilion Friday night.

WSU is now 5-8 overall and 2-2 in Pac-10 play while Stanford moves to 9-2 overall, 3-0 and sharing the conference lead. The Cardinal host No. 13 Washington Saturday night.

Stanford junior outside hitter and two-time All-American, Ogonna Nnamani, had a match-high 19 kills and freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards added 13. Jennifer Harvey had a match-high seven blocks while setter Katie Goldhahn had 44 assists and 13 digs.

WSU was led by the 14 kills and 16 digs of redshirt freshman Kristen Carlson. Sophomore setter Brenn Larson had 37 assists, 11 digs and five blocks. Freshman Jennifer Todd also had five blocks.

The Cardinal out-hit the Cougs .325 to .193 and out-blocked the visitors 11 to 7.5.

Ahead 21-20 in game one, Stanford out-scored the Cougars eight to four to get to a 29-24 lead. Bautre landed a Cougar kill to deny Stanford's first attempt at game point. With Barcus serving, Stanford was called out of rotation and then the redshirt freshman dropped an ace over the net. The Cardinal, denied game point three times, called a timeout only to come back and have Todd and Larson combine on a block of Nnamani to close the gap 29-28. Nnamani ended the game with her seventh kill and the Cardinal win 30-28.

WSU took an early lead in the second game but seven unanswered Cardinal points were too much in the long run for the Cougars to overcome. After hitting .265 in the first game, WSU was held to .159 in the second. Stanford dropped from .359 to .277 but out-blocked WSU five to two. Nnamani added eight kills in game two as Stanford won 30-23.

Stanford took a nine-point lead and extended it to a 30-18 game three win.

'I'm disappointed because I think we could have played better,' WSU Head Coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'I'm disappointed that we're losing in three because we need to learn to fight and come through and win games on the road. We do some really great things and then we do some really freshman things. This team is a work in progress but they also need to start progressing.'

Washington State returns to Bohler Gym to take on No. 8 UCLA Thursday, Oct. 2, and No. 1 USC Friday, Oct. 3.

No. 4 Stanford (9-2, 3-0)	30	30	30Washington State (5-8, 2-2)	28	23	18STATISTICS:KILLS - STAN 51 (Nnamani 19), WSU 42 (Carlson 14)HITTING PERCENTAGE - STAN .325, WSU .193ASSISTS - STAN 50 (Goldhahn 44), WSU 41 (Larson 37)DIGS - STAN 41 (Goldhahn 13), WSU 47 (Carlson 16)BLOCKS - STAN 11 (Harvey 7), WSU 7.5 (Todd, Larson 5 each)SERVICE ACES - STAN 6 (Harvey, McGee 2 each), WSU 3 (Barcus 2)Attendance:  1,904.
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