Nnamani Notches Match-High 26 Kills In Win Over UCLA

Nov. 13, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani notched a match-high 26 kills while senior Jennifer Harvey tallied nine blocks as the seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 8 UCLA, 3-1, tonight Game scores were 30-17, 30-27, 25-30, 30-18.

The Cardinal improve to 19-5 overall, 12-3 in the Pac-10 while the Bruins fall to 20-6, 11-5 in league action.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early 8-4 lead after three consecutive blocks by Jennifer Harvey and Katie Goldhahn. A seven-point run extended Stanford's lead to 16-6 after a kill by Jennifer Hucke. The Bruins would call their first timeout, trailing 19-8. The Cardinal continued to roll taking a 22-12 advantage on another Hucke kill and went up 27-14 on a block solo by Sara Dukes. The Cardinal reached game point on a block by Hucke and Dukes at 29-15. They closed out the game on a Hucke kill at 30-17.

The two teams remained close early in game two with neither squad staking more than a two-point lead. Stanford trailed by one at 12-13 after a block by Sara Dukes and Jennifer Hucke, however were down by three at the media timeout after back-to-back Bruin kills. UCLA extended their lead to five at 21-16, forcing a Cardinal timeout. Stanford rallied off three points to close the gap to three at 19-22 then scored the next four points to take a 23-22 lead. The Cardinal took a 26-23 lead on a kill by Anna Robinson forcing a second Bruin timeout. UCLA tied the game up at 27-all but Ogonna Nnamani would tally three straight kills to give Stanford the 30-27 win and two game lead in the match.

UCLA came out of the break on fire, taking a commanding 7-1 lead to open game three. With the Bruins leading 13-7, the Cardinal put together a five-point run to close within one at 12-13. UCLA fought back to reclaim a 17-13 lead and force the final Stanford timeout. The Bruins would keep the lead for the remainder of the game reaching game point at 29-25 and win the game 30-25.

Stanford took control early in game three staking a 9-4 lead to force a Bruin timeout. The Cardinal continued to roll and were up by 10 at 15-5 when UCLA took their final timeout. Stanford led 23-12 after a block by Jennifer Harvey and Katie Goldhahn but the Bruins fought back to get to 17-26 after a UCLA block. Three consecutive points put the Cardinal at match point at 29-17. A Jennifer Hucke kill gave Stanford the 30-18 victory.

Junior Jennifer Hucked added 10 kills and 17 blocks on the night while Sara Dukes chipped in seven blocks. Katie Goldhahn had 42 assists and five blocks while Kristin Richards tallied nine kills and 17 digs on the night.

UCLA was led by Brynn Murphy's 17 kills and Chrissie Zartman's match-high 22 digs.

Stanford is back in action tomorrow night against top-ranked USC at 7:30 p.m. in Los Angeles, Calif. in a tape-delayed television match (FOX Sports Net).

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