Women's Volleyball Edged By Stanford

Oct. 1, 2004

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STANFORD, Calif. - The 11th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated 12th-ranked California, 3-2 tonight in Burnham Pavilion. Game scores were 30-28, 28-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-13. Stanford improves to 10-3 on the year, 3-0 in Pac-10 play while the Golden Bears fall to 7-5, 2-1 in league action.

The two teams remained close early in game one with Stanford holding a slim 15-12 advantage at the media timeout. The Cardinal built a 24-18 lead on a kill by Lizzie Suiter, capping a three-point run. Cal cut the lead to 23-26 after a hitting error by Stanford and trailed by only two at 26-28 as the Cardinal called a timeout after another hitting error. The Golden Bears tied the game at 28-all after two service aces but an Ogonna Nnamani kill gave Stanford game point at 29-28. Franci Girard connected on a quick set from Bryn Kehoe to put the game away, 30-28.

Once again the game remained close early in game two, until the Golden Bears staked a 15-11 lead heading into the media timeout. Cal called their first timeout as Stanford closed the gap to 17-18 on a block assist by Girard and Kehoe. The Cardinal tied up the game at 20-all as Kehoe took care of an overpass. The two teams tied again at 24-all. Stanford took the lead at 25-24 to force a Golden Bear timeout. The two teams tied again at 26-all as Cal put down an overpass and again at 28-all. California reached game point on a Stanford hitting error at 29-28 and won 30-28 on a Cardinal miscue.

Stanford took the early 6-3 lead to open game three but Cal quickly closed the gap to 5-6. With the Golden Bears trailing 9-10, the Cardinal went on a five-point run to open a 15-9 lead heading into the media timeout. Stanford went up 19-10 as the Golden Bears took their first timeout. Cal scored the next four points to close the gap to 14-19 as the Cardinal took a timeout. Stanford led 25-19 after a kill by Franci Girard but California closed the gap to 22-25 on three consecutive points. A service ace by Kehoe gave the Cardinal a 27-22 lead as Cal took their final timeout. The Golden Bears clawed back to within two at 25-27 but Stanford would reach game point leading 29-26 after a Cal attack went into the net. Jennifer Hucke closed out the game with a kill at 30-27 to give Stanford the 2-1 lead heading into game four.

The Golden Bears led early in game four, taking a slim 7-5 advantage on a Cardinal service error. They extended the lead to 12-7 after a Stanford ball-handling error. The Cardinal would fight back to close the gap on five consecutive points and tie the game at 12-all. The two squads remained close, trading points back and forth until Stanford took a slim 17-15 lead to cause a Cal timeout. The two teams tied at 20-all after a back row kill by Gabrielle Abernathy and again at 23-all. The Cardinal would score three quick points on a kill and two straight blocks to take a 26-23 advantage. But Cal would rally to tie the game again at 26-all. The Golden Bears reached game point at 29-27 and won game four 30-28 to force a game five.

Cal went up 5-2 early in game five causing the Cardinal to take a quick timeout. Stanford rallied to tie up the game at 7-all after three straight Golden Bear hitting errors. The two teams traded points back and forth. With Cal leading 12-11, the Cardinal took their final timeout of the game. Stanford took the 13-12 advantage after a Golden Bear attack went wide and Cal took a timeout. The Cardinal reached match point at 14-13 and won 15-13 on a block solo by Lizzie Suiter.

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