No. 14 Women's Volleyball Defeats No. 10 UCLA, 3-1
Oct. 10, 2004
Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani recorded a career-high 36 kills to break the Stanford career record in kills as the 14th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 10 UCLA, 3-1, tonight in Pauley Pavilion. Game scores were 30-24, 24-30, 30-25, 30-28. Stanford improves to 11-4 overall, 4-1 in league play while the Bruins fall to 11-4, 4-2 in the Pac-10.
Nnamani has 1,955 career kills eclipsing former Cardinal All-American Logan Tom who had 1,939 for her career. Nnamani also moves into third all-time in the Pac-10 with her career kills number. The 36 kills ranks third on The Farm for a single match as well.
The two teams traded points early in game one, until UCLA went on a six-point run to go up 9-4. Stanford rebounded to score the next four points to close the gap to 8-9 on a block solo by Jennifer Hucke. The Bruins led 15-12 at the media timeout. Trailing 14-16, the Cardinal recorded three quick points to take the 17-16 lead as UCLA took their first timeout. With the game tied at 19-all, Stanford went on a six-point run to go up 25-19. The Bruins cut the lead to 23-27 on a service ace but the Cardinal remained steady, winning game one, 30-24 on a block solo by Franci Girard. Ogonna Nnamani tallied 12 kills to lead Stanford.
Game two remained close early with the two teams trading points until UCLA built a 15-12 at the media timeout. The Bruins continued to win some key rallies, going up 18-13, as Stanford took a timeout. The Cardinal closed the gap to 18-21 on a kill by Kristin Richards but could get no closer. UCLA reached game point at 29-23 on a Stanford service error and closed out the game at 30-24 to even the match at one game apiece.
Once again, the game remained close with Stanford taking a 15-14 lead into the media timeout. The Cardinal pushed the lead to 19-15 on a block by Franci Girard and Bryn Kehoe. A kill by Girard gave Stanford a 22-17 advantage. UCLA recorded back-to-back points pull within three points at 21-24 as the Cardinal took a timeout. Stanford reached game point on a kill by Ogonna Nnamani at 29-25. A block by Girard and Kehoe gave the Cardinal the 30-25 victory.
Stanford took a 10-6 lead early in game four as UCLA called their first timeout. The Cardinal increased their advantage to six points after a kill by Nnamani at 19-13. The Bruins cut the lead to four at 18-22 to force a Stanford timeout. UCLA tied up the game at 22-all, capping a seven-point run. The Bruins took the lead at 23-22 as the Cardinal took their final timeout. Stanford retook the lead at 25-24 on a Bruin hitting error and extended the lead to 27-24 on a block by Hucke and Girard. Bryn Kehoe won a joust at the net to give the Cardinal match point at 29-27. Fittingly, Ogonna Nnamani notched her career-best 36th kill of the match to end the game, 30-28.
Kristin Richards chipped in 15 kills and a match-high 21 digs on the night. Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard tallied a career-best 10 blocks on the evening, while adding eight kills to the Cardinal effort.
Heather Cullen led the Bruins with 16 kills while Chrissie Zartman had 21 digs.
The Cardinal is back in action on Tuesday, October 12, in a non-conference match-up with Pacific in Stockton, Calif. at 7 p.m.