No. 11 Cardinal Sweep Washington State, 3-0
Oct. 23, 2004
Pullman, Wash. - Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani recorded a match-high 14 kills as the No. 11 Stanford women's volleyball team swept Washington State, 3-0, tonight. Game scores were 30-17, 30-19, 30-19. The Cardinal improve to 15-4 overall, 7-1 in the Pac-10 while the Cougars fall to 3-18, 0-8 in league play.
WSU was up 9-7 early in game one but the Cardinal would tie up the game at nine-all on a Cougar attack that went long. With the game tied at 10-10, Stanford went on a 5-1 run to lead 15-11 at the media timeout. A block solo by Lizzie Suiter gave the Cardinal a 19-12 advantage as the Cougars took their first timeout. Stanford raced to a 10-point lead at 24-14 after a block by Kristin Richards and Franci Girard force the final WSU timeout. The Cardinal continued to roll, reaching game point on a service ace by Richards at 29-16. A net violation gave Stanford the 30-17 win. Ogonna Nnamani tallied six kills in game one while Richards added four. The Cardinal outdug WSU, 20-12.
Stanford jumped out to a 6-2 lead early in game two after a Cougar hitting error. WSU closed the gap to 8-9 on a blocking error by the Cardinal and tied the game at 10-all. But Stanford regrouped to take a 15-11 lead into the media timeout after a block by Lizzie Suiter and Jennifer Hucke. The Cardinal scored the next four points to extend their advantage to 19-11 after a kill by Hucke force the first Cougar timeout. Stanford took a 10-point lead at 23-13 after a kill by Kristin Richards, capped a four-point Cardinal run. Stanford ran off three more points to go up 26-13 and reached game point at 29-15 after a Richards' kill. WSU held off four game points before finally falling 19-30 on a service error.
With Washington State leading 6-5 in game three, Stanford went on a five-point run to go up 10-6 on a service ace by Katie Goldhahn as the Cougars called their first timeout. Three more consecutive Cardinal points capped an eight-point run as Stanford went up 13-6 on a kill by Kristin Richards. SU held a 19-9 advantage on a block by Lizzie Suiter and Ogonna Nnamani. Stanford led 26-15 after a WSU service error. A Cougar attack that was hit long gave the Cardinal game and match point at 29-17. Washington State held off two match points be a kill by Njideka Nnamani closed out the game, 30-19.
The Cardinal are back in action tomorrow against No. 1 Washington in Seattle, Wash. at 7 p.m.
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