No. 3 Stanford Downs Boston College
Sept. 1, 2005
Chesthill Hill, Ma - The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team began its seven match, eleven day road trip with an overpowering 30-15, 30-15, 30-16 victory over Boston College in a non-league match Thursday night at the Silvio Conte Arena.
In game one, Stanford scored points in bunches. Five straight points gave Stanford a 6-1 lead followed by four straight to take a 10-3 lead, and then a match-high nine consecutive points to take a commanding 19-4 lead. That was Stanford's biggest lead of the match.
Game two offered more of the same as the Cardinal scored six straight points to take a 9-3 lead. The Eagles managed to cut the Stanford margin to five points, 10-5, but the Cardinal outscored the home team, 20-10, to take the game, 30-15.
Boston College managed to keep the game close to start game three. But at 5-4, Stanford began another run as the Cardinal scored four straight points, and extended the margin to 13 points at 22-9.
The match offered an opportunity for several Cardinal reserves (Kirsten Hornbeck, Jennifer Wilson, Michelle Mellard, Erin Waller) to see their first action of the season. Lizzie Suiter and Alex Fisher remain on the injured list.
Tonight's match will be seen in the Bay Area on a tape delayed basis on Sunday (Sept. 6) on Comcast.
Stanford continues tournament action on Friday (4:30 p.m., et) against Maine, and then on Saturday against Syracuse (2:00 p.m. et).
NOTE: Computer problems prevented Boston College from producing a final box score. Stats should be available on Friday and will be posted on the Stanford website Friday night.
Stanford (2-1) 30 30 30
Boston College (0-1) 15 15 16
BC's starting libero Allison Anderson hails from Campolindo High School in Moraga ... Anderson set an NCAA record with 57 digs last year against Villanova.
The 20-minute bus ride from the team hotel to Boston College takes you through the residential area of Newton, an impressive collection of very old, but expensive multi-story homes surrounded by an abundance of trees ... The weather is sunny and warm, but the humidity is a bit bothersome for some staffers trying to take a long walk before match time ... A portion of the famed Boston Marathon winds its way through Newton including a portion of the race called Heartbreak Hill ... Boston College fans are quick to approach you about thanking Stanford for the opportunity to see one of the nation's premier collegiate volleyball programs travel to the East Coast ... BC fans then quickly remind you that Boston is America's best sports town ... Red Sox baseball dominates the front page of the Boston Globe, while other fans remind you that the New England Patriots have won three of the past four Super Bowls ... One fan even tells you that the Boston Bruins were one of the NHL's six original franchises ... Boston College is located approximately seven miles west of downtown Boston ... BC was founded in 1863 and was the first institution of higher education to be founded in the city of Boston ... Its most notable graduates include former presidential candidate John Kerry, former Speaker of the House Thomas P. 'Tip' O'Neill and CBS sportscaster Lesley Visser ... The volleyball arena is named after Silvio Conte, who played football at Boston College (1944-46) and who served in the House of Representatives (1958-91) ... Former Stanford offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach (1995-97) Dana Bible is the offensive coordinator at Boston College.
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