Record Crowd At New Hampshire Watches Third-Ranked Stanford Down Wildcats

Sept. 6, 2005

Durham, NH - Freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza collected 13 kills and Kristin Richards added 12 kills and 14 digs to lead the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 30-13, 30-12, and 30-18 victory over New Hampshire before a Wildcat record crowd of 2,415 at Lundholm Gym on Tuesday night.

'What a great atmosphere for volleyball,' said head coach John Dunning. 'What a great crowd, and it was good to see so many young people watch the match. Tonight we served and passed really well, and put pressure on New Hampshire. The Wildcats are a good team.'

The Cardinal dominated game one, out-hitting the home town team, .500to .065. Six different players hit at least one kill as Dunning used most of his bench in game one. Stanford jumped to a 5-0 lead, and gradually extended the lead throughout the game. Up 28-13, Barboza collected two kills to end the game. Barboza led the team with five kills in ten attempts.

In game two, Stanford stepped up its powerful offense another level as the Cardinal jumped to a 10-3 lead. The onslaught continued as Stanford then led, 17-3, which led one UNH fan to shout, 'stop the fight.' Barboza continued to pound at the Wildcat defenders, and collected two more kills in Stanford's 30-12 decision. Freshman Foluke Akinradewo led the Cardinal charge with seven kills in eleven attempts. In addition to Stanford's hitting percentage of .379 in game two, the Cardinal defense looked strong, holding the Wildcats to a -.129 hitting percetage.

In game three, Stanford again started strong, leading 8-1, and then extended the margin to 13 points, 18-5. New Hampshire then mounted a rally, cutting the Stanford to eight points at 23-15. But at 29-18, Barboza found a seam in the New Hampshire defense and pounded the ball to the floor to give the Cardinal a 30-18 win and the match.

The Cardinal collected a hitting percentage of .432 compared to .011 for New Hampshire.

Stanford now stands at 5-1 while New Hampshire falls to 0-7.

Stanford now travels to the Colorado Invitational in Boulder (Sept. 8-10).

Cardinal Catalogue: Jennifer Wilson, who made her first collegiate start, collected a career-high four kills in six attempts ... All-American outside hitter Kristin Richards is nearing the 1,000 mark in kills ... With 12 kills on Tuesday night against UNH, Richards now has 954 in three-plus seasons at Stanford ... The Stanford women's volleyball program has announced that at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) and matches against USC (Sept. 23) and UCLA (Sept. 24) at Maples Pavilion, monetary donations will be accepted and delivered to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to help flood victims.

Stanford (5-1) 30 30 30
New Hampshire (0-7) 13 12 18

Daily Diary
Don't unpack your eleven days of luggage and other stuff because you won't be in New Hampshire for long ... The Cardinal women's volleyball team arrived in Durham, New Hampshire, Monday morning, and then boarded a bus after the match against the Wildcats on Tuesday night to go back to Boston ... Early Wednesday morning, the Cardinal will jet to Boulder to compete in the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and near completion of their seven match, eleven day road trip ... Even on the bus ride from the hotel to the match, there is work to be done ... Cobey Shoji, the team's Director of Operations, puts the finishing touches on this year's team poster and works with assistant coach Jason Mansfield on several details regarding the upcoming Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17), the Cardinal's opening home matches at Maples Pavilion ... Head coach John Dunning quietly sits in front of the bus mapping out the game strategy on a tablet for the match against UNH ... After Stanford's victory at New Hampshire, the Cardinal team spent nearly 30 minutes signing autographs for the record crowd ... 'Welcome to New Hampshire' is a phrase used often by the home folks to the Stanford team ... Media attention has been good with a local television station doing a feature story on the Cardinal, and extensive coverage in Durham's hometown newspaper, the New Hampshire Union Leader ... Durham is best known as the home of The University of New Hampshire ... Durham is a classic New England college town that was first settled in the early 1700's ... UNH's most famous graduates include former Red Sox star Carlton Fisk, and Gary DeStefano, the president of Nike.

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