Third-Ranked Stanford Downs Marquette, 3-0, at Colorado Invitational

Sept. 9, 2005

Boulder, Co - Kristin Richards collected 14 kills and 12 digs, and freshman outside hitter Foluke Akinradewo added 13 kills to give the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team a 30-16, 30-23, 30-18 victory over Marquette University during second day action on Friday at the Colorado Invitational.

Stanford scored points in bunches in game one. Five straight points gave Stanford a 10-5 lead, and then seven straight points gave the Cardinal a 19-9 advantage. Stanford's biggest lead in the game was 14 points at 28-14. The game ended on a hitting error the Golden Eagles to give the Cardinal a 30-16 decision. Stanford hit .333 and once again the Cardinal defense played well, holding Marquette to a 0.41 hitting percentage.

Stanford worked hard to earn a game two victory against the Golden Eagles. Stanford was never able to generate more than a two point lead for most of the game. But at 22-22, the Cardinal scored four straight points, and upped the lead to 29-23. A combo block by Foluke Akinradewo and Bryn Kehoe gave Stanford game point, and a 30-23 decision. In game two, Stanford hit .432.

In game three, eight straight points gave the Cardinal an 18-10 advantage, and then Stanford expanded the lead to ten points at 21-11. From there, the Golden Eagles got no closer than seven points, and eventually Stanford scored the game (30-18) and match winner on a kill from freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza.

The victory gives Stanford a six-match winning streak, and a 7-1 season record. Marquette falls to 5-2.

Stanford concludes play in the Colorado Invitational on Saturday against Creighton (Noon, mt).

Stanford (6-1) 30 30 30
Marquette (5-1) 16 23 18

Cardinal Catalogue: This was the first meeting between Stanford and Marquette ... Freshman outside hitter Erin Waller made her first collegiate start ... All-American outside hitter Kristin Richards is nearing the 1,000 mark in kills and digs ... With 14 kills on Friday against Marquette, Richards now has 980 kills and 934 digs 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.

Ticket Tale
With enthusiasm for the women's volleyball program at an all-time high, season tickets for Stanford Women's Volleyball are now on sale ... The Cardinal will have a 12-game home schedule during the regular season ... The home slate includes matches against second-ranked Washington (Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m.), seventh-ranked USC (Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m.), 13th-ranked UCLA (Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m.), 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 17, 5:00 p.m., Stanford Invitational), 17th ranked Arizona (Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.), 19th-ranked California (Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.), and 23th-ranked St. Mary's (Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m., Stanford Invitational) ... Stanford reserved (lower) season tickets are available for as low as $80 ... General Admission (end zone and upper) are available for as low as $55 ... For more information on Stanford season tickets, go to Stanford Women's Volleyball home page at, and click on 'tickets' on the left side of the page. Or call 1-800-STANFORD.

Daily Diary
While the scent of Fall is in the air in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, it is very hot in Boulder ... Friday's temperature hovered in the high 80's ... It is Day 10 on Stanford's eleven day road trip to the East Coast and the Midwest ... Cardinal head coach John Dunning decides to allow the team to sleep in a bit later than normal, and cancels the morning workout to give the team added rest before the match against Marquette ... The decision is again a popular one with the team which has grown a bit road weary, but still ready for matches against Marquette (Friday) and Creighton (Saturday at noon) to conclude the trip ... With the match starting at 5 p.m. (mt) and ending at 6:30 p.m., the Cardinal team had the opportunity to spend part of the early evening on Pearl Street, which is a popular student area of Boulder ... CU's more prominent alumni members include Supreme Court Justice Byron White, singer-songwriter Judy Collins, Sports Illustrated writer Rick Reilly, actors Robert Redford and Chris Meloni (Law & Order), actress Joan Van Ark (Knots Landing), jazz musician Dave Grusin, golfer Hale Irwin and Apple computer inventor Steve Wozniak ... Several of Stanford's parents attended the Friday match, including a large contingent of family and friends of junior middle blocker Lizzie Suiter, who hails from nearby Aspen, Colorado ... Kristin Richards' parents made the long drive from Orem, Utah.

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