Stanford Wins Eleventh Straight Match In Pac-10 Season Opener

Sept. 23, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza collected a career-high 26 kills to power the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 31-29, 30-27, 30-21 victory over 12th-ranked USC in the Pacific-10 season opener on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

The victory was also Stanford's eleventh straight win.

Barboza added eleven digs and a hitting percentage of .511 to help the Cardinal raise its record to 12-1 overall and 1-0 in the Pac-10. USC fell to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Kristin Richards and Courtney Schultz collected 30 digs, 16 by Richards.

With the game tied at 10-10 in game one, Stanford proceeded to outscore the Trojans, 14-7, to take a 24-17 lead, its biggest lead of the game. USC then mounted its own rally to tie the match at 28-28. A kill by Diane Copenhagen sent the Trojans in front by one, but Stanford tied the match at 29-29 on a kill by freshman Erin Waller. A Bryn Kehoe service ace and a kill by Barboza gave Stanford game one, 31-29.

In game two, Stanford scored five straight points to take a 10-5 lead. The Trojans cut the Cardinal lead to one point, 18-17, but Stanford never gave the Trojans a chance to tie the match. A 26-25 Stanford lead grew to 29-27, and then Stanford closed out the game (30-27) on a USC service error.

With the score tied at 7-7 in game three, Stanford went on a 14-8 run to take a 21-15 lead. The lead extended to seven points, 28-21, and Stanford then closed out the game (30-28) and the match on two hitting errors by the Trojans.

Stanford hit .227 for the match compared to .163 for the Cardinal.

Stanford hosts 13th-ranked UCLA on Saturday (7 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (12-1) 31 30 30USC (4-5) 29 27 21

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A post-match autograph session will be held at the conclusion of Saturday night's match between Stanford and UCLA ... Monetary donations will be accepted at the Stanford-UCLA match and delivered to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to help flood victims.

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