Third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team wins 15th straight match
Oct. 7, 2005
Stanford, Ca - In convincing fashion, the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team scored a 30-12, 30-16, 30-24 victory over Washington State in a Pac-10 match that only took an hour and 22 minutes to complete on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards led the Cardinal assault with a match-high 20 kills (.607), seven digs and two blocks. Stanford hit .349 as a team while holding the Cougars to .030.
The victory sets up Stanford's early season conference showdown with second-ranked and unbeaten Washington (13-0 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.
Washington State scored the game's first point, but from then on it was all Stanford as the Cardinal won the game, 30-12. The Cardinal scored five straight points to take a 5-1 lead, and then a 15-5 run gave Stanford a 20-6 lead. The lead expanded to as many as 17 points at 25-8 and 27-10. Game one (30-12) ended on a kill by junior outside hitter Jennifer Wilson.
Game two was more Stanford domination. The Cardinal jumped to a 9-2 lead, and expanded the margin to as many as 13 points at 28-15. Stanford ended game two (30-16) on a kill by Nji Nnamani and a WSU hitting error.
In game three, Stanford led from start to finish. Up at 10-7, the lead expanded to 19-11. WSU scored six straight points to cut the Stanford margin to 19-17. But Stanford maintained the lead, and eventually closed out the game (30-24) and the match.
The victory was Stanford's 15th straight decision, and raised the team record to 16-1 overall and 5-0 in the Pac-10. Washington State fell to 8-9 overall and 1-3 in the Pac-10.
Stanford has won 48 of 55 games played this year ... The Stanford-Washington match on Saturday promises to be a classic ... Last year on Stanford's home court, the Cardinal battled back from eleven match points, and a 2-0 game deficit to score a 28-30, 11-30, 30-27, 34-32, 20-18 victory over the Huskies.
Stanford (16-1 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) 30 30 30
Washington State (8-9 overall, 1-3 Pac-10) 12 16 24