No. 4 Stanford Falls In Five Games To No. 6 Arizona

Nov. 11, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Despite 29 kills from junior outside hitter Kristin Richards, the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fell in five games to the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats, 30-26, 17-30, 30-22, 26-30, 18-16 in a Pacific-10 match Friday night at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford had three match points, but could not get the winning point against the Wildcats who raised their season record to 18-5 overall and 10-4 in the conference. In an earlier match in Tucson, Stanford had three match point opportunities against the Wildcats but could not win the match.

Stanford fell to 22-5 overall and 11-4 in the Pac-10.

In the fifth game, Arizona jumped to a 4-1 lead, and then led 7-before the Cardinal mounted a comeback. Stanford tied the match at 7-7 on an attack error by Arizona's Kim Glass and a kill by Stanford's Nji Nnamani. Then the dramatics of the match really began to unfold. Arizona marched in front, 9-7, but then a 4-2 run by Stanford tied the game at 11-11. Both teams then traded points until Stanford took a 14-13 lead on an attack error by Glass. Arizona then tied the match on a kill by Jennifer Abernathy. Stanford again went ahead at 15-14 on a kill by Richards. Glass then tied the match with a kill. Stanford then collected its third match point on a kill by Richards to make the score 16-15. But Arizona refused to quit, and tied the match at 16-16 on a kill by Abernathy. Arizona ended the match on kills by Glass and Dominique Lamb.

Glass collected a match-high 33 kills in 73 attempts for the Wildcats.

A 19-11 deficit in game one didn't deter Arizona. A 15-7 run tied the match at 26-26, and Arizona pulled in front at 27-26 on a service ace by Glass. The Wildcats then scored the final three points of the game (30-26) including two kills (including the game winner) by Abernathy. Arizona hit .282 compared to Stanford's .219.

Stanford fought back from a disappointing game one to score a convincing 30-17 victory in game two. While hitting .343, Stanford's defense the Wildcats to a .200 hitting percentage. Stanford jumped to a 10-4 lead and although the Wildcats scored the next five points, the visitors could never tie the game or go ahead. The Cardinal gradually extended the lead to eleven points including an 8-0 run that led to a 27-16 lead. An attack error by Arizona ended game two (30-17) in favor of Stanford.

In game three, Stanford's 7-5 lead didn't last long as the Wildcats scored the next three points and never trailed the rest of the game. A 9-3 run gave Arizona a 24-17 lead, and Arizona expanded the margin to nine points at 27-18. At 29-22, Glass collected her 23th kill of the match to give the Wildcats a 30-22 win.

Stanford fought back in game four to win 30-26. The Cardinal leaped to a 10-4 lead and then expanded the margin to seven points at 14-7. But then the Wildcats scored eleven of the next 12 points to take a 18-15 lead. Stanford then marched back to tie the game at 22-22, and then ahead for good at 24-22. The lead expanded to 29-26, and then Richards ended the game (30-26) with a kill.

Stanford hosts 18th-ranked California on Friday (Nov. 18) at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford (22-5 overall, 11-4 Pac-10) 26 30 22 30 16Arizona (18-5 overall, 9-5 Pac-10) 30 17 30 26 18

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