Kristin Richards Enjoys Career Night at USC

Nov. 27, 2005

Los Angeles, Ca - Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards was among five Stanford players to have career nights as the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team scored a dramatic 30-27, 21-30, 30-21, 27-30, 15-13 victory over No. 13 USC in a Pacific-10 match Saturday night at the Lyon Center.

Richards dominated play with a career-high 35 kills along with 22 digs. Freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani and freshman outside hitter Erin Waller also added career-highs in kills with 22, 16 and 10, respectigely. And senior setter Katie Goldhahn established a career-high with 79 assists which also is third-best for a single match in Stanford history.

Stanford raised its season record to 25-5 overall and finished tied for second in the Pac-10 along with Arizona with a 14-4 mark. It is the fourth straight season that Stanford has finished second in the conference. Washington was the 2005 Pac-10 champion with a 17-1 record.

In game one, an 8-2 run gave Stanford a 17-10 lead, its biggest margin of game one. But then the Trojans made its own 8-2 run which cut the Stanford lead to 19-18. But USC was never able to tie the match, and Stanford regained control and led by five points at 26-21. USC managed to cut the lead to two points at 28-26, but a kill by Waller and Nnamani sealed Stanford's win in game one (30-27).

Stanford led briefly in game two at 5-4, but after that it was all USC. Tied at 7-7, the Trojans made a 5-1 run and the Cardinal could not recover. Stanford cut the margin to as many as two points at 17-15, but could not cut the deficit any further. A passing error by Stanford gave the Trojans game two (30-21).

Stanford led from start to finish in game three (30-21). The Cardinal scored the game's first three points and led by as many as eight points. USC could get no closer than one point at 18-17. Stanford hit .372 compared to .143 for the Trojans.

In game four, neither team could gain more than a two point advantage as the lead changed back and forth. In fact, the game was tied 15 times. Stanford led 9-7, but the Trojans gained the advantage at 18-16. But then Stanford gained back the momentum scoring three straight points to take a 19-18 lead. Then at 22-22, USC took charge. The home team scored seven of the next nine points to take a 29-24 lead. The Cardinal wouldn't quit scoring the next three points. However, a Stanford hitting error gave USC a 30-27 game four victory. Both teams fought hard in game five. Stanford jumped to a quick 3-1 lead and upped the margin to 8-5. USC marched back to tie the game at 9-9. Stanford then mounted a rally to take a 12-10 lead. Back came the Trojans to tie the game at 13-13 forcing Stanford to call a timeout. But Stanford scored the final two points on a kill by Waller and a block for the 15-13 game and match victory.

Stanford (25-5 overall, 14-4 Pac-10) 30 21 30 27 15USC (16-10 overall, 12-6 Pac-10) 27 30 21 30 13

Record Review
With a career-high 35 kills at USC, junior outside hitter Kristin Richards now has 1,377 career kills and moved past Cary Wendell (1992-95, 1,353 career kills) into ninth place in the Stanford record book ... With 22 digs against USC, Richards now has 1,234 for her career, and into sixth place in the Cardinal record book, past Barbara Fontana (1983-86, 1,210) ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz had 19 kills against the Trojans to give her 1,083 for her career, and into ninth place in the Cardinal record book, ahead of Amy Hayes (1985-88, 1,080) ... Katie Goldhahn's career-high 79 assists is third-best in Stanford history for a single match ... Goldhahn now has 2,099 career assists, sixth-best in school history.

Cardinal Catalogue
The field for the 2005 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship will be announced on Sunday, November 27, between 11:30 a.m. and Noon (pt) on ESPNNEWS ... The 64-team field will feature 16 seeded teams ... First and second round matches will take place at 16 campus sites across the country while the four regionals will be held at Stanford (Dec. 9-10), Omaha, Neb., State College, Pa., and College Station, Texas ... The NCAA Final Four will take place Dec. 15 and 17 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

Daily Diary
That cheering sound you heard around 6 p.m. in a small classroom at USC's Lyon Center was the women's volleyball team cheering after Stanford scored on a touchdown pass from Trent Edwards to Justin McCullum at the Stanford-Notre Dame football game at Stanford Stadium ... Shortly after the team warmed up, the Cardinal relaxed in a classroom where the team was able to watch some of the early portions of the Stanford-Notre Dame game ... It seems that everywhere you look, there are magazines or posters of Trojan quarterback Matt Leinhart on the USC campus ... In the classroom where Stanford was able to watch a bit of the Stanford-Notre Dame game, there were literally thousands of copies of Sports Illustrated on Campus with the popular Trojan quarterback on the cover ... GOOD NIGHT FROM LOS ANGELES.

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