No. 4 USC Volleyball Squeaks By No. 17 Stanford 3-2
Oct. 21, 2000
Stanford's Logan Tom had a match-high 27 kills and 20 digs as the Cardinal fell to the fourth-ranked Trojans in a hard-fought 3-2 match. Game scores were 14-16, 16-14, 15-8, 8-15, 15-13.
Stanford falls to 11-8 on the year, 5-6 in league play while the Trojans improve to 16-1, 10-1 in the Pac-10.
Stanford came ready to play in game one taking an early 7-3 lead behind strong blocking and hitting by Sara McGee and Logan Tom. But the Trojans fought back to keep the game close at 8-11 and again at 11-13. The Cardinal would get to 14-11 on a kill by Tom. USC called a timeout and promptly got the sideout and held off three game points to tie things at 14-14. USC took the 15-14 lead on a service ace. Stanford staved off two game points before falling 16-14.
The Trojans jumped out to a 4-2 lead then extended it to 8-3, taking advantage of Cardinal miscues. But Stanford fought back behind the strong serving of Tara Conrad to take a 9-8 lead. But it was shortlived as USC came back to go up 11-9. The Cardinal would rally to tie the game at 12-all. After Stanford took the 14-12 lead, USC held off two game points to tie the game again at 14-14. But the Cardinal would not be denied this time, taking the lead on a Trojan blocking error and winning game two on a USC hitting error. Tom tallied seven kills in game two.
After USC got two quick points to open game three, the Cardinal stormed back to score the next nine points to take a commanding 9-2 lead. The Trojans would creep back to 7-10 before Stanford called a timeout. The Cardinal then extended the lead to 12-7 with an ace by Lindsay Kagawa and a kill by Sara Dukes. A Stanford block would get the Cardinal to game point. A kill by Sara McGee would give Stanford the 15-8 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
Game four saw the Cardinal take a 6-2 lead early on. After a USC timeout, the Trojans went on a 5-0 run to go up 7-6. USC would extend the lead to 10-6 and 12-7. Southern California kept the pressure on and went on to win the game 15-8, forcing a fifth game to decide the match.
In game five, neither team could gain more than a two point advantage the entire game. From 9-9, the two teams traded sideouts for points, supplied primarily by USC's Antoinette Polk and Stanford's Logan Tom, until USC reached match point at 14-13 on a kill by Janae Henry. USC won the hard-fought match on a kill by Jennifer Pahl.
Stanford returns home to Maples Pavilion next week to face the Arizona schools.
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