#4 Stanford Sneaks By Washington 3-1 In Pac-10 Volleyball Action

Sept. 21, 2001

SEATTLE - Stanford All-American Logan Tom had 25 kills and 20 digs to lead the fourth-ranked Cardinal to a four-game victory over Washington Friday, 24-30, 30-27, 30-27, 33-31, before 891 people at Bank of America Arena. The Huskies, who fell to 6-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10, are just the third team to even win a game so far this season versus the unbeaten Cardinal, which improved to 8-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play.

UW seniors Allison Richardson (Hemet, Calif.) and Lisa Underhill (Vista, Calif.) combined for 40 of the Huskies' 67 total kills, each recording season bests with 20 kills apiece. Junior Paige Benjamin (Redmond, Wash.) also added 12 kills, while five Huskies reached double digits in digs, led by senior Britni Churnside's (Eugene, Ore.) season-best 16. Junior setter Gretchen Maurer (San Clemente, Calif.) finished the match with a career-best 55 assists, while Benjamin had eight blocks.

The Huskies surprised the Cardinal in the first game, racing ahead with a three-point outburst at 22-20, to take a five-point lead at 25-20. The two sides then traded points over the next four plays, before the UW put up a huge triple block to make the score, 28-22. A ball handling error by Stanford's Jennifer Harvey gave Washington its first game point at 29-22, but a Cardinal kill and a Husky hitting error enabled Stanford to pull to within five at 24-29. Benjamin, however, was able to convert her team's third-game point, pounding an unassisted kill to claim game one, 30-24.

After Stanford tied the match with a 30-27 game-two victory, the Huskies raced out to an early 5-0 lead in game three. The Cardinal, however, would battle back as the two teams were tied five times, including at 25-25, before Stanford outscored the UW 5-2 in the final moments, winning 30-27.

Game four proved just as competitive, as the two teams stayed close the entire way before Stanford was finally able to break a 31-31 tie with two straight points, winning the game and the match with a 33-31 victory.

Neither team hit particularly well, as the Cardinal hit a season low .182 to the Huskies .158. Both teams, however, shined at the net as the UW had 15 team blocks to the Cardinal's 19 blocks, which included seven block solos.

The Huskies will be back in action this Monday for a non-conference match, when the Idaho Vandals travel to Bank of America Arena for the 7 p.m. start.

Washington vs #4 Stanford (Seattle, Wash.) - September 21, 2001
Stanford (8-0, 2-0 Pac-10) def. Washington (6-3, 1-1 Pac-10), 24-30, 30-27, 30-27, 33-31

Kills: UW 67 (Underhill, Richardson 20), STAN (Tom 25), Hitting: UW .158, STAN .182, Assists: UW 63 (Maurer 55), STAN 61 (Lewis 57), Service Aces: UW 3, STAN 2, Digs: UW 76 (Churnside 16), STAN 78 (Tom 20), Team Blocks: UW 15 (Benjamin 8), STAN 19 (Ivy 6).

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