No. 1 Cardinal Win Stanford Invitational With Win Over No. 8 Utah

Sept. 7, 2002

Stanford, Calif. - Junior Sara McGee notched a career-high 20 kills as the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 8 Utah, 3-1, tonight to win the Stanford Invitational in Maples Pavilion. Game scores were 30-12, 30-16, 27-30, 30-16.

The Cardinal improve to 6-0 on the year while the Utes drop to 5-1.

Stanford has now won its last 25 consecutive matches dating back to last season.

Senior Ashley Ivy was named tournament MVP while teammates Ogonna Nnamani and Sara McGee were named to the all-tournament team. Utah's Kim Turner, Sylva Strzinkova, Kelsie Kartchner and San Jose State's Kimberly Noble were also tabbed to the all-tourney team.

Game one remained close between the two teams with the Cardinal holding the slight edge at 12-11. Stanford would then go on a 10 point run to go up 22-12. With Ashley ivy serving, the Cardinal scored the final seven points of the game to win 30-12. As a team, Stanford hit .577 in game one (16-1-26).

The Cardinal also dominated game two, taking the early 12-6 lead on a Utes hitting error. Stanford continued to move steadily towards a win reaching 24-13 on a block by Ashley Ivy and Jennifer Harvey. Leahi Hall would notch three consecutive service aces to put the Cardinal up 28-14. Stanford reached game point on a Utah service error and won the game on a Ute hitting error, 30-16.

Game three was a back and forth battle between the two squads. With Stanford leading 26-24, the Utes would rally to score five consecutive points to go up 29-26. The Cardinal held off one game point before falling 30-27.

Game four remained tight early on with Utah leading by one at 11-10. Stanford strung together nine straight points to take the 19-11 advantage. The Cardinal would continue to press reaching 25-14 on a kill by Sara McGee. A block by Jennifer Harvey and Ashley Ivy got Stanford to game and match point at 29-15. A kill by Harvey gave the defending national champions the 30-16 win.

Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani tallied 15 kills on the night while Ashley Ivy added 10 kills, five service aces, and eight blocks. Libero Jennifer Hucke led the team with 11 digs. Sara McGee notched eight blocks and hit .679 (20-1-28) for the match.

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