Cardinal Fall To No. 6 Florida In Championship Match
Sept. 14, 2002
Gainesville, Fla. - No. 6 Florida snapped a 27-match winning streak to upset the No. 1 Stanford women's volleyball team 3-0 this afternoon in the championship match of the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational in Gainesville, Florida. Game scores were 30-18, 30-24, 30-25.
The Cardinal fall to 8-1 on the season while the Gators improve to 7-1.
Stanford played without 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom who is still playing on the U.S. National Team at the World Championships in Germany.
Florida came out firing in game one building a 12-7 lead to force a Stanford timeout. Things didn't improve for the Cardinal as the Gators rolled to an eight point lead to force another Stanford timeout at 20-12. Florida continued to dominate posting the 30-18 win behind strong serving and passing. The Gators hit .516 in game one to the Cardinal's .111. Stanford made 10 unforced errors and were outdug 14-4.
Game two remained close with both squads knotted at 10-all. Florida then went on a five point run to force a Cardinal timeout at 15-10. Stanford passing did not improve and the Cardinal took their final timeout trailing by eight at 12-20. Behind the tough serving of Jennifer Harvey, Stanford would rally to score seven of the next eight points to close the gap to 19-21. But Florida would also continue to serve tough and extended the lead to 28-22. The Gators would win game two 30-24.
After an Ogonna Nnamani kill opened game three, the Gators went on a six point run. The two teams traded points until Stanford took a timeout trailing 10-16. The Cardinal scored five of the next six points to pull within two at 15-17 on a Jennifer Harvey service ace. Back-to-back Florida kills forced a second Cardinal timeout but three Florida unforced errors pulled Stanford within two at 18-20. The Gators continued to push their way towards the end of the match, reaching game point at 29-25. Florida would win the match with a 30-25 victory in game three.
Stanford hit a season-low .173 for the match.