No. 4 Stanford Defeats Beavers In Three Games

Sept. 27, 2002

CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 4 Stanford volleyball team hit .404 en route to a 30-23, 30-20, 30-19 win over Oregon State on Friday night.

Katrina Nelson led the Beavers (5-6, 0-3 Pacific-10) with 10 kills for the second match in a row, while Megan McMillan chipped in eight kills.

OSU hit .125 with 39 kills on the night, but many of its hitting errors were a result of tough blocking by Stanford (11-1, 2-0). The Cardinal, who rank sixth in the nation for blocks, managed to block 13 of OSU's attacks, accounting for half of OSU's errors.

Still, coach Nancy Somera was pleased with the Beavers' effort against the defending national champions.

'Despite the hitting percentage, we had a much finer attacking night. We were smarter and more aggressive,' Somera said. 'I liked the hustle on the floor. The things we focused on in the gym this week showed. We were serving tougher and we passed better.'

Three Cardinal players had double-figure kills, and two of them hit better than .400 for the match. Ogonna Nnamani a match-high 14 kills while hitting .423 and Sara McGee hit .556 with 12 kills. U.S. National Team member Logan Tom, who helped the United States claim a silver medal at the World Championships in Germany earlier this month, also added 12 kills for the Cardinal.

OSU did outdig the Cardinal, 34-31, with Laura Collins recording a match-high eight digs to lead the Beavers.

The Beavers stayed close to Stanford for much of the first two games. In game one, the teams were tied, 17-17, before the Cardinal went on a 3-0 run to pick up a lead it would hold for the remainder of the game.

Stanford started game two off with a 7-2 lead, but a 4-0 Beaver rally got OSU back in the game as it edged within a point at 7-6. The teams were tied 10 times, with the last one coming at the 16-16 mark. Stanford took control after that, taking a 17-16 lead off a kill from Tom to pick up an advantage that would hold up for the duration of the game.

Hitting errors hurt the Beavers in game three. With OSU leading, 10-8, Stanford scored seven consecutive points, including five straight off Beavers hitting errors. OSU got back to within three but never got any closer.

There were a season-high 1,886 fans in attendance, good for the sixth largest crowd in OSU volleyball history.

Match ResultsOregon State (5-6, 0-3)	     23  20  19No. 4 Stanford (11-1, 2-0)   30  30  30
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