No. 6 Stanford volleyball defeats No. 17 Washington State 3-0

Oct. 17, 2002

STANFORD, Calif. -- Stanford, the defending national championship volleyball team, did not dominate but still managed to defeat Washington State 30-28, 30-22, 30-24, Thursday night at Maples Pavilion.

WSU, ranked 17th nationally, is now 14-4 in overall play, 4-4 in Pac-10 action while No. 6 Stanford moves to 15-3, 6-2 in conference play.

Three-time All-American, Logan Tom, led the Cardinal with 17 kills and Ogonna Nnamani added 10 kills. Stanford out-blocked the Cougars 18 to 7 with Sara McGee slapping down eight.

Adrian Hankoff was the lone Coug in double-figure kills with 14 and scored two aces. Kortney Jamtaas had 11 digs while Victoria Prince had four blocks and two aces.

Washington State hit a season-low .087 for the match while Stanford hit .289. The Cardinal uncharacteristically out-dug the Cougs 45 to 37.

In the opening game, WSU came from six down to tie the game at 21. The Cougars took a 24-23 lead when Stanford took a timeout. A hitting error by Nnamani put WSU up 25-23, but a kill from Sara Dukes and hitting error by LaToya Harris tied the game at 25. Hankoff and Prince blocked Nnamani to put WSU up one. McGee answered with a kill and Harris hit long to give the Cardinal a 27-26 advantage and forced WSU to take a timeout. Zanda Bautre smacked a ball cross court to knot the game at 27. A service error by Prince and a kill from Tom put Stanford at game point. Hankoff's kill gave WSU hope but the usually reliable LaToya Harris served into the net to hand Stanford the 30-28 win. The defending national champions hit .152 but held WSU to a .025 hitting percentage.

Stanford took the Cougars out of a very competitive second game by extending a 21-20 lead with seven unanswered points. Bautre's kill gave WSU 21 and Tom laid one down to put Stanford at game point. Larson and Holly Harris teamed up to block Nnamani but Jennifer Harvey's block of LaToya Harris ended the game in the Cardinal's favor, 30-22. WSU improved to a .132 hitting percentage but the home-court Cardinal skied to a .368.

Washington State was down 15-10 in the third game but mounted a four-point swing to make this another tightly competitive contest. The teams traded the next 11 points before Tom and Harvey put two together and Stanford went ahead 23-19. A Harris tip and Harvey kill made the score 24-20, Cardinal. Bautre laced a kill through the big Stanford block and Holly Harris and Larson teamed up to block Nnamani and close the score to 24-22. Stanford's points then came in pairs and WSU could not stop the homecoming win for the Cardinal, 30-24. WSU hit .104 for the game while Stanford came in at .326.

'We had some great opportunities tonight and we kept Stanford on the ropes and then we let it slip away with things like service errors and hitting errors,' Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. 'We could have beaten this team if we played a good match, not even an awesome match. We played a real good match to a certain point and then we didn't anymore.'

Washington State takes on California Friday, Oct. 18, at Berkeley.

No. 6 Stanford  (15-3, 6-2)		30	30	30No. 17 Washington State (14-4, 4-4)	28	22	24STATISTICS:KILLS - Stan 51 (Tom 17), WSU 41 (Hankoff 14)HITTING PERCENTAGE - Stan .289, WSU .087ASSISTS - Stan 47 (Robinson 33), WSU 39 (Larson 33)DIGS - Stan 45 (Yamasaki, Hall 9 each), WSU 37 (Jamtaas 11)BLOCKS - Stan 18 (McGee 8), WSU 7 (Prince 4)SERVICE ACES - Stan 2 (Harvey 2), WSU 6 (Prince, Hankoff 2 each)Attendance:  1,309.
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