No. 6 Cardinal Upset No. 1 USC 3-2

Nov. 2, 2002

Los Angeles, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Logan Tom had 28 kills and 15 digs to lead the No. 6 Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over previously unbeaten No. 1 USC tonight in Los Angeles. Game scores were 30-26, 16-30, 26-30, 30-28, 16-14.

The Cardinal improve to 21-3 overall, 11-2 in the Pac-10 while the Trojans drop to 19-1, 12-1 in league play.

Both teams came ready to play in game one with neither squad able to take more than a two point advantage most of the game. Stanford took its first timeout, trailing 21-22 after a Trojan kill. The Cardinal tied the game at 24-all on an Ogonna Nnamani kill and went ahead 26-24 on a Sara McGee kill. USC took a timeout trailing 25-28 after a Trojan hitting error. A block by Jennifer Harvey gave Stanford match point at 29-25. A Logan Tom kill would end the game at 30-26.

USC quickly opened a 5-1 lead in game two but the Cardinal fought back to tie the game at six-all. The Trojans forged ahead at 10-7 and took a 15-11 advantage into the media timeout. Behind the strong serving of April Ross, USC built a 26-14 lead and never looked back. The Trojans won game two 30-16.

Stanford would take a 6-3 lead early in game three but found themselves knotted at 14-all and trailing 14-15 at the media timeout. The Cardinal took their first timeout trailing 19-22. Stanford closed to within one at 23-24 on a Tom kill but found themselves down by three at 24-27 after a Trojan block. USC would take game three 30-26.

Game four began with the Trojans posting a 5-2 lead. USC maintained its lead over Stanford taking a19-14 advantage into the second Stanford timeout. Trailing 25-27, Stanford rallied off three consecutive points to take their first lead of the match at 28-27. After USC tied the game at 28-all, a Tom kill put the Cardinal at game point while a Trojan ball handling error gave Stanford the 30-28 win.

Game five was a battle with USC taking an 8-6 lead as the two teams traded sides of the court. With the Trojans leading 12-10, Stanford rallied off three consecutive points to go up 13-12 and reached match point at 14-13 on a Jennifer Harvey kill. With the game knotted at 14-all, a USC hitting error gave the Cardinal its second match point. Ogonna Nnamani would rack up her 12th kill of the match to give Stanford the 16-14 win.

Sara McGee had 15 kills and five blocks on the night for Stanford while Jennifer Harvey added eight blocks. Leahi Hall and Courtney Schultz had 11 and 14 digs respectively for the Cardinal.

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