Top-Ranked Stanford Defeats No. 23 Washington 3-1

Nov. 15, 2002

Seattle, Wash. - Senior outside hitter Logan Tom had a team-high 21 kills to lead the top-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-1 win over No. 22 Washington tonight in Seatlle, Washington. Game scores were 30-26, 30-21, 27-30, 30-28.

The Cardinal improve to 25-3, 14-2 in the Pac-10 while the Huskies drop to 15-9, 7-8 in the Pac-10.

Game one remained tight between the two teams with neither squad able to gain more than a two-point advantage. The Cardinal took a 15-13 edge into the media timeout after a Husky service error. Stanford and Washington battled point for point with the Huskies taking its first timeout trailing 22-25 after an Ogonna Nnamani kill. A Lindsey Yamasaki service ace gave the Cardinal a 27-23 advantage and force the last Washington timeout. Stanford reached game point on a Husky hitting error at 29-24, but two consecutive Washington points forced a Cardinal timeout at 29-26. A block by Jennifer Harvey and Anna Robinson closed out the game 30-26 in favor of Stanford.

The Cardinal opened game two with a 5-2 lead to force an early Washington timeout after a Sara McGee service ace. Stanford continued to pull away from the Huskies, gaining a nine point cushion at 17-8 after a Logan Tom kill. With the Cardinal leading 20-9, Washington strung together three consecutive points to cause a Stanford timeout. The two squads traded points until Stanford reached game point on a Husky service error. A Logan Tom service ace gave Stanford the 30-21 victory.

After Stanford opened a 5-2 lead in game three, the Huskies rallied to take lead at 6-5 on a block. With the game tied at eight-all, the Cardinal slowly took the 13-9 lead on a block solo by Jennifer Harvey. But Washington would tie the match up again at 14-all after a Stanford hitting error. The two squads proceeded to trade points, until the Huskies went on a three-point run to take the 23-20 lead after back-to-back Washington blocks. The Huskies reached game point on a Gretchen Maurer kill at 29-26. Another Washington kill closed out the game at 30-27.

Game four began with the Huskies taking a quick 8-5 causing a Stanford timeout. Three consecutive Cardinal points would tie the game at eight-all and force a Washington timeout. The two squads traded points until a three-point Stanford run put the Cardinal up 17-14 after a Jennifer Harvey service ace. But the Huskies would remain close and close the gap to one point trailing 22-23 and force a Stanford timeout. With the game tied 28-all, an Ogonna Nnamani kill would give the Cardinal match point at 29-28. A Logan Tom kill gave Stanford the 30-28 win.

Sara McGee added 16 kills and four blocks on the night while teammate Lindsey Yamasaki led the team with 17 digs and three service aces. Ogonna Nnamani added 13 kills. Ashley Ivy chipped in 10 kills and 15 digs for the Cardinal.

Washington was led by Paige Benjamin's match-high 23 kills. Candace Lee had a match-high 20 digs as well.

Stanford is back in action tomorrow night against No. 17 Washington State at 7 p.m. in Pullman, Washington.

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