No. 17 Washington State Upsets No. 1 Stanford In Pullman

Nov. 16, 2002

Pullman, Wash. - The No. 17 Washington State women's volleyball team defeated the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal, 3-1, tonight at Bohler Gym in Pullman, Washington. Game scores were 31-29, 30-24, 23-30, 30-26 before a crowd of 2,539 on WSU's Senior Night.

The Cougars improve to 19-7 on the year, 9-7 in league play while the Cardinal drop to 25-4, 14-3 in the Pac-10.

Game one opened with the Cougars staking a 7-1 lead to force an early Stanford timeout. The Cardinal would rally to tie up the game at 14-all but the Cougar kept the pressure on and took the 21-16 lead to cause a second and final Stanford timeout. The Cardinal kept the game close and finally tied it up at 28-28 and reached game point at 29-28 but were unable to convert. Back-to-back Stanford hitting errors gave Washington State the 31-29 win. WSU hit .340 while the Cardinal hit .217 for the game.

The Cougars again set the tone for game two and had a 15-10 lead going into the media timeout after a string of three consecutive points. The Cardinal closed to within two points trailing 16-18 but could get no closer. Stanford called its first timeout down by six points at 16-21 as WSU put together a three-point run. The Cougars continued to roll and took home a 30-24 win on the second game point. Washington State hit .500 for the game.

Game three opened with a 6-2 run by Stanford, forcing an early WSU timeout after a Jennifer Harvey service ace. Cardinal extended their lead to 17-9 on a Logan Tom kill but took a timeout after the Cougars closed the gap to six at 14-20. Stanford continued to press and reached game point at 29-23 on a WSU service error. Another Cougar service error closed out the game, giving Stanford the 30-24 victory.

Washington State took a 7-3 advantage to open game four and were leading 10-7 when the Cardinal strung together five consecutive points to take the 12-10 lead. Stanford had a 15-11 advantage heading into the media timeout. But the Cougars were not done yet and closed to within four at 15-19 to force a Stanford timeout. WSU would tie the game up at 21-all after a Cougar block and take the lead at the next point, 22-21. WSU grabbed the momentum and forged ahead 28-25 after a Cougar block. They would reach match point after an unforced Cardinal error. Another Stanford error gave WSU the 30-26 win.

Ogonna Nnamani led the Cardinal with a team-high 25 kills. Logan Tom notched a double-double on the night with 19 kills and 21 digs. Anna Robinson and Sara McGee led the squad with six blocks a piece while Ashley Ivy and Lindsey Yamasaki chipped in 13 digs each.

LaToya Harris led the Cougars and the match with 29 kills while libero Kortney Jamtaas had a match-high 34 digs on the evening.

The Cardinal close out the 2001 Pac-10 regular conference season against Bay Area rival California next week in Berkeley.

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