Ogonna Nnamani Has 20 Kills In 3-2 Win Over California

Nov. 22, 2002

Berkeley, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani had a team-high 20 kills to lead the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 3-2 victory over cross-town rival California tonight at Haas Pavilion in Berkley, Calif. Game scores were 28-30, 30-20, 30-25, 28-30, 15-11.

The Cardinal improve to 26-4 on the year and finish 15-3 in the Pac-10. The Golden Bears are now 18-11, 7-11 in league play.

California opened game one on a 5-1 run taking advantage of unforced Cardinal errors. Stanford would rebound to tie the game at nine-all on a service ace by Logan Tom. The Cardinal took a slim 15-13 lead into the media timeout. Cal would tie the game again at 17-all on a Mia Jerkov kill. The Golden Bears took their first timeout trailing 20-22 after a Sara McGee kill. California tied the game at 22-all and took the lead at 25-24 after a Stanford hitting error. The two teams traded points until the Golden Bears reached game point at 29-28. California would win game one 30-28.

The two squads battled back and forth to open game two with neither team able to gain more than a two-point advantage. The Cardinal had a 15-13 lead going into the media timeout after an Ashley Ivy service ace. Stanford extended its lead to five points at 20-15 after a block by Jennifer Harvey and Logan Tom. Cal would call its second timeout trailing by seven at 18-25 after an unforced Golden Bear error. A block by Sara McGee and Anna Robinson would give the Cardinal game point at 29-20. Ogonna Nnamani ended game two with a cross-court kill at 30-20. Stanford hit .516 with five blocks.

With the Cardinal leading by one at 8-7 early in game three, the Stanford put together a five-point run to take the 13-7 advantage. But the Golden Bears would fight back to tie up the game at 19-all and force a Stanford timeout. With Cal leading 22-21, the Cardinal strung together five consecutive points to take the 26-22 lead. Stanford would reach game point on a Golden Bear hitting error at 29-24 and close it out 30-25 after an Ashley Ivy kill.

The two teams traded points to open game four until the Golden Bears edged ahead to take a 15-13 lead into the media timeout. Three more consecutive Cal points put the home team up by five at 18-13 to force the first Cardinal timeout. Stanford would fight back to close the gap to 20-21 but a three-point Golden Bear run would force the final Cardinal timeout at 20-24. Stanford closed to within two at 26-28 but could get no closer. California would win game four 30-28 on the second game point.

The Cardinal quickly jumped out to an 8-3 lead to open game five as the two squads switched sides of the court. But Cal would close to within three at 7-10 for force a Stanford timeout after three consecutive Golden Bear points. California would use their final timeout trailing 8-13 after a service error. The Cardinal reached game point on an Ogonna Nnamani kill at 14-9 but Cal would hold off two match points before falling 15-11.

Stanford had four players in double figures on the night as Nnamani was joined by Sara McGee (19), Logan Tom (16) and Jennifer Harvery (12). Setter Anna Robinson led the team with 14 digs and 60 assists. McGee and Harvey led the match with eight blocks each.

Harvey's 12 kills tied her career high while Robinson set a career high with her 14 digs.

The Cardinal conclude the regular season on Tuesday, November 26 at home against No. 11 Santa Clara at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

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