No. 3 Cardinal Sweep No. 12 Arizona For Trip To Final Four
Dec. 13, 2002
Stanford, Calif. - Senior Logan Tom had 15 kills, 11 digs and four blocks as the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team swept No. 12 Arizona, 3-0, in the Pacific Regional final in Maples Pavilion tonight to advance to the Final Four in New Orleans, La. next weekend. Game scores were 30-14, 30-17, 30-25.
The Cardinal improve to 31-4 on the season while the Wildcats end their season at 20-12. Stanford is now 25-0 at home in the NCAA tournament since 1994.
'I'm very proud of our team,' said head coach John Dunning. 'The Pac-10 this year really prepared us for tonight because you have to play tough teams week in and week out. Arizona should be very proud of their season.'
Tom became Stanford's leader in career kills with 1,910 surpassing All-American Kristin Klein (1,909).
The Cardinal took a 15-10 lead after an Ashley Ivy kill into the media timeout to open game one. Stanford scored the next five points to push the lead to 10 at 20-10 and continued to roll. Leading 24-13, the Cardinal went on a five point run to reach game point on a Sara Mcgee/Anna Robinson block. A McGee kill ended game one at 30-14. The Cardinal hit .552 for game one and did not commit a single hitting error (16-0-29).
Game two saw Stanford jump out to a 9-5 lead after a Logan Tom kill which forced an Arizona timeout. The Wildcats called their final timeout trailing 14-7 after a UA hitting error. The Cardinal pressed on garnerning a 20-9 advantage on a McGee kill. Stanford reached game point at 29-15 on another McGee kill and closed out the game on an Arizona hitting error at 30-17.
Stanford led 15-8 at the media timeout after a block by Tom and McGee. But the Wildcats scored four unanswered points to close within three at 12-15. The Cardinal pushed the lead back up to five leading 19-14 then forced an Arizona timeout at 22-15 after a Nnamani kill. Stanford would take its first timeout when the Wildcats closed to within two at 22-24 after a Kim Glass kill. With Arizona trailing by one at 24-25, the Cardinal scored the next three points to go up 28-24. A Logan Tom kill got Stanford to game and match point at 29-25 and she ended the match with another kill at 30-25.
Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani chipped in 11 kills while Sara McGee added seven kills along with a match-high six blocks. Ashley Ivy had eight kills and 10 digs on the night while Lindsey Yamasaki added a match-high 11 digs.
Sara McGee moved into fourth place on Stanford's single season blocks list with 171 total blocks this season while teammate Jennifer Harvey is now tied for fifth (Bev Oden, 1991) with 169 this season.
For the Wildcats, Kim Glass had 10 kills along with nine digs. Lisa Rutledge chipped in eight kills on the night while setter Laurie Gardner had 27 assists.
'I'd like to congratulate Stanford for winning this match and advancing to New Orleans,' said head coach Dave Rubio. 'They'll be a great representative of the Pac-10 in the Final Four. We couldn't sustain our consistency and we broke down - the scores reflected that.'
Logan Tom was tabbed MVP of the Pacific Regional for her efforts. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ogonna Nnamani and Sara McGee, Arizona's Kim Glass and Lisa Rutledge along with Ohio State's Stacey Gordon.
Stanford advances to the Final Four for the 14th time in the program's history. The Cardinal will take on the winner of the Central Regional as Nebraska takes on Hawaii in tomorrow's final.