Nnamani Tallies 16 Kills In 3-0 Win Over Colorado State

Aug. 29, 2003

Fort Collins, Colo. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani had a match-high 16 kills as the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team opened the 2003 season with a 3-0 win over Colorado State before a crowd of 3,503. Game scores were 30-22, 30-16 30-21.

Stanford took an early 6-2 lead in game one on a block by Jennifer Harvey and Sara Dukes. After taking a 9-5 lead, the Rams stormed back to tie the game at nine-all on a kill by Melissa Courtney. The Cardinal pushed ahead 14-11 on a block solo by Harvey and went up 21-17 on another Stanford block to force a CSU timeout. Stanford's eighth block (Sara McGee/Sara Dukes) of the game at 26-20 forced another Rams timeout. A kill by Jennifer Hucke would give the Cardinal game point at 29-22. Sara McGee and Ogonna Nnamani teamed up for a block on the final point to hand Stanford the 30-22 victory.

The Cardinal scored three consecutive points to open game two and never looked back. A kill by Hucke gave Stanford a 9-4 lead while three straight blocks built the Cardinal lead to 15-8. The Rams took their first timeout trailing 9-17 after a McGee kill. Colorado State would call their second timeout after an Nnamani kill at 22-10. A block by McGee and Hucke put Stanford up 27-14 while a Hucke kill gave the Cardinal game point at 29-16. Freshman Kristin Richards closed out the game with a kill at 30-16.

After Stanford jumped out to an early 11-6 lead, CSU scored three consecutive points to close the gap to 9-11 and tied the game at 12-all on a Cardinal hitting error. Stanford posted four straight points out of the timeout to take a 16-12 advantage. The game remained close until the Cardinal began to pull away taking the 25-18 lead on a Rams hitting error. A kill by Nnamani gave Stanford match point at 29-21 while another Nnamani kill sealed the victory at 30-21.

Junior Jen Hucke chipped in a career-high 10 kills, seven digs and five blocks. Senior Sara McGee added nine kills and a match-high 11 blocks. Fellow senior Jennifer Harvey had nine blocks.

The Rams were led by Becky Sarauer and Katie Jo Shirley who had 12 kills each.

Stanford will take on Bradley tomorrow at Noon and Florida A&M at 5 p.m.

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