Hucke Hammers Eight Service Aces In 3-1 Win Over Weber State

Sept. 12, 2003

Honolulu, Hawaii - Junior outside hitter Jennifer Hucke had a career-high 16 kills and eight service aces as the fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated Weber State tonight, 3-1, in the opening match of the Sprint Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii. Game scores were 30-14, 30-32, 30-14, 30-23.

The Cardinal improve to 6-1 on the year while the Wildcats fall to 3-5.

The eight service aces by Hucke ties for third all-time in the Cardinal record books for a single match.

Stanford took a 6-3 lead in game one on a dump by setter Katie Goldhahn and extended it to 8-4 on a block solo by Jennifer Hucke. With the Cardinal leading 9-6, a three-point run by Stanford forced a Weber State timeout at 12-6. A kill by Sara McGee put SU up 18-10 and started a four-point run to give the Cardinal the 21-10 advantage. Stanford took a 25-13 lead after a kill by Courtney Schultz and forced the final Wildcat timeout. The Cardinal reached game point at 29-14 on a kill by Jennifer Harvey. A Weber State hitting error close the game out at 30-14. Stanford hit .528 for the game with three service aces (two by Jennifer Hucke).

Weber State built a 7-4 lead to open game two after a four-point run that ended in a kill by Lindsey Harris. Stanford tied the game at eight-all on a kill by Jennifer Hucke. The two teams traded points with the Wildcats leading 15-14 at the media timeout. WSU took a three-point lead at 21-18 to force a Stanford timeout. The Cardinal came out firing, scoring two quick points to close the gap to one at 20-21 and tied the game at 24-all on a hitting error by WSU. A kill and block by Jennifer Harvey gave Stanford the 27-26 edge and force a Wildcat timeout. Stanford would reach game point at 29-28 on a Weber State service error but couldn't close the door as WSU tied the game and took the lead at 30-29 on a block. Kristin Richards tied the game at 30-all but two successive Wildcat kills gave WSU the 32-30 and tied the match at one game apiece.

Stanford came out firing in game three, staking a quick 5-0 lead to force an early Weber State timeout. With the Cardinal leading 9-5, a WSU service error and three consecutive kills by Jennifer Hucke put Stanford up, 13-5. A block assist by Katie Goldhahn and Sara McGee gave SU a 20-11 advantage. Weber State would take their second timeout trailing 12-22 after Wildcat hitting error. Stanford would score seven consecutive points to reach game point on a kill by Hucke at 29-13. A long rally would result in a Harvey kill and the 30-15 win. Stanford hit .500 in game three while the Wildcats hit .065.

After the Cardinal claimed a 7-2 advantage to open game four, WSU fought back to tie the game at nine-all and take an two point lead at 11-9 to force a Stanford timeout. Behind the tough serving of Jennifer Hucke, and two service aces, the Cardinal took a 13-12 lead to force a Wildcat timeout. Four consecutive Stanford points put the team up 17-12 after a Kristin Richards kill. A service ace by Katie Goldhahn at 24-19 forced a Weber State timeout. The Cardinal continued to roll, reaching game and match point on a service ace by Sara Dukes. A dump by Goldhahn gave Stanford the 30-23 win.

Freshman Kristin Richards led the match with a career-high 18 kills. Both Jennifer Harvey and Sara Dukes recorded career highs in kills, notching 16 and 11 respectively. Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn posted a career-high 65 assists as well. Libero Leahi Hall chipped in 11 digs on the night.

Stanford will face the winner of the Hawaii/Utah State match tomorrow at 7 p.m. HT in the Stan Sherrif Center.

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