No. 5 Stanford Advances To NCAA Second Round With Win Over Sac State

Dec. 4, 2003

Stanford, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani tallied a match-high 17 kills as the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated Sacramento State, 3-0, tonight in Maples Pavilion to advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Game scores were 39-37, 30-28, 30-23.

The Cardinal improve to 24-6 on the year while the Hornets end their season with a 23-12 record.

The 39 points in game one by Stanford is the most in a single game for the team this year (previous high was a 35 in a 35-37 game three loss to Arizona State in October).

After Stanford jumped out to a 12-6 lead in game one, Sacramento State slowly gained on the Cardinal, tying up the game at 14-all on a service ace. The game remained tight with neither team gaining a big advantage. The Cardinal reached game point on a service ace by Sara Dukes at 29-28 but a kill by Shannon Arts tied the game at 29-all. The Hornets had their first game point at 30-29 but a block by Kristin Richards and Jennifer Harvey tied the game back up at 30-all. Sacramento State would have five chances at game point while the Cardinal had four before finally converting at 39-37 to take game one.

Game two remained close early with Stanford taking a slim 15-13 lead into the media timeout after a service ace by Jennifer Hucke. The Cardinal built a five-point lead at 20-15 on a Jennifer Harvey kill but could not maintain it. The Hornets tied the game at 26-all on a kill by Sandra Bandimere. Stanford reached game point at 29-27 on a Sacramento State hitting error and closed out the game at 30-28 on a kill by Kristin Richards.

The Cardinal built a 7-3 lead to open game three but four straight points by the Hornets tied the game up and two more points gave Sac State the 9-7 lead. The two teams battled back and forth with neither team taking more than a two point advantage until Stanford increased its lead to four at 22-18 on a kill by Sara Dukes. The Cardinal led 25-19 after a Kristin Richards kill and reached game point on a Hornet service error at 29-23. Another Sac State hitting error gave Stanford the 30-23 win.

Kristin Richards posted a double-double on the night with 12 kills and a match-high 20 digs. Jennifer Harvey chipped in 10 kills and a match-high nine blocks on the night. Jennifer Hucke added 11 kills.

Setter Anna Robinson moved into fifth place in career assists on The Farm with 2,394 (she had 10 tonight versus Sacramento State).

Stanford will face Pacific tomorrow in the second round with a 7 p.m. start time at Maples Pavilion.

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