Cardinal Women Fall To Washington In NCAA Regional Semifinal

Dec. 12, 2003

Long Beach, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani tallied 20 kills to break the Cardinal single season record for kills with 627 as the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team fell to Washington, 3-1, in an NCAA Regional Semifinal in Long Beach, Calif. this evening.

Stanford ends the season with a 25-7 overall record, 14-4 in the Pac-10. Washington improve to 23-8 on the year and will face the winner of the Pepperdine-Minnesota match tomorrow at 7 p.m.

Nnamani's 627 kills this season breaks the school record for most kills in a single season, formerly held by All-American Logan Tom who had 621 in 2001.

Stanford opened game one with a 6-1 run as Washington was forced to call their first timeout after a service ace by Jennifer Harvey. The Huskies battled back to close to within one at 7-8 and stayed close as the teams traded points. With Stanford leading 14-12, Washington pounded out four consecutive points to take a 16-14 lead after a Cardinal hitting error. The Huskies built a five-point lead after two straight Stanford errors at 23-18 as the Cardinal took their final timeout. Stanford could get no closer as Washington took game one with a final score of 30-25 on the second game point.

Once again the Cardinal took the early lead in game two, leading 7-4 after an Ogonna Nnamani kill. Stanford extended their advantage to 13-7 after an overpass by Washington led to a kill by Sara Dukes. The Cardinal would score six of the next nine points to go up 19-10 and force the final Husky timeout after a UW attack went long. Washington would close the gap to five at 15-20 after a service ace by Courtney Thompson. Stanford held a 27-20 advantage after a Husky service error and reached game point on Jennifer Harvey's second service ace of the match at 29-22. Washington would hold off four game points before falling 30-26 on a kill by Nnamani.

Game three opened with the Huskies running out to a 6-1 lead to force an early Cardinal timeout. Three more quick Washington points ran their lead to 9-1 as Stanford took their final timeout of the game. The Cardinal came out to score the next three points to close the gap to 4-9 after a Katie Goldhahn service ace. With Stanford trailing 18-24, Washington strung together five consecutive points to reach match point at 29-18. The Huskies closed out game three after on the second game point at 30-19 to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

Game four remained close early with neither team gaining more than a two-point advantage until the Cardinal put together four straight points to go up 7-5 on a Jennifer Harvey kill. Stanford led 15-11 at the media timeout but the Huskies answered with three consecutive points to close the gap to 14-15 as the Cardinal called their first timeout. Washington tied up the match at 16-all but Stanford ran off three straight points to go up 19-16 after a block by Harvey and Katie Goldhahn. The Huskies tied up the game again at 21-all and the two teams traded points until UW took a 26-23 on four straight points. The Huskies reached match point at 29-24 on a tip by Sanja Tomasevic and won 30-26 on the third game point on a Cardinal service error.

Freshman Kristin Richards recorded her sixth consecutive double-double on the night with 18 kills and 12 digs. Sara Dukes chipped in eight kills and five blocks while fellow middle blocker Jennifer Harvey had nine kills and four blocks. Jennifer Hucke led the team with 13 digs and added five blocks.

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