St. Mary's Upsets No. 6 Cardinal 3-2 In Reno Tournament

Sept. 4, 2004

Reno, NV - Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani notched a match-high 21 kills as St. Mary's College upset the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team, 3-2, this morning at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno, Nevada. Game scores were 25-30, 22-30, 30-27, 30-28, 8-15.The two teams remained close throughout most of game one. With the game tied at 19-all, the Gaels scored two quick points to take the 21-19 lead and then extended the lead to 26-21. Stanford held off two game points at 29-23, but eventually fell 25-30.With game two knotted up at nine-all, the Gaels went on a six-point run to take the 15-9 lead. After SMC went up 17-11, Stanford called their final timeout. The Cardinal fought back to close the gap to four points at 18-22 on a kill by sophomore Kristin Richards. A service error by the Gaels pulled the Cardinal to within three at 22-25, but SMC would string together the final five points to win, 30-22, and take the two game lead into the break.Game three remained close until the Gaels forced a Stanford timeout at 13-9. SMC continued to push forward going up 17-11 as the Cardinal took their final timeout. Stanford pulled to within four at 19-23 after a block solo by freshman Franci Girard and tied up the game at 23-all on a kill by senior Ogonna Nnamani. The two squads traded points until Stanford went up 28-27 on a block by Jennifer Hucke and Lizzie Suiter. Another block by the duo got the Cardinal to game point at 29-27. A SMC hitting error gave Stanford the 30-27 win to force a fourth game.The Cardinal and the Gaels traded points early in game four until SMC staked a 14-11 lead, forcing a Stanford timeout. The Cardinal took their final timeout trailing 14-19 after consecutive Gael kills. Stanford pulled to within one at 20-21 on a block by Hucke and Girard. They tied the game up at 25-all on a block by Girard and freshman Bryn Kehoe. With the Cardinal trailing 27-28, Stanford tallied back-to-back. kills from Hucke and O. Nnamani to reach game point at 29-28. A kill by O. Nnamani forced a decisive game five as Stanford won 30-28.The Cardinal fell behind early in game five and never really recovered. They were down 9-4 after a hitting error, then pulled to within three at 7-10 on a kill by Richards. Trailing 8-12, the Gaels would rattle off the final three points to pull off the upset, 15-8.The loss marked Stanford first loss to St. Mary's in five matches played.Ogonna Nnamani led the team with 21 kills, followed by Kristin Richards' 19 kills. Jennifer Hucke added 15 - one shy of her career high. Leahi Hall notched a career high 19 digs against the Gaels while Bryn Kehoe led the squad with 20. Lizzie Suiter recorded a career high nine blocks on the morning while Girard and Hucke added six each.Stanford is back in action tonight against Nevada at 7:30 p.m. to close out tournament play.

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