No. 11 Cardinal Fall To No. 1 Washington 3-0
Oct. 24, 2004
Seattle, Wash. - Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani's 14 kills was not enough as the No. 1-ranked Washington volleyball team defeated Stanford, 3-0, tonight at the Bank of America Arena. Game scores were 16-30, 29-31, 22-30. The Cardinal fall to 15-5 on the year, 7-2 in the Pac-10 while the Huskies improve to 17-0, 9-0 in league play.
Washington took the early 6-3 lead in game one and led 10-5 after a Cardinal attack went long. Stanford called their first timeout, trailing 6-12 after a Huskies service ace. UW continued to roll and were up 20-10 as the Cardinal called their final timeout. Washington reached game point at 29-15 and closed out the game, 30-16 to take the 1-0 lead in the match.
Game two remained close early with the teams knotted at seven-all. The Cardinal would string together three consecutive points to take a 10-7 lead on a kill by Jennifer Hucke as the Huskies took their first timeout. Stanford held a slim 19-16 lead after another Hucke kill but Washington would cut the lead to one at 19-20 as the Cardinal called their first timeout. Stanford came out of the break to score the next three points and force the final Huskies timeout after a block solo by Franci Girard. Washington would score the next two points to close within two as the Cardinal took their final timeout. The two teams tied at 25-all, then the Huskies took the lead on a service ace at 26-25, recording their fourth straight point. Washington reached game point at 29-28 and again at 30-29, winning 31-29 to go up two games to none.
The Huskies jumped out to a 9-3 lead early in game three, forcing a Cardinal timeout. Washington built on their lead going up 13-3 capping an eight-point run. UW continued to roll and led 20-14 as they neared the homestretch. The Huskies led 25-18 and reached match point at 29-22. UW won game three, 30-22.
The Cardinal are back in action next week on Sunday, October 31, as they travel across the bay to Berkeley and take on California at 3 p.m. to open the second half of league play.