Stanford To Hard To Stop For Women of Troy

Nov. 5, 2004

STANFORD, Calif.- With a powerful offensive attack, No. 12 Stanford defeated the fourth-ranked USC women's volleyball team 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-27) in front of a sold-out crowd at Burnham Pavilion, the Cardinal's temporary home while Maples Pavilion undergoes renovations. The three-game loss marks the Women of Troy's first at Stanford since 1999.

With the win, the Cardinal improves to 17-6 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-10, while the Trojans fall to 15-4 overall and 10-3 in Pac-10.

USC was out-done in nearly every category, including kills (61 to 54), digs (39 to 44) and blocks (12.0 to 6.0). The Women of Troy did post a .306 attack percentage, but it was not enough as the Cardinal hit at a .460 clip.

In front of 1,441 fans, Stanford used the energy to its advantage. Game one was knotted through 6-6, but quickly turned. Three points at a time, the Cardinal pulled away and reached a double-digit lead at 26-16. A string of kills finished the game for Stanford, 30-18.

USC hung on for the start of game two, reaching an 11-11 tie. Although the Women of Troy collected a few powerful kills and blocks along the way, the team could never get it going. Stanford held four and five-point leads en route to the 30-24 win.

Game three was a more competitive match-up. USC hung on to tie the score late in the set at 26 and 27, but still was unable to overcome the Cardinal who scored the final three points to complete the sweep.

The Women of Troy were led by Sarah Florian, Bibiana Candelas and Staci Venski who collected 12, 11 and 10 kills, respectively.

Stanford was led by Ogonna Nnamani who contributed 27 kills on a .578 attack percentage.

USC returns to Los Angeles this week for the second match-up with crosstown rival UCLA on Friday, Nov. 12. The Women of Troy and Bruins meet at Pauley Pavilion looking to clinch the final five points towards the 2004-05 Lexus Gauntlet.