No. 9 Stanford Sweeps Washington State 3-0
Nov. 19, 2004
Stanford, Calif. - Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards recorded 19 kills and 13 digs as the ninth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team won its sixth consecutive match with a 3-0 sweep of Washington State tonight in Burnham Pavilion. Game scores were 30-19, 30-22, 30-22. The Cardinal improve to 21-6 overall, 13-3 in the Pac-10 while the Cougars fell to 4-25, 1-15 in league play.
With her 20 kills tonight, Ogonna Nnamani has 2,234 career kills and needs only 22 to become the Pac-10 all-time leader in this category.
Stanford led 6-3 early in game one after a kill by Jennifer Hucke but the Cougars closed to within one at 7-8 after a Cardinal hitting error. Stanford led 15-10 at the media timeout as Ogonna Nnamani recorded her fourth kill of the game. The Cardinal held a 20-16 advantage after a WSU blocking error and reached 23-18 on a Cougar attack that went into the antenna. A block by Franci Girard and Bryn Kehoe forced the final WSU timeout at 28-19. The Cardinal reached game point on a lifted ball violation at 29-19 and closed it out on a block solo by Kristin Richards, 30-19.
Stanford took the early lead in game two as a Richards' kill put the Cardinal up 7-3. A block solo by Ogonna Nnamani put SU up 10-7. Stanford led 15-12 at the media timeout on a kill by Jennifer Hucke. A Cougar attack went long to put Stanford up 20-15. WSU called their first timeout trailing 16-24 after a Cougar hitting error. An Ogonna Nnamani kill put the Cardinal up 27-19. Stanford reached game point on another Nnamani kill at 29-22. A block solo by Njideka Nnamani gave the Cardinal a 30-22 victory to take a two games to none lead in the match.
Washington State took a quick 5-1 lead to open game three. Stanford called their first timeout trailing 3-8 after a Cougar service ace. The Cardinal closed the gap to 10-11 on a kill by Ogonna Nnamani and tied it up at 12-all on a double-hit call on WSU. A solo block by Lizzie Suiter gave the Cardinal their first lead of the game at 16-15. Stanford opened up their lead to 22-17 on a kill by Franci Girard. The Cougars would call a timeout out trailing 17-23 after a kill by Kristin Richards. Stanford continued to roll reaching game point at 29-21 on an Ogonna Nnamani kill. Njideka Nnamani closed out the match with a kill at 30-22.
The Cardinal closes out its home schedule against No. 23 Santa Clara on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. Stanford ends the regular season on the road, facing Arizona State and No. 22 Arizona next weekend.