No. 5 Stanford Advances In NCAA Tournament
Dec. 2, 2005
Stanford, Ca - Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards collected 22 kills along with seven digs to lead the fifth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to a 30-25, 30-20, 30-21 victory over Nevada in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
Freshman outside hitter Erin Waller added a career-high eleven kills in 16 attempts (.562). Stanford hit .287 while the Cardinal defense held the Wolfpack to a .160 hitting percentage. Salaia Salave'a led Nevada with 12 kills in 23 attempts (.391) along with four digs and three blocks.
'The team has been through a lot this year,' said Richards. 'I'm trying to be there for my teammates. I think everybody is doing a great job.'
Stanford will face 15th-ranked Santa Clara in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion. In the first match of the evening, Lindsay Haupt collected 14 kills and Atlee Hubbard added 13 kills, 14 digs and six blocks to lead No. 15 Santa Clara to a 23-30, 30-23, 30-20, 30-23 victory over Sacramento State. Five Sacramento State players tallied kills in double figures lead by Brittany Lowe and Annalisa Muratore with 17 kills each.
'Santa Clara has had a great season,' said Dunning. 'They have a lot of weapons. Santa Clara is well coached. We'll have to play at a high level. We'll be playing a great team.'
Stanford (26-5) 30 30 30Nevada (18-13) 25 20 21
Santa Clara (24-4) 23 30 30 30Sacramento State (26-9) 30 23 30 23