Oct. 7, 2005
STANFORD, Calif. -- The defending national champions and No. 3 Stanford volleyball team won its 15th consecutive match as the Cardinal defeated Washington State 30-12, 30-16, 30-24, Friday night at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford, tied for first in the Pac-10, moved to a 16-1 overall record and remained undefeated in the Pac-10 at 5-0. WSU, now 8-9 overall, is 1-3 in conference contests.
Kristin Richards led Stanford with 20 kills, hitting .605 for the match. Cynthia Barboza added 12 kills and Bryn Kehoe had 46 assists. Erin Waller had four blocks and Courtney Shultz had a dozen digs.
With a pair of solo blocks in the match, Barcus moved into a tie for ninth place in WSU's all-time career records with 36 solo blocks. She is tied with Carla Reyes (1986-89) and needs 14 more to move into eighth place.
Stanford's Richards landed six kills in the first game as the Cardinal hit .481 and held WSU to -.156 on the way to the 30-12 win. WSU committed 10 hitting errors again in the second game as Stanford took a 30-15 win.
The Cougars had a six-point rally in the third game to come within two of the Cardinal at 19-17. After trading points, the Cougs were down by only three points at 24-21. But Stanford prevailed for the 30-24 win. WSU more than doubled the kills from the first two games spiking 15 kills in the third game with only three errors for a hitting percentage .324.
"I felt we played two games against the Stanford jersey a little bit awestruck by that," WSU Head Coach Brian Heffernan. "In game three I felt we really settled down and competed very hard. Brittany Johnson did a great job for us taking some very aggressive swings. Jen Barcus, as usual was very consistent. She got back on the service line and started ripping off a very aggressive jump float serve in game two that sparked our team to be a little bit more aggressive. She was a great role model in that regard."
Washington State plays at No. 13 California (11-3, 4-1) Saturday, Oct. 8. Cal lost to No. 2 Washington Friday night 3-2.