Nov. 18, 1999
STANFORD, Calif. -- The second-ranked Stanford Cardinal volleyball team defeated Washington State University 15-0, 15-11, 15-5, Thursday night at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal extended their home court winning streak to 40 matches and won their 13th consecutive match this season.
The Cougars are now 13-12 overall and 7-10 in conference action while Stanford is 24-2 overall, 16-1 in Pac-10 matches.
WSU watched a promising start of a sideout in game one turn to disaster as the Cardinal ran off nine points before the Cougs could sideout again. Although Kristen Johnson's kill stopped Stanford's first attempt at game point, a kill from Tom gave Stanford the serve again and Walsh's block of LaToya Harris gave the host school a 15-0 win. The Cougars hit -.172 while the Cardinal drilled a .381 for the opening game.
Game two was decidedly different as the Cougar offense awakened and clung close to the Cardinal before reeling three straight points and tying it up at eight. A kill from Sperry put WSU up 9-8 and a resilient Cougar team extended the lead to 11-8. Stanford subbed Tom back into the lineup and the Cardinal had little trouble regaining the lead and winning the game with a 7-0 run. WSU hit an improved .281 while Stanford took the 15-11 win with a .300 hitting percentage.
Stanford went up by five points before WSU got on the board in the third game. The Cardinal ripped seven points but WSU mounted a charge of its own with four points before setter Melissa Wright had to leave the game with an ankle injury. With sophomore Stacey Miller in for Wright, WSU managed only one more point as the Cardinal surged for the 15-5 win.
Wright's injury to her right ankle appeared to be minor as she gingerly walked off the court at the match end.
"This is one of our worst performances of the year, which is very odd since we've been playing very well" Cougar coach Cindy Fredrick said. "I'm disappointed because we're a better team than that and there's no doubt Stanford is an awesome team, they definitely have all the tools to be national champions again this year."
When asked about rebounding for the Cal match Friday night Fredrick said, "I think we seem to play better against teams we think we can really beat. We'll be ready tomorrow night."
Washington State finishes the Pac-10 season for 1999 at California Friday night.
#2 Stanford (24-2, 16-1) d. Washington State (13-12, 7-10) 3-0
Game scores: 15-0, 15-11, 15-5
STATISTICS: KILLS: H. Harris (WSU) 6, Tom (SU) 14. ASSISTS: Wright (WSU) 16, Kagawa (SU) 28. DIGS: Wright (WSU) 6, T. Harris (WSU) 6, Yamasaki (SU) 9. BLOCKS: WSU - four with 1 each, Walsh (SU) 4. SERVICE ACES: Lewis (WSU) 1, Tom (SU) 3.