Nov. 25, 2006
STANFORD, Calif. - The No. 3 Stanford Cardinal volleyball team took a 30-27, 30-23, 30-18, win over Washington State as the Cougars closed Pacific-10 Conference and the 2006 season's play Saturday night before a crowd of 1,623 fans at Maples Pavilion.
Stanford moves to a 25-3 overall record and 16-2 in the Pac-10. WSU ends the year with a 15-17 record, 3-15 conference record.
Cardinal senior Kristin Richards led all players with 21 kills and Bryn Kehoe had a match-high 40 assists and Cynthia Barboza had 13 digs. Richards also had a team-high three blocks and hit .386 for the match.
WSU's Adetokunbo Faleti had a team-high 11 kills while Stephanie Weishaar and Kelly Hyder each added 10 digs. Corina Beyer had 28 assists. Tara West, Cassie Robbins and Brittany Johnson each contributed three blocks. Johnson, in a rare role as a Cougar server, landed three aces.
In the first game, WSU went on a 12-4 run to take a 22-20 lead and tied the game a total of nine times before the Cardinal scored the final four points to take a 30-27 win. Richards landed eight of Stanford's 17 kills in the first game.
WSU took an early lead in the second game and stayed within two points until the final third of the game when Stanford went on a 12-5 run to get to the 30-23 win. Richards added nine kills in this game as the Cardinal hit .300 and held the Cougs to .152.
Stanford went on to hit .459 in the third game to take a 30-18 win and sweep the match.
"We did not come to play tonight," Cougar Head Coach Brian Heffernan said. "Stanford's second team was on the floor tonight and we came out and were on cruise control for the first game, had an opportunity to win the game and unfortunately did not execute on our side of the net. That was the story the entire night and we needed to do a better job."
No. 3 Stanford (25-3, 16-2) def. Washington State (15-17, 3-15) 30-27, 30-23, 30-18 KILLS - WSU 39 (Faleti 11), SU 57 (Richards 21) HITTING PERCENTAGE - WSU .150, SU .338 ASSISTS - WSU 39 (Beyer 28), SU 54 (Kehoe 40) DIGS - WSU 47 (Weishaar 10, Hyder 10), SU 57 (Barboza 13) BLOCKS - WSU 6 (West 3, Robbins 3, Johnson 3), SU 6 (Richards 3) SERVICE ACES - WSU 5 (Johnson 3), SU 5 (Kehoe 2) Attendance: 1632.