Stanford Volleyball Downs Cougars in Three
Oct. 20, 2001
STANFORD, Calif. -- The fourth-ranked Stanford Cardinal defeated Washington State 30-21, 30-28, 30-23, Saturday night at Maples Pavilion before 1,592 fans.
WSU is now 10-8 overall, 5-6 in Pac-10 play, while Stanford moves to 16-2 overall, 9-1 in conference.
Stanford's Olympian and All-American, Logan Tom, led all players with 16 points and added 10 digs. Sara McGee added 14 kills and freshman sensation Ogonna Nnamani had 12 kills . Tara Conrad had a match-high eight blocks. Anna Robinson gave out 46 assists. Stanford hit .328 while holding WSU to .167, and out-blocked the Cougs 12 to 7.
Stanford took at 19-9 lead in game one when WSU put together a four-point run and the Cardinal took a timeout. Stanford out-scored the Cougars seven to two and extended its lead to 26-15. WSU put together two pair of points while only giving up one for the 27-19 score. Nnamani slammed her sixth kill of the game but Hankoff answered with one for the Cougs. Holly Harris was called in the net on the next play, putting Stanford at game point. Hankoff's kill denied the Cardinal first attempt but Tom claimed the final kill for the 30-21 home team win.
The Cardinal tried to beat themselves in the second game, as WSU hit a mere .047 but Stanford had seven service errors, which in the rally-scoring format gave the Cougs seven points. Stanford was up 23-16 when WSU went on a five to two run. McGee's kill stopped the Cougars, but only momentarily. LaToya Harris, showing a form this weekend reminiscent of her sophomore season, tagged a kill to put WSU within four. Jennifer Hucke's hit went long on the next serve. A Surplus and Holly Harris block was followed by a shot to the back row by Hankoff to put the Cougs within one, 26-25. Tom and Conrad each scored offensively with LaToya Harris soaring over the net for WSU. Conrad and Tom teamed up to block Bautre but hit the antenna giving WSU 27 to Stanford's 28. After an SU timeout, Tom rifled a shot to the floor, putting the Cardinal at game point. But Tom served into the bleachers and WSU was within one again. Nnamani ended the game with her 10th kill of the match. Stanford wins 30-28.
WSU kept within striking distance in game three, down 25-21 in the late going. Boyle and LaToya Harris were WSU's only answer to Tom's three kills with Conrad's kill and block. Final score, Stanford 30, WSU 23.
"I thought we played some good volleyball but we didn't do a couple of things, like blocking cross court, that would have made a big difference," Cougar Coach Cindy Fredrick said. "He (Stanford head coach John Dunning) can put anybody on that court as long as he keeps Ogonna (Nnamani) and Logan (Tom) on the court. I think rally scoring has turned into that kind of a game where it belongs to the outside hitters. They are two really phenomenal outside hitters, there's no doubt about it. And the rest of the team is good back-up music.
"We had some great opportunities, especially in the game, and we let it go again. We could keep playing to get close to them but not to beat them."
The WSU Cougars return to Pullman to play Oregon State, Thursday night at 7 p.m., and Oregon, Friday night in a LIVE broadcast on FOX Sports Net Northwest beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Washington State (10-8, 5-6) 21 28 23 #4 Stanford (16-2, 9-1) 30 30 30 STATISTICS: KILLS - SU 54 (Tom 16), WSU 45 (L. Harris 14). ASSISTS - SU 52 (Robinson 46), WSU 44 (Surplus 36). DIGS - SU 45 (Tom 10), WSU 50 (Hankoff 14). BLOCKS - SU 12 (Conrad 8), WSU 7 (H.Harris 4). SERVICE ACES - SU 6 (Sandrik, Chambers 2 each), WSU 1 (Hankoff). Attendance - 1,592.
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