Dec. 18, 2004
Final Stats |
LONG BEACH, CA- Stanford (30-6), behind 29 kills from
senior Ogonna Nnamani, won its sixth NCAA Division-I
Women's Volleyball Championship with a 30-23, 30-27
30-21 victory over Minnesota (33-5) in front of a
crowd of 8,826 fans at the Long Beach Arena on Dec.
Stanford entered the match as the 11th seed in the
tournament, while Minnesota was the fourth seed.
Stanford used a 5-0 run to break a 13-all tie to take
game one 30-23, despite trailing 6-3 in the early
going. The Cardinal, behind three points by Nnamani,
scored the final five points of game two to win 30-27.
Stanford scored 12 of the last 15 points of the third
game to wrap up the title with a 30-21 victory.
Stanford concluded the season on a 15-match win
streak, something the Cardinal has not accomplished
since the 2001 season. Stanford dropped only three
games in its last 10 matches (total of 33 games).
Nnamani, the tournament's most outstanding player, hit
.562 for the match on 48 swings to pace the Cardinal
offense. Setter Bryn Kehoe handed out 48 assists as
Stanford hit .436 as a team for the match. Jennifer
Hucke produced nine kills with a .368 attack
percentage, while Kristin Richards contributed eight
kills and 11 digs. Franci Girard hit .556 with five
kills, while Liz Suiter totaled six kills on a .417
attack percentage with a team-high five blocks.
Courtney Shultz dug a team-high 14 balls for Stanford.
Erin Martin and Trisha Bratford each charted 13 kills
for Minnesota in the loss. Kelly Bowman and Meredith
Nelson were credited with nine kills in the match,
including 19 assists from Bowman. Lindsey Taatjes
knocked down five kills to go with five blocks and
five digs. Jessy Jones produced six kills for the
Gophers, while Paula Gentil had a team-high 15 digs.
set an NCAA Tournament record with 145
kills in all 2004 NCAA tournament matches over 21
games. Wisconsin's Sherisa Livingston holds the record
with 139 tournament kills in 139. Nnamani also tied
the NCAA Tournament record with 15 block solos, and is
shared by by Pacific's Jayne Gibson in 1981.
Named to the NCAA All-Tournament team were Nnamani,
Hucke, Richards, Kehoe, Martin and Gentil.
Minnesota pulled out to a 6-3 game one advantage
capped by a service aces from Marci Peniata. However,
Stanford managed a 5-0 run including kills from
Nnamani, Richards and Hucke to give the Cardinal an
8-6 lead. The Gophers tied the game back up at 10 as
Bowman recorded a kill followed by a combined block
from Taatjes and Byrnes. Stanford regained a two-point
advantage at 15-13 as Nnamani provided a kill followed
by a Bowman hitting error. Following the media
timeout, the Cardinal rattled off three more points to
stretch the run to five straight scores as Richards
tallied a kill and block assist prompting the Gophers
to call their first time out at 18-13. Stanford
extended the lead to six points at 24-18 as Suiter
combined with Kehoe for a block and followed with a
kill through the middle. The Cardinal closed out game
one at 30-23 as Franci Girard picked up a kill and
block. Nnamani totaled eight kills with a .571 attack
percentage to lead the Cardinal in game one. Stanford
hit .395 as a team with five team blocks and held the
Gophers to a .133 mark. Jones and Martin each charted
four kills in the first game for Minnesota.
Minnesota recovered from an early 0-3 deficit in game
two as the Gophers scored six of the next seven
points. Stanford tied the game back up at seven as
Richards and Hucke recorded back-to-back kills. The
Cardinal earned a two-point lead at 13-11 after Suiter
knocked down a kill. Bowman and Bratford scored
successive kills to lead the Gophers back into a tie
at 15-15 following the media timeout. Nnamani followed
a Bowman service error with a kill to give the
Cardinal an 18-16 lead. Minnesota pulled into a tie at
20-all as a Hucke attack went into the net. The
Gophers gained the advantage at 23-21 with kills by
Martin and Bowman sandwiched around a Cardinal attack
error by Suiter. Stanford knotted the game at 27-27
after a kill by Nnamani and a Gopher attack that just
missed line in the corner. Hucke ended a long rally
with a kill on the right side to give the Cardinal a
28-27 lead. Nnamani followed with a block solo to
provide the Cardinal with its first game point of game
two at 29-27, and promptly ended it with a kill for a
30-27 victory. Nnamani scored 12 kills in the second
game alone on 19 attacks, while the Cardinal hit .486
as a team. Bratford was credited with six kills in the
second game for the Gophers.
The Gophers came out of the intermission break to take
a 7-4 lead as Bowman hit a kill off the right side
followed by a Richards attack error. After Richards
hammered a kill, Minnesota suffered a blow on the back
row as Gentil went down with an injury on a play that
Bratford was credited with a kill off a touch at 8-5.
Down 9-6, Stanford tied the game with three straight
kills by Nnamani. The Cardinal took a 12-10 lead on a
Gopher back-row attack error and Martin hitting error.
Minnesota stormed back into the game with successive
kills by Bratford for a 13-all score. Nnamani tipped a
shot over the defense, which was followed by Kehoe ace
and two more Nnamani kills to lift the Cardinal to a
22-18 lead. Minnesota stopped the four-point run with
a Martin kill, only to see Stanford roll off five more
unanswered points for a 27-19 lead. Stanford closed
out the game at 30-21 on a Nnamani's 29th kill of the
MOST OUTSTANDING PLAYER
Ogonna Nnamani, Senior Outside Hitter, Stanford
Bryn Kehoe, Freshman Setter, Stanford
Kristin Richards, Sophomore Outside Hitter, Stanford
Jennifer Hucke, Senior Outside Hitter/Opposite,Stanford
Erin Martin, Senior Outside Hitter, Minnesota
Paula Gentil, Junior Libero, Minnesota