Nov. 23, 1997
No. 3 Stanford Edges No. 14 Hawaii
STANFORD, Calif. -- Senior Kristin Folkl (St. Louis, MO/St. Josephs Academy) had a match-high 26 kills to lead No. 3 Stanford (28-2) to a 15-8, 10-15, 15-10, 15-3 win over No. 14 Hawaii (23-6) on Sunday afternoon at Maples Pavilion. The 23 kills gives Folkl a career total of 1,755 and moved her into second place ahead of Kim Oden (1,751) and Bev Oden (1,753) on Stanford's all-time list.
Stanford's five seniors - Folkl, Barbara Ifejika (Brampton, Ontario, Canada/Mayfield Secondary), Debbie Lambert (Kaneohe, HI/Punahou HS), Paula McNamee (Wheaton, MD/Sidwell Friends HS) and Lisa Sharpley (Los Altos, CA/Los Altos HS) - improved their career mark at Maples Pavilion to 61-1 in what was their final regular season home match.
After Stanford posted the 15-8 win in game one, Hawaii stormed back to take game two 15-10 and jump out to leads of 6-3 and 8-6 in game three. But the Cardinal scored 24 of the final 29 points of the match to win its 22nd straight. The meeting was the first between the two teams since Stanford defeated Hawaii 15-7, 15-3, 15-5 in the 1996 NCAA Championship Match in Cleveland, Ohio.
Sharpley added 65 assists and 11 digs for the Cardinal, while McNamee contributed 14 kills and eight blocks.
Junior Kelli Cordray (Manhattan Beach, CA/Mira Costa HS) led Hawaii with 19 kills and nine digs, while freshman Jessica Sudduth (Yorba Linda, CA/Esperanza HS) had 23 digs and 15 kills.
Stanford has concluded its regular season, and will open NCAA Tournament play on December 4-7. Tournament pairings will be announced on Sunday, November 30 at 3:30 p.m. (PT). Hawaii next heads to Leas Vegas where it will face either Utah or SMU in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament on Tuesday.