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December 20, 1997
Stanford Captures Fourth NCAA Championship
By NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
Associated Press Writer
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Kristin Folkl was around to help
Stanford write itself into the record books.
Stanford won a record fourth national women's NCAA Division I
volleyball championship Saturday by beating Penn State in a five-game
Folkl, playing for her third championship team, had 22 kills,
including the final three points, as the Cardinal (33-2) won 15-10,
15-6, 2-15, 15-17 and 15-9.
"To win the last match of your college career feels pretty
special," said Folkl, a member of Stanford's 1994 and 1996 title
winners. Stanford won its first in 1992.
Hawaii and UCLA have won three championships apiece.
"Experience all the way around was a big factor," Stanford
coach Don Shaw said.
Penn State (34-2), which defeated Stanford twice during the
season, dropped the first two games. The Nittany Lions rallied but
fell short despite an outstanding performance by Terri Zemaitis, who
had 25 kills.
Zemaitis was named the most outstanding player of the
tournament, and added a team-leading 25 digs on Saturday. Lauren
Cacciamani and Carrie Schonveld added 20 kills each for Penn State.
"I feel proud of my team," said Penn State's Terri Zemaitis,
who led all players with 25 kills and was named the most outstanding
player of the tournament. "We could have lost in three, but we
"We played hard but not well," Nittany Lions coach Russ Rose
said. "Terri kept up in the match almost singlehandedly."
The Cardinal won a school-record 28th straight match with its
last loss coming against Penn State on Sept. 6. Paula McNamee added 20
kills for the Cardinal, while Kerri Walsh and Lisa Sharpley had 30
Folkl, the Pac-10's Player of the Year, and McNamee each had
six kills as Stanford jumped to an 11-4 lead and cruised to victory in
the first game.
McNamee had seven kills as Stanford easily won the second
But the Nittany Lions roared back in Game 3, building a 10-1
lead and cruising to a 15-2 victory behind six kills by Schenveld and
only one hitting error for the entire team.
Stanford jumped to a 7-3 lead in Game 4, but Cacciamani's kill
tied the game at 10-10, and the teams traded points until Schonveld
recorded a kill and Barbara Ifejika of Stanford hit the final ball
Stanford outblocked Penn State 4-1 in the final game. The score
was 12-8 in Stanford's favor when Folkl made the final three kills for