Stanford 3, Texas 0

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GREEN BAY, Wis. - Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani notched a match-high 28 kills as the sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team defeated No. 10 Texas, 3-0, tonight in the NCAA Green Bay Regional Semifinal. Game scores were 30-28, 30-26, 30-27. The Cardinal improve to 27-6 on the year while the Longhorns end their season at 26-5.

Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter moved into third place in total blocks for a single season on The Farm with 187 (she had five blocks tonight vs. Texas). Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe moved into third place in assists at Stanford with 1,487 (she had 46 tonight against the Longhorns).

The two teams traded points to open game one until the Cardinal went on a five-point run and went up 12-7 as Texas took their first timeout. Stanford called their first timeout at 16-12 after the Longhorns scored to straight points to close the gap to four points. The Cardinal opened a six-point lead at 20-14 after three consecutive kills by Ogonna Nnamani. Texas closed the gap to 23-26 to force a final Stanford timeout. The Cardinal reached game point on a block by Lizzie Suiter and Ogonna Nnamani at 29-26. The Longhorn held off three game points before falling 28-30 on an attack that went long.

Texas led 7-4 early in game two but the Cardinal slowly closed the gap and trailed 13-15 at the media timeout. Stanford tied it up at 15-all and took their first lead of the game at 16-15 after a solo block by Nnamani. The Longhorns took their first timeout trailing 16-18 after back-to-back Cardinal points. The two teams traded points until Stanford took their first timeout at 25-24 after consecutive Longhorn points. The Cardinal scored the next two points out of the timeout to go up 27-24 as Texas was forced to call their final timeout. The Longhorns closed the gap to 26-27 but Stanford would score the next two points to reach game point at 29-26 on a block solo by Lizzie Suiter. The Cardinal won 30-26 on a Texas blocking error and went up two games to none in the match.

Stanford took an early 5-1 lead to open game three after back-to-back Longhorn hitting errors as UT took their first timeout. Texas tied it up at six-all and took the lead at 7-6. The Cardinal called a timeout trailing 7-9 after a UT service ace. Stanford tied up the game at 13-all on a kill by Franci Girard. The two squads traded points until the Longhorns took the 18-15 lead after three consecutive points. The Cardinal tied it up at 18-all and two teams once again traded points until Stanford took a two-point lead at 28-26 as Texas took their final timeout. The Cardinal reached match point on a kill by Kristin Richards and won 30-27 on a Longhorn attack that went long.

Kristin Richards notched a double-double on the evening with 14 kills and 17 digs while Bryn Kehoe chipped in 46 assists and 12 digs.

Texas was led by Bethany Howden's 18 kills and Alyson Jennings 14 digs.

TEXAS QUOTES

Head Coach Jerritt Elliott
Well, Im really proud of my team. They fought really hard they had a tremendous season. We had a huge turnaround with only two seniors and a freshmen and sophomores. I thought it was a valuable experience to advance this far. Ball control wise, offensively, I really liked our rhythm, But we werent big enough in the rally scoring game to contain Ogonna and Kristen. Those two played exceptionally and Ogonna showed why she is player of the year.

We couldnt score points in transition, we were really struggling with that area. Game one we had 25 real points off of kills, thats telling me we werent scoring anything off of blocks and being able to transition a little bit there.

In game 3, Ogonna caught fire and had some big time swings and terminates a rally and puts a lot of pressure on your team to execute at a high level. With their size block, we have to pass well, and when we pass well, we got a side out.

Im excited about my team and where we are headed and where this program is. Were doing all the right things I think, we do know the pieces we need to contain those types of fires.

- Regarding Nnamani
We tried switch blocking and she still goes over us&shes just so physical. What you saw tonight is one of the most gifted athletes that our sport has seen in quite some time. No one has had an answer for her all year.

STANFORD QUOTES

Head Coach John Dunning
Im really excited and happy and I would like to first congratulate Texas. I known their coach for a long time and think he has done a great job. Its fun to play against his team. They just play, they dont mess around.

Kristen did this last year at playoff time too. She was sensational last weekend. She had three or four plays tonight. As a coach, that puts a smile on your face because you have no understanding on how it could happen. Shes a marvelous defensive player and she dug three or four balls tonight that shouldnt have been dug.

- Regarding Wisconsin
We know more about Hawaii&&but we know a little bit about Wisconsin We how tough the Big Ten is. We know that everyone in that conference is battle tested for the playoffs. So I think we will see a great match tonight.

Senior Ogonna Nnamani
- About sophomore Kristin Richards
Awesome, she was really the closer tonight. Her and Bryn were connecting really well. She had that fire in her in eye. She was just playing really well. It was really exciting watching her tonight. She was really in the zone and really connecting well. No dont set me; set her.

Sophomore Kristin Richards
- About Ogonna Nnamani
Im in consistent amazement by Ogonna plays. Ogonna brings something to the court I have never gotten to experience with another teammate. Its amazing always. She is great team leader and also an inspiration.

Texas Notes
- Only second 3-0 loss for the Longhorns this season
- Stanfords Ogonna Nnamanis 28 kills most allowed by Texas this season
- Just third team to hit above .250 against Texas in 2004

Stanford Notes
- Lizzie Suiter moved into third place on The Farm for single season total blocks (187)
- Bryn Kehoe moved into third place at Stanford for single season assists (1,487)

-- Courtesy Stanford / UWGB