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Palo Alto Online

Publication Date: Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Volleyball Volleyball (September 08, 2004)glad to have Nnamani back

by Rick Eymer

Senior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani stepped off a plane from Athens, Greece and stepped onto the volleyball court for Stanford last weekend, making the transition look easy.

Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe also made her debut with the Cardinal, handling setting duties and feeding Nnamani, who recorded 62 kills in the three games played at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno. Kehoe recorded 165 assists.

Stanford won two of the three matches, defeating Utah State, 30-23, 28-30, 30-20, 30-17 on Friday, and host Nevada, 30-25, 30-28, 28-30, 26-30, 15-11 on Saturday.

The sixth-ranked Cardinal were upset by St. Mary's, 30-25, 30-22, 27-30, 28-30, 15-8, earlier on Saturday.

Stanford hosts Eastern Washington on Thursday at 7 p.m. and Penn State on Friday at 7 p.m. as part of the Stanford Invitational in Burnham Pavilion.

Nnamani had 25 kills, 14 digs and six blocks in the final match against the Wolfpack. Nnamani, a member of the United States Olympic women's volleyball team, returned home following the closing ceremonies on Aug. 29, and was quickly assimilated into the rotation. She didn't miss a beat.

Nnamani currently has 1,689 career kills, 250 shy of career leader and Olympic teammate Logan Tom. Nnamani set a school record with 627 kills last year.

Nevada and Stanford split the first four games of the match before the Cardinal took control early in game five, taking a 6-2 lead to force a Nevada timeout.

The Wolfpack took their second timeout after falling behind 12-7 on a kill by Stanford freshman middle blocker Franci Girard. The Cardinal reached match point at 14-8 on another Girard kill. Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards closed out the game with a kill.

Richards had 24 kills, 15 digs and five blocks while Kehoe had a match-high 57 assists and 10 digs. Senior libero Leahi Hall recorded 14 digs while Girard had eight blocks and sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter had seven.

Richards had a career-high 23 kills in Stanford's season opening win over Utah State.

In addition to Richards, two others recorded double figures in kills. Nnamani had 16 and senior outside hitter Jennifer Hucke had 12. Richards also led the match with a career-tying 22 digs, while Nnamani added 12. Kehoe had 51 assists and a match-high five service aces.

Nnamani had 21 kills in the loss to the Gaels.

The Cardinal fell behind early in game five and never recovered. It was Stanford's first loss in five matches against St. Mary's.

Richards added 19 kills and Hucke had 15, one shy of her career high. Hall had a career high 19 digs, while Kehoe recorded 20. Suiter added a career high nine blocks.
Cross Country

Both the Stanford men's team and women's team, both defending NCAA champions, swept the top spots to record perfect scores at the USF Invitational on Saturday at Golden Gate Park.

The Cardinal women were led by senior Anita Siraki, who won the 5,000 meter race in 17:20.8. Sophomore Katy Trotter was second in 17:21.1, followed by freshman Shannon Bergstedt (17:21.4), freshman Lindsay Flacks (17:21.7) and sophomore Amanda Trotter (17:22.9).

The Stanford men took the top six places and eight of the top 10 spots. Redshirt sophomore Peter Meindl won the 8,000 race in 23:29.2, followed by redshirt sophomore Jacob Gomez (23:34.0), redshirt sophomore Jonathan Pierce (23:41.4), redshirt freshman Forrest Tahdooahnippah (24:05.3), redshirt sophomore Rolf Steier (24:09.9) and redshirt sophomore Steven DeWitt (24:11.1). Other Stanford top 10 finishers were redshirt freshman Lauren Jespersen (eighth, 24:14.7) and senior Evan Fox (tenth, 24:23.8).
Men's water polo

Junior Thomas Hopkins and senior Greg Crum each scored four goals as Stanford opened the season with a 16-4 victory over Santa Clara on Saturday at the Avery Aquatic Center.

Palo Alto High grad Ryan Fortune also scored for the Cardinal, who travel to Hawaii for games against BYU-Hawaii on Saturday and Chaminade on Sunday.

Crum scored two of his career-high goals in the first period. Hopkins, Stanford's second leading scorer with 47 goals last year, matched his career high for the third time.

Senior Sam Tyre had two goals, while junior Peter Varellas and sophomore Forrest Schwartz each had one.

Stanford used three goalkeepers - junior Chad Taylor, sophomore Beau Stockstill, freshman Sandy Hohner - for a combined six saves.

Stanford's game against visiting USC, the defending NCAA champion, on Sept. 25 has been rescheduled to 1:30 p.m. from 1 p.m.
Men's soccer

Senior Darren Fernandez and freshman Evan Morgan each scored as Stanford defeated 11th ranked Southern Methodist, 2-0, on Sunday in winning the Mi Cochina Classic in Dallas with a 1-0-1 mark. The Cardinal tied Tulsa, 0-0, on Friday. Fernandez scored a cross from Galen Thompson to put the Cardinal ahead at the 54:56 mark. Morgan came on as a sub and recorded his first collegiate goal in the 80th minute, heading in a corner kick from tournament MVP James Twellman.

Sophomore goalkeeper Andrew Kartunen recorded both shutouts, making six saves against the Mustangs. Two of Kartunen's three career shutouts have come against SMU.

Five Stanford players were named to the Mi Cochina Classic All-Tournament Team, including Twellman. Kartunen, Fernandez, sophomore Michael Brown, and junior Cooper McKee also earned All-Tournament honors.

The Cardinal return to Maloney Field on Friday to host San Jose State at 7 p.m. in the first game of the Cal-Adidas Tournament.

Tulsa and Stanford battled the entire 110 minutes as each team had ample scoring opportunities but great goalkeeper play by both teams kept the ball out of the net. The game was physical as 24 fouls were called against each team.
Women's soccer

Stanford lost two one-goal matches in the Notre Dame adidas Classic, dropping a 2-1 decision to Southern Methodist on Sunday after losing to host Notre Dame, 1-0, on Friday.

Junior Jenny Farenbaugh was named to the All-Tournament team.

Sophomore Heidi Herrick scored in the 89th minute against the Mustangs, with Farenbaugh and senior Amy Grady each earning an assist.

Stanford is back on the road this week, visiting Missouri on Friday and Nebraska on Sunday.

Third-ranked Notre Dame converted a penalty kick in the 82nd minute to edge Stanford.

Stanford goalkeeper Nicole Barnhart recorded six saves during the match.

"The team played very hard," Stanford coach Paul Ratcliffe said. "It's disappointing to lose on a penalty kick, but Notre Dame is a very athletic and very talented team. It was a good test for us."
Field hockey

Stanford (2-3) recorded a 2-1 victory over visiting Louisville (1-3) in a nonconference match on Sunday as sophomore Liz Robinson and Katherine Brooks both scored their first career goals and Ana Kralovec recorded nine saves to pick up the victory in goal.

"We've been getting better every time out and everybody came out with their 'A' game," Stanford coach Lesley Irvine said. "One of our biggest goals was to be the first team to score. We were thrilled when we did that, and it really effected the rest of the contest."

Robinson scored at 53:26 to break a 1-1 tie. She took a pass from Mandy Kovach and fired it past the Louisville goalkeeper.

"It felt good to actually get that first goal," Robinson said. "We talked about starting with high intensity and we e ready to take a win."

Robinson also assisted on Brooks' goal.

"Our whole defense came together and played great today," Kralovec said. "It was a collective effort."

Stanford goes on the road for three games, beginning with Wednesday's contest at Northwestern. The Cardinal plays at Iowa on Friday, and against Central Michigan on Saturday in Iowa City, Iowa.

Stanford lost to visiting Boston University, 2-1, on Saturday.

Stanford's Jessica Zutz scored her team-leading third goal of the season on a give-and-go from Brooks at 58:12.

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