FRIDAY, DECEMBER 03, 2004
Volleyball Falls to #6 Stanford, 3-0, in NCAA Championship
Dec. 3, 2004
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Junior middle hitter Lindsay Ward (Fernandina Beach, Fla.) tallied a team-high eight kills and a .300 (8-2-20) hitting percentage while senior libero Kelly Ryals (Gainesville, Fla.) finished with 13 digs but the Jacksonville University volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (15-30, 20-30, 15-30) contest to No. 6 Stanford, Friday evening in the first round of the NCAA Championship in Gaither Gymnasium. The Dolphins end the 2004 season with a 15-14 record while The Cardinal improves to 25-6.
Under first-year head coach Kevin Paul, JU ended the year with program records for average digs per game (17.98), digs in a game (121 - vs. Mercer on Sept. 25), consecutive wins against Atlantic Sun opponents (10), the program's first bid to the NCAA Championship in the Division I era and the program's first A-Sun Championship title.
Senior Candice Rose (Mechanicsville, Md.) added seven kills in the final match of her Dolphin career. The senior outside hitter ends her four-year run with program with 222 career kills and 443 digs. Ryals, a red-shirt senior, ends her career ranked third in the program career record book with 1,082 digs. Junior setter Erin Donivan (Sarasota, Fla.) dished out 19 assists and added seven digs while sophomore outside hitter Eva Stoilova (Sofia, Bulgaria) finished with 10 digs.
Oganna Nnamani led The Cardinal with a game-high 18 kills while Kristin Richards added 15 kills and 13 digs to lead the Stanford offense. Bryn Kehoe also finished with 42 assists and 10 digs. Stanford hit .391 in the contest with eight blocks and 59 digs. JU hit .073 with two blocks and 37 digs.
In game one, Stanford jumped out to a 12-5 advantage before JU used a 2-0 run to make it 12-7. Stanford answered with a 2-0 run before both schools traded the next few points to make it, 17-10. The Cardinal went on a 4-1 run to make it 21-11 before Stanford closed out the game with a 9-4 advantage to lead 1-0.
In game two, Stanford led 3-2 before using a 3-0 run to make it 6-2. JU answered with a 4-1 run to cut the deficit to 7-6. The Cardinal countered with a 6-0 run to make it 13-6 before increasing the lead to 20-9. JU outscored The Cardinal 6-2 to make it 22-15 but Stanford ended the game with an 8-5 run to take a 2-0 lead.
In game three, Stanford jumped out to a 6-2 advantage before JU used a 4-2 run to make it 9-6. The Cardinal answered with an 8-2 run to make it 18-8. JU would get no closer in the match as Stanford ended the match by outscoring the Dolphins 12-7.