Oct. 3, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Paced by an outstanding night by junior Ogonna Nnamani, the more efficient Stanford volleyball team handed Arizona its fourth straight loss in four games at McKale Center on Friday. Game scores of the match were 23-30, 30-17, 30-18, 30-24. The loss dropped Arizona to 6-8 for the season and 0-4 in conference play, while the fourth-ranked Cardinal improved to 12-2 overall and 6-0 in the Pac-10.
Nnamani consistently found the open spot on the floor and torched the Arizona defense with 19 kills on .576 hitting. The outside hitter took 33 swings in the match and did not commit a single hitting error. As a team the Cardinal battled back from a sloppy game one to hit .365 on the night. Stanford, the top blocking team in the Pac-10, dominated the Wildcats at the net with an 11 to 3 advantage on the block.
Despite an encouraging first game win, Arizona's offensive struggles in passing, and setting reemerged in the second game and never got back on track. After hitting .364 in the game one win, Arizona sputtered to a lowly .136 attack percentage in games two through four.
Individually, Arizona's sophomore trio of Jennifer Abernathy, Kim Glass and Bre Ladd combined for 47 of the Wildcats' 60 kills in the match. Glass paced the Arizona offensive effort for the 14th-straight match with 19 kills on the night. Abernathy and Ladd added 17 and 11, respectively.
The Wildcats will attempt to stop their longest losing streak since 1996 against the No. 8-ranked Golden Bears of California on Saturday. First serve is set for 7 p.m. at McKale Center.