Nevada Falls to Stanford in First Round of NCAA Tournament
Dec. 2, 2005
Palo Alto, Calif. - The University of Nevada(18-13) was knocked off by the defending champion and fifth ranked Stanford Cardinal(26-5) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Palo Alto, Calif. Friday night. The Wolf Pack lost by scores of 30-25, 30-20, and 30-21 to end their season at 18-13. The Cardinal, seeking their second consecutive NCAA Championship, improved to 26-5 on the year.
Game one was tied 4-4 before Stanford scored the next six points to go in front 10-4 and never trailed in winning 30-25. Despite the loss the Pack out hit the Cardinal .152 to .114 in the first game.
Stanford broke open a close game two with a 10-4 run to snap a 3-3 tie and cruised to the 30-20 victory. The win gave the Cardinal a two games to none advantage in the match. Stanford was outstanding hitting .452 in game two while the Pack improved on their percentage to .176.
The match of big Stanford runs continued in the final game as the Cardinal put together an 11-1 run that broke an 8-8 tie as they claimed the 30-21 victory to take the match 3-0. Stanford hit .350 in the final game and Nevada .154.
Playing in her final match at Nevada senior Salaia Salave`a led the Pack with 12 kills, and hit .391. Setter Tristin Johnson dished out 26 assists, and libero Christine Harms posted a match high nine digs.
Kristin Richards led the Cardinal with a match high 22 kills while Erin Waller had 11. Setter Katie Goldham had a match high 40 assists, and Jessica Fishburn led Stanford with eight digs.
Stanford hit .287 in the match and Nevada just .160. The Cardinal held a slim 7-6 advantage in the blocking battle. Salave`a, and Johnson had three apiece to top the Pack. Foluke Akinradewo led the Cardinal with five blocks.