Saturday September 14, 2002VB Upsets Stanford 3-0, Wins Campus USA Invite
Jacque Robinson led both teams with 13 kills and was named to the All-Tournament Team
Junior Jacque Robinson (Merced, Calif.) registered 13 kills while Michelle Chatman (Woodridge, Ill.) and Aury Cruz (Levittown, Puerto Rico) added 10 digs each as the No. 6 Florida Gator volleyball team upset defending national champion Stanford 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-25) Saturday in front of 4,545 at the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational.
"We understand there will be an asterisk beside this win (because of Stanford playing without Logan Tom)," said UF Head Coach Mary Wise. "We donít beat Stanford if we donít play very well. It was a match where we got a lot of production from a lot of players."
In Game One, the Gators (7-1) got on the board on a Robinson kill, and took a 2-1 lead on a kill from Nicole McCray (Longview, Texas). Florida would never trail in the match after taking that lead. With the score 4-3, the Gators went on a 3-0 run to increase their lead to 7-3. After Stanford (8-1) closed the lead to 8-7, Florida opened up a 5-0 run that included two blocks. Floridaís largest lead of the game came at 28-27, and UF took the first game 30-18.
With the score in the second game tied 2-2, Robinson single-handedly gave the Gators a three-point lead with a kill and two service aces. Florida took a 20-12 lead before the Cardinal opened up a 4-0 run to close to within four. Lauren Moscovicís (Stockton, Calif.) dump stopped the run, and Florida won Game Two 30-24.
After Stanford scored the first point of the game, Florida went on a 6-0 run to take a 6-1 lead. With the score 16-10 in Floridaís favor, the Cardinal opened up a 5-1 run to close within two at 17-15. Point by point, Stanford stayed with the Gators, but an ace by Cruz shifted the momentum for good to Floridaís side. The match ended on a block by McCray and Cruz, with the Gators winning Game Three 30-25.
For Florida, Robinson led the team in hitting percentage, connecting on 13 kills and one error in 18 attacks for a .667 percentage. McCray also hit over .600, turning in a .625 hitting percentage. Chatman has hit over .300 in three of the Gatorsí last four matches.
Stanfordís Ogonna Nnamani registered 13 kills to lead the team, while Lindsay Yamasaki added a team-high seven digs.
The win is Floridaís first against a defending national champion. The 4,545 in attendance is seventh all-time at the OíConnell Center.
In the consolation match of the tournament, Ohio defeated Houston 3-1 (30-16, 26-30, 30-25, 30-26). Lindsay Judice led the Bobcats with 16 kills, while Katie Smith tallied 22 digs in the win. For Houston, Jane Anne Karasek registered 20 kills and 17 digs in the loss.
McCray was named the Tournament MVP, while Robinson and Cruz joined her on the All-Tournament Team. Laura Hageman of Ohio, Karasek of Houston and Stanfordís Nnamani and Ashley Ivy also were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Florida travels to Washington, D.C. next weekend for the American Volleyball Classic. The Gators will join Penn State, Yale and host American University for the tournament. American and Yale square off at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, and the Gators will battle Penn State 30 minutes after the conclusion of that match. On Sunday, Sept. 22, the consolation match will be held at 11:30 a.m., while the championship match is at 2 p.m.