As posted to the Northern California E-mail List -
Jan. 12, 2002
BYU def. Stanford 27-30, 30-26, 29-31, 30-28, 15-13
Jan. 11, 2002
Stanford def. BYU 30-27, 31-29, 26-30, 30-19
> Jan. 12, 2002
> BYU def. Stanford 27-30, 30-26, 29-31, 30-28, 15-13
> Jan. 11, 2002
> Stanford def. BYU 30-27, 31-29, 26-30, 30-19
A crowd of "only" about 3,000+ fans showed up for Saturday's match.
At the start it looked like a repeat of Saturday with Stanford taking
a clear lead in game 1. The Cougars seemed to get their second wind
in game 2 and pulled ahead early on to win that one. Game 3 and 4
were fights for every point and right to the wire with breathtaking
rallies, lightening fast almost instinctive passes and hits, but far
too many hitting and especially serving errors on both sides. For a
while, points were consecutively scored on errors from the other side.
If this had been side-out scoring, we would have seen one-hour games
and a 3 1/2 hour match. Towards the end, it was all Toppel, he
collected 32 kills, Skacel scored 15 and Strickland 12. But the
Cougars prevailed on the home court, pulled ahead by two points in
game 5 and won 15-13. It could have gone either way. The weekend and
the Cougar honor was restored. Lesson learned: don't overlook
Stanford and Don Shaw.