Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Folkl, Triefenbach Lead Stanford into NCAA Final

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Folkl, Triefenbach Lead Stanford into NCAA Final

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The schools represented in the NCAA women's volleyball championships are situated in California, Pennsylvania and Ohio.

But the St. Louis area should get some kind of special highlighting on the volleyball map.

Led by area products Kristin Folkl and Marnie Triefenbach, Stanford moved into the championship match by beating Ohio State in three games Thursday night before a crowd of 7,077 at Erwin Center on the University of Texas campus.

Stanford needed only 1 hour 20 minutes to win 15-11, 15-9, 15-7.

Triefenbach, a junior from Belleville West, had a supporting role on Stanford's national championship team in 1992. She had a bigger impact Thursday night, when she contributed seven kills for the Cardinal.

Folkl, from St. Joseph's Academy, lived up to her billing as the nation's top freshman. She led the Cardinal with 14 kills and played a marvelous all-round game.

Stanford (31-1) will meet UCLA (32-3) in an all-Pacific 10 Conference championship match at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. UCLA, which split two regular-season matches with Stanford, survived a five-game, two-hour match with Penn State in the first semifinal.

The Cardinal trailed only twice against Ohio State - 3-2 in the first game and 1-0 in the third. But Stanford rarely enjoyed any kind of comfortable control. It led by as many as six points only twice in the first two games, when it opened the second game with a half-dozen points and ended it by outscoring the Buckeyes 6-2.

In both games, Ohio State (29-3) closed gaps enough to make the usually carefree Cardinal players turn serious. Stanford led 12-11 in the first game and 9-7 in the second before retrieving its mastery.

Stanford scored the final three points of the first game, with the last coming on a typically vicious Folkl kill from the left side. She had six kills, with no hitting errors, and also showed solid defense with four digs in that game. …

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