No. 17 Women's Volleyball Travels To Los Angeles
Oct. 16, 2000
CARDINAL HITS THE ROAD TO OPEN THE SECOND HALF OF PAC-10 PLAY: The 17th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (11-6, 5-4 Pac-10), bring a four-match winning steak into this weekend's contests against No. 8 UCLA (12-5, 7-2 Pac-10) and No. 4 USC (14-1, 8-1 Pac-10), in Los Angeles, as conference action continues.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal extended their winning streak to three matches with a sweep over California last week in Maples Pavilion. Logan Tom made her 2000 collegiate debut notching a match-high 17 kills vs. the Golden Bears. Four Stanford players ended the night in double figures (Tom 17, Ashley Ivy 14, Sara McGee 10, Tara Conrad 10). Middle blocker Jennifer Detmer had a match-high six blocks on the night. Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa tallied five kills, 48 assists and two service aces as well. Stanford hit .336 for the match, their second-best attack percentage this year. Stanford followed that performance up with a sweep of No.18 Long Beach State (15-11, 15-5, 15-6). Tom and Ivy had a match-high 13 kills each while Tom, Detmer and McGee notched six blocks each.
A LOOK AT STANFORD'S OPPONENTS: Stanford will take on UCLA and Southern California this week:
UCLA BRUINS: Enter this week's matches with a 12-5 overall record, 7-2 Pac-10 ... they are coached by head coach Andy Banachowski (in his 34th season at the helm) ... senior MB Elisabeth Bachman posted a season-best 21 kills on Thursday night at Arizona ... in UCLA's five-game victory over Arizona, the Bruins scored 76 points, a new school record ... earlier this season, UCLA defeated Stanford in Maples Pavilion, 3-0 ... The Bruins leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 33-23 ... UCLA's Kristee Porter was named Pac-10 Player of the Week, posting back-to-back 30+ kill and 20+ dig matches ... Porter has a nation-leading six 30-kill matches and has been named conference player of the week four times during her career.
USC TROJANS: Enter this week's match with a 14-1 overall record, 8-1 Pac-10 ... ranked 4th in the AVCA/USA Today Coaches poll/5th by Volleyball Magazine ... they are coached by interim head coach Jerritt Elliott, now in his 2nd year at the helm ... senior OH Antoinette Polk reached 1,000 kills for her career by picking up 23 last weekend ... frosh MB Katie Olsovsky leads all Pac-10 freshman with a .395 hitting percentage ... USC's 8-1 conference start is the best-ever for the Trojans in Pac-10 play ... Stanford leads the all-time series with USC, 42-10 ... earlier this year, in Maples Pavilion, the Trojans defeated Stanford, 3-0 ... USC's 14-match winning streak was broken with a 3-0 loss at Arizona over the weekend.
TOM HAS SOLID WEEK IN AND OUT OF CONFERENCE: Sophomore All-American outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS) was solid on the court in her first week back playing collegiately in 2000. She led the Cardinal with a match-high 17 kills in the 3-0 California win on Tuesday,then came back to post a match-high 13 kills, eight digs and six blocks against No. 18 Long Beach State. In her two matches this season, she is averaging 5.00 kills, 2.33 digs and 1.67 blocks per game while hitting .442 from the outside hitter position. Tom helped lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. She missed the first month and a half of the 2000 collegiate season while with the national team.
DETMER DOMINATES AT THE NET: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Detmer (Thousand Oaks, CA/Thousand Oaks) has become a dominate force at the net for the Cardinal. She is currently second in the conference in blocks per game with 1.61 (Pac-10 matches only) and leads the league in hitting percentage at .411 (Pac-10 matches only). The 6-3 middle averaged 3.17 kills and 2.17 blocks while hitting .417 against Cal and LBSU. For the season, Detmer is third in kills (3.18 pg) and second in blocks (1.65 pg) and is hitting at a .421 clip. She has averaged 2.62 bpg over the last four matches.
POISON IVY: Sophomore hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) created headaches for the competition last week both offensively and defensively. Ivy notched 27 kills (4.50 pg), 16 digs (2.67 pg) and eight blocks (1.33 pg) in the two matches while hitting at a brisk .420.Over the last four matches, she has averaged 3.70 kills, 2.70 digs and 1.20 blocks while posting a .431 attack percentage. On the year, Ivy is fifth in kills (2.74 pg) and leads the team in digs (2.42 pg).
FRESHMAN McGEE MAKES HER PRESENCE FELT: Freshman middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA/Davis HS) had another solid weekend for the Cardinal versus Cal and Long Beach State. The 2000 Junior National Team member averaged 2.67 kills, 1.00 digs and 1.83 blocks per game. McGee has started in seven of the last eight matches tallying 61 kills (2.44 pg), 33 digs (1.32 pg) and 33 blocks (1.32 pg).
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS: The Stanford Cardinal volleyball team ranks 10th in home attendance this season, averaging 1,811 fans per match. Here's a look at the top 10 nationally: 1. Hawaii, 6,987, 2. Nebraska, 3,505, 3. Wisconsin, 2,557, 4. Illinois State, 2,305 , 5. Minnesota, 2,300, 6. Penn State, 2,298, 7. Long Beach State, 1,917, 8. Arizona, 1,893, 9. Colorado State, 1,861 and 10. Stanford, 1,811.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal are on a four-match winning streak, their longest of the season ... Stanford's four-match losing streak was the longest in school history ... the team is 5-4 at the half way point in conference play ... the most conference losses in a single season by the Cardinal is six in 1979 when Stanford posted a 6-6 record (NorCal) ... they have won 37 of 61 games played this season and have outscored opponents 761-642 ... the Cardinal are 2-1 in five game matches in 2000 ... Stanford opponents are only hitting .175 against them ... the last time Stanford posted four losses during the conference season was in 1993 when they went 13-5 (T2 in Pac-10) ... the Cardinal lead the league in blocks with 3.39 per game.
FEELING HOT, HOT, HOT: The Cardinal has been on a hot streak lately, posting their longest winning streak of the season (four matches) ... During the current win streak, Stanford has only dropped one game in 13 ... the Cardinal have not dropped a game in the last three matches ... they are averaging 19.77 kills, 17.46 assists, 16.00 digs and 5.31 blocks per game during the four-match stretch ... Stanford is hitting .314 while holding the opponent to a .143 attack percentage.
LAWRENCE DIGS IT: Junior defensive specialist Emily Lawrence (West Linn, OR/West Linn) made the most of her time on the court over the weekend, averaging 2.17 digs per game. The 5-8 DS also notched two service aces (0.33 per game). On the year, she has collected 95 digs (1.58 per game) as well as 11 service aces (tied for second on the team). Lawrence's younger sister Libba is a freshman at Washington.
1999 IN REVIEW: Stanford finished the campaign with a 31-3 overall mark and won a share of its sixth consecutive Pacific-10 championship. The Cardinal qualified for its 19th straight NCAA Tournament and was victorious in the first and second rounds over Florida Atlantic (3-0) and Santa Clara (3-1). The four-time NCAA champions cruised through the Sweet 16 with wins over Arizona (3-1) and UC Santa Barbara (3-0). Stanford then met Long Beach State in the semifinals and swept the 49ers, 3-0. The Cardinal fell to Penn State (0-3) in the final to end their season. The loss snapped a 20-game winning streak for Stanford, however senior Kerri Walsh was named Co-National Player of the Year while freshman Logan Tom was honored as National Freshman of the Year. The Cardinal won 30 of its last 32 matches in 1999 and brought a 45-game home winning streak into the 2000 season.
STRONG SCHEDULE: Stanford will play nine matches against six opponents ranked in the top 15 nationally (preseason USA Today/AVCA) during the regular season. Four Pac-10 schools are ranked in the preseason top 10 (UCLA, Stanford, USC and Arizona). The Cardinal will play three matches versus top five opponents (UCLA and Long Beach State). Stanford went 9-3 vs. ranked teams last year and did not drop a match to an unranked opponent.
KAGAWA SETS THE TABLE FOR STANFORD: Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa (Albany, CA/Albany HS) remains steady as the captain and starting setter for Stanford. She is currently averaging 12.29 assists per game as well as 2.29 digs per game. Over the last four matches, Kagawa is averaging 14.25 assists, 2.00 digs and 1.00 blocks. She sits in fourth on the Stanford career assists list with 2,730. Kagawa set a career-high this year with 75 assists vs. Oregon State. Kagawa had a stellar season in 1999, earning honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors as well as AVCA All-District 8 honors. She ranked second in the Pac-10 and #28 in the nation with a 13.18 assist per game average. Kagawa compiled a total of 1,358 assists last season - the fourth highest single-season total ever by a Cardinal setter.
TEAM OF THE DECADE: The Cardinal has been one of the nation's top teams last decade with four NCAA and seven Pac-10 titles (includes co-title in 1999). The Cardinal racked up an overall record of 291-30 (.909) in the decade. Stanford was also 167-13 (.928) in the Pac-10 and 140-7 (.952) at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal captured national titles in 1992, `94, `96 and `97, and is 33-6 (.857) in the NCAA Tournament since 1990. Stanford won the Pac-10 on seven occasions (1991, `94, `95, `96, `97, `98, `99 co-title) and finished second three times. The Cardinal lost more than twice in a season in the Pac-10 just once last decade (13-5, 1993). Individually, Stanford produced 10 All-Americans and a total of 23 All-American honors during the 1990's.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion for conference matchup with Arizona (Thursday, Oct. 26) and Arizona State (Friday, Oct. 27). Both matches will start at 7 p.m.
ON THE AIRWAVES: All Stanford women's volleyball matches can be heard live at www.gostanford.com and on KZSU 90.1 FM. Rory Berry handles the play-by-play duties.
INTERIM HEAD COACH DENISE CORLETT: Denise Corlett will take over as Stanford's interim head coach for the 2000 campaign after serving for the past 11 seasons as an assistant coach and associate head coach on The Farm. A former U.S. National Team player and one of the nation's most respected assistants, Corlett will be debuting as a collegiate head coach this season. Prior to coming to The Farm, she served as an assistant at San Jose State from 1987-1988 as the Spartans went 42-24 and reached the NCAA Tournament both years. Prior to that experience, Corlett served as an assistant at her alma mater for two years, helping UCLA to the 1985 Final Four. While a Bruin, Corlett played three varsity sports and was named the All-University Athlete of the Year in 1979. She was a three-time All-American in volleyball and played on the Bruins' national champion women's basketball team. She played for the U.S. National Team in 1982 and 1983. In 1997, she was selected as one of the top 25 players in UCLA women's volleyball history.
THE AIR UP THERE: Stanford's starting lineup will have some serious height this season, averaging 6-1. The middle blockers are both 6-3 while the shortest player on the court will be 5-9 setter, Lindsay Kagawa. The average height of the 14-member team this year is 6-0. Freshman Jenn Harvey is the tallest at 6-5 while defensive specialists Emily Lawrence and Jamie Brownell are the shortest at 5-8.
FORMER STANFORD STANDOUT JOINS COACHING STAFF: Kim Oden, a former U.S. National Team and Stanford standout, enters her first season with the Stanford women's volleyball coaching staff as an assistant coach. Oden, who graduated from Stanford in 1986 with a degree in Public Policy, was a three-time All-American during her time on The Farm. She was honored as the National Player of the Year in 1984 and '85 and won the Honda/Broderick Award in '85.Oden was a four-time all-conference selection as well as Pac-10 Player of the Year in 1983, '84 and '85. She excelled in the classroom as well, earning Academic All-America honors in 1984. In 1990, she was named Player of the Decade on the AVCA's All-Decade Team (1980's). She holds the Cardinal single-match record for most blocks (16) and is ranked among the top five in several other career and single-season categories.
USA Today/AVCA(10/16/00)1. Nebraska2. Hawaii3. Colorado State4. USC5. Arizona6. Wisconsin7. Minnesota8. UCLA9. Pepperdine10. Florida11. Ohio State12. UC Santa Barbara13. Penn State14. Pacific15. Santa Clara16. BYU17. STANFORD18. Utah19. Long Beach State20. Michigan State21. Notre Dame22. Utah State23. Loyola Marymount24. Missouri25. Texas A&M
Volleyball Magazine(10/16/00)1. Hawaii2. Nebraska3. Colorado State4. Arizona5. USC6. Wisconsin7. Minnesota8. Ohio State9. Penn State10. Pacific11. Florida12. UCLA13. UC Santa Barbara14. Pepperdine15. STANFORD16. Long Beach State17. Santa Clara18. Brigham Young19. Utah20. Kansas State
Pac-10 Conference RankingsIndividualAssists: 6th, Lindsay Kagawa (12.29)TeamBlocks: 1st, Stanford (3.39)Hitting %: 6th, Stanford (.234)Assists: 8th, Stanford (14.34)Kills: 7th, Stanford (16.13)Digs: 8th, Stanford (14.31)SA: 10th, Stanford (1.03)
DID YOU KNOW?
* Stanford boasts 17 All-Americans in its history who have earned All-America honors an astounding 40 times.
* The Cardinal have had five players honored as National Player of the Year (7 times) and seven players honored as Conference Player of the Year (10 times).
* Stanford has made 19 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances (1981-1999). They have also made it to the NCAA final round of four teams 12 times.
* As a team, during Stanford current four match winning streak, the Cardinal is hitting .314, averaging 19.77 kills per match and 5.31 blocks per game.
CARDINAL SEASON HIGHS
Service Aces:3, Jenn Harvey at OSU (9/15)3, Emily Lawrence at Oregon (9/14)
Team BestsAttack Percentage:.384 (48-15-86) vs. Portland St. (9/1).349 (52-15-106) Long Beach St. (10/14).336 (67-23-131) California (10/10)
Kills:92, at Oregon State (9/15)79, Washington State (10/6)78, at Utah (9/5)
Total Attempts:246, at Oregon State (9/15)237, at Utah (9/5)212, Washington State (10/6)
Assists:81, at Oregon State (9/15)72, at Utah (9/5)72, Washington State (10/6)
Digs:92, Washington (10/7)86, at Oregon State (9/15)85, at Utah (9/5)
Blocks:23.0 vs. Washington State (10/6)18.0 vs. Washington (10/7)15.0, three times
Aces:7, at Oregon (9/14)6, at Oregon State (9/15)