Women's Volleyball Closes Out Conference Play At Home
Nov. 13, 2000
CARDINAL CLOSE OUT CONFERENCE PLAY AT HOME: The 21st-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (15-11, 8-8 Pac-10) host Oregon (10-15, 2-14 Pac-10) and Oregon State (15-13, 5-11 Pac-10) this week as they close out league play at home. The Cardinal will face Oregon on Thursday, November 16 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Friday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m. Friday's match will be televised by FOX Sports Net.
FOX SPORTS NET TO TELEVISE FRIDAY NIGHT MATCH: FOX Sports Net has selected the Oregon State at Stanford match as it's Pac-10 Game of the Week for Friday, November 17 in Maples Pavilion. Match time will be 7:30 p.m. Play-by-play and color commentary are TBA.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal split two matches last week, falling to No. 10 Pacific, 0-3, in Stockton before rebounding to post a 3-0 win over California. Outside hitter Logan Tom led the squad, averaging 6.83 kills and 3.83 digs while hitting .427 for the week. Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Ivy added 3.00 kills per game to the Cardinal effort while junior Tara Conrad tallied 3.00 kills, 2.40 digs and 1.00 blocks per game. As a team, the Cardinal averaged 18.17 kills, 17.17 assists and 1.00 service ace per game for the week. Stanford's last loss to Pacific was in 1996 in Stockton (1-3). The Cardinal have won 36 consecutive matches vs. the Golden Bears (last loss to Cal in 1982).
A LOOK AT STANFORD'S OPPONENTS: Stanford will take on Oregon and Oregon State this week:
OREGON DUCKS: Enter this week's matches with a 10-15 overall record, 2-14 Pac-10 ... they are coached by Carl Ferreira (in his 1st season at the helm) ... last week, the Ducks defeated Washington, 3-1, and lost to Washington State, 0-3 ... with 10 wins, Oregon has posted their first double digit win total since 1996, when they finished the year 11-20 ... junior outside hitter Monique Tobaggi posted a career-high 28 kills in the Ducks' win over UW ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 31-2 ... Stanford defeated Oregon 3-2 earlier this season in Eugene ... Tobaggi ranks sixth in the Pac-10 with 3.86 kills per game ... they are 1-4 in their last five matches and 2-8 in the last 10.
OREGON STATE BEAVERS: Enter this week's match with a 15-13 overall record, 5-11 Pac-10 ... they are coached Nancy Somera, now in her 2nd year at the helm ... last week OSU lost to Washington (2-3) and Washington State (1-3) in league action ... the team is led by Gina Schmidt who is averaging 4.53 kills and 3.27 digs per game ... middle blocker Angie Shirley is averaging 1.05 blocks per game as well as 3.07 kills ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Beavers, 31-0 ... earlier this year, in Corvallis, Stanford squeaked out at 3-2 win over OSU ... Oregon State is 0-5 in its last five matches and 3-7 in its last 10.
TOM NOTCHES FOURTH CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore All-American outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS) tallied two more double-doubles this weekend (kills/digs) to put together a string of four straight matches with double-doubles. She has also reached double figures in kills in 11 consecutive matches. Tom averaged 6.83 kills for the weekend as well as 3.83 digs while hitting at a .427 clip. She has tallied 20 or more kills in five of 11 matches and 15 or more kills in eight of 11 matches she has played in this year. Since her return, Tom is averaging 5.68 kills and a team-leading 3.18 digs while hitting at a.323 clip. Her 14 service aces is tied for second on the squad. The team is 6-5 since her return. 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.
IVY STEADY ON THE RIGHT SIDE FOR CARDINAL: Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX/Lamar HS) had a solid week for Stanford, averaging 3.00 kills vs. Pacific and Cal. Ivy notched 10 kills vs. the Tigers and eight vs. the Golden Bears. On the year, Ivy has 220 kills (2.75 kpg) and 185 digs (2.31 dpg) while hitting at a .246 clip. She has started in 23 of 25 matches for the Cardinal this season and tallied double figures in kills in 12 matches. Ivy has posted a double-double (kills/digs) in four matches in 2000.
CONRAD HAS SOLID MATCH VS. CALIFORNIA: Junior Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA/West) notched 12 kills, seven digs and and five blocks vs. the Golden Bears to help lead Stanford to a 3-0 sweep. She hit .450 for the match, her best hitting percentage since St. Mary's (9/30). For the week, she averaged 3.00 kills, 2.40 digs and 1.00 block. Conrad has reached double figures in kills 10 times in 2000 and is averaging 2.77 kills per game as well as 1.64 digs.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal take one match winning streak into Thursday's match with Oregon ... Stanford's four-match losing streak was the longest in school history ... Stanford's eight conference losses this season is the most in the history of the program ... they have won 52 of 94 games played this season and have outscored opponents 1169-1046 ... the Cardinal are 3-2 in five game matches in 2000 ... Stanford opponents are only hitting .193 against them ... Stanford is currently leading the league in blocks, averaging 3.34 per game - this marks the third consecutive season, the Cardinal has topped the Pac-10 in this category.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS: The Stanford volleyball program ranks 12th nationally in average attendance in 2000 (1,660 per game). Once again, Hawaii leads the nation, averaging 6,858. Rounding out the top 10 are: 2. Nebraska (4,288), 3. Wisconsin (2,778), 4. Minnesota (2,544), 5. Penn State (2,305), 6. Illinois State (2,270), 7. Colorado State(1,972), 8. Long Beach State (1,930), 9. Pacific (1,802), 10. Texas (1,689).
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 CLOSING IN ON TOP FIVE IN SINGLE SEASON ASISSTS: Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa (Albany, CA/Albany HS) has 1,124 assists in 2000 and is closing in on the top five on Stanford's single season assists list. Lara Asper (1988) had 1,308 assists and Kagawa needs 184 to tie for fifth. Kagawa has started in all 24 matches this season and has reached 1,000 assists for the second consecutive year (she has 1,033 assists in 2000). Kagawa has also surpassed the 3,000 assists mark for her career (just the fourth Cardinal to do it). She sits in fourth on the Stanford career assists list with 3,141. Kagawa set a career-high this year with 75 assists vs. Oregon State ( just one shy of fifth place on the Cardinal single season record list). 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 wrap up the regular season with a non-conference matchup with Santa Clara on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
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.
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.
NCAA NAMING 20TH ANNIVERSARY TEAM: Current and past NCAA Div. I women's volleyball coaches have been asked to vote for the top six volleyball players of all-time participating in NCAA Div. I volleyball. Twenty-six players have been pre-identified, including nine former Pac-10 student athletes. Five of the nine Pac-10 athletes are from Stanford - more than any other school in the league. Here are the Stanford candidates: Kristin Folkl, Bev Oden, Kim Oden, Kerri Walsh and Cary Wendell.
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.
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.
CARDINAL SEASON HIGHS
Service Aces:5, Logan Tom at Washington (11/2)
Team BestsAttack Percentage:.384 (48-15-86) vs. Portland St. (9/1).384 (51-13-99) at California (11/10).349 (52-15-106) Long Beach St. (10/14)
Kills:92, at Oregon State (9/15)88, at Washington (11/2)84, at USC (10/20)
Total Attempts:246, at Oregon State (9/15)237, at Utah (9/5)219, at USC (10/20)
Assists:82, at Washington (11/2)81, at Oregon State (9/15)74, at USC (10/20)
Digs:92, Washington (10/7)86, at Oregon State (9/15)85, at Utah (9/5)
Blocks:23.0 vs. Washington State (10/6)21.0 at Washington State (11/3)18.0 vs. Washington (10/7)
Aces:10, at Washington (11/2)9, vs. Arizona State (10/27)7, at Oregon (9/14)
USA Today/AVCA(11/13/00)1. Nebraska2. Hawaii3. USC4. Colorado State5. Arizona6. Wisconsin7. UCLA8. Minnesota9. Penn State10. Florida11. Pacific12. Pepperdine13. BYU14. UC Santa Barbara15. Santa Clara16. Long Beach State17. Ohio State18. Utah State19. Utah20. Notre Dame21. STANFORD22. Loyola Marymount23. Texas A&M24. Kansas State25. Missouri
Volleyball Magazine(11/13/00)1. Hawaii2. Nebraska3. Colorado State4. Pacific5. USC6. Arizona7. Minnesota8. Wisconsin9. Florida10. UCLA11. Penn State12. UC Santa Barbara13. Brigham Young14. Pepperdine15. Santa Clara16. Ohio State17. Long Beach State18. STANFORD19. Notre Dame20. Missouri