Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 14 Santa Clara in Regular Season Finale
Nov. 20, 2000
CARDINAL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON AT HOME: The 20th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (17-11, 10-8 Pac-10) hosts No. 14 Santa Clara to wrap up the 2000 regular season at home. The Cardinal will meet up with the Broncos on Tuesday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal swept the Oregon schools last week to close out conference action. Stanford posted 3-0 wins over both Oregon and Oregon State. As a team, the Cardinal averaged 20.33 kills per game and hit .394 for the weekend while holding their opponents to a little over 10 kills per game. Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa averaged 16.33 assists per game and notched five service aces, including a career high four vs. Oregon. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey added 2.75 blocks and 1.25 kills per game while fellow middle Sara McGee had 13 kills (3.25 pg) while hitting at a .440 clip. Stanford posted three two-match sweeps during league play this year (two vs. the Oregon schools and one vs. the Washington schools).
A LOOK AT STANFORD'S OPPONENTS: Stanford will take on Santa Clara this week:
SANTA CLARA BRONCOS: Enter this week's matches with a 26-3 overall record, 13-1 West Coast ... they are coached by Jon Wallace (in his 2nd season at the helm) ... last week, clinched the West Coast Conference title with victories over Loyola Marymount (3-1) and Pepperdine (3-2) ... the Broncos enter Tuesday's contest on a six-match winning streak ... Santa Clara is 9-1 in its last 10 matches ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Broncos, 18-0 ... Ynez Carrasco leads the squad, averaging 4.95 kpg followed by Amy Kohl's 4.10 kpg ... middle blocker Brook Terhune is averaging a team-leading 1.39 bpg ... the Broncos were 9-0 at home this season.
NCAA SELECTIONS SET FOR SUNDAY: The volleyball selections for the 2000 NCAA Tournament will be announced on Sunday, November 26th. First and second round matches are scheduled to be played, Thursday, November 30- Sunday, December 3 (depending on the host site).
TOM TALLIES DOUBLE DIGITS IN KILLS FOR 13TH CONSECUTIVE MATCH: Sophomore All-American outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS) continues to impress both offensively and defensively. She had 34 kills (5.67 pg) this weekend as well as four service aces (0.67 pg) and 10 digs (1.67 pg). Tom hit an impressive .617 for the weekend. She has tallied 20 or more kills in five of 13 matches and 15 or more kills in 10 of 13 matches she has played in this year. Since her return, Tom is averaging 5.68 kills and a team-leading 2.98 digs while hitting at a.350 clip. Her 18 service aces is second on the squad. The team is 8-5 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 DIGS IT: Sophomore outside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX/Lamar HS) had another solid week for Stanford, averaging 3.00 kills, 1.17 blocks and 3.17 digs vs. the Oregon schools. Ivy had seven digs vs. the Ducks and 12 vs. the Beavers. On the year, Ivy has 238 kills (2.77 kpg) and 204 digs (2.37 dpg) while hitting at a .249 clip. She has started in 25 of 27 matches for the Cardinal this season and tallied double figures in kills in 13 of them. Ivy has posted a double-double (kills/digs) in five matches in 2000.
CONRAD HITS .440 VS. OREGON SCHOOLS: Junior Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA/West) hit .440 (29-7-50) for the weekend as Stanford swept both Oregon and OSU last weekend. Conrad averaged .4.83 kills and 1.83 digs for the Cardinal. She leads the team with 253 kills on the year and is second in kills per game with 2.91. Conrad has notched double figures in kills in the last three matches while hitting at a .443 clip.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal take three match winning streak into Tuesday's match with Santa Clara ... they have won the last four home matches ... 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 58 of 100 games played this season and have outscored opponents 1259-1088 ... the Cardinal are 3-2 in five game matches in 2000 ... Stanford opponents are only hitting .191 against them ... Stanford is currently leading the league in blocks, averaging 3.23 per game - this marks the third consecutive season, the Cardinal has topped the Pac-10 in this category ... Stanford's fourth place finish in the conference is it's lowest since 1979 when it finished 5th (6-6) in the Norcal Conference ... it marks the first time the Cardinal has not finished first or second in the Pac-10.
NATIONAL ATTENDANCE NUMBERS: The Stanford volleyball program ranks 10th nationally in average attendance in 2000 (1,640 per game). Once again, Hawaii leads the nation, averaging 6,811. Rounding out the top 10 are: 2. Nebraska (4,276), 3. Wisconsin (2,856), 4. Minnesota (2,570), 5. Penn State (2,460), 6. Illinois State (2,287), 7. Colorado State(1,972), 8. Long Beach State (1,930), 9. Pacific (1,802), 10. Stanford (1,640).
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 1,222 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 86 to tie for fifth. Kagawa has started in all 28 matches this year and has reached 1,000 assists for the second consecutive season. 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 3,239. 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.
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.
CHAMBERS PERFECT IN LAST THREE MATCHES: Sophomore outside hitter Michelle Chambers (San Juan Capistrano, CA/Santa Margarita HS) has not committed an error in her last three matches (nine games). During that span, she is has 11 kills and no errors on 25 attempts (.440). She has also notched 22 digs (2.44 pg) over the three matches. On the year, Chambers is averaging 1.45 kills and 2.28 digs per game for the Cardinal. She has tallied double figures in digs in nine matches this season.
McGEE HAS NEAR PERFECT MATCH VS. OREGON: Freshman middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA/Davis) was nearly flawless against the Oregon Ducks on Thursday night. McGee hit .818 on the night (10-1-11) with a service aces and two blocks for the Cardinal. On the year, She is averaging 2.05 kills, 1.21 dig and 0.92 blocks per game. In the last four matches, she is hitting .548 (22-5-31). McGee has recorded double digits in kills in five matches this season.
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:.416 (64-17-113) vs. Oregon State (11/17).384 (48-15-86) vs. Portland St. (9/1).384 (51-13-99) at California (11/10)
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(11/20/00)1. Nebraska2. Hawaii3. USC4. Arizona5. Wisconsin6. Colorado State7. Minnesota8. Penn State9. Florida10. Pacific11. UCLA12. BYU13. UC Santa Barbara14. Santa Clara15. Pepperdine16. Long Beach State17. Ohio State18. Utah19. Notre Dame20. STANFORD21. Utah State22. Kansas State23. Loyola Marymount24. Missouri25. Texas A&M
Volleyball Magazine(11/20/00)1. Hawaii2. Nebraska3. Pacific4. USC5. Colorado State6. Arizona7. Minnesota8. Wisconsin9. Florida10. Penn State11. UC Santa Barbara12. Brigham Young13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Pepperdine16. Long Beach State17. Ohio State18. Notre Dame19. STANFORD20. Kansas State