Women's Volleyball Prepares For NCAA Postseason Play
Nov. 28, 2000
TOURNEY TIME: The 18th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (18-11, 10-8 Pac-10) will take on #22 Loyola Marymount (20-8) in the first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship in Santa Barbara, Calif. Match time is set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 30 in the Thunderdome. Host UC-Santa Barbara (23-7) will face Texas-San Antonio (24-8) in first round action following the completion of the Stanford-LMU match. The winners will meet on Friday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m. in second round action.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal upset then-No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1 in Maples Pavilion before they broke for the Thanksgiving holiday. Game scores were 9-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-10. Sophomore Logan Tom led the match with 23 kills and 18 digs to record her seventh double-double in 14 matches. Junior Tara Conrad added nine kills and seven blocks on the night while teammate Sara Sandrik posted 10 kills and seven digs.
A LOOK AT STANFORD'S OPPONENTS: Stanford will take on Loyola Marymount this week in first round action. If they win, they would play the winner of the UCSB vs. Texas-San Antonio match:
LOYOLA MARYMOUNT LIONS: Enter this week's match with a 20-8 overall record, 10-4 West Coast conference ... they are coached by Steve Stratos (in his 11th season at the helm) ... Lions are 4-1 in their last five matches and are 7-3 in their last 10 ... Sarah McFarland leads the squad, averaging a nation-leading 7.91 kills per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Lions, 2-0 ... Allison Gustorf is hitting at a .355 clip while averaging 2.40 kills per game ... the last time the two teams met was in 1992 where Stanford posted a 3-0 over the Lions win in Los Angeles ... the last time the two squads met in postseason play was in 1986 at the West Regional in Provo, Utah where Stanford defeated LMU, 3-0.
UC-SANTA BARBARA GAUCHOS: Enter this week's match with a 23-7 overall record, 14-2 in the Big West ... they are coached by Kathy Gregory (in her 25th season at the helm) ... the Gauchos are 4-1 in their last five matches and 8-2 in their last 10 ... they are led by Danielle Bauer, who is averaging 4.50 kills and 2.67 digs per game ... UCSB leads the all-time series with Stanford, 8-6 ... last year, the two teams met in the Pacific Regional, hosted by the Cardinal, where Stanford beat the Gauchos, 3-0 ... UCSB last win over Stanford came in 1998 at Santa Barbara (3-1) ... Simone Kuhn is averaging 3.58 kills and 1.30 blocks per game for UCSB.
TEXAS-SAN ANTONIO ROADRUNNERS: Enter this week's match with a 24-8 record, 17-3 in the Southland conference ... they are coached by Katrinka Jo Crawford (Utah State `80) ... UTSA has won its last 15 matches ... the Roadrunners beat McNeese State and Lamar in the SLC Tournament to earn a bid in the NCAA tourney ... it is UTSA's first appearance in the NCAA tournament ... they are led by Stacy Schmidt who is averaging 4.26 kills and 4.61 digs per game on the year ... the Cardinal and Roadrunners have never played against each other.
TOURNAMENT TIDBITS: 2000 marks the 20th consecutive NCAA postseason appearance for the Cardinal ... Stanford is one of only four schools (UC Santa Barbara, Penn State and Pacific) to have appeared in all 20 NCAA Championships ... the last time Stanford did not host a regional was in 1986 when they traveled to Eugene, Oregon ... the Cardinal have never lost an NCAA first round match ... Stanford has won four national championships (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997) ... they have finished second four times ... the Pac-10 had six teams earn bids this season, tying with the Big 12 and the Big 10 for most teams in the tourney.
TOM AND DETMER ALL-CONFERENCE SELECTIONS: Sophomore outside hitter Logan Tom and senior middle blocker Jennifer Detmer were named first-team All-Pac-10 last week. It is Detmer's third consecutive first-team all-conference honor while Tom's second. Freshman Sara McGee was an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman selection as well.
SIX CARDINALS LAND ON CONFERENCE ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Stanford's Jennifer Detmer was a first-team All-Pac-10 All-Academic pick while teammate Sara Sandrik was a second-team selection as the Cardinal landed six players on the league all-academic teams. Setter Lindsay Kagawa, middle blocker Tara Conrad, outside hitter Ashley Ivy and defensive specialist Emily Lawrence were honorable mention selections.
TOM TALLIES DOUBLE DIGITS IN KILLS FOR 14TH CONSECUTIVE MATCH: Sophomore All-American outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT/Highland HS) continues to impress both offensively and defensively. She notched 23 kills vs. Santa Clara last week to run her streak to 14 consecutive matches reaching double digits in kills. Tom lead the match with 18 digs as well to tally her seventh double-double (kills-digs) on the year. She has tallied 20 or more kills in six of 14 matches and 15 or more kills in 11 of 14 matches she has played in this year. Since her return, Tom is averaging 5.69 kills and a team-leading 3.10 digs while hitting at a.348 clip. Her 19 service aces is second on the squad. The team is 9-5 since her return. She was recently honored as a first-team all-conference selection (the second of her career). 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.
CONRAD NOTCHES SEVEN BLOCKS VS. THE BRONCOS: Junior Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA/West) had a solid performance last week as Stanford defeated then-No. 14 Santa Clara, 3-1. She recorded a match-high seven blocks while contributing nine kills and a service ace. Conrad has 262 kills (2.88 kpg) on the year - good for second on the squad as well as 1.64 digs per game. Conrad has notched double figures in kills in the three out of the last four matches and is currently hitting at a .207 clip. Her 15 service aces ranks fourth on the team in 2000.
ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal take four match winning streak into Thursday's match with the Lions ... they have won the last five 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 61 of 104 games played this season and have outscored opponents 1313-1133 ... the Cardinal are 3-2 in five game matches in 2000 ... Stanford opponents are only hitting .190 against them ... Stanford is currently leading the league in blocks, averaging 3.27 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 ... Stanford's 3.27 blocks per game ranks in the top 10 nationally.
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 6,759. Rounding out the top 10 are: 2. Nebraska (4,277), 3. Wisconsin (2,856), 4. Minnesota (2,570), 5. Penn State (2,460), 6. Illinois State (2,287), 7. Long Beach State (2,011), 8. Colorado State(1,972), 9. Pacific (1,888), 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 1,274 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 34 to tie for fifth. Kagawa has started in all 29 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 3,291. 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.
DUKES OFF THE BENCH: Freshman outside hitter Sara Dukes (Danville, CA/Carondelet) came off the bench for the Cardinal vs. Santa Clara to record eight kills (8-1-18) and six digs while hitting at a .389 clip. Dukes, who has seen action in 63 games this year (23 matches), is averaging 1.70 kills and 1.78 digs for the Cardinal. She has recorded double figures in digs three times this year, including a career high 14 vs. Oregon State (9/15).
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.
USA Today/AVCA(11/27/00)1. Nebraska2. USC3. Hawaii4. Wisconsin5. Arizona6. Colorado State7. Pacific8. Penn State9. Minnesota10. Florida11. UCLA12. BYU13. Long Beach State14. UC Santa Barbara15. Pepperdine16. Ohio State17. Santa Clara18. STANFORD19. Utah20. Notre Dame21. Utah State22. Loyola Marymount23. Texas A&M24. Kansas State25. Missouri
Stanford Record When ....
Non-Conference Matches: 8-3Conference Matches: 10-8Vs. Ranked Teams: 2-8Vs. Unranked Teams: 16-3Three Games: 11-6Four Games: 4-3Five Games: 3-2On the Road: 5-8At Home: 9-3Neutral Site: 4-0Win First Game: 15-1Lose First Game: 3-10Last Five Matches: 4-1Last 10 Matches: 7-3
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)