No. 4 Women's Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play In The Northwest

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Sept. 17, 2001

CARDINAL BRING SIX MATCH WINNING STREAK INTO THIS WEEKEND: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (6-0, 0-0 Pac-10) opens the 2001 Pac-10 season against Washington State (5-2, 0-0 Pac-10) on Thursday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Bohler Gym. The Cardinal will face Washington (5-2, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in the Bank of America Arena. Thursday night's match at WSU is scheduled to be shown on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports. Check your local listings for exact date and time.

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford has beaten four ranked teams on the road this season in six matches played ... The Cardinal have handed five of the six teams faced in 2001 their first loss on the season (only Radford came in with a loss) ... Stanford is off to its best start since 1996 when it also opened the season 6-0 ... The Cardinal's best start ever came in 1991 when they opened the season 27-0 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game with 3.80 and opponent hitting percentage at .096 ... In the Cardinal's first game against Texas A&M, the squad did not commit a single hitting error (18-0-39), hitting .462 ... Stanford's 3-1 victory over then-No. 4 Penn State in State College, Pa. marked the Nittany Lions first non-conference home loss since Sept. 4, 1993 vs. Nebraska.

NNAMANI NAMED PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for September 3-9. Nnamani paced the Cardinal attack with 44 kills (4.00 kpg) and 30 digs (2.73 dpg) while hitting .384 (44-6-99) for the week. Her efforts helped lead Stanford to victories oer three ranked opponents. In the win at No. 4 Penn State, she collected 16 kills, 11 digs and three solo blocks while hitting .341 in the match. Nnamani earned MVP honors at the Verizon Texas A&M Invitational as she posted 15 kills and 11 digs (.341 hitting percentage) in the win over No. 25 Texas, and 13 kills (.387 hitting percentage) with seven digs and three blocks against No. 18 Texas A&M. For the season, Nnamani is hitting at a .383 clip while averaging 3.90 kills per game. She is third on the squad with 2.45 digs per game. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in six consecutive matches for the Cardinal. She is currently ranked 10th in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.383) and 10th in kills per game (3.90).

MAJOR RULE CHANGES FOR 2001 COLLEGIATE SEASON: The face of collegiate volleyball will see some changes this season as rally scoring for all games and the let serve are introduced. All games will be played to 30 points (must win by two points) except for the fifth game which will be played to 15 points. A served ball will remain in play if it hits the net and continues its path to the opposition's court and remains in bounds. Also look for the international pursuit rule, an experiemental rule, that can be implemented in a match if both coaches agree. The rule allows for players to retrieve a ball that has crossed the plane of the net to the opponent's free space, provided the player doesn't touch the opponent's court and sends the ball back to their court.

COUGAR NOTES: Coached by Cindy Fredrick (13th season) ... Enter the match with a 5-2 record ... Are led by LaToya Harris (3.09 kpg/3.43 dpg) and Adrian Hankoff (3.04 kpg/2.78 dpg) ... Hankoff leads the team with 18 service aces on the year (0.78 sapg) ... Last year, the two teams split their meetings with Stanford winning 3-1 in Palo Alto and WSU winning 3-1 in Pullman ... The Cardinal hold a 29-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Cougars ... As a team, WSU leads the league in service aces per game (2.30) and digs (17.39) ... Washington State is averaging 16.00 kills per game this season.

HUSKY HAPPENINGS: Washington is led by first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin ... The Huskies (5-2) are off to their best start since 1997 ... UW won the Air Force Invitational two weeks ago, outhitting its opponents .374 to .063 and outblocking theam 36-9 ... Allison Richardson, Gretchen Maurer and Lisa Underhill were all named to the all-tournament team ... The Huskies are led by Richardson (4.23 kpg/3.14 dpg) and Paige Benjamin (3.20 kpg/0.80 bpg) ... Junior setter Gretchen Maurer is averaging 12.60 apg ... Stanford holds a 32-2 advantage in the all-time series with UW ... Last year, the Cardinal won both matches with the Huskies.

JOHN DUNNING TAKES OVER THE HELM FOR STANFORD VOLLEYBALL: John Dunning took over the reins of the Stanford women's volleyball program on July, 6, 2001. Dunning, who spent 16 seasons at Pacific, compiled an impressive 437-102 (.811) record during his tenure. He led the Tigers to two NCAA Championships, a NCAA runner-up finish, five Big West Conference titles and 16 consecutive NCAA postseason tournament bids. This past season, Dunning earned Big West Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season, as the Tigers won a second consecutive Big West title. His squad posted a 28-4 overall record in 2000 and 15-1 mark in league play. Pacific lost to UCLA in an NCAA Regional Semifinal and had two players earn All-American status (one first-team and one second-team selection). In addition, Dunning had four players garner first-team All-Big West accolades. Dunning earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from San Diego State in 1973. He coached volleyball and taught at Fremont High School from 1973 to 1980, then moved on to Saratoga High School, working in the same capacity from 1980-83. He returned to Fremont High School in 1984.

ALL-AMERICAN TOM PICKS UP ALL-TOURNAMENT HONOR: Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) had a solid week for the Cardinal helping the team run its overall record to 6-0 on the year. Tom, two-time AVCA All-American, leads the team, averaging 4.55 kills, 0.50 service aces and 3.30 digs per game. She picked up her second all-tournament honor this year when she was named to the Verizon Texas A&M all-tourney team (named MVP at Jefferson Cup Tournament). She is currently ranked third in the league in kills per game (4.55), seventh in service aces (0.50) and fifth in digs (3.30). The 2000 Olympian helped lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. Tom is currently on a streak of 21 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). The two-time all-conference pick is closing in on the top five in three Stanford career categories including kills, aces and digs. Tom set a career-high last season with 39 kills vs. UC-Santa Barbara in a second-round match in the NCAA tournament. The 39 kills is just two shy of the Cardinal record held by Bev Oden (41).

ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal won their last five home matches and take that winning streak into the 2001 season ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 in both volleyball polls ... Ten of the Cardinal's opponents wereranked in the preseason top 25 (13 matches) ... another two opponents are receiving votes (four matches) ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 637-167-4 all-time record since 1976 (.791 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 20 of the last 21 seasons ... Stanford has lost five or more matches in a season just once in the last 10 years, and is 203-27 (.883) in the last seven years alone ... Stanford has also reached the Final Four 12 times in the last 20 seasons, and produced 41 All-American honors in the last 19 years.

T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice on FOX Sports Net during the 2001 season. Stanford's match at Washington State on Thursday, September 20 and their match at USC on Friday, October 12 are scheduled for t.v. broadcast. All matches will be shown on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. local time (check local listings).

2000 WRAPUP: The Stanford women's volleyball team finished the 2000 season with a 19-12 overall record, 10-8 Pac-10. After placing fourth in the conference standings and receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Stanford won its first round match against No. 22 Loyola Marymount, 3-0. The Cardinal then lost a heartbreaker to No. 14 UC-Santa Barbara, 3-2, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Stanford finished outside the top 16 nationally for the first time in the history of the program. Since joining the Pac-10, the Cardinal is 57-17 (.770) in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford is one of only four teams to have appeared in all 20 NCAA Championships (UCSB, Penn State, Pacific).

IVY CONTINUES TO PLAY SOLID: Junior outside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) has been solid in the first two weeks of the season. Ivy is averaging 2.94 kills, 3.28 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.44 services aces per game through six matches played. She was an all-tournament selection at the 2001 Jefferson Cup Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia. In Stanford's 3-1 win over then-No. 18 Texas A&M, Ivy hit .393 with 11 kills (11-0-28) and set a new career high with 20 digs. She is currently ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (3.28) and ninth in service aces per game (0.44).

CONRAD LEADS CARDINAL BLOCKING CORPS: Senior Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) is making her presence felt at the net this year for the Cardinal. The 6-3 middle blocker is averaging 1.79 blocks per game with a team-leading 30 block assists. She is also contributing 2.16 kills per game as well. As a team, Stanford is once again leading the conference in blocks with 3.80 per game. Conrad is ranked second in the league in blocks per game and is moving up the Cardinal's career chart as well with 306 blocks.

ON THE RADIO: All of the Stanford women's volleyball matches will be broadcast on KZSU-FM radio (Stanford student radio station) as well as on the internet. Rory Berry and Aaron Levine will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN PAC-10 COACHES POLL: USC was picked to defend its Conference Championship by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches. The Trojans, who received 87 total votes, edged out second-place Stanford by three votes. USC, who return four starters, received six first-place votes while the Cardinal claimed the other four. The coaches have correctly picked eight of the 12 previous polls. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

LEWIS NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) guided Stanford to three wins over ranked opponents last week. At the Verizon Texas A&M Invitational, Lewis averaged 12.57 assistsas Stanford took top honors, beating No. 25 Texas and No. 18 Texas A&M. For her efforts, she was named to the all-tournament team. On the season, she is ranked second in the Pac-10 with 13.36 assists per game. Lewis showed her true potential her sophomore year when she earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors after averaging 12.15 assists per game. She also averaged 1.00 blocks per game that season as well.

TICKET INFORMATION: For ticket or group information, please call 1-800-STANFORD or 650-736-0469. Maples Pavilion opens one hour prior to each match and parking if free. Reserved seating is $9 and adult general admission is $7. Children, Faculty/Staff and Senior general admission is $4 while Stanford students with a SUID are also $4. Season tickets are also available.

USA Today/AVCA(September 10, 2001)1. 	Nebraska2.	Long Beach State3. 	Arizona4.	Stanford5.	USC6.	Penn State7.	Pacific8.	UCLA9. 	Wisconsin10. 	Florida11. 	Colorado State12.	Hawaiit13. 	Pepperdinet13.	BYU15. 	Ohio State16. 	Texas A&M17.	Minnesota18.	UC Santa Barbara19.	South Carolina20.	Santa Clara21. 	Utah22.	Kansas State23.	Notre Dame24.	Northern Iowa25.	Texas

Volleyball Magazine(September 10, 2001)1. 	Long Beach State2.	Nebraska3.	Stanford4. 	Arizona5.	USC6.	Penn State7.	Wisconsin8.	Florida9.	UCLA10. 	Pacific11.	Brigham Young12.	Colorado State13.	Pepperdine14. 	Ohio State15.	UC Santa Barbara16.	Hawaii17.	Minnesota18.	South Carolina19.	Texas A&M20.	Baylor
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