No. 4 Women's Volleyball Takes On No. 2 Long Beach State

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Sept. 25, 2001

CARDINAL BRING EIGHT MATCH WINNING STREAK INTO THIS WEEK: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (8-0, 2-0 Pac-10) heads south to face No. 2 Long Beach State (7-0, 2-0 Big West) on Tuesday, September 25 at 7:30 p.m. at The Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. The Cardinal will take on California (3-4, 0-2 Pac-10) on Friday, September 28 at 7 p.m. at the Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal have not played a home match yet - they will play their first home match in early October ... The last time the Stanford did not have a home match until October was in 1992 (USC on 10/2) ... Stanford has beaten four ranked teams on the road this season in eight matches played ... The Cardinal have handed five of the eight teams faced in 2001 their first loss on the season ... Stanford is off to its best start since 1994 when they began 20-0 ... 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.

McGEE GETS THE JOB DONE: Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) has done an excellent job off the bench for the Cardinal this season. McGee, who has played in 10 games this year, is averaging 2.00 kills and 1.20 blocks off the bench while hitting at a team-leading .378 clip. In Stanford's 3-1 win over Washington, she played in three games, tallying six kills (6-0-12) and four blocks. In one game played at WSU, McGee notched two kills (2-0-2) and two blocks.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) has made a big impact on the court this season in her first collegiate campaign. Nnamani, along with All-American Logan Tom, have made a potent 1-2 punch on the outside. Nnamani is averaging 4.04 kills per game while hitting at a .353 clip. She is third on the team in digs per game (2.52) as well. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in eight 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). Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week last week.

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.

LONG BEACH BANTER: Coached by Brian Gimmillaro (17th season) ... Enter the match with a 7-0 record and ranked second nationally in the AVCA Coaches Poll ... Are led by Cheryl Weaver (4.54 kpg/1.13 bpg) and Tayyiba Haneef (4.33 kpg/1.88 dpg) ... Brittany Hochevar leads the team with 24 service aces (1.00 sapg) ... Last year, Stanford defeated LBSU, 3-0, in Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal hold a 13-1 advantage in the all-time series with the 49ers ... As a team, Long Beach is hitting .364 while holding their opponents to a .128 hitting percentage ... LBSU has only dropped three games in 24 played this season ... The 49ers are 0-5 in the last five meetings with the Cardinal.

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.

TOM NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) has been named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for September 17-23. Tom recorded 41 kills (5.86 kpg) and 31 digs (4.43 dpg) in wins over Washington and Washington State. She also added three services aces and six blocks. Tom notched a season-high 25 kills with 20 digs in Stanford's 3-1 victory over the Huskies. In the 3-0 win over Washington State, she posted 16 kills and added 11 digs. Tom, two-time AVCA All-American, leads the team, averaging 4.89 kills and 3.59 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). 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 23 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 continues to make solid contributions for the Cardinal as Stanford's starting rightside hitter. Ivy is averaging 2.60 kills, 3.00 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.32 services aces per game through eight matches played. Ivy notched 10 digs and six blocks in the Cardinal's 3-1 win over Washington over the weekend. She was an all-tournament selection at the 2001 Jefferson Cup Tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia.

CARDINAL BLOCKS THE OPPOSITION: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.81 blocks per game (leads the conference). Four of the six starters are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad, Harvey, Tom, and Ivy). Senior Tara Conrad leads the squad with 1.48 blocks per game, followed by fellow middle blocker Jenn Harvey's 1.21 blocks per game. Outside hitters Logan Tom and Ashley Ivy are averaging 1.04 and 1.00 blocks respectively.

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 LEADS STANFORD TO VICTORY: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) guided the Cardinal to two league wins last weekend on the road. Lewis notched 44 assists, nine digs and two blocks in the win over WSU and a season-high 57 assists, 15 digs and four blocks against Washington. On the year, she is averaging 13.71 assists, 2.48 digs and 0.76 blocks. She was an all-tournament selection at the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite earlier this year. 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 24, 2001)

1. Nebraska2. Long Beach State3. Arizona4. Stanford5. USC6. Penn State7. Wisconsin8. UCLA9. Florida10. Colorado State11. Pacific12. Hawaii13. Pepperdine14. BYU15. Ohio State16. Texas A&M17. Minnesota18. South Carolina19. UC Santa Barbara20. Santa Clara21. Northern Iowa22. Utah23. Texas24. Notre Dame25. Louisville

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