No. 4 Women's Volleyball Hosts Washington Schools This Weekend

Oct. 16, 2001

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CARDINAL RETURN TO MAPLES PAVILION FOR CONFERENCE MATCH-UPS: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (14-2, 7-1 Pac-10) return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion to resume conference action this weekend. The Cardinal will host Washington (9-8, 3-6 Pac-10) on Friday, October 19 at 7 p.m. and Washington State (9-7, 4-5 Pac-10) on Saturday, October 20 at 7 p.m.

CARDINAL SPLIT MATCHES WITH L.A. SCHOOLS LAST WEEK: Stanford split its matches with UCLA and USC over the weekend in Los Angeles. The Cardinal rallied from a two-game deficit against No. 5 UCLA to win 3-2 in Pauley Pavilion. Logan Tom notched a team-high 24 kills and 19 digs in the win. Sara McGee had a match-high eight blocks vs. the Bruins as well. Four Cardinal players tallied double figures in kills for the match. On Friday night, Stanford fell to No. 3 USC, 3-1 in the Lyon Center. Tom had a match-high 21 kills to lead the Cardinal while Ogonna Nnamani chipped in 13 kills. Tara Conrad had seven kills and a match-high six blocks on the night.

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal have not dropped a match to an unranked opponent this season ... Head coach John Dunning notched his 450th career win with a 3-2 win over Arizona (10/7) ... Stanford is 7-2 vs. ranked opponents this season ... Junior Logan Tom has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week four times during her career - only seven players in the history of the league have been honored as Player of the Week more times ... Stanford has won eight consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 2-0 in five game matches and 8-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 44 of 58 games played this season ... The Cardinal's best start ever came in 1991 when they opened the season 27-0 ... 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.

AROUND THE PAC-10: Logan Tom is ranked second in the league in kills per game (4.72) and digs (3.29) and third in service aces (0.53) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.77), Tara Conrad is third (1.32) while Ashley Ivy is tenth (1.06) ... Robyn Lewis checks at fifth in assists per game (12.23) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked tenth in kills per game (3.66) ... As a team, Stanford ranks third in hitting percentage (.283), sixth in assists (14.29), first in blocks (3.83), sixth in kills per game (15.64) and second in opponent hitting percentage (.152).

McGEE MINDS THE MIDDLE: Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, Calif.) has got to have some opponents worried as she's patroling the net for the Cardinal this year. The 6-3 McGee has been on a blocking tear lately, leading the league in blocks per game (1.77). She is averaging 1.88 bpg in Pac-10 play and 1.77 bpg on the year. last week against the L.A. schools, McGee averaged 1.33 blocks and 1.89 kills per game. The 6-3 middle blocker has notched a career-high 12 blocks twice this season (vs. Santa Clara (10/2) and Arizona (10/7). She was an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season for Stanford.

TOM HAS TOP NOTCH WEEKEND IN L.A.: Despite the Cardinal's split down in Losa Angeles, outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) had a great weekend across the board. Tom averaged 5.00 kills, 2.89 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.56 service aces while hitting at a .363 clip. On the year, she is leading the team in kills, digs and service aces. Tom has recorded over 1,000 kills for her career as well. 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 32 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 12 of 16 matches this season. The two-time all-conference pick is closing in on the top five in three Stanford career categories including kills, aces and digs.

HUSKY HIGHLIGHTS: Washington enters this week with a 9-8 record, 3-6 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by first-year head coach Jim McLaughlin ... Senior Lisa Underhill needs just three kills to get to the 1,000 career kills plateau ... The Huskies are 1-4 in their last five matches ... Setter Gretchen Maurer ranks third in the conference in assists per game (12.35) ... Allison Richardson leads the team with 4.23 kills per game (ranks fourth in the Pac-10) ... Stanford defeated Washington, 3-1, earlier this season in Seattle, Wash. ... The Cardinal hold a 33-2 advantage in the all-time series with the Huskies.

COUGAR NOTES: Washington State comes into this week's matchup with a 9-7 record, 4-5 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Cindy Fredrick (16 seasons) ... WSU is 2-3 in its last five matches ... Middle blocker Holly Harris has 202 block assists in her career - she needs 10 more to move into eighth all-time at Washington State ... Last week, the Cougars split their matches with the Arizona schools (vs. ASU, W, 3-1, vs. UA, L, 0-3) ... Stanford defeated WSU, 3-0, in Pullman, Wash. earlier this season ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Cougars, 30-2 ... OH Adrian Hankoff posted a career-high 17 digs vs. ASU last week.

CONRAD SOLID IN LOS ANGELES: Middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) had a solid weekend down in L.A. The 6-3 senior averaged 1.86 kills per game while hitting .458 (13-2-24) for the weekend. She also chipped in 1.14 blocks per game as well. On the year, Conrad is fourth on the squad in kills (1.96 kpg), and second in blocks (1.32 bpg). She ranks third in the league in blocks this season. For her career, Conrad has 338 total blocks - third highest total among active leaders in the Pac-10. Last year, she was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic pick and in 1999 was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention pick. She was also named to the 1999 Pacific Region all-tournament team as well.

FABULOUS FRESHMAN: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine on the court in her first collegiate campaign. The 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.66 kills per game (10th in the Pac-10) and 2.21 digs per game. Nnamani, along with All-American Logan Tom, have made a potent 1-2 punch on the outside, accounting for a little over half of the team's kills. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in 15 of 16 matches for the Cardinal as well as four double-doubles (kills-digs). Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (9/10).

CARDINAL BLOCKS THE OPPOSITION: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.83 blocks per game to lead the league and rank in the top five nationally. Three of the six starters are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad, McGee and Ivy) and all three are ranked among the top 10 blockers in the league. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.77 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.32 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.11 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.06 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging almost four blocks per game (3.80 bpg).

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.

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.

ODDS AND ENDS: For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 4.97 kills per game (1,074 kills in 216 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... Stanford is ranked 14th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,485 fans per match - tops in the Pac-10 this season ... The Cardinal have won eight consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including three this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 (USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll) ... Stanford has played nine ranked opponents in 16 matches played ... 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).

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.

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(October 15, 2001)1. 	Long Beach State2.	Nebraska3. 	USC4.	Stanford5.	UCLA6.	Wisconsin7.	Arizona8.	Colorado State9. 	Florida10. 	Ohio State11. 	Penn State12.	Hawii13. 	BYU14.	Pepperdine15. 	Pacific16. 	Northern Iowa17.	Texas A&M18.	Utah19.	Notre Dame20.	Colorado21. 	Minnesota22.	South Carolina23.	UC Santa Barbara24.	Santa Clara25.	North Carolina

Volleyball Magazine(October 15, 2001)1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. USC4. Stanford5. Florida6. Wisconsin7. Colorado State8. UCLA9. Arizona10. Ohio State11. BYU12. Penn State13. Hawaii14. Pepperdine15. Pacific16. Texas A&M17. Northern Iowa18. Colorado19. North Carolina20. Notre Dame

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