No. 4 Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 17 Pacific and California
Oct. 22, 2001
CARDINAL HOSTS PACIFIC IN NON-CONFERENCE ACTION: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (16-2, 9-1 Pac-10) will host 17th-ranked Pacific (17-5, 8-2 Big West) in a non-conference match on Tuesday, October 23 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion before hosting Pac-10 rival California (6-11, 2-8 Pac-10) on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
STANFORD SWEEPS WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: Stanford notched 3-0 wins at home against Washington and Washington State over the weekend. The Cardinal hit a season-high .432 against the Huskies on Friday night while freshman Ogonna Nnamani tallied a match-high 16 kills. Emily Lawrence added six digs and two service aces as well. In Saturday's sweep of WSU, Logan Tom notched 16 kills and 10 digs. Sara McGee tied her career-high with 14 kills while Tara Conrad had a match-high eight blocks on the evening.
OLD VS. NEW: Stanford first-year head coach John Dunning will face his former team, Pacific, for the first time this Tuesday night. Dunning coached the Tigers for 16 years before taking the Cardinal head coaching job in early July of this year.
DID YOU KNOW? Stanford should consider itself battle-tested as the Cardinal have played 13 matches on the road (includes three neutral sites) and only five home matches ... 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 10 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 2-0 in five game matches and 10-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 50 of 64 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 (4.69) and digs (3.33) and third in service aces (0.53) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.72) and Tara Conrad is third (1.39) ... Robyn Lewis checks at third in assists per game (12.47) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked tenth in kills per game (3.75) ... As a team, Stanford ranks third in hitting percentage (.292), fourth in assists (14.56), first in blocks (3.81), sixth in kills per game (15.88), fifth in service aces (1.58) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.155).
McGEE TIES CAREER HIGH WITH 14 KILLS VS. WSU: 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 (1.72). She is also ranked in the top 10 nationally in blocks per game. Last week she helped the Cardinal to a sweep of the Washington schools. For the weekend, McGee notched 22 kills (3.67 kpg) on 37 attempts while only committing one error (.568 hitting percentage). She also averaged 1.33 blocks per game. On Friday night against the Huskies, McGee led the match with a .667 hitting percentage (8-0-12) and five blocks. Against the Cougars, she tied her career high with 14 kills (14-1-25) while hitting at a .521 clip. McGee leads the conference in blocks per game and ranks in the top five nationally, averaging 1.72 per game. In conference matches, she is averaging 2.19 kills and 1.78 blocks per game while hitting .367. 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 LEADS CARDINAL AGAINST OPPONENTS: Junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) continues to dominate for the Cardinal. Last weekend against the Washington schools, Tom tallied 26 kills (4.33 kpg), 22 digs (3.67) and three service aces (0.50 sapg) to help Stanford to a sweep of the two schools. On the year, she is leading the team in kills, digs and service aces. 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 34 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 14 of 18 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.
TIGER TALES: Pacific enters Tuesday's match with a 17-5 record, 8-2 in the Big West ... They are coached by first-year head coach Jayne Gibson-McHugh ... Pacific is led by senior outside hitter Jamie Hamm (3.47 kpg/4.20 dpg) and sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Joines (5.05 kpg/1.47 bpg) ... The Tigers are 3-2 in their last five matches ... Pacific checks in ranked 17th in the latest USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll ... Last year, The Tigers handed Stanford a 3-0 loss in Stockton ... Stanford holds the slight edge in the all-time series, 24-23 ... Pacific is holding opponents to a .179 hitting percentage this season.
GOLDEN BEAR BANTER: California enters Friday's match with a 6-11 record, 2-8 in league play ... They are coached by Rich Feller (now in his third year at the helm) ... Cal is 1-4 in its last five matches ... They are led by Mia Jerkov (4.27 kills/2.85 digs) and Gabrielle Abernathy (3.16 kpg/1.80 dpg) ... Last week, the Golden Bears defeated Washington, 3-0 and lost to WSU, 1-3 ... The Cardinal posted a 3-0 win over California in Berkeley earlier this season ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Golden Bears, 48-3 ... Cal snapped a six-match losing streak over the weekend with their win over the Huskies.
CONRAD ROOFS THE COMPETITION: Middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) had another solid weekend for the Cardinal. The 6-3 senior averaged 2.00 blocks per game against the Washington schools, notching a match-high eight blocks against the Cougars on Saturday night. On the year, Conrad is fourth on the squad in kills (1.91 kpg), and second in blocks (1.39 bpg). She ranks third in the league in blocks this season. For her career, Conrad has 350 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.
IVY'S RIGHT ON: Junior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) is helping out the Cardinal both offensively and defensively this season. Ivy is third on the squad with 2.36 kills per game and second in digs (2.24). Her jump service has netted her 19 service aces this season (second on the team). The 19 aces is a season-high for Ivy, who had 14 aces in 2000. In addition, Ivy has 60 blocks on the year (1.03 bpg).
FABULOUS FRESHMAN: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine on the court in her first collegiate campaign. Last week, Nnamani had a stellar weekend, averaging 4.67 kill per game while hitting at a .500 clip (28-4-48). Against Washington, she tallied a match high 16 kills, hitting a career-high .652 on the night (16-1-23). On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.75 kills per game (10th in the Pac-10) and 2.09 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 17 of 18 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 3.81 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 two are ranked among the top 10 blockers in the league. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.72 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.39 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.08 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.03 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging almost four blocks per game (3.78 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 4.95 kills per game (1,100 kills in 222 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 10 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 18 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 produced41 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.
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).
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.
USA Today/AVCA(October 22, 2001)1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. USC4. Stanford5. Wisconsin6. UCLA7. Arizona8. Colorado State9. Florida10. Ohio State11. Hawaii12. Pepperdine13. Penn State14. Texas A&M15. Utah16. BYU17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. Notre Dame21. Minnesota South Carolina23. UC Santa Barbara24. Colorado25. Utah State