No. 4 Women's Volleyball Faces California Friday Night
Oct. 25, 2001
CARDINAL TAKE ON RIVAL CALIFORNIA FRIDAY NIGHT: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (17-2, 9-1 Pac-10) hosts Pac-10 rival California (7-11, 2-8 Pac-10) on Friday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal have won their last 11 matches on the Farm and look to extend the streak against the Golden Bears. Stanford defeated California earlier this year, 3-0, in Berkeley.
STANFORD EDGES NO. 17 PACIFIC TUESDAY NIGHT: Stanford garnered its eighth win over a ranked opponent this season with a 3-2 victory over No. 17 Pacific in Maples Pavilion on Tuesday night. Game scores were 30-17, 26-30, 27-30, 30-24, 15-12. Junior Logan Tom notched a season-high 28 kills in the win while Ogonna Nnamani added 18 kills to the cause. Senior Tara Conrad tallied a season-high 16 kills and 11 blocks on the night. Sophomore Sara McGee added eight blocks for the Cardinal. Stanford outblocked Pacific 20-8 on the evening. It was first-year head coach John Dunning's first meeting with his former team.
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 six 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 8-2 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 11 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 3-0 in five game matches and 10-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 53 of 69 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).
TOM TALLIES SEASON-HIGH 28 KILLS AGAINST PACIFIC: Junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) notched a season-high 28 kills against Pacifc in Tuesday night's 3-2 victory. Tom hit .386 for the match with a match-high 16 digs and five blocks. 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 35 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 15 of 19 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.
GOLDEN BEAR BANTER: California enters Friday's match with a 7-11 record, 2-8 in league play ... They are coached by Rich Feller (now in his third year at the helm) ... Cal notched the 3-2 upset win over No. 19 Santa Clara on Tuesday night ... 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 TAMES TIGERS: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) tallied a season-high 16 kills and 11 blocks in Stanford's 3-2 win over Pacific. Conrad hit .484 (16-1-31) for the match, committing only one error in 31 attempts. In a critical span of game four, with the Cardinal only leading by one, Conrad had two blocks and two kills to put Stanford up by six. She had five kills and three blocks for game four to lead the team. On the year, she is averaging 2.02 kills and 1.46 blocks per game (third in the league). She is ranked third in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 361 for her career. Conrad was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic pick last season and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 1999 as well as a Pacific Region all-tournament pick.
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 (1.71). 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. 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.
IVY'S RIGHT ON: Junior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) is helping out the Cardinal both offensively and defensively this season. In Tuesday's match against Pacific, she tallied nine kills, six assists, 11 digs and six blocks. Ivy is third on the squad with 2.32 kills per game and 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 66 blocks on the year (1.05 bpg).
NATIONAL NCAA RANKINGS: Logan Tom is tied for 25th nationally in kills per game while Sara McGee is ranked seventh nationally in blocks per game. As a team, the Cardinal are ranked 3rd in blocks, 12th in hitting percentage and 28th in assists. They are tied for tenth in win-loss percentage nationally.
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). Nnamani had 18 kills and three blocks against Pacific on Tuesday night. On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.74 kills per game (10th in the Pac-10) and 1.96 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 18 of 19 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 two are ranked among the top 10 blockers in the league. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.71 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.46 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.08 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.05 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: Sara Sandrik's 12 service aces this year is one shy of her season high (13 in 1998) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 4.96 kills per game (1,128 kills in 227 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 11 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 10 ranked opponents in 19 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.