No. 3 Women's Volleyball Hosts Sacramento State Before Traveling To Oregon

Oct. 29, 2001

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CARDINAL HOST NON-CONFERENCE MATCH BEFORE HITTING THE ROAD: The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (18-2, 10-1 Pac-10) will host Sacramento State (16-6, 9-1 Big Sky) in a non-conference matchup on Tuesday, October 30 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion and try to extend their 12-match home winning streak. The Cardinal will then travel to the Oregon schools and take on Oregon at 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2, in Eugene and Oregon State at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3 in Corvallis.

STANFORD GARNERS TWO MORE VICTORIES: 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. On Friday, Stanford swept California 3-0 in Maples Pavilion. Tom led the team with 12 kills followed by Nnamani's 11. Conrad added 10 kills and two blocks on the night. Stanford hit a season-high .464 as a team in the win.

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal are leading the conference in blocking for the fourth consecutive season ... Stanford should consider itself battle-tested as the Cardinal have played 13 matches on the road (includes three neutral sites) and only seven 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 12 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 3-0 in five game matches and 11-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 56 of 72 games played this season ... 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 (3.28) and fourth in service aces (0.50) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.64) and Tara Conrad is tied for second (1.42) ... Robyn Lewis checks at fourth in assists per game (12.44) ... As a team, Stanford ranks third in hitting percentage (.297), fourth in assists (14.65), first in blocks (3.71), fifth in kills per game (16.00), fifth in service aces (1.56) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.152).

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. She had a match-high 12 kills in the Cardinal's 3-0 win over Cal. For the weekend, she averaged 5.00 kills and 2.88 digs per game. On the year, she is leading the team in kills, digs and service aces. Tom is currently on a streak of 36 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 15 of 20 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. 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.

NOTES ON SACRAMENTO STATE: Sacramento State enters Tuesday's matchup with a 16-6 record, 9-1 in league play ... They are coached by Debby Colberg (now in her 26th season at the helm) ... The Hornets went 2-1 last week, defeating Nevada (3-1) and Northern Arizona (3-0) and falling to BYU (1-3) ... Sac State is 4-1 in its last five matches ... They are led by Tasman Dwyer (3.35 kpg/1.11 bpg) and Jayme Wright (3.04 kpg/3.38 dpg) ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Sacramento State, 3-0 ... The last time the two teams played was in 1998 as the Cardinal registered a 3-1 win ... Kelly Voeltz and Olivia Thomas lead the squad with 27 service aces each.

DUCK DIALOG: Oregon enters the weekend with a 8-14 record, 0-11 in league play ... They are coached by Carl Ferreira (now in his second year at the helm) ... The Ducks are 0-5 in their last five matches ... They are led by Monique Tobbagi (3.55 kpg/2.31 dpg) and Stephanie Martin (3.36 kpg/1.25 bpg) ... Last week, Oregon fell to both Washington (0-3) and Washington State (0-3) ... The Cardinal posted a 3-0 win over the Ducks in Stanford earlier this season ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with Oregon, 33-2 ... The last Duck win over Stanford came in 1986 (3-2) in Eugene.

BEAVER BANTER: Oregon State enters the weekend with a 14-6 record, 7-4 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Nancy Somera (now in her third season at the helm) ... They are led by Gina Schmidt (3.76 kpg/3.26 dpg) and Michele Solomon (2.62 kpg/1.04 bpg)... OSU is 3-2 in their last five matches ... Stanford won the earlier meeting between the two schools, 3-0, in Stanford ... The Cardinal hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Beavers, 33-0 ... Last year, Stanford edged OSU, 3-2 in Corvallis ... Last week, Oregon State split with the Washington schools, falling to Washington State (0-3) and defeated Washington (3-2).

STELLAR WEEKEND FOR CONRAD: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) had a great weekend, averaging 3.25 kills and 1.63 blocks while hitting at a .500 clip. She 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. Against Cal, she had 10 kills, two service aces and two blocks. On the year, she is averaging 2.08 kills and 1.42 blocks per game (tied for second in the league). She is ranked second in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 363 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 (1.64). She is also ranked in the top 10 nationally in blocks per game. Last week, McGee averaged 2.14 kills and 1.14 blocks against No. 17 Pacific and California. Against the Tigers, she had seven kills and eight blocks. On Friday night, against the Golden Bears, she tallied eight kills on nine attemps with no errors (.889 hitting percentage). In conference matches, she is averaging 2.29 kills and 1.68 blocks per game while hitting .399 (second in the league in Pac-10 matches only). 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. In two games vs. Cal, she hit .429 (4-1-7) with three digs and a block assist. Ivy is third on the squad with 2.31 kills per game and in digs (2.22). 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 67 blocks on the year (1.03 bpg). In addition, the 6-0 hitter was named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament team earlier this year.

NNAMANI NOTCHES CAREER-HIGH FOUR ACES AGAINST CAL: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine on the court in her first collegiate campaign. Last week, she averaged 3.63 kills per game and .50 service aces per game. Nnamani had 18 kills and three blocks against Pacific on Tuesday night then notched 11 kills and a career-high four service aces while hitting .500 versus California. On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.74 kills per game and 1.93 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 19 of 20 matches for the Cardinal as well as four double-doubles (kills-digs). She is one of five Cardinal players to have 10 or more service aces this season. Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (9/10).

CARDINAL BLOCK PARTY: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.71 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 five blockers in the league. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.64 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.42 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.05 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.03 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging 3.56 blocks per game.

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 (1,140 kills in 230 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 12 consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including seven 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 20 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.

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 29, 2001)

1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Colorado State7. Wisconsin8. UCLA9. Florida10. Ohio State11. Penn State12. Hawaii13. Pepperdine14. Texas A&M15. Utah16. BYU17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. South Carolina20. Santa Clara21. UC Santa Barbara22. Colorado23. Notre Dame24. Minnesota25. Illinois

Volleyball Magazine(October 29, 2001)

1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Florida7. Wisconsin8. Colorado State9. Hawaii10. UCLA11. Penn State12. Ohio State13. Pepperdine14. BYU15. Texas A&M16. Pacific17. Utah18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina

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