No. 3 Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 11 UCLA and No. 5 USC
Nov. 6, 2001
CARDINAL PUT 13-MATCH HOME WINNING STREAK ON THE LINE: The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (21-2, 12-1 Pac-10) bring a seven-match winning streak into this week's matchup with No. 11 UCLA (13-6, 8-4 Pac-10) on Friday, November 9 at 7 p.m. and No. 5 USC (17-2, 11-1 Pac-10) on Saturday, November 10 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
STANFORD GOES 3-0 LAST WEEK: The Cardinal picked up three more wins last week over Sacramento State (3-0), Oregon (3-1) and Oregon State (3-0). Stanford ran their home winning streak to 13 with the victory over the Hornets on Tuesday night. Freshman Ogonna Nnamani notched a career-high 20 kills on the night. Logan Tom added 12 kills and 10 digs. Defensive specialist Emily Lawrence tied her season-high with 10 digs as well. Tara Conrad had nine kills and a team-high four blocks. On Friday, the Cardinal defeated the Ducks as Nnamani tied her career-high with 20 kills. Tom added 17 kills and a match-high 16 digs while Conrad had a match-high eight blocks. On Saturday, Stanford swept Oregon State as Ashley Ivy notched a career-high six aces on the night. Once again Tom led the match with 23 kills and 18 digs. Nnamani added 15 kills and three blocks. In last week's three matches, as a team, Stanford averaged 19.60 kills per game, hit .341, averaged 2.60 aces and 3.20 blocks per game.
BRUIN BANTER: UCLA enters this week with a 13-6 record, 8-4 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Andy Banachowski ... The Bruins will take on California on Thursday night before heading to Palo Alto on Friday ... They are led by Ashley Bowles (3.94 kpg/3.22 dpg) and Lauren Fendrick (3.85 kpg/2.31 dpg) ... Last week, UCLA defeated both Washington (3-2) and WSU (3-2) ... The Cardinal posted a 3-2 win over the Bruins in Los Angeles earlier this season ... UCLA is 3-2 in its last five matches ... The Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford, 34-24.
TROJAN TALK: USC enters the weekend with a 17-2 record, 11-1 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Mick Haley (in his first season at the helm) ... They are led by April Ross (4.02 kpg/2.97 dpg) and Keao Burdine (3.42 kpg/2.66 dpg) ... The Trojans are 4-1 in their last five matches ... USC won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 3-1 , in Los Angeles ... The Cardinal hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Trojans, 42-12 ... Last week, USC beat Washington (3-0) and Washington State (3-1).
DID YOU KNOW? Sophomore setter Anna Robinson set a career-high with 56 assists against the Ducks on Friday night ... Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Harvey has not committed an error in her last seven matches (13-0-19) and is hitting .684 ... The Cardinal are leading the conference in blocking for the fourth consecutive season ... Stanford should consider itself battle-tested as the Cardinal have played 15 matches on the road (includes three neutral sites) and only eight 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 five times during her career becoming one of eight players in the history of the league to have been honored as Player of the Week five or more times ... Stanford has won 13 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 3-0 in five game matches and 13-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 65 of 82 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 first in the league in kills per game (4.78) and service aces (0.54) and second in digs (3.41) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.56) and Tara Conrad is second (1.45) while Ashley Ivy is tied for 10th (1.00) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked sixth in kills (3.95) ... McGee is 10th in hitting percentage (.333) while Ivy is tied for sixth in service aces (0.36) ... As a team, Stanford ranks third in hitting percentage (.303), fourth in assists (15.05), first in blocks (3.65), fourth in kills per game (16.44), fifth in service aces (1.68) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.158).
TOM NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD TIME THIS SEASON: Junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for the fifth time in her career for her performance last week. Tom collected 52 kills (5.20 kpg) while hitting at a .339 clip. She also added 44 digs (4.40 dpg), eight service aces (0.80 sapg) and nine blocks (0.90 bpg). Tom tallied her 113th career service ace in Saturday's match with OSU, tying her for fifth for career service aces on the Farm. She is one ace away (has 44) from tying for fifth on Stanford's single season list for service aces. On the year, she is leading the team in kills, digs and service aces. Tom is currently on a streak of 39 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 18 of 23 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.
CONRAD LEADS MIDDLES WITH 107 BLOCKS ON THE SEASON: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) led the team last week, averaging 1.60 blocks per game and 2.40 kills while hitting at a .405 clip. She chipped in a match-high eight blocks against Oregon. On the year, she is averaging 2.12 kills and 1.45 blocks per game (second in the league). Conrad leads the squad with 15 block solos and 92 block assists this season. She is ranked second in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 379 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 LEADS LEAGUE IN BLOCKING: 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 leads the league in blocks per game (1.56) and ranks among the top 25 nationally. Last week, McGee averaged 2.78 kills and 1.11 blocks in Stanford's three wins. Against the Ducks, she hit .476 with 12 kills and six blocks on the evening. On Saturday night, she added eight kills and four blocks. In conference matches, she is averaging 2.39 kills and 1.63 blocks per game while hitting .400 (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 NOTCHED CAREER-HIGH SIX SERVICE ACES VS. OREGON STATE: Junior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) set a career-high with six service aces against Oregon State on Saturday night. The six aces ties for fifth at Stanford for a single match best. Ivy had seven kills, six aces and 10 digs against the Beavers and nine kills, two aces and seven digs against the Ducks. For the week, she averaged 2.11 kills, 0.89 service aces and 2.11 digs. She is third on the team in kills (169) and second in digs (163). Her jump service has netted her 27 service aces this season (second on the team). The 27 aces is a season-high for Ivy, who had 14 aces in 2000. In addition, Ivy has 74 blocks on the year (1.00 bpg). The 6-0 rightside hitter was named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament team earlier this year.
NNAMANI TIES CAREER HIGH WITH 20 KILLS AGAINST OREGON: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) tied her career high with 20 kills in Stanford's 3-1 victory over Oregon on Friday night. Nnamani hit .594 (20-1-32) against the Ducks in a near perfect performance. On Saturday, she chipped in 15 kills and three blocks on the night against the Beavers. For the week, Nnamani averaged 5.50 kills, 1.10 digs while hitting .369. On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.95 kills per game and 1.83 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 22 of 23 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 3.65 blocks per game to lead the league and rank in the top 10 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 1.56 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.45 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.02 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.00 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging 3.57 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 4.94 kills per game (1,152 kills in 233 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 13 consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including eight this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 (USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll) ... Stanford has played 10 ranked opponents in 23 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(November 5, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Wisconsin7. Florida8. Colorado State9. Ohio State10. Pepperdine11. UCLA12. Hawaii13. Penn State14. Utah15. Texas A&M16. BYU17. Pacific18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina21. Colorado22. UC Santa Barbara23. Notre Dame24. Illinois25. Kansas State
Volleyball Magazine(November 5, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Florida7. Wisconsin8. Colorado State9. Hawaii10. Ohio State11. Pepperdine12. UCLA13. Penn State14. Texas A&M15. BYU16. Pacific17. Utah18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina