No. 3 Women's Volleyball Travels To The Desert In Continued League Action
Nov. 13, 2001
CARDINAL TAKE SEASON-LONG NINE MATCH WINNING STREAK INTO THE DESERT: With only three conference matches remaining on the schedule, the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (23-2, 14-1 Pac-10) travels to the state of Arizona for key matchups against league opponents. The Cardinal take on Arizona State (8-14, 3-11 Pac-10) on Friday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in Tempe, Ariz. and No. 4 Arizona (18-3, 13-3 Pac-10) on Saturday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in Tucson, Ariz.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal picked up two crucial conference wins over No. 11 UCLA (3-0) and No, 5 USC (3-1) last week in Maples Pavilion ... Against the Bruins, Stanford was led by Logan Tom's match-high 20 kill and 14 digs ... Tom hit .543 (20-1-35) committing only one error on the night ... Ogonna Nnamani contributed 18 kills and four blocks ... Tara Conrad checked in with 11 kills and a match-high five blocks ... On Saturday against the Trojans, four Cardinal players ended the evening in double figures in kills ... Stanford was led by Tom's match high 21 kills and 17 digs ... Conrad chipped in 15 kills and six blocks on the night ... Nnamani had 13 kills and five blocks while Sara McGee notched 12 kills (12-0-20) and a match-high nine blocks ... Setter Robyn Lewis tallied 52 assists, seven digs and four blocks.
TOM NAMED NATIONAL AND PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) was tabbed as the AVCA/Sports Import National Player of the Week as well as the Pac-10 Player of the Week. Tom compiled 20 kills on a .543 attack percentage, 14 digs, three blocks and three aces in a three-game win over UCLA. Tom followed that performance with 21 kills, 17 digs, five blocks and two aces against USC. For the week, she averaged 5.86 kills, 4.43 digs, 1.14 blocks and 0.71 aces. Tom attacked at a .412 percentage on 80 attacks last week. On the season, she is averaging a team-leading 4.87 kills, 3.49 digs and 0.55 aces per game. Tom has 20 double-doubles in 25 matches this season and has 41 consecutive matches with at least 10 kills. Her 49 service aces in 2001 ranks her third in Cardinal history for a single 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.
SUN DEVIL SCOOP: Arizona State enters this weekend with a 8-14, 3-11 Pac-10 record ... They are coached by Patti Snyder-Park ... Last week, the Sun Devils split with the Washington schools, falling to WSU, 0-3, and defeating Washington, 3-1 ... ASU's win over the Huskies snapped a five-match conference losing streak ... They are led by Jami Coughlin (3.72 kpg/3.96 dpg) and Kim Mehlhorn (3.34 kpg/2.92 dpg) ... ASU is 1-4 in its last five matches ... The Sun Devils lead the league in digs per game with 17.76 ... This will be the first meeting for the two teams this season ... The Stanford lead the all-time series with ASU, 38-4 ... The next Arizona State win will give head coach Snyder-Park her 200th career victory.
WILDCAT TALES: Arizona enters the weekend with a 18-3 record, 13-3 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Dave Rubio ... They are led by Lisa Rutledge (4.37 kpg/2.86 dpg) and Shannon Torregrosa (3.93 kpg/2.26 dpg) ... The Wildcats are 5-0 in their last five matches ... Stanford won the earlier meeting between the two teams, 3-2, in Palo Alto ... The Cardinal hold the advantage in the all-time series with the Wildcats, 39-3 ... Last week, Arizona beat Washington (3-1) and Washington State (3-0) ... The 'Cats have a home undefeated streak of 18 consecutive matches in McKale Center ... U of A has won its last 10 matches, all against conference opponents.
DID YOU KNOW? 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 10 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 10-2 vs. ranked opponents this season ... Junior Logan Tom has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week six times during her career becoming one of only five players in the history of the league to have been honored as Player of the Week six or more times ... Stanford has won 15 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 71 of 89 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.
NCAA SELECTIONS: The 64-team bracket announcement will take place at 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT Monday, November 26. The thirty-minute show can be viewed live on television with the use of a small consumer DSS dish such as DirecTV or Dish Network. The following networks will air the show live:
Fox Sports Net South (DirecTV 630/Dish Network 420)
Fox Sports Net West 2 (DirecTV 653)
Fox Sports Net Arizona (DirecTV 649/Dish Network 415)
Empire Sports (DirecTV 626/Dish Network 432)
AROUND THE PAC-10: Logan Tom is ranked first in the league in kills per game (4.87) and service aces (0.55) and second in digs (3.49) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.59) and Tara Conrad is second (1.46) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked sixth in kills (3.99) ... McGee is sixth in hitting percentage (.360) while Ashley Ivy is tied for fifth in service aces (0.35) ... As a team, Stanford ranks first in hitting percentage (.308), fourth in assists (15.06), first in blocks (3.65), fourth in kills per game (16.55), second in service aces (1.64) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.159).
CONRAD LEADS MIDDLES WITH 118 BLOCKS ON THE SEASON: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) is having her best season on the Farm and needs two more blocks to eclipse her season-high of 119 blocks which she set in 1999. Last week against the L.A. schools, Conrad averaged 3.71 kills and 1.57 blocks while hitting at a .412 clip. On the year, she is averaging 2.26 kills and 1.46 blocks per game (second in the league). Conrad leads the squad with 16 block solos and 102 block assists this season. She is ranked second in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 390 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 (1.59) and ranks among the top 25 nationally. Last week, McGee averaged 2.43 kills and 1.86 blocks against UCLA and USC and hit .607 on the weekend. In conference matches, she is averaging 2.40 kills and 1.67 blocks per game while hitting .427 (tied for first in the league in Pac-10 matches only). For the year, she is hitting .360 while averaging 2.14 kills and 1.59 blocks 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.
IVY'S ACES THE COMPETITION: Junior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) ranks sxith in the league in service aces, averaging 0.35 per game. The lefty has also been providing solid defense for the Cardinal as well. Last week, Ivy averaged 1.29 kills and 2.57 digs in Stanford's two wins. She is fourth on the team in kills (178) and second in digs (181). Her jump service has netted her 28 service aces this season (second on the team). The 28 aces is a season-high for Ivy, who had 14 aces in 2000. Her six service aces against OSU ranks fifth all-time for a single match on the Farm. In addition, Ivy has 75 blocks on the year (0.93 bpg). The 6-0 rightside hitter was named to the Jefferson Cup All-Tournament team earlier this year.
NNAMANI RANKS SIXTH IN LEAGUE IN KILLS: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine for the Cardinal in her inaugural campaign on the Farm. Nnamani currently ranks sixth in the league in kills, averaging 3.99 per game. Last week, she averaged 4.43 kills, 1.00 dig and 1.29 blocks while hitting at a .377 clip. On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.99 kills per game and 1.76 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 24 of 25 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. In 25 matches this season, Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 20 matches, tied in two and been outblocked in only three. Both Cardinal middle blockers are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad and McGee) and are ranked 1-2 in the league in blocks per game. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.59 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.46 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.02 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 0.93 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging 3.58 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: Stanford has won 71 games out of 89 games played this season ... The Cardinal are tied for ninth in the nation in average home attendance with 1,999 fans in 10 matches at Maples Pavilion ... 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 4.99 kills per game (1,233 kills in 247 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 15 consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including 10 this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 (USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll) ... Stanford has played 12 nationally ranked opponents in 25 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 12, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Wisconsin7. Florida8. Colorado State9. Ohio State10. Pepperdine11. Hawaii12. UCLA13. Texas A&M14. Penn State15. Pacific16. Utah17. Northern Iowa18. BYU19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina21. Illinois22. Kansas State23. UC Santa Barbara24. Notre Dame25. Colorado
Volleyball Magazine(November 12, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Florida7. Wisconsin8. Colorado State9. Ohio State10. Hawaii11. Pepperdine12. Texas A&M13. UCLA14. Penn State15. Pacific16. Utah17. BYU18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. South Carolina