No. 4 Cardinal Open Pac-10 Play Against California

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Sept. 16, 2002

STANFORD KICK OFF CONFERENCE ACTION AT HOME: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (8-1, 0-0 Pac-10) open Pac-10 play at home against cross-town rival California (9-0, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, September 20 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal then take on No. 14 Pepperdine (7-4, 0-0 West Coast) in a non-conference match up on Saturday, September 21 at 7 p.m. in Maples.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 2-1 last week as it wrapped up a six-day road trip to Illinois and Florida. The Cardinal defeated Illinois State, 3-0, on Wednesday night in Normal, Ill. then flew to Florida to participate in the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. Stanford swept Houston, 3-0, on Friday evening then fell to No. 6 Florida, 3-0, in the championship match. Ogonna Nnamani and Ashley Ivy were named to the all-tournament team. Ivy had six service aces against both Illinois State and Houston to tie her career high. The six aces ties for fifth all-time on The Farm for a single match.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California is coached by Rich Feller who is in his fourth year at the helm of the program ... California was among the others receiving votes in the latest USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll ... The Golden Bears went 3-0 last week, claiming wins over Texas-San Antonio (3-0), Tulane (3-0) and SMU (3-0) ... Cal has not lost a single game yet this year ... They are led by Mia Jerkov (5.85 kpg/2.77 dpg) and Camille Leffall (3.08 kpg/1.12 bpg) ... The Golden Bears are holding their opponents to a .095 hitting percentage ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Cal, 49-3 ... Last year the Cardinal won both meetings with the Golden Bears, 3-0 ... California's last win over Stanford came in 1982 - a 3-1 victory in the Berkeley Invitational.

ABOUT THE WAVES: Pepperdine is coached by Nina Matthies who begins her 20th season at the helm of the program ... The Waves are ranked 14th in the latest USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll ... The team is led by Brie Harris (3.24 kpg/1.49 dpg) and Lyndsey Hache (2.77 kpg/1.23 bpg) ... Pepperdine is 0-2 vs. ranked opponents this year ... Last week, the Waves went 2-1, defeating Loyola College (3-0) and Northwestern (3-0) before falling to Notre Dame (3-2) ... Stanford holds a 4-2 advantage in the all-time series with Pepperdine ... The last time the two teams met was in 1993 as the Cardinal defeated the Waves, 3-0, in Palo Alto.

STANFORD PICKED TO WIN CONFERENCE TITLE IN PRESEASON POLL: Stanford, which won its ninth Pac-10 Conference volleyball title last season on the way to a fifth NCAA Championship, was picked to defend the Conference crown by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches. The Cardinal, who received 88 total votes, edged out second place USC by four votes. In addition, Stanford received seven of 10 first-place votes. Arizona finished third with 73 votes, followed by UCLA with 65 tallies. Washington State held the fifth place spot with 55 votes. Rounding out the poll was Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon, respectively. The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 Champion in eight of the previous 13 polls.

TOM RETURNS FROM WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) is back in action after helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the FIVB World Championships in Germany. The three-time All-American ranked sixth in the world in total scoring and third in serving. Tom was named the NACWAA/State Farm Classic MVP earlier this season before she left for Germany. She was tabbed NCAA Final Four MVP as well as the Outstanding Player at Stanford's NCAA Regional last season. She was also named to the Pacfic All-Region team and 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Tom, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, became the eighth different Stanford player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. 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.

CONFERENCE LEADERS: Sara McGee's name pops up in several categories among the conference individual leaders. McGee ranks second in hitting percentage (.470) and blocks (1.43) and is 10th in points (4.47). Ogonna Nnamani ranks seventh in kills (4.13) and ninth in points (4.57) while teammate Jenn Harvey is seventh in hitting percentage (.378) and blocks (1.19). Ashley Ivy leads the league in service aces (0.97).

'O' MY!: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) has picked up where she left off last season as the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team, averaging 4.13 kills and 2.53 digs per game. Nnamani has earned all-tournament honors three times in 2002 - the NACWAA/State Farm Classic, the Stanford Invitational and the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. She has notched double figures in kills in seven of nine matches in 2002 and has four double-doubles on the year. Nnamani was tabbed ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year, Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001. Nnamani averaged 3.89 kills per game last season while hitting at a .329 clip. In postseason action, she averaged 3.94 kills and hit .376 on her way to being named to the NCAA Final Four all-tournament team. She also garnered first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-America honors in '01.

McGEE MANS THE MIDDLE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) continues to put up impressive numbers early this season averaging 3.43 kills, 1.43 blocks while hitting at a .470 clip. McGee has tallied double figures in kills on six occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks four times. She made her presence known as she patroled the middle in the State Farm Classic as she averaged 3.43 kills and 2.29 blocks en route to being named to the all-tournament team. She was also named to the Stanford Invitational all-tourney team this season. The NCAA Regional all-tournament team selection was also named to the Pacific All-Region team as well as first-team All-Pac-10 last year. McGee dominated at the net for Stanford in 2001, leading the league in blocks with 1.55 per game and ranked among the top 10 nationally. In addition to her accolades for her performance on the court, she was tabbed a third-team selection on the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII team - the only underclassman on the 18-member list.

IVY NAMED TO FLORIDA ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: If you didn't know about senior rightside hitter Ashley Ivy's (Arlington, TX) wicked jump serve before the 2001 NCAA championship semi and final matches, you do now. Ivy tallied six service aces during the two matches, averaging one service ace per game. Her tough serving and tenacious defense, led the lefty to be named to the Final Four all-tournament team. Ivy was recently named to the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational all-tournament team after again showing her lethal serve. The 6-0 opposite has notched six service aces twice this season (vs. Cal Poly and Houston) to tie her career high. The six aces ties for fifth all-time at Stanford for a single match. Ivy is averaging 2.93 kills, 2.30 digs, 0.97 service aces and 1.00 blocks per game this season. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on six occasions and had two double-doubles on the year.

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford has won 24 consecutive home matches dating back to last season and have won won 41 of the last 44 matches. ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.08 kills per game (1,421 kills in 280 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 for highest kills average ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 670-169-4 all-time record since 1976 (.795 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 234-29 (.889) in the last seven years alone ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 13 times in the last 21 seasons, and produced 42 All-American honors in the last 20 years.

MAJOR RULE CHANGE FOR 2002 COLLEGIATE SEASON: The face of collegiate volleyball will see some changes this season as the libero position is introduced. The libero is a designated back-row player, intended to be used as a ball-control specialist. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the back row without counting as a substitution. There is no limit to the number of libero replacements a team is allowed. The pronunciation is 'LEE-bah-ro'.

CARDINAL HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Second-year head coach John Dunning made his first year on The Farm a memorable one. He was tabbed AVCA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinal to its fifth NCAA National Championship in December. Dunning was also named Pacific Region Coach of the Year as well as the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In his first year at the helm, he led the Cardinal to a 33-2 overall record and its ninth Pac-10 Championship. Dunning, who spent 16 seasons at Pacific, compiled an impressive 468-104 (.818) 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. 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.

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. Aaron Levine will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.

T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice at home on FOX Sports Net during the 2002 season. Stanford's USC match on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and the Cardinal's Thursday, Nov. 7 match against Arizona at 7 p.m. will be broadcast. Stanford will also appear on FOX on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Arizona State. All matches will be shown on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. local time (check local listings).

STANFORD WINS FIFTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2001: The Stanford women's volleyball team claimed its fifth national championship with a decisive 3-0 victory over then-No. 1 Long Beach State. AVCA 2001 National Player of theYear Logan Tom tallied a match-high 25 kills and 12 digs along with five blocks on her way to being named Final Four MVP. Freshman Ogonna Nnamani, junior Ashley Ivy and senior Robyn Lewis were named to the all-tournament team.

WELCOME BACK YAMASAKI: Senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR) is back for a final season of volleyball after a three year absence. The two-sport athlete (volleyball/basketball), played both sports for only one season on The Farm, and elected to compete in basketball only for her remaining years. After completing her basketball eligibility in 2001-02, Yamasaki was drafted by WNBA's Miami Sol and spent the summer with the team. This season she is averaging 2.83 kills and 1.61 digs per game with the Cardinal. She was a 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as well as a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick. A starter as a freshman in '99, Yamasaki averaged 2.54 kills and 2.04 digs per game for Stanford.

USA Today/AVCA(September 16, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Long Beach State7. Northern Iowa8. Minnesota9. Penn State10. Utah11. UCLA12. UC Santa Barbara13. Ohio State14. Pepperdine15. Arizona16. Wisconsin17. Texas A&M18. North Carolina19. Santa Clara20. Washington State21. Michigan State22. Pacific23. Eastern Washington24. Texas25. Colorado State

Volleyball Magazine(September 16, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Long Beach State7. Northern Iowa8. Utah9. Penn State10. UC Santa Barbara11. Wisconsin12. UCLA13. Pepperdine14. Arizona15. Ohio State16. Minnesota17. Michigan State18. North Carolina19. Santa Clara20. Texas A&M

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