No. 4 Cardinal Continues Pac-10 Play On The Road

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Sept. 23, 2002

STANFORD HITS THE ROAD FOR CONFERENCE MATCH UPS: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (10-1, 1-0 Pac-10) continue league action this week, traveling to face Oregon State (5-5, 0-2 Pac-10) on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. in Corvallis, Ore. The Cardinal will then take on Oregon (9-5, 0-2 Pac-10) on Saturday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in Eugene, Ore.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 2-0 last week, garnering wins over California (3-0) and No. 14 Pepperdine (3-0). The Cardinal hit .339 as a team for the weekend, outblocking their opponents, 4.42 to 1.83. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey led the team, averaging 1.83 blocks per game while Logan Tom chipped in 6.00 kills per game. Sophomore All-American Ogonna Nnamani added 4.17 kills per game while hitting at a .383 clip. Senior Ashley Ivy contributed 3.00 kills per game as well as 0.50 service aces. Stanford is 33-0 vs. the Golden Bears in Pac-10 play while the Cardinal improved their all-time series with Pepperdine to 5-2 and have won the last three meetings with the Waves.

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (5-5, 0-2 Pac-10) is coached by Nancy Somera who is in her fourth year at the helm of the program ... Laura Collins handed out 70 assists in two Beaver losses against Washington and Washington State to lift her career totals to 1,816, fourth on OSU's all-time list ... Katrina Nelson posted impressive numbers playing in her home state, hitting .424 against the Huskies and Cougars ... She hit a season-high .471 with a team-best 10 kills against WSU, and hit .375 with seven kills at Washington ... Stanford holds a 32-0 advantage in the all-time series with the Beavers, having won every contest between the two teams.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (9-5, 0-2 Pac-10) is coached by Carl Ferreira who enters his third season at the helm of the program ... The Ducks went 0-2 in their first conference action of the season. In a 3-0 loss to Washington, senior Lindsay Closs recorded 11 kills and 3 blocks ... Versus Washington State, Closs put down 11 kills for the second match in a row, while hitting .353 ... She is hitting .302 in conference play ... Oregon has already amassed 104 service aces, after only notching 134 all of last season... The Ducks are outhitting opponents .248-.182 ... Oregon will host Cal and Stanford this weekend in their first home match after ten straight road matches ... Closs has led the team in kills in every match but one this season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 30-2 ... The Cardinal have won the last 25 consecutive matches against Oregon.

TOM RANKS 28TH AMONG PAC-10 CAREER KILL LEADERS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) recorded 36 kills this weekend (6.00 kpg) to move into 28th place on the Pac-10's career kill leaders list with 1,484. The 6-1 hitter needs just 44 kills to move up a spot into 27th. Tom is back in action after helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the FIVB World Championships in Germany earlier this month. The three-time All-American ranked sixth in the world in total scoring and third in serving. Tom, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named the NACWAA/State Farm Classic MVP earlier this season before she left for Germany. She is one of three Cardinal starters, to average over a block per game this season (1.38 bpg). Tom is leading the team, averaging 4.85 kills and 2.38 digs per game. She is second in blocks. 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.

IVY LEADS LEAGUE IN SERVICE ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) has been racking up the service aces this year with a league and team-leading 32 (0.89 sapg). Ivy's season best in service aces is 46 (which she tallied last year) - she needs just 14 the rest of the season to match it. The 46 aces ranks tied for fourth all-time for a single season on The Farm. 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 2.94 kills, 2.19 digs and 0.94 blocks per game this season. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on seven occasions and has two double-doubles on the year.

'O' MY!: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) finds herself ranked sixth among the conference in kills per game (4.14 kpg) and eighth in points per game (4.67). The 6-1 sophomore is coming off of a successful weekend where she averaged 4.17 kills while hitting at a .383 clip. She also chipped in 1.33 blocks per game. Her five blocks against California on Friday night tied her career high. 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 nine of 11 matches in 2002 and has four double-doubles on the year.

McGEE LEADS CONFERENCE IN HITTING PERCENTAGE AND BLOCKS: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) is currently leading the league and team with her .455 hitting percentage (113-26-191) and 1.42 blocks per game. McGee has tallied double figures in kills on six occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks four times. The 6-3 junior is one of three Cardinal starters to average over a block per game this year. Her 3.14 kills per game ranks third on the squad as well. She made her presence known as she patrolled 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.

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal are hitting a healthy .313 while holding opponents to a .157 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 26 consecutive home matches dating back to last season and have won 43 of the last 46 matches ... The Cardinal have three starters averaging over a block per game - Sara McGee (1.42), Jenn Harvey (1.30) and Logan Tom (1.38) ... Junior setter Anna Robinson notched her 1,000 career assist in Saturday night's 3-0 win over Pepperdine ... 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.

STANFORD ATTENDANCE RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY: The Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball once again finds itself among the nation's elite in home attendance for the 2002 season. In five home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 1,696 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,207), 2. Nebraska (4,105), 3. Wisconsin (3,021), 4. Florida (2,623), 5. Penn State (2,423), 6. Illinois State (2,372), 7. Long Beach State (1,995), 8. Northern Iowa (1,940), 9. Arizona (1,900) and 10. Stanford (1,696).

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 the Year 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. Currently, the 6-2 outside hitter is averaging 2.83 kills and 1.61 digs per game. 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.

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.

USA Today/AVCA(September 23, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Long Beach State7. Northern Iowa8. Minnesota9. Penn State10. UC Santa Barbara11. Ohio State12. Arizona13. Wisconsin14. Pepperdine15. North Carolina16. Utah17. UCLA18. Washington State19. Santa Clara20. Texas A&M21. Michigan State22. Eastern Washington23. Colorado24. Pacific25. Georgia Tech

Volleyball Magazine(September 23, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Long Beach State7. Northern Iowa8. UC Santa Barbara9. Penn State10. Minnesota11. Wisconsin12. Utah13. Pepperdine14. Arizona15. Ohio State16. Michigan State17. UCLA18. North Carolina19. Santa Clara20. Washington State

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