Cardinal Travel To Arizona Schools In Continued Conference Action

Oct. 7, 2002

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STANFORD CONTINUES CONFERENCE ACTION IN ARIZONA: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (13-2, 4-1 Pac-10) travel to the state of Arizona for continued conference action this week. The Cardinal will face No. 24 Arizona State (7-3, 3-2 Pac-10), Thursday, October 10, at 7 p.m. in Tempe, Arizona. The match will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net. Check local listings to see time and date in your area. Jim Watson and Angie Simpson will provide the play-by-play and color analysis respectively. Stanford then takes on No. 17 Arizona (7-6, 2-3 Pac-10) on Friday, October 11 at 8 p.m. in Tucson.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 1-1 last week, falling to No. 1 USC in a heartbreaking 2-3 loss in Maples then defeating No. 13 UCLA, 3-1. Logan Tom led the team, averaging 4.89 kills and 3.33 digs per game. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey averaged a team-leading 2.11 blocks per game as well. Senior opposite Ashley Ivy notched her 100th career service ace against the Bruins while Harvey set a career-high in blocks with 12 versus UCLA. The Cardinal outhit its opponents .287 to .183 for the weekend and drew its largest crowd of the season (3,937) against the Trojans on Friday night. Ogonna Nnamani also notched a career-high with eight blocks against USC while setter Anna Robinson had a career-high 62 assists.

ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (7-3, 3-2 Pac-10) is currently ranked No. 22 nationally in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll ... They are coached by Patti Snyder-Park ... The team is led byJuliana Escobar (4.45 kpg/3.17 dpg) and Julia Leddy (2.90 kpg/0.80 bpg) ... The Sun Devils went 1-1 last weekend, defeating Washington (3-2) and falling to No. 19 Washington State (3-0) ... Escobar ranks fourth in the league in kills per game and second in service aces per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series 40-4 ... Last year, the Cardinal defeated the Sun Devils 3-0 in Tempe (30-28, 30-23, 35-33) ... Arizona State last win over Stanford came in 2000, as the Sun Devils defeated the Cardinal, 3-1, in Tempe.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (7-6, 2-3 Pac-10) is currently ranked No. 20 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll ... They are coached by Dave Rubio ... The Wildcats went 1-1 last weekend, falling to No. 19 WSU (3-2) and defeating Washington (3-2) ... They are led by freshman Kim Glass (4.68 kpg/2.68 dpg) and senior Lisa Rutledge (3.74 kpg/2.53 dpg) ... Bre Ladd leads the squad with 1.09 blocks per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona, 40-3 ... Last year, the Cardinal won 3-2 ( 22-30, 18-30, 30-21, 30-14, 15-11) in Tucson, after being down 0-2 ... The Wildcats last win over Stanford came in 2000 when Arizona won 3-0 in both Palo Alto and Tucson.

TOM RANKS 26TH AMONG PAC-10 CAREER KILL LEADERS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) has 1,549 career kills heading into this weekend's matches which ranks 26th all-time in the Pac-10. The 6-1 hitter needs just five kills to move up two spots into 24th (Julie Leamon, OSU (1987-90); 1,554). She needs just four kills to tie former All-American Kerri Walsh for fifth in career kills on The Farm. Tom is back in action after helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the FIVB World Championships in Germany in September. 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. Tom is leading the team, averaging 4.57 kills and 2.68 digs per game. She is third in blocks (0.93). 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 TALLIES 100TH CAREER SERVICE ACE: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) notched her 100th career service ace against the Bruins on Saturday night. On the season, the Texas native leads the league and team with 37 aces (0.73 sapg). Ivy's season best in service aces is 46 (which she tallied last year) - she needs just 10 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 2.86 kills, 2.35 digs and 0.92 blocks per game this season. Her .324 hitting percentage ranks ninth in the conference. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on nine occasions and has two double-doubles on the year. Her 14 kills vs. USC on Friday was a season-high.

SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) had a career-high eight blocks (three solo, five block assists) in Friday's match against USC. For the weekend, she averaged 3.56 kills and 1.44 blocks per game while hitting at a .329 clip. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.98 kpg). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.56 kills and 1.39 blocks in conference matches this year. 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 12 of 14 matches in 2002 and has four double-doubles on the year.

McGEE LEADS CONFERENCE IN HITTING PERCENTAGE; SECOND IN BLOCKS: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) is currently leading the league and team with her .451 hitting percentage (155-36-264). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on nine occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks six times. She is averaging 2.67 kills and 1.44 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .435 clip. Her 3.04 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.43 blocks is second (leads the team with 73 total blocks on the year). 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? Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (11.08) ... Libero Courtney Schultz had a career-high 17 digs against the Trojans on Friday night ... Stanford is 1-1 in television matches this season ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .318 while holding opponents to a conference-low .151 hitting percentage ... Five of six Cardinal starters are hitting over .300 this season ... Stanford has won 46 of the last 50 matches ... The nine points by Oregon in the Cardinal's 30-9 game two win is the lowest point total by a Stanford opponent since rally scoring was introduced last year (previous low was 11 by Washington) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.03 kills per game (1,549 kills in 308 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, Oct. 4 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 1.77 kills and 1.92 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.

HARVEY NOTCHES CAREER-HIGH 12 BLOCKS AGAINST BRUINS: Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) tallied a career-high 12 blocks against UCLA on Saturday night (2 solos, 10 block assists). The 6-5 Harvey leads the team and league with her 1.47 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.64 bpg). Her 58 block assists ranks second on the squad. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a team-best 1.76 blocks per game.

STANFORD ATTENDANCE RANKS SEVENTH NATIONALLY: The Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball once again finds itself among the nation's elite in home attendance for the 2002 season. In seven home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 2, 166 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,228), 2. Nebraska (4,851), 3. Wisconsin (3,348), 4. Florida (2,523), 5. Penn State (2,438), 6. Illinois State (2,193), 7. Stanford (2,166), 8. Long Beach State (2,112), 9. Northern Iowa (1,940) and 10. Arizona (1,900).

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.

UP NEXT: Stanford returns home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion to host No. 16 Washington State, Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. and Washington, Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

BUY VOLLEYBALL TICKETS ONLINE: Purchase season and individual tickets online for Stanford women's volleyball at http://tickets.gostanford.com. For more information, call 1-800-STANFORD.

USA Today/AVCA(October 7, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Minnesota7. UC Santa Barbara8. Long Beach State9. Penn State10. Northern Iowa11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Wisconsin16. Washington State17. Eastern Washington18. Michigan State19. Utah20. Arizona21. Georgia Tech22. Arizona State23. Missouri24. Ohio State25. Texas A&M

Volleyball Magazine(October 7, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. UC Santa Barbara7. Long Beach State8. Penn State9. Northern Iowa10. Minnesota11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. Santa Clara14. Wisconsin15. UCLA16. Michigan State17. Eastern Washington18. Washington State19. Utah20. Arizona

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