Cardinal Return Home To Host Washington Schools

Oct. 15, 2002

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STANFORD RETURNS HOME TO FACE WASHINGTON SCHOOLS: The No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (14-3, 5-2 Pac-10) return home this week, facing their fifth ranked opponent in as many matches, when they take on No. 17 Washington State (14-3, 4-3 Pac-10) on Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. The Cardinal then takes on Washington (11-5, 3-4 Pac-10) on Friday, October 18 at 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 1-1 last week, defeating No. 22 Arizona State, 3-0,in Tempe before falling to No. 20 Arizona, 3-2 in Tucson, before a Pac-10 record crowd of 9,141. Logan Tom led the team, averaging 4.75 kills and 3.00 digs per game while hitting at a .417 ... Three players averaged over a block per game for the weekend (Sara McGee - 1.25, Ashley Ivy - 1.38 and Jennifer Harvey - 1.62) ... As a team, the Cardinal hit .310 with 3.50 blocks per game ... Ogonna Nnamani checked in with 3.50 kills per game while McGee had 3.12 kills per game ... Ivy led the squad with four service aces over the two matches.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Washington State (14-3, 4-3 Pac-10) is currently ranked No. 17 nationally in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches poll ... They are coached by Cindy Frederick ... Senior libero Kortney Jamtaas posted a career-high 30 digs in the loss at Washington ... It was two digs shy of the WSU school record. Her 971 career digs rank 6th on the WSU all-time record list ... With 123 career service aces, senior outside hitter LaToya Harris needs 11 more to break the WSU career record ... Sophomore middle hitter Victoria Prince has six blocks in each of the last four matches she's played. She leads the Cougars with 1.16 blocks per game ... Stanford holds a 31-2 advantage in the all-time series ... Last season, the Cardinal won 3-0 in Stanford.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington (11-5, 3-4 Pac-10) are coached by Jim McLaughlin ... The Huskies snapped a six match losing streak to Washington State with a 3-1 victory in Seattle last Friday ... Washington recorded its 11th win of the season, matching its entire win total from last season ... For the season, senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin has recorded 282 kills (5.22 kpg), besting her 281 kills (2.90 kpg) all of last season ... Benjamin needs four kills to reach 1,000 for her career ... She'll be the 10th Husky all-time to reach that milestone ... The Huskies lead the Pac-10 in service aces with 2.33 service aces per game. Their 126 total services aces this season are just five aces short of matching last year's season total of 131 aces ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Huskies, 34-2 ... Last season, the Cardinal defeated Washington 3-0 in Stanford.

TOM ENTERS TOP FIVE ON THE FARM IN CAREER KILLS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) recorded 38 kills last weekend to move into fifth in career kills on The Farm with 1,587. Her career kill number ranks 23rd all-time in the Pac-10. She needs only 10 kills to jump two spots to No. 21 (Amanda Burbridge, ASU - 1,597). The 6-1 All-American has recorded a double-double in the last four matches and has notched double figures in kills in nine of 10 matches played. 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 4.61 kills and 2.75 digs per game. She is fourth among starters in blocks (0.86). 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 hot at the service line this year, leading the team and the league with 41 aces (.069) this year. The Texas native has notched an ace in seven of the last eight contests, including the the last three. Ivy's season best in service aces is 46 (which she tallied last year) - she needs just five 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 2.76 kills, 2.32 digs and 0.98 blocks per game this season. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on 10 occasions and has four double-doubles on the year. Her 14 kills vs. USC (10/4) was a season-high.

SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) has tallied double-figures in kills in the last four matches and 14 of 17 this year. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.92 kpg) as well as eighth in points per game (4.47). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.54 kills and 1.08 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 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 (180-41-308). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 10 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks seven times. She is averaging 2.81 kills and 1.38 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .442 clip. Her 3.05 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.41 blocks is second (leads the team with 83 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 (11.20) ... Stanford is 2-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 15 of 17 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .317 while holding opponents to a conference-low .155 hitting percentage ... Five of six Cardinal starters are hitting over .300 this season ... Stanford has won 47 of the last 52 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 TOPS CONFERENCE IN BLOCKS: Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) has been patrolling the net for the Cardinal with great success lately. The 6-5 Harvey leads the team and league with her 1.49 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.62 bpg). Harvey has had six or more blocks in the last five matches and six of the last seven. Her 70 block assists ranks second on the squad while her 12 block solos ties for first. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a team-best 1.72 blocks per game. She set a career high this season when she had 12 blocks against UCLA (10/5).

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 14, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. UC Santa Barbara6. Stanford7. Long Beach State8. Penn State9. Minnesota10. Northern Iowa11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Eastern Washington16. Utah17. Washington State18. Wisconsin19. Arizona20. Georgia Tech21. Arizona State22. Missouri23. Michigan State24. South Carolina25. Texas

Volleyball Magazine(October 14, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. Stanford6. UC Santa Barbara7. Long Beach State8. Penn State9. Northern Iowa10. Minnesota11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. Santa Clara14. UCLA15. Eastern Washington16. Wisconsin17. Washington State18. Utah19. Georgia Tech20. Arizona

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