No. 6 Cardinal Hosts Oregon Schools This Weekend
Oct. 21, 2002
STANFORD TRAVELS TO STOCKTON BEFORE HOSTING OREGON/OREGON STATE: The No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (16-3, 7-2 Pac-10) have a mid-week matchup with Pacific (11-7, 6-3 Big West) on Tuesday, October 22 at 7 p.m. in Stockton, Calif. before hosting the Oregon schools this weekend in Stanford. The Cardinal will face Oregon (10-13, 0-9 Pac-10), Friday, October 25 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State (6-12, 1-8 Pac-10), Saturday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
LAST WEEK: Stanford went 2-0 last week, sweeping the Washington schools at home. The Cardinal record 3-0 wins over both No. 17 Washington State and Washington. Logan Tom led the team, averaging 5.50 kills, 2.50 digs, 1.17 blocks, 0.50 aces while hitting .409. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey averaged 2.17 blocks per game and had seven against the Cougars on Thursday night. Sara McGee averaged 1.83 blocks with a match-high eight blocks against WSU. Sophomore Leahi Hall notched a career-high nine digs vs. the Cougars as well. Ogonna Nnamani chipped in 3.83 kills per game while McGee added 3.33 and hit .600 for the weekend. Freshman setter Katie Goldhahn set a career high with 40 assists against Washington on Friday night. Lindsey Yamasaki led the team, averaging 3.40 digs per game.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Pacific enters Tuesday's contest with a 11-7 overall record, 6-3 in league play ... They are coached by Jayne Gibson-McHugh (second season) ... Current Cardinal coach John Dunning coached at Pacific for 16 years ... Last week,the Tigers went 1-1, defeating Utah State 3-0 and falling to Idaho 3-2 ... The team is led by Jennifer Joines (5.03 kpg/1.57 bpg) and Megan Hauschild (2.38 kpg/2.62 dpg) ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Pacific, 25-23 ... Last year, the Cardinal won 3-2 over the Tigers in Stanford ... Pacific is 7-3 in its last 10 matches, 3-2 in its last five ... Hauschild leads the team with 25 service aces (0.38 per game).
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon is 10-13, 0-9 in league play entering this weekend ... They are coached by Carl Ferreira ... Freshman Dariam Acevedo put up a career-high 23 kills during a grueling 3-2 loss to Arizona State ... Freshman setter Jodi Bell had a career-high 20 digs, her first 20-dig performance of the season ... Junior Lindsay Closs and Acevedo posted double-digits kills (10 and 11, respectively) in Oregon's 3-0 loss to Arizona ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Ducks, 35-2 ... The Cardinal defeated Oregon earlier this season, 3-0 (30-17, 30-9, 30-21) ... Oregon ranks second in the league in service aces per game (1.84) ... They are 0-5 in their last five matches and 1-9 in the last 10.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State is 6-12 overall, 1-8 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Nancy Somera, who is in her third year at the helm ... Last week, OSU went 0-2, falling to Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (3-1) at home ... Megan McMillan leads the team with 3.38 kpg and 3.09 dpg ... The Beavers are 0-5 in their last five matches and 1-9 in the last 10 ... Stanford holds a 35-0 advantage in the all-time series with Oregon State ... In the two teams first meeting this year in Corvallis, Ore., the Cardinal defeated the Beavers 3-0 (30-22, 30-20, 30-19) ... OSU leads the league in digs, averaging 17.52.
TOM RANKS 21ST ON LEAGUE CAREER KILLS LIST: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) recorded 33 kills last weekend to move into 21st in the Pac-10 in career kills with 1,620. Her career kill number ranks fifth all-time at Stanford. She needs 17 kills to jump three spots to No. 18 (Terry Lauchner, Ariz., 1,637) and only 10 kills to move up to No. 20 (Annett Buckner, UCLA, 1,630). The 6-1 All-American averaged 5.50 kills, 2.50 digs, 1.17 blocks and 0.50 service aces last week against the Washington schools and has notched double figures in kills in 11 of 12 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 4.74 kills and 2.71 digs per game. She is fourth among starters in blocks (0.90). 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 (.067) this year. The Texas native has notched an ace in seven of the last 10 contests, including three of the last five. 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 2.74 kills, 2.26 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 six matches and 16 of 19 this year. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.91 kpg) as well as eighth in points per game (4.45). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.59 kills and 0.97 blocks in conference matches this year. Last week against the Washington schools, she averaged 3.83 kills per game, including 13 against the Huskies. 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 .464 hitting percentage (200-43-338). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 11 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks eight times. She is averaging 2.91 kills and 1.47 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .472 clip. Her 3.08 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.45 blocks is second (leads the team with 84 block assists on the year). Her current .464 hitting percentage would be tops on the Cardinal's single season list. 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? Freshman setter Katie Goldhahn had a career high 40 assists vs. Washington (10/18) ... Sophomore DS Leahi Hall tallied a career high nine digs against Washington State (10/17) ... Sophomore Jennifer Hucke tied her career high with two service aces vs. the Huskies (10/18) ... Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (11.19) ... Stanford is 2-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 17 of 19 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .319 while holding opponents to a conference-low .156 hitting percentage ... Four of six Cardinal starters are hitting over .300 this season ... Stanford has won 49 of the last 54 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 1.49 kills and 2.09 digs per game off the bench. 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 1.56 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.72 bpg). Harvey has had six or more blocks in the last seven matches and eight of the last nine. Her 81 block assists ranks second on the squad while her 14 block solos is first. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a team-best 1.81 blocks per game. She set a career high this season when she had 12 blocks against UCLA (10/5). Against the Washington schools last weekend, Harvey averaged a whopping 2.17 blocks per game along with 2.00 kills per game.
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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 nine home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 2, 062 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,197), 2. Nebraska (4,663), 3. Wisconsin (3,425), 4. Arizona (2,817), 5. Florida (2,558), 6. Penn State (2,211), 7. Illinois State (2,173), 8. Long Beach State (2,137), 9. Minnesota (2,078) and 10. Stanford (2,062).
UP NEXT: Stanford will travel south to Los Angeles to take on UCLA, November 1 at 7 p.m. and No. 1-ranked USC, November 2 at 7 p.m.
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.
USA Today/AVCA(October 21, 2002)
1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. UC Santa Barbara6. Stanford7. Long Beach State8. Minnesota9. Penn State10. Northern Iowa11. North Carolina12. Pepperdine13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15. Wisconsin16. Arizona17. Eastern Washington18. Arizona State19. Missouri20. Washington State21. South Carolina22. Utah23. Texas24. Georgia Tech25. Michigan State
Volleyball Magazine(October 21, 2002)
1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. Stanford6. UC Santa Barbara7. Long Beach State8. Northern Iowa9. Minnesota10. Penn State11. Pepperdine12. North Carolina13. Santa Clara14. UCLA15. Wisconsin16. Eastern Washington17. Washington State18. Arizona19. Texas Tech20. Arizona State