No. 6 Cardinal Travels South To Los Angeles

Oct. 29, 2002

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STANFORD TRAVELS SOUTH TO LOS ANGELES IN CONTINUED CONFERENCE ACTION: The No. 6 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (19-3, 9-2 Pac-10) heads south to face No. 18 UCLA (12-9, 5-6 Pac-10) on Friday, November 1 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Cardinal will then face No. 1 USC (18-0, 11-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, November 2 at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 3-0 last week notching wins over Pacific (3-0), Oregon (3-0) and Oregon State (3-2). Logan Tom tallied a match-high 14 kills and 15 digs against the Tigers while Ogonna Nnamani added 10 kills. Sara McGee had three blocks on the night and Ashley Ivy notched four service aces. Nnamani led the team against the Ducks with 17 kills while hitting .371. Tom added 11 kills and nine digs while Anna Robinson had 29 assists and four blocks. In Saturday's match, Tom notched a match-high 25 kills and 18 digs with five blocks. McGee added 18 kills and 10 blocks while Nnamani had 16 kills and five blocks. Leahi Hall tallied a career-high 12 digs in the win. Stanford had a season-high 25.5 team blocks against the Beavers, including 10 blocks solos.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA is 12-9, 5-6 Pac-10 ... They are coached by Andy Banachowski ... They are led by Lauren Fendrick (3.55 kpg/2.85 dpg) and Brittany Ringel (3.10 kpg/1.16 dpg) ... Last week, the Bruins went 0-2, falling to Washington State (2-3) and Washington (0-3) ... Libero Chrissie Zartman continues to play a key role in the UCLA defense as she posted a career-high 28 digs vs. the Cougars then followed that with 23 digs against the Huskies ... Zartman is currently averaging 4.08 digs per game ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 34-26 ... The Cardinal defeated the Bruins earlier this season (3-1) in Stanford, Calif. and have won the last three meetings between the two teams ... UCLA's last win over Stanford came in 2000 - a 3-0 victory in Los Angeles.

ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC is 18-0, 11-0 Pac-10 ... They are coached by Mick Haley ... Last week, the Trojans went 2-0, defeating Washington (3-1) and Washington State (3-0) ... The team is led by April Ross (3.90 kpg/2.89 dpg) and Keao Burdine (3.38 kpg/2.92 dpg) ... Katie Olsovsky leads the squad with 1.30 blocks per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with USC, 43-13 ... The Trojans defeated the Cardinal 3-2 in Stanford earlier this season ... USC has six players averaging over two kills per game ... The Trojans are riding a 23 match home court winning streak in Pac-10 play, last losing to UCLA, Nove. 19, 1999.

TOM REACHES 1,000 DIG MARK FOR HER CAREER: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) tallied a team-high 42 digs in three matches last week to push her career digs mark over 1,000 (1,039). She now has over 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs for her career. Tom also notched a team-high 50 kills last week to bring her career kills total to 1,670 which ranks her 16th all-time in the Pac-10. Her career kill number ranks fifth all-time at Stanford. She needs only seven kills to pass Washington's Angela Bransom (1,676) for 15th and 22 kills to move up to No. 14 (Kara Milling, UCLA - 1,691). The 6-1 All-American averaged 4.55 kills, 3.82 digs while hitting .342 last week against the Oregon schools and has notched double figures in kills in 14 of 15 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 4.70 kills and 2.94 digs per game. 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 NOTCHES SEASON-HIGH 18 DIGS AGAINST OSU: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) had a season-high 18 digs in Saturday night's match against OSU - just two shy of her career high (20 at Texas A&M, 2001). She has been hot at the service line this year, leading the team and the league with 45 aces (.062) this year. The Texas native has notched an ace in eight of the last 13 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). Ivy's season best in service aces is 46 (which she tallied last year) - she needs just one more ace 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 2.60 kills, 2.40 digs and 0.97 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.

NNAMANI NETS FOUR BLOCK SOLOS AGAINST THE BEAVERS: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) tied the conference season-high on Saturday with four block solos against Oregon State. The outside hitter now leads the team with 18 block solos on the year. She has tallied double-figures in kills in the last nine matches and 19 of 22 this year. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.91 kpg) as well as 10th 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 Oregon schools, she averaged 3.91 kills per game, while hitting .347. She had five blocks against OSU. 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 NOTCHES SEASON-HIGH 10 BLOCKS AGAINST OREGON STATE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) had a great night at the net against Oregon State on Saturday night, notching a season-high 10 blocks (one solo and nine assisted) - two shy of her career record. She is currently leading the league and team with her .446 hitting percentage (235-55-404) and is second in blocks (1.45 bpg). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 12 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks nine times. She is averaging 3.00 kills and 1.50 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .473 clip. Her 3.09 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.45 blocks is second (leads the team with 99 block assists on the year). Her current .446 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.

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 11 home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 1,977 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,089), 2. Nebraska (4,598), 3. Wisconsin (3,425), 4. Arizona (2,713), 5. Florida (2,558), 6. Penn State (2,198), 7. Illinois State (2,173), 8. Long Beach State (2,137), 9. Minnesota (2,078) and 10. Stanford (1,977).

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford's 25.5 team blocks against Oregon State was the most of any Pac-10 team this season ... Ashley Ivy's nine assist against OSU (10/26) was a career-high ... Sophomore DS Leahi Hall tallied a career high 12 digs against Oregon State (10/26) ... Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (10.97) ... Robinson also tallied a season-high six blocks vs. OSU (10/26) ... Stanford is 2-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 20 of 22 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .320 while holding opponents to a conference-low .156 hitting percentage ... Five of six Cardinal starters are hitting over .300 this season ... Stanford has won 52 of the last 57 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.

HARVEY CONTINUES TO TOP 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 1.54 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.73 bpg). Harvey has had six or more blocks in nine of the last 12 matches, including nine against Oregon State (10/26). Her 92 block assists and 17 block solos ranks second on the squad. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a league- and team-best 1.74 blocks per game. She set a career high this season when she had 12 blocks against UCLA (10/5). In three matches last week, Harvey averaged 1.40 blocks per game along with 1.10 kills per game.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Stanford has played 10 matches against teams currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches poll, including five top 10 teams. With the addition of No. 18 UCLA and No. 1 USC this weekend, the Cardinal will have played 12 matches against ranked opponents. The road doesn't get any easier, as Stanford still has No. 14 Arizona, No. 19 Arizona State, No. 2 Hawaii, No. 17 Washington State and No. 12 Santa Clara still on its schedule. Those matches would bring the Cardinal's total to 17 matches versus top 25 teams, including seven top 10 (four top five matchups).

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 1.44 kills and 2.05 digs per game off the bench. She is tied for third on the team with 13 service aces this season as well. 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 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.

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.

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).

USA Today/AVCA(October 28, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Nebraska5. UC Santa Barbara6. Stanford7. Minnesota8. Northern Iowa9. Long Beach State10. Pepperdine11. Penn State12. Santa Clara13. North Carolina14. Arizona15. Wisconsin16. Eastern Washington17. Washington State18. UCLA19. Arizona State20. South Carolina21. Missouri22. Utah23. Georgia Tech24. Texas25. Michigan State

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