No. 1 Cardinal Travel To Pacific Northwest
Nov. 12, 2002
STANFORD TRAVELS TO PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR CONTINUED LEAGUE PLAY: The No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (24-3, 31-2 Pac-10) will head north to take on No. 22 Washington (15-8, 7-7 Pac-10) on Friday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in Seattle, Wash. and No. 17 Washington State (17-7, 7-7 Pac-10) on Saturday, November 16 at 7 p.m. in Pullman, Wash. This weekend's conference matchups will mark the sixth and seventh consecutive matches that the Cardinal has faced a ranked opponent.
LAST WEEK: Stanford went 3-0 last week notching home wins over No. 16 Arizona (3-0) and No. 23 Arizona State (3-0) as well as a road victory over No. 1 Hawaii (3-0). The Cardinal handed the Rainbow Wahines their first loss of the season with the three game victory in Honolulu. As a team, the Cardinal hit .358 against its three ranked opponents, averaging 19.00 kills per game. Ogonna Nnamani averaged 4.78 kills last week while hitting at a .543 clip. Jennifer Harvey led the team with 1.22 blocks per game. Logan Tom had 26 kills in Stanford's win over Arizona, followed by 18 kills against ASU. Nnamani led the squad with 19 kills against Hawaii while hitting .630 (19-2-27). Ashley Ivy averaged a team-leading 3.89 digs per game. Setter Anna Robinson chipped in 13.33 assists per game. Tom led the squad averaging 6.67 kills per game last week.
CARDINAL TAKE OVER NO. 1 RANKING IN THE POLL: Behind the strength of back-to-back weeks defeating the No. 1 ranked team on the road (USC, Hawaii), Stanford finds itself back on top of the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll for this week. The Cardinal are riding a 10-match winning streak that includes six victories over ranked teams, including then-No. 1 USC (3-2) and then-No. 1 Hawaii (3-0). Six Pac-10 teams are ranked this week as the league holds the top two spots in the poll overall (No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 USC).
ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington enters the week with a 15-8 overall record, 7-7 (T5th) in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Jim McLaughlin ... The Huskies take on Stanford Friday, their seventh consecutive ranked opponent ... Senior outside hitter Paige Benjamin (5.11 kpg) and sophomore outside hitter Sanja Tomasevic (3.81 kpg) form the Pac-10's top hitting tandem at 8.92 kpg ... Washington is currently hitting .280, third in the Pac-10 ... Should the Huskies maintain that hitting percentage for the remainder of the season, they'll eclipse the single-season school mark of .253 set during the 1996 season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Huskies, 32-1 ... The Cardinal defeated Washington, 3-0 (30-26, 30-18, 30-23), in Stanford earlier this year.
ABOUT THE COUGARS: WSU enters the week with a 17-7 overall record, 7-7 (T5th) in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Cindy Frederick ... Senior outside hitter Chelsie Schafer posted 11 kills, hitting .391 with 10 digs in the win over Washington. Over the last three matches, Schafer is hitting .404 with 47 kills (4.27 kpg) on 94 attempts and just nine errors ... The 2,239 fans for the Washington match 11/8/02, was the largest crowd to see a volleyball match in the remodeled Bohler Gym and the largest attendance since the 1997 Cougar volleyball season ... Senior outside hitter LaToya Harris picked up four service aces against Washington last week. Her next ace will push her to the top of the WSU career list with 134 career service aces ... Senior outside hitter Adrian Hankoff is still the Cougar ace leader this season with 36. Her average of 0.44 service aces per game ranks fifth in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal hold a 31-2 edge in the overall series with the Cougars ... Stanford defeated WSU, 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 30-24), earlier this season in Stanford.
TOM TABBED NATIONAL AND PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) led Stanford to three victories over top 25-ranked teams, including No. 1 Hawaii last week on her way to being named AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week. She tallied 60 kills (6.67 kills per game) while hitting at a stellar .379 clip for the week. She added 25 digs (2.78 digs per game), four service aces (0.44 per game) and six blocks (0.67 per game) in nine games played. Against No. 16 Arizona, Tom amassed a match-leading 26 kills with seven digs and three blocks, on .400 hitting. Versus No. 23 Arizona State, she led the match with 18 kills, along with nine digs and two blocks while hitting .654 on the night. In the Cardinal's matchup against top-ranked Hawaii, she put down 16 kills, nine digs and one block in an upset victory. It is the ninth weekly honor for Tom which gives her the conference record for most weekly honors in a career (surpassing UCLA's Natalie Williams, 8). Tom now has 1,772 career kills which ranks 11th all-time in the Pac-10. Her career kill number ranks 3rd all-time at Stanford as she moves past both Kim and Bev Oden. She needs 28 kills this week to pass USC's Jennifer Kessey (1,799) to move into 10th on the Pac-10's career kills list. The 6-1 All-American has notched double figures in kills in 19 of 20 matches played and has eight double-doubles on the year. 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 5.01 kills and 3.06 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.
McGEE SECOND NATIONALLY IN HITTING PERCENTAGE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) leads the league this season with her .433 hitting percentage (286-70-499). Her current hitting percentage ranks second nationally as well. McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 15 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks 10 times. Last week she contributed 2.78 kills and 0.89 blocks in Stanford's three victories. She is averaging 2.96 kills and 1.41 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .442 clip. Her 3.08 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.39 blocks is second (leads the team with 114 block assists 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.
IVY TIED FOR THIRD IN SINGLE SEASON ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) moved into a tie for third on Stanford's single season service ace list with her 47th ace of the year against Arizona State on Friday night. She has been hot at the service line this season, leading the team with 47 aces (.054) and ranking second in the league. The Texas native has notched an ace in 10 of the last 18 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). Ivy's previous season best in service aces wass 46 (2001) and brings her career total to 110. 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 2.44 kills, 2.52 digs and 0.93 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) continues to impress in her sophomore campaign, ranked second on the squad with 3.87 kills per game. The outside hitter is also adding 1.27 digs and 0.69 blocks per game - including 19 block solos (second most on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 23 of 27 matches this year. Last week, she average 4.78 kills per game while hitting .at a .543 clip. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.87 kpg) as well as 10th in points per game (4.35). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.56 kills and 0.76 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.
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 13 home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 1,977 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,300), 2. Nebraska (4,548), 3. Wisconsin (3,402), 4. Florida (2,512), 5. Arizona (2,380), 6. Minnesota (2,343), 7. Penn State (2,310), 8. Long Beach State (2,081), 9. Illinois State (2,069) and 10. Stanford (1,977).
DID YOU KNOW? The tandem of Jennifer Harvey and Sara McGee rank 1-2 in the league in blocks per game ... Stanford's 25.5 team blocks against Oregon State was the most by any Pac-10 team this season ... Anna Robinson's 67 assists versus USC (11/2) was a career-high ... Senior outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki tallied a career-high 14 digs against USC (11/2) ... Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (11.41) ... Robinson also tied her season-high with six blocks against the Trojans (11/2) ... Stanford is 3-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 24 of 27 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .311 while holding opponents to a .166 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 57 of the last 62 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 5.06 kills per game (1,772 kills in 350 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.
TOUGH COMPETITION: Stanford has played 14 matches against teams currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches poll, including seven versus top 10 teams. With the addition of No. 17 Washington State and No. 22 Washington this weekend, the Cardinal will have played 16 matches against ranked opponents. The road doesn't get any easier, as Stanford will wrap up its home schedule against No. 11 Santa Clara. Those matches would bring the Cardinal's total to 17 matches versus top 25 teams, including seven top 10 (four top five matchups).
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 1.51 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.61 bpg) and is second nationally. Harvey has had six or more blocks in 11 of the last 17 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 20 blocks solos and 113 block assists rank first and second respectively on the team. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a league- and team-best 1.68 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 1.22 blocks per game to lead the team including eight in a 3-0 win over Arizona. This week, she ranks 12th nationally in blocks per game.
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. She elected to return to Stanford and finish her degree as well as play a final season of volleyball. Currently, the 6-2 outside hitter is averaging 1.19 kills and 2.11 digs per game off the bench. She is fourth on the team with 15 service aces this season as well. She had a career-high 14 digs earlier this season against USC (11/2). 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.
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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). The Cardinal also appeared on ESPN 2 in the championship match of the NACWAA State Farm Classic and locally on Ch. 5 in Honolulu for their matchup with Hawaii.
USA Today/AVCA(November 11, 2002)
1. Stanford2. USC3. Hawaii4. Florida5. Nebraska6. Minnesota7. UC Santa Barbara8. Northern Iowa9. Pepperdine10. Long Beach State11. Santa Clara12. North Carolina13. Penn State14. Wisconsin15. Eastern Washington16. Arizona17. Washington State18. South Carolina19. UCLA20. Kansas State21. Utah22. Washington23. Georgia Tech24. Missouri25. San Diego