No. 4 Cardinal Wrap Up Conference Schedule At Berkeley

Nov. 21, 2002

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STANFORD HEADS ACROSS THE BAY TO CLOSE OUT LEAGUE PLAY AT CAL: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (25-4, 14-3 Pac-10) will make the trip across the Bay to face California (18-10, 7-10 Pac-10) on Friday, November 22 at 7 p.m. in Berkeley, as they wrap up the 2002 Pac-10 Conference schedule. The Cardinal will close out the 2002 regular season on Tuesday, November 26 in Maples Pavilion against No. 11 Santa Clara at 7 p.m.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 1-1 last week splitting with the Washington schools on the road. The Cardinal wrapped up a 15 day span of playing seven ranked opponents as they defeated Washington, 3-1 and fell to Washington State, 1-3. Logan Tom averaged 5.00 kills and 4.62 digs per game against the Washington schools with four service aces (0.50). Ogonna Nnamani chipped in 4.75 kills per game while hitting at a healthy .330 clip. Middle blockers Sara McGee and Jennifer Harvey, along with setter Anna Robinson, each contributed 1.25 blocks per game. Senior Lindsey Yamasaki added 3.75 digs per game as well as a team-high five service aces. The loss in Pullman, snapped an 11-match winning streak for the Cardinal.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California is 18-10 overall, 7-10 in the Pac-10 entering the weekend ... They are coached by Rich Feller ... Sophomore Mia Jerkov broke a school record for single match attack attempts with 87 against Washington, surpassing the old record of 86, set by Tiffany Rochelle and Lisa Arce on Sept. 23, 1988 ... She currently has 480 kills, which is fifth on Cal's single-season kill list ... With three matches left in the regular season, she needs 89 kills to break Cal's single-reason record, 568 kills by Rochelle in 1988 ... Freshman Jenna Brown posted a career-high 23 digs versus the Huskies ... Stanford owns a 50-3 advantage in the all-time series with the Golden Bears ... The Cardinal defeated Cal, 3-0, earlier this season in Stanford.

TOM MOVES INTO TOP 10 IN PAC-10 CAREER KILLS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) amassed 40 kills in two matches last week to move into ninth on the Pac-10's career kills list with 1,812. She needs just three kills this week to pass Cal's Tiffany Rochelle (1,814)to move into eighth and 22 to surpass Cardinal All-American Kristin Folkl (1,833) for seventh. Her career kill number ranks third all-time at Stanford behind only Folkl and Kristin Klein. Tom has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week nine times during her career - more than any other volleyball athlete in the history of the conference. The 6-1 All-American has notched double figures in kills in 21 of 22 matches played and has 10 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 3.21 digs per game. She is second on the team with 24 service aces (0.31) and is tied for fourth in the league in career service aces with 159. 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.

THIS AND THAT: Stanford has played the most matches against top-ranked teams with 14 matches, posting a 10-4 record in those matches. Only six teams have stayed among the top 10 in the poll this season including Stanford, USC, Hawaii, Florida, Nebraska and Long Beach State. Meanwhile, 15 teams have managed to stay among the top 25 in all 12 regular season and preseason polls ... No NCAA Division I team will go undefeated in 2002 as the last three standing have taken losses within in the last three weeks. One common thread appeared consistent with all three schools the streak ended at home. Stanford handed USC a five-game loss on Nov. 2 in Los Angeles ending a 19-0 Trojan run. Pepperdine withstood a power outage at UC Santa Barbara to end the Gauchos, 23-match winning streak on Nov. 6. Then Stanford concluded the Hawaii run at 23 matches on Nov. 10 on the islands.

McGEE CONTINUES TO LEAD LEAGUE IN HITTING PERCENTAGE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) leads the league this season with her .415 hitting percentage (309-82-547). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 16 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks 11 times. Last week she contributed 2.88 kills and 1.25 blocks in Stanford's two matches, including 16 kills and four blocks against Washington. She is averaging 2.95 kills and 1.39 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .411 clip. Her 3.06 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.38 blocks is second (leads the team with 122 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 TAKES OVER THIRD IN SINGLE SEASON ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) took over third place on Stanford's single season service ace list with her 48th ace of the year against Washington State Saturday night. She has been hot at the service line this season, leading the team with 0.51 aces per game and ranking second in the league. The Texas native has notched an ace in 11 of the last 20 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). Ivy's previous season best in service aces wass 46 (2001) and brings her career total to 111. 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 2.40 kills, 2.63 digs and 0.89 blocks per game this season. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on 11 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 3.94 kills per game. The outside hitter is also adding 1.17 digs and 0.65 blocks per game - including 19 block solos (third most on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 25 of 29 matches this year. Last week, she average 4.75 kills per game while hitting .at a .330 clip and notched a career-high 25 kills against Washington State (11/16). This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (3.94 kpg) as well as ninth in points per game (4.39). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.71 kills and 0.69 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 (4,464), 3. Wisconsin (3,453), 4. Florida (2,520), 5. Minnesota (2,343), 6. Penn State (2,310), 7. Arizona (2,178), 8. Long Beach State (2,070), 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 ... Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (11.75) ... Stanford is 3-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 25 of 29 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .304 while holding opponents to a .172 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 58 of the last 64 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 (1,812 kills in 358 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. 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 15 matches versus top 25 teams, including seven top 10 (four top five matchups). Stanford has also played an additional six matches against teams receiving votes in the current poll.

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 1.49 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.55 bpg) and is fourth nationally. Harvey has had six or more blocks in 12 of the last 19 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 22 blocks solos and 121 block assists rank first and second respectively on the team. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a league- and team-best 1.62 blocks per game. She set a career high this season when she had 12 blocks against UCLA (10/5). In two matches last week, Harvey averaged 1.25 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 1.10 kills and 2.27 digs per game off the bench. She is third on the team with 20 service aces this season as well. She had a career-high 17 digs at Washington (11/15) last week. 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.

NCAA BRACKET AND SEEDING UPDATE: The NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet directed the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Committee to review the championship seeding and pairing procedures in order to be in compliance with NCAA Bylaw 31.1.3.2.6. At the October meeting of the Bracket/Format Subcommittee, the subcommittee voted that for the 2002 NCAA Division I Women,s Volleyball Championship the following seeding and pairing procedures will be in effect: 1.) The committee will seed the top 16 teams; 2.) When pairing teams the committee may avoid conference match-ups in the first and second rounds of the championship; 3.) When selecting hosts for the first and second rounds, the committee is permitted to give first consideration to the top 16 seeds regardless of geographic proximity; 4.) Teams will be placed in the bracket per Bylaw 31.1.3.2.6 (i.e. geographically) with consideration toward creating the least number of flights. These procedures are in place for the 2002 championship only. The cabinet is reviewing all seeding, pairing and site selection procedures and following the February 2003 meeting will set forth principles for future championships.

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). 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 18, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Minnesota7. UC Santa Barbara8. Pepperdine9. Northern Iowa10. Long Beach State11. Santa Clara12. North Carolina13. Washington State14. Wisconsin15. Eastern Washington16. Arizona17. Penn State18. South Carolina19. Kansas State20. Georgia Tech21. UCLA22. MissouriWashington23. San Diego24. Utah25. Ohio State

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