No. 4 Cardinal Host No. 13 Santa Clara On Tuesday

Nov. 25, 2002

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STANFORD CLOSES OUT REGULAR SEASON AGAINST NO. 13 SANTA CLARA: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (26-4, 15-3 Pac-10) will host 13th-ranked Santa Clara (24-5, 12-2 Big West) as they wrap up the 2002 regular season schedule at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

LAST WEEK: Stanford closed out the conference season with a 3-2 win over California in Berkeley on Friday. Game scores were 28-30, 30-20, 30-25, 28-30, 15-11. The Cardinal was led by Ogonna Nnamani's 20 kills and four blocks. Junior Sara McGee chipped in 19 kills and eight blocks while hitting .643 on the night. Logan Tom and Jennifer Harvey added16 and 12 kills respectively. Setter Anna Robinson led the team with 14 digs and 60 assists as well. Stanford hit .317 for the match with 20 team blocks.

SELECTION SUNDAY: The NCAA announced that ESPNEWS will air nine different NCAA Championship team selection announcements, including the NCAA Division I women's volleyball bracket on Sunday, December 1 at approximately 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT).

SENIOR NIGHT: Stanford will honor its three seniors on Tuesday night in a pre-match ceremony. The Cardinal will recognize Logan Tom, Ashley Ivy and Lindsey Yamasaki in their final collegiate volleyball campaign. Tom and Ivy are both four-year members of the squad while Yamasaki will conclude a two-year stint with the team.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara is 24-5 overall, 12-2 in league play entering Tuesday's match ... They are coached by Jon Wallace ... Currently, the team is ranked 13th in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll ... They are led by Becky Potter (5.30 kpg/2.84 dpg/1.03 bpg) and Cassie Perret (3.26 kpg) ... Last week, the Broncos split a pair of matches, falling to California, 3-2, and defeating San Francisco, 3-1 ... As a team, they are hitting .266, averaging 17.43 kills per game ... Cindy Hirsch leads the team with 27 service aces on the year ... Stanford hold a 20-0 advantage in the all-time series with Santa Clara ... Last year, the Cardinal defeated the Broncos, 3-1, in Santa Clara.

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.

TOM CONTINUES TO CLIMB CAREER KILLS CHARTS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) had 16 kills in Stanford's 3-2 win over California last Friday to move into ninth place on the Pac-10 career kills list with 1,828. She needs just six kills this week to surpass Cardinal All-American Kristin Folkl (1,833) for seventh and 21 to move past Washington State's Sarah Silvernail (1,848) for sixth. 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 22 of 23 matches played and has 11 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 4.90 kills and 3.16 digs per game. She is second on the team with 25 service aces (0.30) and is fourth in the league (second on The Farm) in career service aces with 160. 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 TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week and she led the Cardinal to a 3-2 win over California to close out the conference season. McGee put down 19 kills and eight blocks while hitting .643 (4.0 kills per game) as the Cardinal finished up their Pac-10 Conference season with a 3-2 win at California. Her 19 kills is one shy of her career high, which she set earlier this season against Utah. McGee currently leads the Conference and the team with her .426 hitting percentage, and is second (in the Pac-10 and on her team) in blocks, averaging 1.39 per game. It is the first conference player of the week honor for her. McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 17 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks 12 times. She is averaging 3.01 kills and 1.40 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .429 clip. Her 3.09 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.39 blocks is second (leads the team with 128 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 CLOSES IN ON TOP FIVE IN CARDINAL CAREER SERVICE ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) has 114 career service aces and needs just six to move into the top five on The Farm in career service aces. Ivy has a team-leading 51 service aces (0.52) this year which ranks third at Stanford for a single season. She has been hot at the service line this season, leading the team with 0.52 aces per game and ranking second in the league. The Texas native has notched an ace in 12 of the last 21 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). Ivy had a match-high three service aces against the Golden Bears last week. 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 2.33 kills, 2.61 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 1.18 digs and 0.66 blocks per game - including 22 block solos (second most on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 26 of 30 matches this year. Last week, she led the Cardinal with 20 kills, seven digs and four blocks ina 3-2 win over Cal. 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 3.73 kills and 0.70 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 (4,432), 3. Wisconsin (3,643), 4. Florida (2,520), 5. Minnesota (2,430), 6. Penn State (2,310), 7. Arizona (2,178), 8. Illinois State (2,069), 9. Long Beach State (2,021) 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 26 of 30 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .304 while holding opponents to a .172 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 59 of the last 65 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 5.04 kills per game (1,828 kills in 363 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. 13 Santa Clara. That match will 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 1.50 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.57 bpg) and is fourth nationally. Harvey has had six or more blocks in 13 of the last 20 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 24 blocks solos and 127 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). Last week against California, Harvey tied her career high with 12 kills on the night while adding eight blocks.

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 1.05 kills and 2.24 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). 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). 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 25, 2002)

1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. UC Santa Barbara7. Pepperdine8. Northern Iowa9. Minnesota10. Long Beach State11. Washington State12. Arizona13. Santa Clara14. North Carolina15. Wisconsin16. Penn State17. Georgia Tech18. Eastern Washington19. Missouri20. Ohio State21. UCLA22. Kansas State23. South Carolina24. Utah25. San Diego

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