No. 3 Cardinal Host NCAA First and Second Rounds
Dec. 2, 2002
STANFORD MAKES 22ND CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON APPEARANCE: The No. 3 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (27-4, 15-3 Pac-10) will host Pacific, Nevada and Sacramento State in the first and second rounds of the 2002 Division I Women's Volleyball Championships. The Cardinal are making their 22nd consecutive NCAA postseason appearance and are one of only four teams to have competed in every NCAA Championship. Stanford will face Sacramento State (24-10) at approximately 7:30 p.m. while Pacific (18-12) will take on Nevada (22-9) at 5 p.m. in the other first round matchup. The winners of the two matches will meet in the second round on Saturday, December 7 at 7 p.m. with the winner advancing to regionals. All matches will take place in Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University.
The top 16 teams were seeded nationally and placed within four regions. The teams tabbed as the top seeds were Southern California (#1), Stanford (#2), Nebraska (#3) and Northern Iowa (#4). The Cardinal received one of 33 at-large bids to the tournament and are one of eight Pac-10 teams to make the 64-team bracket (Stanford, Southern California, Arizona, UCLA, Washington State, Washington, Arizona State and California).
Teams winning both matches will move on to regional play next weekend at four campus locations yet to be determined. The regional host sites will be determined by the committee after the results of the first two rounds. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and final hosted by the University of New Orleans and the Sun Belt Conference in New Orleans Arena December 19 and 21.
LAST WEEK: Stanford closed out the regular season with a 3-0 sweep of then-No. 13 Santa Clara at Maples Pavilion (30-26, 30-21, 30-21). Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani led the match with 19 kills and four blocks while hitting at a .417 clip. Logan Tom and Sara McGee chipped in 16 and 11 kills respectively. Anna Robinson, Jennifer Harvey and McGee each had five blocks on the evening. Stanford hit .388 for the match while holding the Broncos to a .198. The Cardinal outblocked Santa Clara, 16 to four on the night.
ABOUT THE HORNETS: The Sacramento State volleyball team will compete in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the last six years this week ... They are coached by Debby Colberg, who has spent 27 years at the helm of the program ... The Hornets, who have reached NCAA postseason play four-straight years (1997-2000), received an automatic berth into the tourney after winning the Big Sky Tournament ... The team will enter the NCAA's with a 24-10 overall record, including a 7-1 mark over its last eight matches ... Sacramento State placed four players on the Big Sky all-conference team ... Among them were junior setter Lisa Beauchene, senior outside hitter Jayme Wright, junior middle hitter Kazmiera Imrie and sophomore outside hitter Sandra Bandimere ... Wright currently leads the team in both kills (3.44 per game) and digs (3.42 per game) while Imrie, who has played at both middle hitter and right-side hitter, is currently averaging 2.77 kills, 1.69 digs and 1.08 blocks per game ... Stanford holds a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with Sacramento State ... The last time the two teams met was in 2001, with the Cardinal winning, 3-0 (30-21, 30-22, 38-36), in Maples Pavilion.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: Pacific enters Friday's contest with a 18-12 overall record, 12-6 in the Big West ... They are coached by Jayne Gibson-McHugh who is in her second year at the helm ... The Tigers are led by Jennifer Joines (5.04 kpg/1.82 bpg) and Megan Hauschild (2.43 kpg/2.64 dpg) ... Pacific is 3-2 in its last five matches and 6-4 in the last 10 ... Stanford faced UOP earlier this season in Stockton, recording a 3-0 win (30-28, 30-18, 30-26) ... The Cardinal hold a 26-23 edge in the all-time series with the Tigers and have won two of the last three meetings ... Current Stanford head coach John Dunning spent 16 seasons at Pacific before coming to Stanford ... He led the Tigers to two NCAA Championships (1985 and '86).
ABOUT THE WOLFPACK: Nevada enters the weekend with a 22-9 overall record, 8-5 in the WAC ... They are coached by Devin Scruggs ... The team is led by senior middle blocker Michelle More (5.04 kpg/0.97 bpg) and freshman Salaia Salavea (2.78 kpg/1.19 bpg) ... The Wolfpack is no stranger to Maples Pavilion as they were Stanford's first round opponent in 2002 ... The Cardinal hold a 4-0 advantage in the all-time series with Nevada ... Stanford defeated the Wolfpack 3-0 (30-20, 30-16, 30-20) last year in their NCAA first round matchup.
PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Stanford had six players named to the 2002 Pac-10 All-Academic teams including two first-team selections in middle blocker Sara McGee and outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani. Logan Tom, Leahi Hall, Anna Robinson and Jennifer Hucke were honorable mention picks.
TOM TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) was named 2002 Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year to become only the third player in league history to repeat, joining former Cardinal Kerri Walsh (1998, 1999) and UCLA's Daiva Tomkus (1988, 1989). The honor also marks the 10th time a Stanford player has won the award in the 17 years of Pac-10 volleyball. Tom had 16 kills in the Cardinal's 3-0 win over Santa Clara last week, bringing her career total to 1,844. Her career kill number ranks second all-time at Stanford behind only Kristin Klein and is seventh in the Pac-10. She becomes only the fifth Cardinal player to earn all-conference honors for four years. 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 23 of 24 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 4.92 kills and 3.13 digs per game. She is second on the team with 26 service aces (0.30) and is fourth in the league (second on The Farm) in career service aces with 161. 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: The Cardinal has never lost an NCAA first-round match ... Head coach John Dunning has 497 career wins ... Stanford has played the most matches against current 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 NAMED FIRST-TEAM PAC-10 ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) was honored as a first-team Pac-10 All-Conference selection last week. McGee currently leads the Conference and the team with her .428 hitting percentage, and is second (in the Pac-10 and on her team) in blocks, averaging 1.39 per game. Her current hitting percentage would break the Stanford single-season record, held by Wendy Rush (1987) of .400 and is the third highest in Pac-10 history. McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 18 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 3.11 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.39 blocks is second. 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 as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (11/25).
IVY CLOSES IN ON TOP FIVE IN CARDINAL CAREER SERVICE ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) has 115 career service aces and needs just five to move into the top five on The Farm in career service aces. Ivy has a team-leading 52 service aces (0.51) 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 0.51 aces per game and ranking second in the league. The Texas native has notched an ace in 13 of the last 22 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). 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 2.29 kills, 2.60 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.
NNAMANI NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-CONFERENCE: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to impress in her sophomore campaign, as she was recently tabbed a first-team Pac-10 All-Conference selection for the second consecutive season. The outside hitter is averaging 4.01 kills, 1.17 digs and 0.68 blocks per game - including 25 block solos (tied for first on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 27 of 31 matches this year. Last week, she led the Cardinal with 19 kills and four blocks in a 3-0 win over Santa Clara. This week, she finds herself ranked sixth in the conference in kills per game (4.01 kpg) as well as eighth in points per game (4.50). 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 NINTH NATIONALLY: The Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball once again finds itself among the nation's elite in home attendance for the 2002 season. In 14 home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 2, 036 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,300), 2. Nebraska (4,415), 3. Wisconsin (3,643), 4. Florida (2,520), 5. Minnesota (2,406), 6. Penn State (2,267), 7. Arizona (2,178), 8. Illinois State (2,069), 9. Stanford (2,036) and 10. Long Beach State (1,963).
DID YOU KNOW? Four of six Cardinal starters are hitting over .300 on the year ... 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 (11.86) ... Stanford is 3-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 27 of 31 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .307 while holding opponents to a .173 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 60 of the last 66 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 (1,844 kills in 366 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 NAMED HONORABLE MENTION ALL-CONFERENCE: Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) was tabbed a Pac-10 All-Conference Honorable Mention in her first full season at the net. 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 (3.62 bpg) and is fourth nationally. Harvey has had six or more blocks in 13 of the last 21 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 25 blocks solos and 131 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 Santa Clara, Harvey added five kills and five blocks to the Cardinal effort.
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 1.01 kills and 2.20 digs per game off the bench. She is third on the team with 21 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.
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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(December 2, 2002)
1. USC2. Hawaii3. Stanford4. Nebraska5. Florida6. Northern Iowa7. UC Santa Barbara8. Pepperdine9. Long Beach State10. Minnesota11. Washington State12. Penn State13. North Carolina14. Santa Clara15. Wisconsin16. Arizona17. Georgia Tech18. Eastern Washington19. Ohio State20. Missouri21. UCLA22. Kansas State23. Utah24. South Carolina25. San Diego