Cardinal Face No. 2 Hawaii In NCAA Championship Semifinal
Dec. 16, 2002
DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION STANFORD TAKES ON NO. 2 HAWAII IN NCAA SEMIFINAL MATCH: The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (31-4, 15-3 Pac-10) are headed to New Orleans, La. for the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball National Championship Semifinals after a 3-0 sweep of #12 Arizona in the Pacific Regional Final. The Cardinal will take on No. 2 Hawaii (34-1) on Thursday, December 19 at 4:30 p.m. PT in the New Orleans Arena. The Cardinal take an six-match winning streak into Thursday's matchup.
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, UCSB, Penn State, Pacific). Stanford is one of two Pac-10 teams in the 2002 tournament who are among the final four teams.
Southern California enters this weekend as the No. 1 overall seed, followed by Stanford (No. 2 seed), Florida (No. 5 seed) and Hawii (No. 6 seed).
ESPN2 TO TELEVISE CARDINAL SEMIFINAL: Stanford's semifinal match against Hawaii will be televised live, airing Thursday, Dec. 19 at 4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2. Saturday's championship match will be shown live at 12:30 PT on ESPN2. Chris Marlowe and Heather Cox will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively for all matches.
PACIFIC REGIONAL WRAP UP: Stanford hosted No. 9 Minnesota, No. 12 Arizona and No. 13 Ohio State last weekend in one of four regionals across the U.S. The Cardinal opened with a 3-0 win over No. 13 Ohio State (30-24,30-25, 30-27). Stanford followed that with a 3-0 sweep of No. 12 Arizona, who had defeated Minnesota, 3-1, on Thursday, to secure a trip to New Orleans (30-14, 30-17, 30-25). Logan Tom tallied 15 kills, 11 digs and four blocks in Stanford's win over the Wildcats while Nnamani led the team with 16 kills and nine digs in the victory over the Buckeyes. Sara McGee notched 14 blocks for the weekend (2.33 bpg).
NCAA PACIFIC REGIONAL ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior outside hitter Logan Tom was tabbed MVP of the Pacific Regional for her outstanding weekend. She was joined on the all-tournament team by teammates Ogonna Nnamani and Sara McGee as well as Ohio State's Stacey Gordon, Arizona's Kim Glass and Lisa Rutledge.
FAMILIAR OPPONENTS: Stanford has played all three possible opponents in this year's Final Four during the 2002 season ... The Cardinal have a 2-2 record in those matches ... Stanford split the season series with USC, 1-1, losing at home (3-2) and winning in Los Angeles (3-2) ... The Cardinal fell to Florida early in the season in Gainesville (3-0) ... Stanford defeated Hawaii in early November (3-0) in Honolulu.
ABOUT THE WAHINES: Hawaii is coached by Dave Shoji, are 34-1 overall ... They are led by Kim Willoughby (6.28 kpg/3.34 dpg) and Lili Kahumoku (5.32 kpg/3.14 dpg) ... The Wahines are hitting .336 as a team while holding opponents to a .129 hitting percentage ... Hawaii defeated North Carolina (3-0) and Nebraska (3-1) in the Central Regional to advance to the Final Four ... Lauren Duggins leads the squad, averaging 1.37 blocks per game ... Willoughby leads the team with 75 service aces (0.71 sapg) ... Hawaii leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 15-9 ... The two teams met earlier this year in Honolulu as Stanford won 3-0 (31-29, 30-28, 30-24) ... Stanford and Hawaii have met four times in postseason play with the Wahines, holding the 3-1 advantage ... The last postseason meeting between the two teams was in 1996, as the Cardinal defeated Hawaii, 3-0, for the National Championship.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC, coached by Mick Haley, have a 29-1 overall record and are currently ranked No. 1 nationally ... Southern California finished 17-1 to win the Pac-10 Conference... USC defeated Michigan State (3-0) and Pepperdine (3-0) to advance to the Final Four from the West Region ... They are led by April Ross, Emily Adams and Keao Burdine ... The two teams split their conference matchups this year, with USC winning, 3-2, in Palo Alto and Stanford winning, 3-2, in Los Angeles ... Stanford leads the all-time series with USC, 44-13 ... The Cardinal and Trojans have met nine times in the postseason with Stanford holding a 9-0 advantage in those matches ... The last time the two teams met in the postseason was in 1994 in the regional final which the Cardinal won 3-0.
ABOUT THE GATORS: Florida, coached by Mary Wise, have a 34-2 overall record ... The Gators defeated Temple (3-0) and Washington State (3-1) to advance to the Final Four from the East Region ... UF is led by Aury Cruz ... Stanford and Florida have split the all-time series, 1-1 ... The two teams met earlier this season in Gainesville, with the Gators garnering the 3-0 win ... The squads have never faced each other in postseason play.
CARDINAL NOTCH 10th 30-WIN SEASON: Stanford's 3-0 win over No. 13 Ohio State on Thursday night gave the Cardinal its 11th 30-win season (2002, 2001, 1999, 1997, 1996, 1994, 1992, 1991, 1982, 1981, 1980). The Stanford record for most wins in a single season is 33 (2001, 1997 and 1980).
AVCA PACIFIC ALL-REGION TEAM ANNOUNCED: Logan Tom (four-time selection), Ogonna Nnamani (two-time selection) and Sara McGee (two-time selection) were named to the AVCA Pacific-All Region team announced Wednesday. Stanford had more first-team selections than any other team in the Pacific Region. All three are now eligible for All-America honors later this month.
LOGAN TOM TABBED PLAYER OF THE YEAR AS PAC-10 ANNOUNCES ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM: Senior outside hitter Logan Tom 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. Junior middle blocker Sara McGee, along with sophomore outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani were honored as first-team All-Pac-10 selelctions. Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey was an honorable mention pick while freshman libero/middle blocker Courtney Schultz was tabbed an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Freshmen selection.
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.
DUNNING REACHES 500TH CAREER WIN MILESTONE: With the Cardinal's 3-0 win over Ohio State, Stanford head coach John Dunning notched his 500th career win (500-108) over 18 years of coaching Division I volleyball. He becomes only the 21st coach in volleyball history (Div. I) to reach the milestone. Dunning's winning percentage of .822 currently ranks third among active coaches.
TOM TABBED PACIFIC REGION MVP/BECOMES SCHOOL LEADER IN CAREER KILLS: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) averaged 4.67 kills, 1.33 blocks and 2.83 digs per game at the NCAA Pacific Regional on her way to being named MVP of the regional. Her 28 kills over the weekend gave her 1,910 for her career to surpass Kristin Klein as Stanford's career leader in kills. She is ranked third in the Pac-10 Conference in career kills as well. She became only the fifth Cardinal player to earn all-conference honors for four years and third to repeat as conference Player of the Year. 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 27 of 28 matches played and has 14 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 4.94 kills and 3.17 digs per game. She is second on the team with 30 service aces (0.30) and is third in the league (second on The Farm) in career service aces with 163. 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.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE NET: Stanford has played 16 matches against teams currently ranked in the top 25 and are 13-4 in those contests ... Only five teams have stayed among the top 10 in the poll this season including Stanford, USC, Hawaii, Florida and Nebraska ... Stanford has won 17 of its last 18 matches, including the last six ... Stanford is 25-0 at home in the NCAA tournament since 1994 ... During the 1990's, the Cardinal is 39-0 in the NCAA tournament when they win game one ... Since joining the Pac-10, Stanford is 65-17 (.793) in the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal are leading the conference in blocking for the fifth consecutive season ... Stanford went 16-1 this season at home.
McGEE RANKS FOURTH IN TOTAL BLOCKS FOR SINGLE SEASON: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) notched 14 blocks this weekend to bring her season total to 171 to rank fourth at Stanford for a single season. McGee was honored as a Pacific Regional all-tournament selection after the Cardinal's wins over Ohio State and Arizona. She currently leads the Conference and the team with her .431 hitting percentage, and is second (in the Pac-10 and on her team) in blocks, averaging 1.40 per game. Her current hitting percentage would break the Stanford single-season record, held by Wendy Rush (1987) of .400 and is the second highest in Pac-10 history behind Arizona's Marisa DaLee who hit .437 in 2000. The two-time first-team all-conference selection has tallied double figures in kills on 20 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks 14 times. Her 3.12 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.40 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 PICKS UP THE PACE IN POSTSEASON: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) has elevated her game in the postseason. A .242 hitter during the regular season, Ivy is hitting at a .352 clip in the postseason while averagine 2.08 kills, 2.69 digs, .069 service aces and 1.00 blocks per game. The 6-0 opposite has 123 career service aces which ranks fifth all-time on The Farm. She leads the league and team with 60 service aces (0.52) this year which ranks third at Stanford for a single season. The Texas native has notched an ace in 16 of the last 25 contests, including six against Sacramento State (12/6). Ivy has notched six service aces three this season (vs. Cal Poly, Houston and Sac St.) to tie her career high. The six aces ties for fifth all-time at Stanford for a single match. Ivy is averaging 2.27 kills, 2.61 digs and 0.90 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, as she was recently tabbed an all-tournament selection at the NCAA Pacific Regional. The two-time first-team All-Pac-10 pick is averaging 4.06 kills, 1.16 digs and 0.66 blocks per game - including 29 block solos (second on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 31 of 35 matches this year. At the Pacific Regional she chipped in 4.50 kills and 1.50 digs per game while hitting .438. She is ranked in the top 10 in the Pac-10 in kills, hitting percentage and points per game. The 6-1 sophomore 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 18 home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 1,999 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,309), 2. Nebraska (4,395), 3. Wisconsin (3,527), 4. Florida (2,355), 5. Minnesota (2,333), 6. Penn State (2,122), 7. Arizona (2,178), 8. Illinois State (2,069), 9. Stanford (1,999) 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 (12.03) ... Stanford is 4-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 29 of 33 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .311 while holding opponents to a .171 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 62 of the last 68 matches ... The eight points by Sacramento State in the Cardinal's 30-8 game two win is the lowest point total by a Stanford opponent since rally scoring was introduced last year (previous low was nine by Oregon) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.04 kills per game (1,910 kills in 379 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 for highest kills average ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 701-173-4 all-time record since 1976 (.800 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 14 times in the last 22 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.
ROBINSON MOVES INTO FOURTH FOR SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS: Junior setter Anna Robison (Tampa, FL) has tallied 1,395 assists this season which ranks fourth on The Farm for a single season. She needs just 38 assists to move into a tie for third (Lisa Sharpley, 1996) with 1,433. The 6-2 setter is averaging 13.31 assists, 1.77 digs and 0.77 blocks in postseason play this year.
HARVEY LEADS LEAGUE IN BLOCKING: Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) leads the team and league with her 1.44 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.62 bpg) and is ranked in the top 10 nationally. Harvey has had six or more blocks in 14 of the last 25 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 26 blocks solos and 143 block assists combine for 169 total blocks which ties her for fifth on Stanford's single season list with Bev Oden (1991). In Pac-10 matches, she averaged 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).
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 2.27 digs per game off the bench. She is third on the team with 26 service aces this season as well. She had a career-high 17 digs at Washington (11/15). Last week she averaged 2.33 digs and .33 service aces per game in the regional matches. 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.
FAST FACTS: Only five players in Pac-10 volleyball history have earned four AVCA All- America honors in their careers ... Three of them are Stanford players (Kristin Klein, Bev Oden and Kerri Walsh) ... A Cardinal has won Pac-10 Player of the Year in five of the last seven years (Kristin Folkl '97, Kerri Walsh '98 and '99, Logan Tom '01 and '02) ... Since the Pac-10began for women's volleyball in 1986, only four schools have ever won the conference title (Stanford, UCLA, USC and Arizona) - the Cardinal have won or shared the title in nine of the 17 years.
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 9, 2002) 1. USC 2. Hawaii 3. Stanford 4. Nebraska 5. Florida 6. Northern Iowa 7. UC Santa Barbara 8. Pepperdine 9. Minnesota10. Washington State11. North Carolina12. Arizona13. Ohio State14. Long Beach State15. Penn State16. Georgia Tech17. UCLA18. Wisconsin19. Santa Clara20. Missouri21. Eastern Washington22. Kansas State23. Michigan State24. Miami25. Temple