Cardinal Open 2003 Season At Colorado State Tournament

Aug. 25, 2003

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CARDINAL KICK OFF 2003 AT COLORADO STATE TOURNEY: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (0-0, 0-0 Pac-10) travel to Fort Collins, Colo. for the University Park Holiday Inn Classic, August 29-30, hosted by Colorado State. The Cardinal will play three matches on the weekend, including two on Saturday at Moby Arena.

ABOUT THE RAMS: Colorado State is coached by Tom Hilbert, now in his seventh season at the helm of the program ... They are let by junior setter Melisa Courtney (1421 assists in 2002) and sophomore outside hitter Tess Rogers (averaged 3.77 kpg last year) ... The Rams finished 22-10 last year and second (12-2) in the Mountain West conference ... Stanford leads the all-time series with CSU, 4-0 and did not play the Rams in 2002 ... The last meeting between the two teams was in 2001, as the Cardinal defeated Colorado State, 3-0 (30-26, 30-22, 30-28) at Stanford.

ABOUT THE BRAVES: Bradley is coached by Scott Luster, who is in his sixth season with the Braves ... The team finished 19-12 last year, tying for fourth (11-7) in the Missouri Valley conference ... They are led by senior middle blocker Jenna Passman and senior hitter Ann Franklin who posted 385 and 309 kills respectively in 2002 ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

ABOUT THE LADY RATTLERS: Florida A&M is coached by Tony Trifonov who is in his seventh season with the program ... The Lady Rattlers finished 23-7 in 2002, finishing first (14-0) in the Mid-Eastern Athletic conference ... The squad is led by sophomores Adriana Kostadinova (6-3 OH) and Giulianna Verlorio (6-2 MB) who posted 308 and 193 kills respectively last season ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal return to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion to open the 2003 home schedule with the Stanford Invitational, September 5-6. Joining Stanford will be Florida, UC Santa Barbara and the University of San Diego. Match times will be 5 and 7 p.m. each evening. The Cardinal will face the University of San Diego at 7 p.m. on Friday and No. 3 Florida at 5 p.m. on Saturday.

FOOTBALL/VOLLEYBALL PROMO: On Saturday, September 6, show your Stanford vs. San Jose State football ticket to get into the Stanford vs. Florida volleyball match at 5 p.m. for free! Your Stanford/SJSU ticket will get you free seating in the general admission seating in Maples Pavilion.

ALL-AMERICAN McGEE MANS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) prepares for her fourth season on The Farm after a stellar junior year where she was tabbed an AVCA First-team All-American. McGee wrapped up 2002 with a Cardinal single-season best hitting percentage of .426 and was second on the team averaging 1.39 blocks per game. The 6-3 middle added 3.12 kills per game as well. With 413 career blocks through her tenure, McGee should crack the top five at Stanford this season, needing only 46 to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.

SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) returns to Stanford for her junior year after competing with the U.S. National Training Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic. The 6-0 outside hitter helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the games . Nnamani will anchor the left side for the Cardinal this season with the graduation of AVCA National Player of the Year, Logan Tom. The junior averaged 4.10 kills and 1.14 digs per game while hitting at a .331 clip last year. Nnamani hit the 1,000 kills mark to end her sophomore season and would be on pace to reach 2,000 to close out her career in 2004.

SISTER SISTER: Junior Ogonna Nnamani and freshman Njideka Nnamani become only the third set of sisters to play volleyball for the Cardinal in the history of the program. They join Kim (1982-85) and Bev (1989-92) Oden as well as Kari (1980-83) and Wendy (1984-87) Rush. The Nnamani's are the first set of Stanford sisters to play together at the same time on The Farm. They are the only set of sisters currently playing in the Pac-10 Conference on the same team as well (the Abernathy sisters, Gabrielle and Jennifer are playing for California and Arizona respectively).

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal will play 13 matches against teams in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, including four matches against the top 3 squads nationally ... Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the preseason poll ... Stanford has won 62 of the last 69 matches ... The Cardinal have been to the Final Four in three of the past four seasons, winning the title in 2001 and finishing second in 1999 and 2002 (In the past nine years, Stanford has made seven trips to the Final Four, winning four titles) ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 701-174-4 all-time record since 1976 (.799 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 21 of the last 22 seasons ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 14 times in the last 22 seasons, and produced 46 All-American honors in the last 21 years ... The Cardinal have had 11 30-plus win seasons since 1976.

CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Third-year head coach John Dunning has a 65-7 record on The Farm and is 502-109 in 18 years of coaching. He is only the 21st Div. I coach to reach the 500 win milestone. He has taken the Cardinal to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA National Championship match, including the title in 2001.He was tabbed AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2001 as well as Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He is 11-1 in postseason play as the Cardinal head coach. 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.

SET IT UP: With the return of senior setter Anna Robinson (Tampa, FL) along with sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, CA), the Stanford offense should run smoothly in 2003. Robinson, who is coming off of surgery this summer has progressed nicely and is ahead of schedule with her return to the court. Robinson averaged 11.89 assists in 2002 and is currently tied for fifth in career assists on The Farm. Goldhahn had a very productive spring and averaged 6.55 assists in 23 matches played last season.

HARVEY AT THE NET: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) will once again patrol in the middle for the Cardinal in 2003. The 6-5 senior led the league in blocks last season, averaging 1.43 per game. She also chipped in 1.43 kills as well. Harvey was a 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and will be an awards candidate again this year. Stanford has led the league in blocking for five consecutive seasons .

FAST FACTS: Only six players in Pac-10 volleyball history have earned four AVCA All- America honors in their careers ... Four of them are Stanford players (Kristin Klein, Bev Oden, Kerri Walsh and Logan Tom) ... 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-10 began 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.

READY, WILLING AND ABLE: Senior hitter Sara Dukes (Davis, CA) is coming off of a great spring and is ready for her final year at Stanford. The 6-0 Dukes averaged 1.10 kills while hitting at a .312 clip in 2002 and is considered the front runner for the opposite position. She hit .378, averaging 1.18 kills in Pac-10 matchups last season.

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.

KEEP AN EYE ON...: Freshman Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) begins her collegiate career on The Farm after picking up numerous accolades in high school. The No. 1 recruit in the nation last year was also tabbed the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. Richards, along with junior Jen Hucke (Fallon, NV), will compete for the second outside hitting position for Stanford.

T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice at home on FOX Sports Net during the 2003 season. Stanford's Washington State match on Friday, September 26th and the Arizona State match on Friday, October 31st will be broadcast. Stanford will also appear on FOX on Friday, November 14th at USC in Los Angeles. 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). In addition, the Florida at Stanford match on September 6 will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by College Sports Television (CSTV).

CARDINAL PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN LEAGUE PLAY: The 2003 Stanford women's volleyball team is picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference in a vote of the conference coaches. Defending national champion USC was chosen to win the league. Rounding out the top five are Arizona (T3), UCLA (T3) and California (5th). The Golden Bears are followed by Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon.

USA Today/AVCA
(August 11, 2003 - preseason)

1.	USC2. Hawaii3.	Florida4. Stanford5.	Pepperdine6.	Minnesota7.	Nebraska8.	Northern Iowa9.	UC Santa Barbara10. Arizona11. Penn State12. Georgia Tech13. UCLA14. Santa Clara15.	Kansas State16. Long Beach State17.	Wisconsin18.	Ohio State19.	Washington State20.	North Carolina21.	Missouri22.	Louisville23. Texas24.	California25.	Michigan State

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