Stanford Cardinal 2003 Volleyball Outlook

Aug. 25, 2003

STANFORD CARDINAL

TEAM PREVIEW
Losing three important seniors, including two-time AVCA national Player of the Year, Logan Tom, would be a major blow to any team. However, the Stanford Cardinal are blessed with enough reinforcements in senior middle blockers Sara McGee and Jenn Harvey, and junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani to keep them in contention for not only a Pac-10 title, but a national title as well.

STRENGTHS

  • The Cardinal seemed to own play at the net last season as the squad led the Pac-10, and ranked third nationally, with 3.59 blocks per game. Harvey (1.43 bpg) and McGee (1.39 bpg) ranked one and two respectively in the Pac-10. Not only was the duo adept at putting up a big block against the opposition, but they could put it away as well. McGee led the league in hitting percentage (.429), while Harvey hit at a .299 clip.
  • Nnamani, already with 1,000 career kills after posting 529 kills last season (4.10 kpg), will get the bulk of the swings in replacing Tom. She's efficient as well, hitting a stellar .331 last season. Look for junior Jen Hucke and freshman Kristin Richards, the 2002-03 Gatorade National High School Player of the Year to see action as another option on the outside for the Cardinal.
  • Two capable setters in senior Anna Robinson and sophomore Katie Goldhahn. Robinson tallied 1,463 assists last season, and a big reason the Cardinal hit a school record .311 last year.

    CONCERNS

  • Replacing not just the numbers that Tom posted during her standout career, but the leadership and responsibilities that she provided the team as well.
  • The Cardinal will need to serve tough in order to keep the opposition from quick scoring opportunities. Returning players accounted for just 0.55 service aces per game last season as the three departing seniors take with them 127 of the team's 198 service aces.

    ACCORDING TO COACH DUNNING
    'Everyone in this program is well aware that we have been through something special during the past four years. Playing in the final match of the year in three of the past four years has been as amazing as having one of the best collegiate players ever to play in the lineup.

    'One of the key issues that comes up in any program when a player of Logan's stature departs is how the team develops without her and how people will change and grow now that she is no longer here to shoulder a big part of the responsibilities.'

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