Fourth-Ranked Cardinal Host Stanford Invitational
Sept. 2, 2003
CARDINAL RETURN TO MAPLES FOR THE STANFORD INVITE: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (3-0, 0-0 Pac-10) host the Stanford Invitational, September 5-6 at Maples Pavilion. Joining the Cardinal are #3 Florida (4-1), #9 UC Santa Barbara (1-0) and the University of San Diego (3-0). Match times will be at 5 and 7 p.m. each day. All teams will play one match per day in a predetermined format.
CSTV TO BROADCAST STANFORD/FLORIDA MATCH TAPEDELAYED: College Sports Television (available on the Direct TV Network) will broadcast the Stanford/Florida match on Saturday on a tape-delayed basis. Check listings for match times. Heather Cox and Leandra Reilly will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively. The game will be aired on Sunday, September 7 at 6 p.m. ET on CSTV.
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 (general admission seating).
WEEK IN REVIEW: Last weekend, the Cardinal went 3-0 in the University Park Holiday Inn Classic to take the tournament title .... Stanford posted wins over host-Colorado State (3-0), Bradley (3-0) and Florida A&M (3-2) ... Ogonna Nnamani was tabbed MVP and was joined by teammate Sara McGee on the all-tournament team ... The Cardinal outblocked their opponents, 4.18 bpg to1.55 bpg for the weekend ... Against CSU, Stanford notched 24 team blocks - an average of eight per game.
ABOUT THE TOREROS: USD (3-0) is coached by Jennifer Petrie, now in her sixth season at the helm of the program ... They are let by Devon Forster (4.42 kpg/2.58 dpg) and Cassie Wolpern (3.50 kpg/3.08 dpg) ... San Diego went 3-0 last week, notching wins over Ohio (3-1), Utah (3-2) and Arizona State (3-0) ... As a team, the Toreros are averaging 16.67 kills and 16.50 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with San Diego, 1-0 and did not play the Toreros in 2002.
ABOUT THE GATORS: Florida (4-1) is coached by Mary Wise, who is in her 14th season with the Gators ... The team has a 4-1 record entering this weekend's matchups ... They are led by Aury Cruz (5.06 kpg/3.12 dpg) and Benavia Jenkins (3.50 kpg/1.38 bpg) ... As a team, UF is hitting .322 and averaging 17.12 kills per game while holding opponents to a .115 hitting percentage ... Last year, in the Credit Union Invitational, Florida defeated Stanford, 3-0 (30-18, 30-24, 30-25), in Gainesville, FL ... The Gators lead the all-time series with Stanford, 1-0.
ABOUT THE GAUCHOS: UCSB is coached by Kathy Gregory who is in her 29th season with the program ... The Gauchos won their season opener on Saturday night, 3-0, against Texas-Arlington ... UCSB will face Loyola Marymount tonight before coming to Stanford ... The Gauchos hold an 8-6 advantage in the all-time series with Stanford and did not play in 2002 ... The last meeting between the two teams was in 2000 in the NCAA Second Round as UCSB defeated the Cardinal, 3-2 in Santa Barbara, Calif. ... The Gauchos will face Florida and San Diego this weekend at the Stanford Invitational.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal host St. Mary's in a non-conference mid-week matchup on Tuesday, September 9 at 7 p.m. before hitting the road for a trip to the islands. Stanford will participate in the Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu, Hawaii, September 12-13 where they will take on Weber State (9/12) to open play.
McGEE TABBED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) averaged 3.00 kills, 1.45 blocks and 1.27 digs while hitting at a .471 clip en route to being named to the University Park Holiday Inn Classic All-Tournament team this weekend. Her 11 blocks against Colorado State was only one shy of her career high of 12. 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 431 career blocks through her tenure, McGee should crack the top five at Stanford this season, needing only 30 to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.
NNAMANI NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) had a stellar weekend as she was named the University Park Holiday Inn Classic MVP as she averaged 5.55 kills, 1.64 digs and 0.64 blocks while hitting .424 for the tournament. Nnamani competed 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? Stanford has won its season opener in 19 of the last 20 years ... 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 65 of the last 72 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 DOMINATES AT HOLIDAY INN CLASSIC: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) dominated at the net for Stanford in the University Park Holiday Inn Classic, averaging 2.00 blocks per game for the tourney. She tied her career high of 12 kills against Florida A&M (8/30) on Saturday while hitting at a .450 clip. Harvey leads the team with 22 blocks and four service aces in three matches. 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.
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AROUND THE NET: Junior outside hitter Jen Hucke (Fallon, NV) notched a career-high 10 kills against Colorado State (8/29) ... In the Cardinal's match against Bradley, all 15 student-athletes on the Stanford roster saw playing time ... Stanford is averaging over four blocks per game to start the 2003 season ... Freshman Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) tallied a career- and season-high 13 kills against Florida A&M (8/30) ... Senior setter Anna Robinson notched a career-high seven kills (7-0-14) versus FAMU (8/30) ... It was a day of 'firsts' against Bradley (8/30) as freshmen Michelle Mellard and Jennifer Wilson recorded their first collegiate kills.
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).