Stanford Volleyball Opens Pac-10 Play On The Road

Sept. 16, 2003

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CARDINAL TRAVEL TO OREGON SCHOOLS TO BEGIN CONFERENCE ACTION: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (6-2, 0-0 Pac-10) open the Pac-10 Conference season on the road, facing Oregon State (9-2, 0-0 Pac-10) on Thursday, September 18 in Corvallis and Oregon (3-5, 0-0 Pac-10) on Friday, September 19 in Eugene.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 1-1 last week at the Sprint Hawaii Invitational in Honolulu, Hi., defeating Weber State, 3-1, and falling to No. 2 Hawaii, 2-3. Stanford had five players in double figures in kills in the win over the Wildcats as junior outside hitter Jenn Hucke set a career high with 16 kills and eight service aces. The eight service aces ranks third all-time in the Cardinal record books for a single match (ties All-American Teresa Smith,10/9/86). Ogonna Nnamani notched a match-high 28 kills in the loss to the Wahine while Kristin Richards tallied a match- and career-high 22 digs. Both Nnamani and Richards were tabbed to the all-tournament team for their efforts.

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (9-2) is coached by fifth-year head coach Nancy Somera ... They are led by Allison Lawrence (3.70 kpg/3.40 dpg) and Anne Watts-Robers (3.25 kpg/1.68 dpg) ... OSU went 3-0 last week notching wins over Winthrop (3-1), Campbell (3-0) and Charlotte (3-1) ... The Beavers are 3-2 in their last five matches and bring a three-match winning streak into Thursday night's matchup ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 36-0, and defeated the Beavers, 3-0, in Corvallis last season.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (3-5) is coached by fourth-year head coach Carl Ferreira ... They are led by Kelly Russell (3.17 kpg/1.03 bpg) and Sarah Mason (2.27 kpg/0.27 bpg) ... Last week, UO went 1-1, defeating Willanova (3-0) and falling to Colorado (0-3) ... The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five matches ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 36-2, and defeated the Ducks, 3-0, in Eugene last year ... The last time Oregon defeated the Cardinal was in 1989 in Stanford (3-2).

UP NEXT: The Cardinal continue their conference schedule hosting Washington State on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m. and 14th-ranked Washington on Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Friday match against WSU will be shown on a tape-delayed basis on FOX Sports Net.

AROUND THE NET: Junior defensive specialist Leahi Hall notched a career-high 16 digs at Hawaii (9/13) ... Senior rightside hitter Sara Dukes recorded a career-high 11 kills vs. Weber State (9/12) ... Ogonna Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all six matches to date ... Stanford has three starters averaging over a block per game - Jennifer Harvey (1.90), Sara McGee (1.07) and Sara Dukes (1.07) ... Stanford is currently ranked seventh nationally and tops in the Pac-10 in home attendance averaging 1,880 fans per match ... Junior outside hitter Jennifer Hucke had a career-high 16 kills and eight service aces vs. Weber State (9/12) ... Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn put up a career-high 65 assists vs. Weber State (9/12) on Friday evening.

HARVEY LEADS TEAM IN BLOCKING: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) had a solid weekend at the Sprint Hawaii Invitational, averaging 1.00 blocks and 3.00 kills per game. She tallied a career-high 16 kills against Weber State Friday night for the Cardinal and has tallied six or more blocks in six of eight matches this year. Harvey leads the team with 55 blocks in eight matches (1.90 bpg). 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.

NNAMANI TABBED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) notched a match-high 28 kills while chipping in 15 digs and four blocks on her way to being named to the Sprint Hawaii Invitational all-tournament team. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.28 kpg, 2.40 dpg and a .334 hitting percentage. She has three double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.84 points per game. Nnamani competed with the U.S. National Training Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic this summer. 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 69 of the last 77 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.

McGEE MANS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) continues to patrol the middle for the Cardinal in 2003. The '02 All-American is averaging 2.48 kills and 1.07 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .377 clip. She notched 10 kills and three blocks while hitting .471 against Weber State on Friday night. 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 443 career blocks through her tenure, McGee should crack the top five at Stanford this season, needing only 18 to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.

CAN YOU DIG IT?: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) had a career-setting weekend at the Sprint Hawaii Invitational. The 6-0 frosh notched a career-high 18 kills against Weber State on Friday evening and followed that performance with another 15 kills and a career-high 22 digs against Hawaii on Saturday night. She averaged 3.66 kills and 3.44 digs per game over the weekend. For her efforts, Richards was tabbed to the all-tournament team. On the year, she is second on the squad, averaging 2.58 kills and 2.27 digs per game.

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.

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.

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) and the Cardinal's match at Hawaii will be broadcast locally in Honolulu by Ch. 5.

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.

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.

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