No. 4 Women's Volleyball Prepares For Washington Schools

Sept. 23, 2003

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CARDINAL HOST WASHINGTON SCHOOLS IN CONTINUED PAC-10 ACTION: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (8-2, 2-0 Pac-10) return home to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they host Washington State (5-6, 2-0 Pac-10) on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m. and No. 13 Washington (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) on Saturday, September 27 at 7 p.m.

STANFORD VS. WSU ON TV: Friday night's matchup between the Cardinal and the Cougars will be aired on FOX Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. Please check your local listings for dates and times. Roxy Bernstein and former Cardinal standout Lisa Sharpley will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 2-0 over the weekend to open conference play with wins over Oregon State (3-1) and Oregon (3-0). Junior Ogonna Nnamani led the team, averaging 5.86 kills and 3.14 digs per game while freshman Kristin Richards added 4.57 kills and 3.14 digs per game. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey contributed 3.57 kills and 1.57 blocks to the Cardinal effort. Libero Leahi Hall notched a career-high 17 digs against the Beavers on Thursday night while rightside hitter Sara Dukes tallied a career-high 12 kills against OSU.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Washington State (5-6, 2-0 Pac-10) is coached by Cindy Fredrick who is in her 15th year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Zanda Bautre (3.45 kpg/3.14 dpg) and Kristen Carlson (2.93 kpg/3.43 dpg) ... WSU went 2-0 last week with league victories over #16 Arizona (3-1) and Arizona State (3-0) ... The Cougs are 4-1 in their last five matches and are 2-1 against ranked opponents this season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 32-3, and split their two matchups last year, winning 3-0 in Stanford and falling 1-3 in Pullman, Wash.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) is coached by third-year head coach Jim McLaughlin ... They are led by Sanja Tomasevic (5.92 kpg/2.50 dpg) and Brie Hagerty (3.68 kpg/1.68 dpg) ... Last week, the Huskies went 2-0 to open conference play, with wins over Arizona State (3-1) and #16 Arizona (3-2) ... UW is 2-0 against ranked opponents this season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington, 36-2, and defeated the Huskies 3-0 in Stanford and 3-1 in Seattle, Wash. ... The last UW win over the Cardinal was in 1989 as Washington defeated SU, 3-1 in Stanford.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal travel to face Arizona State on Thursday, October 2 in Tempe, and No. 22 Arizona in Tucson on Friday, October 3. Both matches will begin at 7 p.m. MT.

AROUND THE NET: Junior defensive specialist Leahi Hall notched a career-high 17 digs at Oregon State (9/18) ... Senior rightside hitter Sara Dukes recorded a career-high 12 kills at Oregon State (9/18) ... Ogonna Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all nine matches to date ... Stanford has three starters averaging over a block per game - Jennifer Harvey (1.83), Sara McGee (1.06) and Sara Dukes (1.03) ... Leahi Hall leads the squad, averaging 2.90 digs per game ... Junior Jennifer Hucke leads the team with 12 service aces on the year (0.46 sapg) ... Stanford is 4-1 in matches where middle blocker Jennifer Harvey has seven or more blocks ... The Cardinal is 3-0 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills.

HARVEY PATROLS THE NET FOR STANFORD: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) had an impressive weekend against the Oregon schools averaging 3.57 kills and 1.57 blocks while hitting .676. She was practically perfect against Oregon on Saturday night with 11 kills on 15 attempts with no errors (.733) and led the match with nine blocks at Oregon State. Harvey leads the team with 66 blocks in eight matches (1.83 bpg). She has posted seven or more blocks in five matches this season (Stanford is 4-1 in those 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.

SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged almost six kills per game (5.86) over the weekend as the Cardinal notched two league victories to open the Pac-10 season. Nnamani notched a double-double in both matches, posting 22 kills and 10 digs vs. OSU and 19 kills and 12 digs against Oregon. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.41 kpg, 2.56 dpg and a .324 hitting percentage. She has five double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 6.03 points per game. She has three matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 2-1 in those contests). 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 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 71 of the last 79 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 2.31 kills and 1.06 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .346 clip. 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 eight to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.

CAN YOU DIG IT?: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) made her presence felt as she competed in her first league contests. Richards averaged 4.57 kills and 3.14 digs while hitting at a .368 clip for the Cardinal. She notched a double-double both nights with 14 kills and 10 digs against Oregon and a career-high tying 18 kills and 12 digs versus OSU. On the year, she is second on the squad, averaging 3.00 kills and 2.45 digs per game. Richards has three double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 2-1 in those contests.

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.

Stanford Record When ....

Non-Conference Matches: 6-2Conference Matches: 2-0Vs. Ranked Teams: 0-2Vs. Unranked Teams: 8-0Three Games: 4-1Four Games: 2-0Five Games: 1-1On the Road: 3-1At Home: 1-1Neutral Site: 3-0Win First Game: 7-0Lose First Game: 1-2Last Five Matches: 4-1Last 10 Matches: 8-2TV Matches: 0-2
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