Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 11 UCLA and No. 1 USC
Oct. 14, 2003
CARDINAL WRAP UP FIRST HALF OF CONFERENCE PLAY THIS WEEK: The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (13-3, 6-1 Pac-10) return to the friendly confines of Maples Pavilion as they host No. 11 UCLA (13-3, 5-2 Pac-10), Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. and No. 1 USC (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10), Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 1-1 over the weekend with a 3-1 win over Pacific and a 3-2 loss to California. Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, Calif.) tallied a career-high six service aces against the Tigers and junior Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) led the match with 18 kills and 14 digs. Goldhahn's six services aces ties for fifth all-time on The Farm for a single match. Nnamani notched 25 kills and 11 digs against the Golden Bears while Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) contributed 17 kills to the effort.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA (13-3, 5-2 Pac-10) is coached by Andy Banachowski who is in his 37th year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Brynn Murphy (3.86 kpg/0.93 bpg) and Heather Cullen (3.17 kpg/2.37 dpg) ... Last week, the Bruins went 1-1, falling to Arizona (3-1) and beating Arizona State (3-0) ... UCLA is 4-1 in its last five matches and 3-2 against ranked opponents ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 34-27, however the Cardinal won both matches last season, including a 3-1 win at Stanford ... The last Bruin win over the Cardinal came on 10/19/00 in Los Angeles (3-0).
ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC (16-0, 7-0 Pac-10) is coached by Mick Haley who is in his third year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Emily Adams (3.51 kpg/1.39 bpg), April Ross (3.47 kpg/2.88 dpg) and Keao Burdine (3.45 kpg/2.68 dpg) ... Last week, the Trojans picked up two wins against Arizona State (3-0) and Arizona (3-0) ... USC is 5-0 in the last five matches and 4-0 vs. ranked opponents this year ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Trojans, 44-14, and went 1-1 during the regular season in 2002 including a 3-2 loss in Stanford ... This will be the first meeting between the two teams since the national championship match last year (USC defeated Stanford, 3-1).
UP NEXT: The Cardinal travel to Washington, Thursday, October 23 in Seattle, and Washington State, Friday, October 24 in Pullman.
AROUND THE NET: Stanford continues its strech of matches against ranked opponents facing the third and fourth consecutive ranked opponents this week (UCLA/USC) ... Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in four of seven conference matches this season ... Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn set a career-high with six service aces against Pacific ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 5.32 kills per game in league outings ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 15 matches to date ... Stanford is 6-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... The Cardinal is 5-1 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills.
HARVEY LEADS THE LEAGUE IN BLOCKS: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) led the Pac-10 in blocking last week and shows no signs of giving up that title. She notched 10 blocks over the weekend and averaged 2.89 kills as well. She has posted seven or more blocks in six matches this season (Stanford is 5-1 in those matches). On the year, Harvey is averaging 2.52 kills and 1.66 blocks whie hitting .376 overall. She leads the team with 22 block solos. 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) tallied a double-double in both matches last week, recording 18 kills and 14 digs versus UOP and 25 kills and 11 digs against the Golden Bears. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.24 kpg, 2.31 dpg and a .325 hitting percentage. She has seven double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.93 points per game. She has four matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 2-2 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 6-1 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 ranks in the top five in the conference in hitting percentage (3rd), assists (4th), blocks (1st), and kills (5th) ... The Cardinal are ranked ninth nationally and tops in the league in home attendance averaging 1,609 fans per contest ... 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 73 of the last 81 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.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where the Cardinal rank around the league ... Jennifer Harvey (seventh in hitting percentage; first in blocking) ... Sara McGee (ninth in hitting percentage) ... Ogonna Nnamani (fourth in kills per game; fourth in points per game) ... Katie Goldhahn (seventh in assists per game).
CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Third-year head coach John Dunning has a 78-10 record on The Farm and is 515-112 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 2.38 kills and 0.95 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .345 clip. She tallied 10 kills and three blocks versus Pacific and 11 kills and four blocks against the Golden Bears. 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. Her 470 career blocks through her tenure on The Farm, puts her fifth all-time surpassing former Cardinal Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) who has 461.
RICHARDS MAKES IMPRESSION: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) is second on the squad, averaging 3.13 kills and 2.33 digs per game. Richards has five double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 4-1 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.80 kills and 2.36 digs. She was named to the Sprint Hawaii Invitational all-tournament team earlier this season.
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.
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.
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.