No. 9 Women's Volleyball Prepares For Arizona Schools
Oct. 28, 2003
CARDINAL TAKE ON ARIZONA SCHOOLS IN MAPLES: The ninth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (15-5, 8-3 Pac-10) host Arizona (10-11, 4-6 Pac-10) on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. and Arizona State (8-11, 3-7 Pac-10) on Friday, October 31, also at 7 p.m.
ASU MATCH ON TV: Stanford's Friday night match against Arizona State will be aired on FOX Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. Check local listings for date and time. Roxy Bernstein and Lisa Sharpley will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 1-1 over the weekend with a 3-2 win over Washington State and a 1-3 loss to then-No. 10 Washington. Junior Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.78 kills per game while adding 2.11 digs over two matches. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) led the team with 1.44 blocks per game along with 2.33 kills. Setter Katie Goldhahn averaged 10.89 assists per game as well as 3.44 digs (she recorded a career-high 20 digs vs. WSU). Junior Jennifer Hucke led the team with 3.78 dpg. Stanford's loss to Washington was its first since the 1989 season.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (10-11, 4-6 Pac-10) is coached by head coach David Rubio, now in his 12th year at the helm ... Last week, the 'Cats defeated Arizona State, 3-0, in Tucson ... The team is led by Kim Glass (5.56 kpg/2.65 dpg) and Jennifer Abernathy (2.83 kpg/1.69 dpg) ... Arizona is 3-2 in its last five contests and 4-6 in the last 10 matches ... Stanford defeated the Wildcats earlier this season, 3-1, in Tucson ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with Arizona, 42-4 ... The last Wildcat win over SU came in 2002 as Arizona won, 3-2, in Tucson ... The 'Cats are 2-7 vs. ranked opponents this year.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (8-11, 3-7 Pac-10) is coached by first-year head coach Brad Saindon ... Last week, the Sun Devils fell to Arizona, 3-0, in Tucson ... They are led by Natalie Harris (4.16 kpg/2.55 dpg) and Juliana Escobar (3.51 kpg/3.04 dpg) ... ASU is 2-3 in its last five matches and 3-7 in the last 10 matchups ... Stanford defeated Arizona State earlier this season, 3-0, in Tempe ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with the Sun Devils, 43-4 ... The last ASU win over SU came in 2000 in Tempe as Arizona State won 3-1 ... Arizona State is 1-5 versus ranked opponents this year.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal face cross-bay rival California on Friday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
AROUND THE NET: Freshman Kristin Richards notched a career-high five blocks at WSU (10/24/03) ... Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in seven of 11 conference matches this season ... Sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn had a career-high 20 digs at Washington State (10/24/03) ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 5.48 kills per game in league outings ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 19 matches to date ... Stanford is 8-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Junior Jennifer Hucke tallied a career-high six assists versus Washington (10/23/03) ... Hucke is second on the squad with 20 service aces ... The Cardinal is 7-1 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills ... This week, five Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally.
HARVEY LEADS THE LEAGUE IN BLOCKS: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) continues to lead the Pac-10 in blocking averaging 1.57 per game in 2003. She averaged 1.44 blocks last weekend including a season-high 10 against Washington State. She has posted seven or more blocks in eight matches this season (Stanford is 7-1 in those matches). On the year, Harvey is averaging 2.48 kills and 1.57 blocks while hitting .337 overall. She leads the team with 24 block solos and 24 service aces. 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) led the team last week, averaging 5.78 kills including 28 kills at Washington State on Friday (two shy of her career high). On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.35 kpg, 2.31 dpg and a .317 hitting percentage. She has 10 double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.94 points per game. She has eight matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 4-4 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 seventh nationally and tops in the league in home attendance averaging 1,889 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 were ranked in the preseason poll ... 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 (ninth in hitting percentage; first in blocking) ... Sara McGee (eighth in hitting percentage) ... Ogonna Nnamani (fourth in kills per game; fourth in points per game) ... Katie Goldhahn (eighth in assists per game).
CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Third-year head coach John Dunning has a 80-12 record on The Farm and is 517-114 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. 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.
FAB FROSH: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) is second on the squad, averaging 3.11 kills and 2.46 digs per game. She tallied a career-high five blocks against WSU on Friday night and tied her career high with two service aces. Richards has eight double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 6-2 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.50 kills and 2.57 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.
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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 was broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by College Sports Television (CSTV) and the Cardinal's match at Hawaii was 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).
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