Eighth-Ranked Cardinal Host No. 9 California Volleyball
Nov. 4, 2003
CARDINAL MEETS GOLDEN BEARS FOR SHOWDOWN IN MAPLES: The eighth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (17-5, 10-3 Pac-10), who are on a three-match winning streak, host No. 9 California (19-3, 10-3 Pac-10) at Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. on Friday, November 7.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal swept the Arizona schools last week, notching a 3-1 victory over Arizona and a 3-2 win over Arizona State. Junior Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 4.44 kills and 2.11 digs over the two matches to lead Stanford. Freshman Kristin Richards tied a career-high with 18 kills vs. ASU on Friday night while middle blocker Jennifer Harvey averaged 1.22 blocks per game for the week. Four players ended the night in double figures in kills against Arizona.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California (19-3, 10-3 Pac-10) is coached by head coach Rich Feller who is in his fifth year at the helm ... Last week, the Golden Bears split with the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona State, 3-1, while falling to Arizona, 3-0 ... The team is led by Mia Jerkov (5.90 kpg/3.21 dpg) and Gabrielle Abernathy (3.05 kpg/1.11 dpg) ... California is 3-2 in its last five contests and 7-3 in the last 10 matches ... Cal defeated Stanford, 3-2, earlier this season in Berkeley ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with the Golden Bears, 51-4 ... Cal is 4-2 vs. ranked opponents this year.
LAST TIME OUT VS. CAL: The Golden Bears notched their first win over the Cardinal since 1982 with a 3-2 victory in Berkeley (30-22, 29-31, 28-30, 30-28, 15-9) ... Mia Jerkov recorded a match-high 31 kills while Ogonna Nnamani led Stanford with 25 kills ... California hit .333 for the match while the Cardinal hit .266 ... Cal outdug Stanford , 63 to 44 on the night ... Four Cardinal players ended the night in double figures in kills despite the loss.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal hit the road for their final conference road trip as they head to Los Angeles to face No. 6 UCLA on Thursday, November 13 and No. 1 USC on Friday, November 14.
AROUND THE NET: The Cardinal's next three matches will be against top 10 opponents ... With seven matches left on the schedule, Stanford will face a ranked oponent in five of those contests ... Freshman Kristin Richards tied her career high with 18 kills against ASU ... Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in nine of 13 conference matches this season ... Senior Jennifer Harvey tied her career high with 16 klls versus Arizona State ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 5.29 kills per game in league outings ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 21 matches to date ... Stanford is 9-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Harvey leads the team with 26 aces on the year ... The Cardinal is 8-1 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills ... This week, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 nationally.
HARVEY PATROLS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) continues to lead the Pac-10 in blocking averaging 1.54 per game in 2003. She averaged 1.22 blocks last weekend including seven against ASU. She has posted seven or more blocks in nine matches this season (Stanford is 8-1 in those matches). On the year, Harvey is averaging 2.51 kills and 1.54 blocks while hitting .346 overall. She leads the team with 25 block solos and 26 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 4.44 kills including 21 kills against Arizona on Thursday. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.25 kpg, 2.29 dpg and a .305 hitting percentage. She has 11 double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.83 points per game. She has nine matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 5-4 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 (5th), and blocks (2nd) ... The Cardinal are ranked eighth nationally and tops in the league in home attendance averaging 1,718 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 (eighth 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 82-12 record on The Farm and is 519-114 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 3.19 kills and 2.49 digs per game. She tied her career high in kills and aces wtih 18 and two respectively against Arizona State on Friday night. Richards has 10 double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 8-2 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.55 kills and 2.61 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 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.
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