No. 7 Cardinal Hit The Road To Face L.A. Schools

Nov. 11, 2003

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CARDINAL TRAVEL TO L.A. FOR FINAL PAC-10 ROAD SERIES: The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (18-5, 11-3 Pac-10), take a four-match winning streak to Los Angeles this week as they face No. 8 UCLA (20-5, 11-4 Pac-10) on Thursday, November 13 at 7 p.m. and No. 1 USC (24-0, 15-0 Pac-10) on Friday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m.

USC MATCH ON FOX SPORTS NET: The Stanford at USC volleyball match will be televised on FOX Sports Net on a tape-delayed basis. Check your local listings for dates and times in your area. The match will mark the Cardinal's fifth t.v. appearance this season.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Stanford beat No. 9 California, 3-1, on Friday night in Maples Pavilion (30-25, 23-30, 30-26, 30-19) ... Junior OH Ogonna Nnamani led the match with 26 kills while hitting .355 ... Kristin Richards chipped in 13 kills and 12 digs while Sara Dukes added six blocks ... The Cardinal hit .222 for the match and collected 16 team blocks ... Junior Jennifer Hucke tallied three service aces ... Cal was led by Amanda Fox's career-high 14 kills ... Golden Bear libero Jillian Davis collected a career-high 28 digs.

ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA (20-5, 11-4 Pac-10) is coached by head coach Andy Banachowski who is in his 37th year at the helm ... Last week, the Bruins split with the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona State, 3-0, while falling to Arizona, 0-3 ... The team is led by Brynn Murphy (3.79 kpg/1.04 bpg) and Heather Cullen (2.95 kpg/2.40 dpg) ... UCLA is 4-1 in its last five contests and 8-2 in the last 10 matches ... The Cardinal defeated the Bruins, 3-2, earlier this season at Stanford ... The Bruins leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 34-28 ... UCLA is 5-3 vs. ranked opponents this year.

ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC (24-0, 15-0 Pac-10) is coached by Mick Haley who is in his third year with the program ... Last week, the Trojans defeated both Arizona schools, downing Arizona, 3-1, and Arizona State, 3-0 ... The team is led by April Ross (3.59 kpg/3.00 dpg) and Emily Adams (3.49 kpg/1.52 bpg) ... USC has won 36 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... The Trojans defeated the Cardinal, 3-0, earlier this season in Stanford ... Stanford leads the all-time series with USC, 44-15.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal close out the Pac-10 conference season with the Oregon schools at home. Stanford takes on Oregon on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m. and Oregon State on Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

AROUND THE NET: The Cardinal will play its 10th and 11th matches versus ranked opponents this week ... With six matches left on the schedule, Stanford will face a ranked oponent in four of those contests ... Freshman Kristin Richards tied her career high with five blocks versus the Golden Bears ... Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in 10 of 14 conference matches this season ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 5.31 kills per game in league outings ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 22 matches to date ... Stanford is 9-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Harvey leads the team with 27 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 1.52 per game in 2003. She averaged 1.25 blocks against California. 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 2.49 kills and 1.52 blocks while hitting .344 overall. She leads the team with 26 block solos and 27 service aces. Harvey has tallied one or more service aces in nine of her last 10 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.

NNAMANI NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts against Cal in Stanford only contest last week. Nnamani averaged 6.5 kpg and 2.75 dpg in the 3-1 victory. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.31 kpg, 2.31 dpg and a .308 hitting percentage. She has 11 double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.89 points per game. She has 10 matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 6-4 in those contests). Nnamani has tallied 20 or more kills in seven of her last eight matches. She 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? Junior Jennifer Hucke has recorded a least one service ace in four of the last five matches ... Setter Katie Goldhahn has notched 10 or more digs in six of the last seven matches .. 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 1,866 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 ... Ogonna Nnamani leads the conference among active career kill leaders with 1,446 ... 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 (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 83-12 record on The Farm and is 520-114 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 2.37 kills and 0.93 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .343 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 2.52 digs per game. She tied her career high in blocks on Friday night with five against the Golden Bears. Richards has 10 double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 8-2 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.53 kills and 2.64digs. Richards has notched five consecutive double-doubles heading into the UCLA match this Thursday and has tallied at least one service ace in three of the last four matches. 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.

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