Cardinal Women Wrap Up Conference Play At Home

Nov. 18, 2003

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CARDINAL CONCLUDE CONFERENCE ACTION IN MAPLES: The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (19-6, 12-4 Pac-10), wrap up league play this week, facing Oregon (3-22, 0-16 Pac-10) on Thursday, November 20 at 7 p.m., and Oregon State (15-13, 5-11 Pac-10) on Friday, November 21 at 7 p.m. Both matches will be held in Maples Pavilion.

WEEK IN REVIEW: Stanford split its matches with the L.A. schools, defeating UCLA, 3-1, on Thursday before falling to USC, 1-3, on Friday night ... Junior Ogonna Nnamani averaged 5.00 kills per game and 2.75 digs to lead the Cardinal ... Senior Jennifer Harvey added 2.75 kills and 1.38 blocks per game to the cause ... Freshman Kristin Richards led the team with 4.62 digs per game, followed by junior Jennifer Hucke's 3.43 dpg ... Stanford tallied 21 team blocks against UCLA on Thursday night.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (3-22, 0-16 Pac-10) is coached by Carl Ferreira who is in his fourth year at the helm ... Last week, the Ducks fell to Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (3-1) ... The team is led by Sarah Mason (3.14 kpg/0.54 dpg) and Kelly Russell (3.06 kpg/1.09 dpg) ... Oregon is 0-5 in its last five contests and 0-10 in the last 10 matches ... The Cardinal defeated the Ducks, 3-0, earlier this season in Eugene ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 37-2 ... The last Ducks win came in 1989, UO beat the Cardinal, 3-2 at Stanford.

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (15-13, 5-11 Pac-10) is coached by Nancy Somera who is in her fifth year with the program ... Last week, the Beavers split with the Arizona schools, defeating ASU, 3-0, and falling to Arizona, 1-3 ... The team is led by Allison Lawrence (3.59 kpg/3.33 dpg) and Anne Watts-Roberts (3.22 kpg/1.87 dpg) ... OSU is 3-2 in its last five matches and 3-7 in the last 10 matches ... The Cardinal defeated the Beavers, 3-1, earlier this season in Corvallis ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 37-0.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal head down the road to face No. 13 Santa Clara on Tuesday, November 25 at 7 p.m., then host #17 Notre Dame on Saturday, November 29 at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

AROUND THE NET: With four matches left on the schedule, Stanford will face a ranked oponent in two of those contests (The Cardinal will have faced a ranked opponent five of the last seven matches on the schedule) ... Junior Jennifer Hucke notched a career-high seven blocks against UCLA last week ... Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in 11 of 16 conference matches this season ... Stanford's 21 team blocks against UCLA is the second most by a conference team this year (The Cardinal also hold the top spot with 24 team blocks vs. Colorado State) ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 24 matches to date ... Stanford is 10-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Harvey leads the team with 28 aces on the year ... The Cardinal is 8-2 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills ... This week, six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally with four in the top 10.

MCGEE AND NNAMANI TABBED TO DISTRICT VIII ACADEMIC TEAM: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) and junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) were District VIII All-Academic first-team selections and are now eligible for Academic All-America honors. Stanford was the only school in the district with more than one honoree on the first team. Nnamani was a third-team Academic All-America selection last year.

AROUND THE NET: With four matches left on the schedule, Stanford will face a ranked oponent in two of those contests (The Cardinal will have faced a ranked opponent five of the last seven matches on the schedule) ... Junior Jennifer Hucke notched a career-high seven blocks against UCLA last week ... Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in 11 of 16 conference matches this season ... Stanford's 21 team blocks against UCLA is the second most by a conference team this year (The Cardinal also hold the top spot with 24 team blocks vs. Colorado State) ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 24 matches to date ... Stanford is 10-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Harvey leads the team with 28 aces on the year ... The Cardinal is 8-2 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills ... This week, six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 25 nationally with four in the top 10.

HARVEY PATROLS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) had nine blocks against UCLA last week - just one shy of her season best. She has posted seven or more blocks in 11 matches this season (Stanford is 10-1 in those matches). On the year, Harvey is averaging 2.51 kills and league-leading 1.51 blocks while hitting .348 overall. She leads the team with 27 block solos and 28 service aces. Harvey has tallied one or more service aces in 10 of her last 12 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) notched another double-double against UCLA last week with 26 kills and 14 digs. She needs just 14 more kills to reach 500 for the second consecutive season. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.28 kpg, 2.35 dpg and a .294 hitting percentage. She has 12 double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.85 points per game. She has 11 matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 7-4 in those contests). Nnamani has tallied 20 or more kills in eight of her last 10 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 seven matches ... Setter Katie Goldhahn has notched 10 or more digs in seven of the last nine matches .. Stanford ranks in the top five in the conference in hitting percentage (3rd), opponent hitting percentage (5th) and blocks (2nd) ... The Cardinal are ranked ninth 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) ... 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 84-13 record on The Farm and is 521-115 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.

FAB FROSH: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) is second on the squad, averaging 3.14 kills and 2.70 digs per game. She had 20 digs against USC last week (two shy of her career high). Richards has 11 double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 8-3 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.41 kills and 2.89 digs. Richards has notched a double-double in six of the last seven matches and has tallied at least one service ace in three of the last six 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.

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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 was broadcast. Stanford also appeared 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). The Golden Bears are followed by Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon.

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