No. 6 Cardinal Wraps Up Regular Season This Week

Nov. 24, 2003

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CARDINAL WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON WITH TWO RANKED OPPONENTS: The sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (21-6, 14-4 Pac-10), close out the regular season with two non-conference matchups this week. The Cardinal will travel down the road to face No. 13 Santa Clara (20-9, 11-3 West Coast) at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, November 25, before taking on No. 20 Notre Dame (23-5, 11-1 Big East) at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion on Saturday, November 29.

SENIOR DAY: Stanford will bid a fond farewell to its senior class on Saturday, November 29 against the Fighting Irish. The Cardinal seniors are setter Anna Robinson (Tampa, FL), middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA), middle blocker Sara Dukes (Danville, CA) and middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO).

WEEK IN REVIEW: Stanford ended the Pac-10 season with a sweep of the Oregon schools at home last week. Junior outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani led the team, averaging 5.33 kpg while freshman OH Kristin Richards added 3.67 kpg and 4.33 dpg. Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey had 10 blocks in six games to average 1.67 blocks per game. The Cardinal outhit its opponents .405 to .156 for the weekend and outblocked them 3.67 to 0.67. Stanford finished 14-4 in league play to take second place in the Pac-10.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara (20-9, 11-3 West Coast) is coached by Jon Wallace who is in his fifth year at the helm ... Last week, the Fighting Irish went ... The team is led by Becky Potter (4.33 kpg/3.24 dpg) and Toni Muratore (3.61 kpg/0.76 bpg) ... Santa Clara is 4-1 in its last five contests and 7-3 in the last 10 matches ... The Cardinal defeated the Broncos, 3-0, last season in Stanford ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Santa Clara, 21-0.

ABOUT THE FIGHTING IRISH: Notre Dame (23-5, 11-1 Big East) is coached by Debbie Brown who is in her 13th year with the program ... Last week, the Fighting Irish finished second at the Big East Volleyball Championship after falling to Pittsburgh, 3-0, in the final ... The team is led by Emily Loomis (3.62 kpg/1.10 bpg) and Lauren Brewster (3.54 kpg/1.82 bpg) ... ND is 2-3 in its last five matches and 7-3 in the last 10 matches ... The Cardinal leads the all-time series with the Fighting Irish, 5-0 ... The last time the two teams met was in 1998, in an NCAA Second Round matchup that Stanford won, 3-0 (15-1, 15-5, 15-1).

UP NEXT: The Cardinal await word on the postseason as the NCAA Division I Volleyball Selection Show will air on Sunday, November 30 on ESPNews.

PAC-10 NAMES ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) and senior Anna Robinson (Tampa, FL) were first-team selections on the Pac-10 All-Academic team. Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, Ill.) was a second-team pick while senior Sara Dukes (Danville, Calif.), junior Leahi Hall (Haiku, Hi.) along with sophomores Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, Calif.) and Courtney Schultz (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) were honorable mention selections.

AROUND THE NET: The Cardinal will have faced a ranked opponent five of the last seven matches on the schedule, including #13 Santa Clara and #20 Notre Dame this week ... Jennifer Harvey tied her career high with three service aces against Oregon State ... Richards notched a double-double (kills-digs) in 12 of 18 conference matches this season ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 26 matches to date ... Stanford is 10-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... Harvey leads the team with 33 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 ... Keep an eye on Anna Robinson - she needs just 14 assists to move into a tie for fifth on Stanford's career assists list.

HARVEY PATROLS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) averaged 1.67 blocks per game last week, including a match-high six versus Oregon State. 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 1.52 blocks while hitting .355 overall. She leads the team with 30 block solos and 33 service aces. Harvey has tallied one or more service aces in 12 of her last 14 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 TOPS 500 KILLS FOR THE SEASON: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) has notched over 500 kills for the second consecutive season bringing her career total to 1,518 (the junior needs only 233 kills to break the top five in career kills). On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.29 kpg, 2.31 dpg and a .303 hitting percentage. She has 12 double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 5.86 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 12 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 six of the last nine matches ... Setter Katie Goldhahn has notched 10 or more digs in seven of the last 11 matches .. Stanford ranks in the top five in the conference in hitting percentage (3rd), opponent hitting percentage (4th) 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 (sixth 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 86-13 record on The Farm and is 523-115 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 3.17 kills and 2.80 digs per game. Over the last three matches, she is hitting .333 with 34 kills (3.40 kpg). Richards has 12 double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 9-3 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 3.43 kills and 3.01 digs. Richards has notched a double-double in seven of the last nine matches and has tallied at least one service ace in four of the last eight 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 18 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 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.

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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