No. 12 Cardinal Host Stanford Invitational

Sept. 7, 2004

CARDINAL HOST STANFORD INVITATIONAL: The 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (2-1, 0-0 Pac-10) host the Stanford Invitational, September 9-11 at Burnham Pavilion in Stanford, Calif. The Cardinal will open with Eastern Washington (0-3) at 7 p.m on Thursday, September 9 then face No. 7 Penn State (3-0) at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 10. Stanford will match up with the University of San Francisco (3-2) at 5 p.m. on Saturday to close out tournament action.WEEK IN REVIEW: The 2004 Stanford women's volleyball team opened the season at the SBC/Sands Regency Invitational in Reno, Nev., going 2-1 on the weekend ... The Cardinal defeated Utah State, 3-1, to win their fourth season opener under head coach John Dunning then fell to St. Mary's, 2-3, losing to the Gaels for the first time in five meetings ... Stanford rebounded to beat host-Nevada, 3-2, in the closing match of the tournament ... Senior Ogonna Nnamani and sophmore Kristin Richards were named to the all-tournament team.ABOUT THE EAGLES: Eastern Washington (0-3) is coached by Wade Benson who is in his fifth season at the helm ... Last week the Eagles dropped three matches at the Wahine Classic in Honolulu, Hi. ... The team fell to Hawaii (0-3), Arizona (1-3) and SanDiego (2-3) ... They are led by Keva Sonderen (3.50 kpg/1.25 bpg) and Lizzy Mellor (2.25 kpg/2.00 dpg) ... Thursday will be the first meeting between the Eagles and Cardinal.ABOUT THE NITTANY LIONS: Penn State (3-0) is coached by Russ Rose who begins his 26th season with the Nittany Lions ... Last week, PSU defeated Rutgers (3-0), Quinnipiac (3-0) and BYU (3-1) ... The team is led by Ashley Pederson (4.70 kpg/1.90 dpg) and Syndie Nadeau (3.20 kpg/2.50 dpg) ... Penn State is averaging 16.80 kpg and hitting .329 as a team ... The all-time series between the two teams is tied at 3-3 ... The Cardinal won the last meeting with the Nittany Lions in 2001 with a 3-1 victory at Penn State.ABOUT THE DONS: San Francisco (3-2) is coached by Jeff Nelson who is in his second year with the program ... The team went 3-2 last week, defeating UC Davis (3-0), Central Connecticut State (3-0) and Hofstra (3-0) while falling to San Jose State (2-3) and UC Riverside (2-3) ... The squad is led by Theresa Hart (4.58 kpg/2.92 dpg) and Stephanie Voelckers (4.32 kpg/3.16 dpg) ... Stanford is 16-0 lifetime against the Dons ... The last time the two teams met was in 1998, as the Cardinal defeated USF, 3-0.UP NEXT: Stanford hits the road to travel to Evanston, Illinois for the Northwestern Tournament, Sept. 17-18, where they will face Western Kentucky, Villanova and Northwestern.OUR TEMPORARY HOME, SWEET HOME: While Maples Pavilion wraps up its renovations this fall, Burnham Pavilion will be home for the Stanford women's volleyball team in 2004. The facility will seat 1,441 fans and will be much cozier than Maples. For ticket information, please call the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD. The Maples Renovation Project is expected to be completed in December of 2004.AROUND THE NET: Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani notched double-figures in kills in 31 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is one of only four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State).OGONNA NNAMANI RETURNS FROM ATHENS OLYMPICS: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) rejoined her collegiate teammates at the SBC/Sands Regency Tournament in Reno, Nevada last week and averaged 4.43 kills and 2.64 digs, after returning from the Athens Olympics where she competed for the U.S. National Indoor Team. The 6-1 outside hitter was tabbed to the all-tournament team for her efforts. Nnamani, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, currently has 1,689 career kills and should break the Stanford career kills mark held by two-time National Player of the Year, Logan Tom, who tallied 1,939 over four seasons in 2004. Nnamani has posted a double-double in all three matches this season and is second on the team with 5.17 points per game.DID YOU KNOW? Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,689 ... Libero Leahi Hall (Haiku, HI) is averaging 2.86 digs per game ... The Cardinal will take on their first ranked opponent of the season on Friday night when they face #7 Penn State - last year Stanford went 7-7 versus ranked opponents ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) notched a career-high nine blocks against St. Mary's College on Saturday ... Fellow middle blocker, Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) tallied a career/season-high eight blocks at Nevada ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 726-181-4 all-time record since 1976 (.799 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 22 of the last 23 seasons ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 14 times in the last 23 seasons, and produced 48 All-American honors in the last 22 years ... The Cardinal have had 11 30-plus win seasons since 1976.CARDINAL HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Fourth-year head coach John Dunning has a 92-15 record on The Farm and is 529-117 in 20 years of coaching. He was only the 21st Div. I coach to reach the 500 win milestone. He took 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 13-2 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.CAREER NIGHT FOR RICHARDS: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) had a career night to kick things off for the Cardinal in their season opening match against Utah State. The 6-0 Utah native notched a career-high 23 kills and matched her career high with 22 digs on the night. The very next night she broke her career kills mark with 24 versus Nevada along with a career-high three service aces. Richards was tabbed to the SBC/Sands Regency all-tournament team for her efforts ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is currently averaging a team-leading 4.71 kills and 3.50 digs per game for Stanford ... She has notched nine consecutive double-doubles dating back to last season.ACES ARE SERVED: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) began the year with a bang, serving up five aces against Utah State on Thursday ... For the weekend, she tallied seven service aces total to average 0.50 per game ... Kehoe posted a career/season-high 57 assists against Nevada on Saturday night and is averaging 11.79 apg on the year ... She also notched a career/season-high five blocks against the Aggies and a career/season-high 20 digs versus St. Mary's College on Saturday.FAST FACTS: Senior opposite Jen Hucke (Fallon, NV) is averaging 2.58 kills and 1.17 digs per game in 2004 ... 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 nine 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 19 years.DYNAMIC DUO: Senior Ogonna Nnamani and sophomore Kristin Richards return to the court as one of the top outside hitting tandems in the country ... The two combined for 1,019 kills last season accounting for around nine kills per game.SISTER, SISTER: Senior Ogonna Nnamani and sophomore Njideka Nnamani became only the third set of sisters to play volleyball for the Cardinal in the history of the program in 2003. 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.CARDINAL PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN LEAGUE PLAY: The 2004 Stanford women's volleyball team is picked to finish fourth 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 UCLA, Washington, Stanford, and California. Rounding out the poll were Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State (tie), respectively.NEW LOOK IN THE MIDDLE: With the graduation of three senior middle blockers in 2003, the middle will have a new look to it in '04. Joining sophomores Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO), Michelle Mellard (Leawood, KS) and Jennifer Wilson (Spokane, WA) will be freshman Franci Girard (Brooklyn NY).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. Brad Burton will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.™

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