No. 13 Cardinal Wrap Up Preseason Tourney Play in Illinois
Sept. 13, 2004
CARDINAL HIT THE ROAD FOR FINAL PRE-CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT: The 13th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (4-2, 0-0 Pac-10) travel to Evanston, Illinois, for a tournament at Northwestern, September 17-18. The Cardinal will open with Western Kentucky (7-0) at Noon CT on Friday then face Villanova (3-3) at 5 p.m. CT that night. Stanford will match up with host-Northwestern (4-2) at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday to close out tournament action.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Stanford women's volleyball team went 2-1 last weekend at the Stanford Invitational ... The Cardinal defeated Eastern Washington (3-0) and San Francisco (3-0) ... Stanford fell to No. 7 Penn State (2-3) in their third five-game match this season ... Seniors Ogonna Nnamani and Jennifer Hucke were named to the all-tournament team ... The Cardinal hit .292 for the weekend, averaging 16.09 kills, 17.27 digs and 3.45 blocks per game ... Ogonna Nnamani and Jennifer Hucke were tabbed to the all-tournament team.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Villanova (3-3) is coached by Gilad Doron who is in his first season at the helm ... Last week the Wildcats went 3-0 at its home tournament, beating Fairfield (3-2), Binghamton (3-0) and Virginia Commonwealth (3-0) ... Freshman setter Stephanie Olsen was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player ... She was joined on the all-tournament team by Dana Kabashima and Celine Nguyen ... They are led by Nguyen (3.38 kpg/3.38 dpg) and Adrian Semrau (3.00 kpg/0.86 bpg) ... Stanford and Villanova have only met once before in 1994 with the Cardinal winning, 3-0.
ABOUT THE LADY TOPPERS: Western Kentucky (7-0) is coached by Travis Hudson who begins his 11th season with the Lady Toppers ... Last week, WKU went 3-0, winning their home tournament with wins over Illinois State (3-1), Southeast Missouri State (3-0) and South Florida (3-0) ... Western's Crystal Towler earned tournament MVP honors ... Amanda Cecil was also tabbed to the all-tournament team for the Lady Toppers ... The team is led by Amanda Schiff (3.79 kpg/0.88 bpg) and Towler (3.21 kpg/2,62dpg) ... This will be the first meeting between Stanford and WKU.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Northwestern (4-2) is coached by Keylor Chan who is in his sxith year with the program ... The team went 2-1 last week at the Chicago Challenge, defeating Chicago-Illinois (3-0), DePaul (3-0) and while falling to Loyola (0-3) ... The squad is led by Julie Purcell (3.57 kpg) and Courtnie Paulus (3.18 kpg/2.36 dpg) ... Stanford is 3-2 lifetime against the 'Cats ... The last time the two teams met was in 1991, as the Cardinal defeated Northwestern, 3-0 (15-1, 15-12, 15-8).
UP NEXT: Stanford opens conference action, hosting #15 Arizona and Arizona State at Burnham Pavilion, September 23 and 24th at 7 p.m.
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 34 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 TABBED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.27 kills and 1.91 digs while hitting .383 at the Stanford Invitational to earn all-tournament honors for the second consecutive week ... The 6-1 outside hitter notched a season-high 29 kills against #7 Penn State - just one shy of her career record ... Nnamani, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, currently has 1,747 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 six matches this season and leads the team in kills (4.80) and points (5.44) per game. Nnamani spent her summer as a member of the U.S. National indoor volleyball team that competed in Athens, Greece.
DID YOU KNOW? Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,747 ... Libero Leahi Hall (Haiku, HI) is averaging 2.72 digs per game ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO), who is averging a team-leading 1.64 bpg, tied her career high with nine blocks versus Penn State on Friday night ... Junior Courtney Schultz (Pacific Palisades, CA) tallied a career-high 19 digs against PSU over the weekend ... Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY), who is averaging 1.18 bpg, tied her career high with eight blocks vs. the Nittany Lions ... 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 94-16 record on The Farm and is 531-118 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) posted a career-high 28 digs in Stanford's epic match with Penn State on Friday night (the 28 digs ties for fifth on The Farm for a single match) ... The 6-0 Utah native averaged 4.00 kills and 4.18 digs over the weekend ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.80) and second in kills per game (4.40) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year has tallied double figures in kills in five of Stanford's six matches this sesaon ... Her eight service aces (0.32) is second on the team.
FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... She recorded a career high 70 assists against Penn State on Friday and is averaging 12.52 on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with nine service aces (0.36 sapg) and is second in digs per game (3.12) ... She also notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus the Nittany Lions and matched her career high in blocks with five.
HUCKE NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) averaged 3.73 kills, 1.73 digs and 1.00 block while hitting .345 to earn all-tournament honors at the Stanford Invite over the weekend ... Hucke notched a career-high 20 kills and 11 assists against Penn State on Friday evening ... On the season, she is averaging 3.13 kills (third on the team) and 1.43 digs per game, as well as 0.91 blocks.
FAST FACTS: Lizzie Suiter has put together a string of five error-free matches ... 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.
PAC-10 LEADERS: Here's where Stanford players rank in the Pac-10 ... Ogonna Nnamani: 2nd, kills per game (4.80) and 3rd, points per game (5.44); Kristin Richards: 7th, kills per game (4.40), 7th in digs per game (3.80) and 4th in points per game (5.20); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (12.52) and 9th in digs per game (3.12); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.56); Franci Girard: 5th in blocks per game (1.24).
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.™