No. 11 Cardinal Volleyball Hosts No. 12 California On Friday

Sept. 30, 2004

CARDINAL FACE ST. MARY'S ON TUESDAY BEFORE HOSTING CAL: The 11th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (9-3, 2-0 Pac-10) host No. 12 California (7-4, 2-0 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. in continued conference action on Friday, October 1. in Burnham Pavilion. Both teams will be coming off of mid-week non-conference losses.

The game will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net ... Roxy Burnstein and Sinjin Smith will provide the play-by-play and color commentary ... check your local listings for match times in your area.

ST. MARY'S SHOCKS STANFORD TUESDAY NIGHT: The Cardinal fell to St. Mary's for the second time this season on Tuesday night in Moraga (3-1), snapping a six-match winning streak ... Game scores were 24-30, 30-26, 34-36, 27-30 ... Ogonna Nnamani led the match with 24 kills on the night while MB Lizzie Suiter tallied a match-best 10 blocks on the night.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Stanford women's volleyball team opened league play with a sweep of the Arizona schools ... The Cardinal defeated No. 14 Arizona (3-0) and Arizona State (3-0) to extend their current winning streak to six matches ... Ogonna Nnamani led the squad both nights with 17 kills ... Lizzie Suiter tied her career high with nine blocks vs. both Arizona schools as well ... Stanford hit .317 as a team, averaging 3.83 blocks per game ... The Cardinal averaged over 1,000 fans each night.

'WHITE OUT' AT CAL MATCH: Join the Stanford Women's Volleyball team for a WHITE OUT against Cal, Friday October 1! For Nike's Fan Appreciation Day, the first 1,000 fans at Burnham Pavilion will receive a free white Nike T-shirt to be worn during the match. Our goal is to 'WHITE OUT' Burnham Pavilion. Show your Stanford spirit, compliments of Nike, for the FOX televised match against Bay area rival, Cal. Get there early to receive your free Nike shirt! Match time is set for 7 p.m. Be there and wear WHITE!

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California (7-3, 2-0 Pac-10) is coached by Rich Feller who is in his sixth season with the Golden Bears ... Last week, Cal opened league play with victories over Arizona, 3-2, and Arizona State, 3-1 ... The team is led by Angie Pressey (4.24 kpg/2.04 dpg) and Gabrielle Abernathy (3.70 kpg/1.45 dpg) ... Samantha Carter is averaging 13.64 assists per game while Jillian Davis leads the squad with 5.24 dpg ... Stanford holds a 52-4 advantage in the all-time series with Cal ... The Cardinal split its meetings with the Golden Bears in 2003, winning 3-1 in Stanford and falling 3-2 in Berkeley.

UP NEXT: Stanford heads south to Los Angeles to take on #3 USC on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and #10 UCLA on Saturday, October 9, also at 7 p.m. The match against the Trojans will be broadcast live on FOX Sports West.

THE GAUNTLET: The Cal/Stanford Gauntlet competition, sponsored by Lexus, is in full swing for the 2004-05 season ... the Cardinal-Golden Bears matchup this Friday is worth 2.5 points for the winner ... The school which accumulates the most points through out the season will be awarded with The Gauntlet Trophy.

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: Head coach John Dunning had 99 wins at Stanford and will be going for win No. 100 against California on Friday night ... Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in 40 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 MOVES INTO SIXTH IN CAREER KILLS IN THE PAC-10: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.67 kills, 0.67 blocks, and 1.50 digs while hitting .333 to help the Cardinal sweep the Arizona schools last week ... The 6-1 outside hitter, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, currently has 1,867 career kills which ranks third on The Farm ... Nnamani 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 ... She's ranked sixth in the conference in career kills and needs just five more to move into fifth place, to surpass ASU's Christine Garner who had 1,871 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in seven of 12 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.33) and points (6.10) per game ... Nnamani spent her summer as a member of the U.S. National indoor volleyball team that competed in Athens, Greece ... Nnamani has been named to three all-tournament teams this season, garnering MVP honors at the Wildcat Classic.

DID YOU KNOW? Junior setter Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, CA) notched a season-high nine digs on Tuesday night vs. SMC ... Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Wilson set a career-best with two kills against the Sun Devils ... Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,867 ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) is averging a team-leading 1.76 bpg ... O. Nnamani tallied a career-best 18 digs at St. Mary's ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 729-181-4 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 99-17 record on The Farm and is 536-119 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.

RICHARDS TIES CAREER HIGH WITH FIVE BLOCKS AGAINST SUN DEVILS: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) matched her career high of five blocks on Friday night vs. ASU ... For the weekend, Richards averaged 3.83 kills, 2.50 digs and 1.17 blocks ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.73) and second in kills per game (4.00) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year leads the squad with 18 block solos this year ... Her 13 service aces (0.29) 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 is averaging 12.09 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 14 service aces (0.32 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.91) ... She notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus Penn State at the Stanford Invite and matched her career high in blocks with five in that match as well.

HUCKE POSTS CAREER-BEST HITTING PERCENTAGE VS. ASU: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) posted a career-best hitting percentage against Arizona State on Friday night with 10 kills on 15 attempts with no errors (.667) ... She has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... Hucke tied her season-best of six blocks versus Northwestern on Saturday night and notched a season-high eight digs against Western Kentucky on Friday ... The rightside hitter posted a season-best three service aces on Tuesday night against SMC ... On the season, she is averaging 3.02 kills (third on the team) and 1.69 digs per game, as well as 0.95 blocks (she's hitting at a .327 clip as well).

FAST FACTS: Lizzie Suiter has has not committed a hitting error in nine of her 12 matches this season ... She set a career high in blocks versus St. Mary's on Tuesday night with 10 (3 solo, 7 assists) ... 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: 1st, kills per game (5.27); 1st, points per game (6.02) and 7th in hitting percentage (.347); Kristin Richards: 6th, kills per game (4.00), 8th in digs per game (3.61) and 4th in points per game (4.93); Bryn Kehoe: 6th in assists per game (11.80); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.68); Jennifer Hucke: 10th in hitting percentage (.328).

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.

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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