No. 14 Cardinal Prepare For L.A. Schools

Oct. 5, 2004

CARDINAL FACE USC IN FIRST CONFERENCE ROAD MATCH: The 14th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (10-3, 3-0 Pac-10) head to Los Angeles to take on No. 2 USC (8-2, 3-1 Pac-10) and No. 10 UCLA (10-3, 3-1 Pac-10) this weekend. The Cardinal will face the Trojans on Friday, October 8 at 7 p.m. and take on the Bruins on Saturday, October 9 at 7 p.m.

Friday's match against USC will be broadcast live by FOX Sports Net - West ... Brian Webber and Sinjin Smith will provide the play-by-play and color commentary. FSN Bay Area will televise the match on a tape-delayed basis on Saturday at 1 p.m.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal fell to St. Mary's for the second time this season last 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 ... The Cardinal rebounded to defeat cross-town rival, California, 3-2, in Stanford ... Game scores were 30-28, 28-30, 30-27, 28-30, 15-13 ... Four players notched double figures in kills while five recorded double-digits in digs ... Bryn Kehoe and Lizzie Suiter led the match with seven blocks each.

ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC (8-2, 3-1 Pac-10) is coached by Mick Haley who is in his fourth season with the Trojans ... Last week, the Trojans swept the Arizona schools, beating ASU (3-0) and Arizona (3-0) ... The team is led by Keao Burdine (3.53 kpg/2.97 dpg) and Emily Adams (3.11 kpg/1.66 bpg) ... Debora Seilhamer is averaging 4.57 digs per game ... The team is hitting at a .314 clip on the season ... Stanford holds a 44-16 advantage in the all-time series with USC ... However, last season, the Trojans won both matchups between the two teams (W, 3-0 in Palo Alto and W, 3-1 in Los Angeles).

ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA (10-3, 3-1 Pac-10) is coached by Andy Banachowski who is in his 38th season with the Bruins ... Last week, UCLA swept the Arizona schools, defeating Arizona (3-1) and ASU (3-0) ... The team is led by Brittany Ringel (3.16 kpg/1.55 dpg) and Brynn Murphy (3.07 kpg/1.02 bpg) ... Krystal McFarland is averaging 12.28 assists per game while Chrissie Zartman leads the squad with 5.40 dpg ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 34-29 ... The Cardinal won both meetings with the Bruins in 2003, winning 3-2 in Palo Alto and 3-1 in Los Angeles.

UP NEXT: Stanford will travel to Stockton, Calif. for a non-conference match with Pacific on Tuesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. before hosting Oregon and Oregon State over the weekend ... The Cardinal will host the Beavers on Friday, Oct. 15 at 7 p.m. and take on the Ducks on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. ... Both matches will be held at Burnham Pavilion.

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 notched his 100th victory as the Cardinal head coach against California on Friday ... The Cardinal's 105 digs vs. Penn State (9/10) is the most by a Pac-10 team this year ... Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in 41 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.36 kpg ranks 12th nationally ... Stanford is one of only four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State).

Ogonna Nnamani MOVES INTO FIFTH IN CAREER KILLS IN THE PAC-10: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.78 kills, 3.00 digs, and 0.89 blocks last week against SMC and California ... The 6-1 outside hitter, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, currently has 1,895 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 fifth in the conference in career kills and needs 15 more to move into fourth place, to surpass fellow-Cardinal Kristin Klein who had 1,909 during her career (the move will also put her second in career kills on The Farm) ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in eight of 14 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.36) and points (6.11) 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 10 digs on Friday night vs. Cal ... Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) recorded a career-high 13 kills against the Golden Bears last week ... Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,895 ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) is averging a team-leading 1.72 bpg (ranks ninth nationally) ... 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 100-17 record on The Farm and is 537-119 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 LEADS SQUAD WITH SEVEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with seven double-doubles in 2004 ... For the weekend, Richards averaged 3.44 kills and 3.67 digs ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.62) and second in kills per game (3.90) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year leads the squad with 20 block solos this year ... Her 13 service aces (0.26) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (587) and 500 digs (532) for her career.

FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... She is averaging 12.08 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 17 service aces (0.35 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.92) ... She recorded a career/season-high seven blocks on Friday night versus Cal and notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus Penn State at the Stanford Invite ... Kehoe has posted three double-doubles on the year.

HUCKE CONTINUES TO HAVE BANNER SENIOR YEAR: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) is having her best season on The Farm ... Last week, she averaged 3.56 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.78 blocks while hitting .304 ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... She is hitting .361 in conference matches this year ... Hucke recorded a season-high 14 digs against California 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 1.81 digs per game, as well as 0.91 blocks (she's hitting at a .321 clip as well) ... She has two double-doubles on the year.

FAST FACTS: Lizzie Suiter has has not committed a hitting error in nine of her 13 matches this season ... She set a career high in blocks versus St. Mary's on Tuesday night with 10 (3 solo, 7 assists) ... Suiter has 35 blocks over the last four matches, averaging 2.33 bpg ... 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 (5.36); and 1st, points per game (6.11); Kristin Richards: 8th, kills per game (3.90), 8th in digs per game (3.62) and 7th in points per game (4.73); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (12.08); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.72); Jennifer Hucke: 10th in hitting percentage (.321).

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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