No. 12 Cardinal Prepare For Pacific Before Hosting Oregon Schools

Oct. 11, 2004

CARDINAL PLAY THREE MATCHES THIS WEEK: The 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (11-4, 4-1 Pac-10) travel to Stockton, Calif. to face Pacific (10-3, 7-1 Big West) on Tuesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. before hosting the Oregon schools on the weekend. The Cardinal host Oregon State (8-6, 2-3 Pac-10) on Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. and Oregon (9-6, 1-4 Pac-10) on Saturday, October 16. Both matches will be played in Burnham Pavilion.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal split its matches with the L.A. schools over the weekend, falling to USC, 1-3 (16-30, 20-30, 30-27, 26-30) and beating UCLA, 3-1 (30-24, 24-30, 30-25, 30-28) ... Ogonna Nnamani had a career-best 36 kills vs. the Bruins which ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... She led the match with 24 against USC on Friday night ... Middle blocker Franci Girard recorded a career-high 10 blocks against UCLA as well ... Stanford has now won seven straight versus the Bruins ... The Cardinal have dropped four consecutive matches against the Trojans.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Pacific (10-3, 7-1 Big West) is coached by Jayne Gibson-McHugh who is in her fifth season with the Tigers ... Last week, UOP picked up wins over Cal State Fullerton (W, 3-1) and UC Riverside (W, 3-0) to run their winning streak to seven matches ... The team is led by Ashley Groothuis (4.32 kpg/2.70 dpg) and Sidney Bennett (3.28 kpg/1.21 bpg) ... Julie Magud is averaging 3.31 digs per game ... The team is hitting at a .263 clip on the season ... Stanford holds a 29-23 advantage in the all-time series with UOP ... Last season, the Cardinal defeated Pacific, 3-0 (30-26, 34-32, 30-25), at Stanford ... The Tigers last win over Stanford came in 2000 - a 3-0 victory in Stockton.

Ogonna Nnamani TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Oct. 4-10, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. Nnamani, a senior from Normal, Ill., recorded a career-high 36 kills while hitting at a .385 clip in leading the Cardinal to victory over the No. 10 UCLA Bruins. With 1,955 career kills, Nnamani became Stanford's all-time leader, surpassing two-time National Player of the Year Logan Tom (1,939). The total also moved Nnamani into third place in Pac-10 annals. She is currently 300 kills behind Pac-10 career leader Kristee Porter of UCLA, with 15 regular season matches remaining. For the weekend, Nnamani recorded 60 kills (7.50 kpg) and 23 digs (2.88 dpg) with a .323 hitting percentage. The 36 kills and 37.5 points she collected against UCLA were also the most recorded in any match by a Pac-10 volleyball player in 2004. This is the fourth weekly honor for Nnamani, and Stanford's 51st Player of the Week all-time.

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (8-6, 2-3 Pac-10) is coached by Nancy Somera who is in her sixth season with the Beavers ... Last week, OSU fell to Arizona (L, 1-3) and Arizona State (L, 0-3) ... The team is led by Allison Lawrence (3.74 kpg/3.17 dpg) and Abby Windell (2.94 kpg/1.02 bpg) ... Desma Stovall is averaging 11.92 assists per game while Nina Baltimore leads the squad with 3.36 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon State, 38-0 ... The Cardinal won both meetings with the Beavers in 2003, winning 3-0 in Palo Alto and 3-1 in Corvallis, Ore.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (9-6, 1-4 Pac-10) is coached by Carl Ferreira who is in his fifth year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Ducks dropped matches to Arizona State (L, 1-3) and Arizona (L, 0-3) ... The team is led by Lauren Westerndorf (5.06 kpg/2.56 dpg) and Sarah Mason (3.86 kpg/1.32 dpg) ... Heather Madison is averaging 11.42 assists per game while Katie O'Neil leads the team with 4.55 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Oregon, 38-2 ... The Cardinal won both meetings last season, winning 3-0 in Palo Alto and 3-0 in Eugene, Ore. ... The last Duck victory came in 1989 in Palo Alto (W, 3-2).

UP NEXT: Stanford hits the road again in continued conference play as they travel to the Washington schools ... The Cardinal take on Washington State on Oct. 22 in Pullman at 7 p.m. then face No. 1 Washington on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in Seattle.

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.

CARDINAL/TIGER CONNECTION: Stanford head coach John Dunning spent 16 years in Stockton as the head coach of Pacific, where he compiled a 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.

AROUND THE NET: Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.60) ... Head coach John Dunning notched his 100th victory as the Cardinal head coach against California on October 1 ... 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 43 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.66 kpg ranks 12th nationally ... Stanford is one of only four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State) ... O. Nnamani's 36 kills and 37.5 points vs. UCLA is the most by a Pac-10 player this season.

Ogonna Nnamani BECOMES STANFORD'S ALL-TIME LEADER IN KILLS: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 7.50 kills, 2.88 digs, and 0.25 blocks last week against the L.A. schools ... The 6-1 outside hitter, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, broke the career kills record at Stanford over the weekend and currently has 1,955 ... Nnamani broke 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 third in the conference in career kills and needs 161 more to move into second place, to surpass UCLA's Natalie Williams who had 2,115 during her career ... She needs just 45 kills to become the first player in Cardinal history and third in the Pac-10 to reach the 2,000 kills mark ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in six of 15 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.66) and points (6.34) 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? Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,955 ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) is averging a team-leading 1.62 bpg (ranks ninth nationally) ... O. Nnamani's 36 kills vs. UCLA ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 737-185-4 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 101-17 record on The Farm and is 538-119 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 NINE DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with nine double-doubles in 2004 ... For the weekend, Richards averaged 4.00 kills and 4.62 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 (3.76) and second in kills per game (3.91) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year leads the squad with 21 block solos this year ... Her 14 service aces (0.24) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (619) and 500 digs (569) 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 12.09 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 17 service aces (0.30 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.95) ... She recorded a career/season-high seven blocks versus Cal and notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus Penn State at the Stanford Invite ... Kehoe has posted five 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 2.12 kills, 3.00 digs and 0.88 blocks against the L.A. schools ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... Hucke had 10 kills and 13 digs vs. USC on Friday ... On the season, she is averaging 2.89 kills (third on the team) and 1.98 digs per game, as well as 0.91 blocks (she's hitting at a .292 clip as well) ... She has three double-doubles on the year.

FAST FACTS: Lizzie Suiter has has not committed a hitting error in 10 of her 15 matches this season ... Suiter has 43 blocks over the last four matches, averaging 1.86 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 (5.66); and 1st, points per game (6.34); Kristin Richards: 5th, kills per game (3.91), 7th in digs per game (3.76) and 5th in points per game (4.69); Bryn Kehoe: 4th in assists per game (12.09); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.62).

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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