No. 11 Stanford Heads Across The Bay To Face No. 13 California

Oct. 26, 2004

CARDINAL TRAVEL ACROSS THE BAY TO BERKELEY: The 11th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (15-5, 7-2 Pac-10) travels across the bay to Berkeley as they take on 13th-ranked California (11-7, 6-3 Pac-10) on Sunday, October 31, at 3 p.m. The match will be broadcast by CSTV. Carter Blackburn and Krista Blunk will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 1-1 last week, splitting their matches with the Washington schools ... Stanford swept Washington State, 3-0, on Friday night then fell to No. 1 Washington, 3-0, on Saturday ... Ogonna Nnamani average 4.67 kills and 1.50 digs for the weekend, while Jennifer Hucke chipped in 3.33 kills, 2.33 digs and 1.50 blocks per game ... Courtney Schultz led the squad with 4.17 digs per game, followed by Bryn Kehoe's 3.17 dpg.

ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California (11-7, 6-3 Pac-10) is coached by Rich Feller who is in his sixth year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Golden Bears split their matches with Washington State (W, 3-0) and Washington (L, 0-3) ... The team is led by Angie Pressey (4.00 kpg/2.68 dpg) and Gabrielle Abernathy (3.80 kpg/1.43 dpg) ... Samantha Carter is averaging 13.68 assists per game while Jillian Davis leads the team with 5.43 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with California, 53-4 ... The Cardinal went 1-1 vs. the Golden Bears last year, falling 2-3 in Berkeley and winning 3-1 in Palo Alto.

UP NEXT: Stanford returns to the friendly confines of Burnham Pavilion to host UCLA on November 4 at 7 p.m. and USC on November 5 at 7 p.m. Friday's match against the Trojans will be televised by Comcast Sports Net.

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: Kristin Richards leads the league with 12 double-doubles this season ... Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.43) and ranks sixth nationally ... 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 48 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.62 kpg ranks sixth 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 CRACKS 2,000 CAREER KILLS MARK: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 4.67 kills, 1.50 digs, and 0.50 blocks last week against the Washington 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 this season and became the first Cardinal to notch 2,000 kills - she currently has 2,054 ... 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 62 more to move into second place, to surpass UCLA's Natalie Williams who had 2,115 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in seven of 20 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.62) and points (6.28) 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 2,054 ... O. Nnamani's 36 kills vs. UCLA ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 740-185-4 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 105-18 record on The Farm and is 542-120 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 12 DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with 12 double-doubles in 2004 including three last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 3.33 kills and 2.17 digs along with 0.50 sapg ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.67) and second in kills per game (3.82) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is secon the squad with 24 block solos ... Her 21 service aces (0.28 ) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (682) and 500 digs (630) 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 11.64 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 25 service aces (0.33 sapg) including two against WSU on Friday night and is second in digs per game (2.80) ... 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 six double-doubles on the year ... She has recorded at least one service ace in eight of the last 13 matches.

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 3.33 kills, 2.33 digs and 1.50 blocks against the Washington schools ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... Hucke had 13 kills, four blocks and seven digs on Saturday vs. Washington ... On the season, she is averaging 2.84 kills (third on the team) and 2.04 digs per game, as well as 0.92 blocks (she's hitting at a .292 clip as well) ... She has four double-doubles on the year.

BLOCKING SUITS HER: Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) has been a force at the net for the Cardinal in 2004, leading the team with 120 blocks (1.58 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 12 of her 20 matches this season ... She tied her career-high with seven kills at Washington State on Friday night ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game and 14th nationally.

FAST FACTS: Stanford is ranked 26th nationally in average home attendance (1,086) ... O. Nnamani is averaging 4.63 kpg for her career - which ranks fifth all-time in the Pac-10 ... 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 (5.62); 8th in hitting percentage (.332) and 1st, points per game (6.28); Kristin Richards: 10th, kills per game (3.82), 7th in digs per game (3.67) and 6th in points per game (4.60); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (11.64) and 7th in service aces per game (0.33); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.58).

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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