No. 12 Cardinal Host No. 16 UCLA And No. 4 USC This Week
Nov. 3, 2004
CARDINAL HOST L.A. SCHOOLS IN CONTINUED CONFERENCE PLAY: The 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (15-6, 7-3 Pac-10) looks to snap a two-match losing streak when they take on No. 16 UCLA (14-7, 7-4 Pac-10) on Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal host No. 4 USC (14-3, 9-2 Pac-10) on Friday, November 5 at 7 p.m.
Thursday's match against the Bruins will be televised live by Comcast Cable locally (Ch. 77).
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal played only one match last week, falling to California, 3-2, in Berkeley ... Game scores were 21-30, 25-30, 30-28, 30-24, 9-15 ... Ogonna Nnamani led the match with 28 kills while Kristin Richards added 16 kills and 13 digs ... Lizzie Suiter notched a match-best five blocks on the night ... Cal was led by Angie Pressey's 25 kills and 13 digs ... Stanford and the Golden Bears split their two matches this season with the home team winning, 3-2.
ABOUT THE BRUINS: UCLA (14-7, 7-4 Pac-10) is coached by Andy Banachowski who is in his 38th year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Bruins split their matches with Arizona State (W, 3-0) and Arizona (L, 0-3) ... The team is led by Brynn Murphy (3.14 kpg/0.96 bpg) and Brittany Ringel (2.84 kpg/1.53 dpg) ... Krystal McFarland is averaging 11.91 assists per game while Chrissie Zartman leads the team with 5.42 digs per game ... UCLA leads the all-time series with Stanford, 34-30 ... The Cardinal won this year's earlier matchup in Los Angeles, 3-1 ... Stanford has won the last seven matches between the two teams ... The last Bruin win came in 2000 in L.A. (W, 3-0) ... The last UCLA victory at Stanford was in 2000 as well.
ABOUT THE TROJANS: USC (11-7, 6-3 Pac-10) is coached by Mick Haley who is in his fourth year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Trojans swept the Arizona schools, defeating the Wildcats, 3-1, and the Sun Devils, 3-0 ... The team is led by Keao Burdine (3.89 kpg/2.97 dpg) and Emily Adams (3.25 kpg/1.54 bpg) ... Allison Dillon is averaging 7.05 assists per game while Debora Seilhamer leads the team with 4.88 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with USC, 44-17 ... However, the Trojans have won the last four matches, including a 3-1 victory in L.A. earlier this season.
UP NEXT: Stanford travel to the Oregon schools, taking on Oregon on November 11 at 7 p.m. in Eugene and Oregon State on November 12 at 7 p.m. in Corvallis.
WELCOME BACK KERRI: Former Stanford All-American and 2004 U.S. gold medalist in beach volleyball, Kerri Walsh, returns to The Farm for the USC match on Friday, November 5 ... Walsh will be recognized for her gold medal performance at the '04 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
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: The Cardinal are in the middle of a four-match stretch against ranked opponents - they have already faced No. 1 Washington and then-No. 13 California, and now take on No. 16 UCLA and No. 4 USC ... Kristin Richards leads the league with 13 double-doubles this season ... Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.36) and ranks sixth nationally ... Head coach John Dunning notched his 100th victory as the Cardinal head coach against California on October 1 ... Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in 49 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 CLOSING IN ON PAC-10 CAREER KILLS MARK: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.60 kills, 2.00 digs, and 0.40 blocks last week against California ... 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 2,082 ... 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 33 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 eight of 21 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 2,082 ... O. Nnamani's 36 kills vs. UCLA ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 740-186-4 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 105-20 record on The Farm and is 542-122 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 13 DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with 13 double-doubles in 2004 including one last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 3.20 kills and 2.60 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 (3.60) and second in kills per game (3.78) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is third on the squad with 24 block solos ... Her 21 service aces (0.26) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (698) and 500 digs (643) 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 11.57 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 25 service aces (0.31 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.71) ... 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 14 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 1.80 kills, 2.00 digs and 0.60 blocks against California ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... On the season, she is averaging 2.77 kills (third on the team) and 2.04 digs per game, as well as 0.90 blocks (she's hitting at a .290 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 125 blocks (1.54 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 12 of her 21 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 22nd nationally.
FAST FACTS: Stanford is ranked 27th 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); 7th in hitting percentage (.333) and 1st, points per game (6.29); Kristin Richards: 10th, kills per game (3.78), 8th in digs per game (3.60) and 6th in points per game (4.51); Bryn Kehoe: 6th in assists per game (11.57) and 10th in service aces per game (0.31); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.54).
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.™