No. 9 Cardinal Volleyball Hosts Washington Schools

Nov. 16, 2004

CARDINAL RETURN TO BURNHAM TO HOST WASHINGTON/WSU: The ninth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (19-6, 11-3 Pac-10) looks to extend a four-match winning streak when they host #1 Washington (22-0, 14-0 Pac-10) on Thursday, November 18, at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal then play Washington State (4-23, 1-13 Pac-10) on Friday, November 19 at 7 p.m.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal picked up two more victories over the weekend, with 3-0 wins over Oregon (30-22, 30-22, 30-27) and Oregon State (30-21, 30-27, 30-20) ... Stanford hit .342 versus the Oregon schools, averaging 20 digs per game ... Kristin Richards notched 11 kills and 18 digs against the Ducks while Ogonna Nnamani tallied 23 kills and nine digs vs. the Beavers ... The Cardinal improves to 39-2 against Oregon and 39-0 versus Oregon State.

SENIOR NIGHT: Stanford will say goodbye to its three seniors on Friday night against Washington State ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani, opposite hitter Jennifer Hucke and defensive specialist/libero Leahi Hall are competing in their final season on The Farm.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: Washington (22-0, 14-0 Pac-10) is coached by Jim McLaughlin who is in his fourth year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Huskies swept Arizona State (W, 3-0) and Arizona (W, 0-3) ... The team is led by Christal Morrison (4.41 kpg/2.74 dpg) and Brie Hagerty (4.11 kpg/0.49 bpg) ... Courtney Thompson is averaging 14.89 assists per game while Candace Lee leads the team with 5.72 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington, 37-5 ... However, the Huskies have won the last three matches, including earlier this year in Seattle (3-0) ... The last Cardinal win came in 2003 in Stanford (W, 3-1).

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Washington State (4-23, 1-13 Pac-10) is coached by Brian Heffernan who is in his first year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Cougars dropped both matches to the Arizona schools, falling 3-0 in Tempe and Tucson ... They are led by Kelly Rosin (3.75 kpg/2.19 dpg) and Jennifer Todd (3.73 kpg/1.12 bpg) ... Setter Nicole Martin is averaging 10.78 assists per game while Stacey Holbrook leads the team defensively with 3.52 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Washington State, 35-3 ... The Cardinal defeated the Cougars, 3-0, in Pullman earlier this season and have won the last three matches ... The last WSU win came in 2002 in Pullman (3-1).

UP NEXT: The Cardinal will host #23 Santa Clara in a non-conference match up on Tuesday, November 23 at 7 p.m. before traveling to the Arizona schools, taking on ASU on November 26 at 7 p.m. and Arizona on November 27 at 7 p.m.

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 15 double-doubles this season ... Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.38) and ranks in the top 10 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 53 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.79 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 CONTINUES TO MOVE UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 7.33 kills, 2.33 digs, and 0.83 blocks last week against the Oregon schools ... Her 550 kills in 2004 ranks fifth for a single season on The Farm ... 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 2,133 ... 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 second in the conference in career kills and needs 79 more to move into first place, to surpass UCLA's Kristee Porter who had 2,255 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in nine of 23 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.79) and points (6.47) per game ... Her 4,915 career attack attempts ranks second in the conference (she needs 22 swings to become the conferene leader) ... 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 ... She has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week three times during the 2004 season.

DID YOU KNOW? Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 2,177 ... O. Nnamani's 36 kills vs. UCLA ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 745-187-4 all-time record since 1976 (.798 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 109-20 record on The Farm and is 546-122 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 15 DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with 15 double-doubles in 2004 including one last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 3.00 kills and 4.80 digs ... She is currently recovering well from an ankle sprain in the OSU match on Saturday and is listed as day-to-day ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.65) and second in kills per game (3.78) ... With 343 digs in 2004, she needs just 43 more to crack the top five at Stanford for a single season ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is third on the squad with 27 block solos ... Her 21 service aces (0.22) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (747) and 500 digs (694) for her career.

FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... Against the Oregon schools, Kehoe averaged 15.33 assists, 4.33 digs and 0.83 blocks per game ... She is averaging 12.03 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 29 service aces (0.31 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.73) ... 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 11 double-doubles on the year ... She has recorded at least one service ace in 11 of the last 18 matches (and three of the last four) ... With 1,131 assists this season, Kehoe needs 259 to crack the top five for a single season at Stanford.

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 2.67 kills, 3.33 digs and 0.50 blocks against the Oregon schools while hitting at a .371 clip ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... On the season, she is averaging 2.78 kills (third on the team) and 2.12 digs per game, as well as 0.88 blocks (she's hitting at a .306 clip as well) ... She has five double-doubles on the year, including one last week (10 kills/10 digs vs. Oregon).

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 147 blocks (1.55 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 14 of her 25 matches this season ... Suiter needs 32 more blocks to crack the top five in single season blocks on The Farm ... She tied her career-high with 10 blocks against UCLA and notched a career-best eight kills versus USC ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game and in the top 25 nationally.

FAST FACTS: Stanford is ranked 27th nationally in average home attendance (1,157) ... O. Nnamani is averaging 4.73 kpg for her career - which ranks third all-time in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal have had four sell-outs in Burnham Pavilion this season (1,411) ... 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 (5.79); 7th in hitting percentage (.343) and 1st, points per game (6.47); Kristin Richards: 9th, kills per game (3.78), 8th in digs per game (3.65) and 6th in points per game (4.45); Bryn Kehoe: 4th in assists per game (12.03) and 10th in service aces per game (0.31); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.55).

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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