Boston, New Hampshire, and Colorado are stopping points for third-ranked Stanford

Aug. 29, 2005

Stanford, Ca - Stanford believes in seeing all parts of the United States. In 2000, Stanford started the year with nine road matches, and the following year, the Cardinal played its first eleven matches away from Maples Pavilion. This year, the defending NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal will gather extensive frequent flier miles during the first three weeks of the 2005 season. The Cardinal began the season with two matches at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha, Ne (August 26-27) and will now travel cross country to the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), a road match at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and then back to the Midwest to the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10). Stanford will then return home to host the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) at Maples Pavilion.

Stanford at Boston College Invitational
Thursday, September 1, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Stanford (1-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs Boston College (0-0 overall, 0-0 ACC)

Stanford at Boston College Invitational
Friday, September 2, 2005
Syracuse vs Maine, 12:30 p.m.
Stanford vs Maine, 4:40 p.m.

Stanford at Boston College Invitational
Saturday, September 3, 2005
Syracuse vs Boston College, 10:00 a.m.
Stanford vs Syracuse, 2:00 p.m.
Boston College vs Maine, 5:00 p.m.

Stanford at New Hampshire
Tuesday, September 6, 2005, 7:00 p.m.

Stanford at Colorado Tournament
Thursday, September 8, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Stanford vs Colorado

Stanford at Colorado Tournament
Friday, September 9, 2005
Stanford vs Marquette, 5:00 p.m.
Colorado vs Creighton, 7:00 p.m.

Stanford at Colorado Tournament
Saturday, September 10, 2005
Stanford vs Creighton, Noon
Colorado vs Marquette, 2:00 p.m.

Series Story
A trip to the Boston College Tournament will be a first for the Stanford Cardinal ... In fact, only one time has the Cardinal faced any of the other three teams (Boston College, Maine, Syracuse) in the BC tournament ... On Sept. 8, 1990, Stanford faced Syracuse at the Illini Classic in Champaign, and the Cardinal walked away with a 15-6, 15-4, 15-4 decision ... Stanford will be facing New Hampshire for the first time in school history on Sept. 6 ... The Colorado Tournament will also feature three other teams (Colorado, Creighton, Marquette) that the Cardinal has faced only six times ... All six of those matches were against Colorado, and Stanford scored a victory each time ... Their last encounter was on Sept. 12, 1998 as the Cardinal scored a 3-2 victory in Boulder.

Coaches Corner
John Dunning is in his fifth season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Under Dunning's direction, the Cardinal has won two NCAA titles (2001, 2004) and produced a runnerup finish in 2002 ... His Stanford record is 121-21 (.852) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 558-123 (.819).

Frequent Fliers
Stanford believes in seeing all parts of the United States ... In 2000, Stanford started the year with nine road matches, and the following year, the Cardinal played its first eleven matches away from Maples Pavilion ... This year, the defending NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal will gather extensive frequent flier miles during the first three weeks of the 2005 season ... The Cardinal began the season with two matches at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha, Ne (August 26-27) anad will now travel cross country to the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), a road match at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and then back to the Midwest to the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) ... Stanford will then return home to host the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) at Maples Pavilion.

Scouting Stanford
Stanford's 16-match winning streak dating back to last year was snapped as top-ranked Nebraska (8/27/05) handed the Cardinal a 23-30, 29-31, 31-33 loss in the championship match of the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha ... Four Cardinal players tallied double figures in kills, but Nebraska's tall front line forced the Cardinal into 27 hitting errors ... Freshman Cynthia Barboza and junior Kristen Richards were named to the all-tournament ... Barboza collected 34 kills and 25 digs in two matches against fifth-ranked Penn State (8/26/05) and top-ranked Nebraska (8/27/05) ... Richards countered with 27 kills and 25 digs in the two matches ... In Stanford's 3-2 victory against Penn State (8/26/05), Cardinal junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani collected career-highs in kills (13) and attacks (31) ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz collected 36 digs in the two matches.

Freshman Facts
Two freshman, Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo, have quickly established as impact players on this year's Cardinal ... Barboza and Akinradewo have started both matches (Penn State & Nebraska) and combined for 38 kills and 88 attacks ... Barboza led the Cardinal with 22 kills and added 12 digs against Penn State (8/26/05) ... Akinradewo tallied 16 kills and added four blocks against the Nittany Lions.

Footnote Facts
While waiting for a connecting flight from Denver to San Francisco last Sunday, the Stanford women's volleyball team ran into former Stanford player Paula McNamee (1994-97) at the Denver Airport ... McNamee was flying to Hawaii with her husband, former Stanford basketball player Tim Young, on their honeymoon ... McNamee and Young were married the day before.

2005 Statistics (Individual)
.350 or Better Hitting Percentage
(Min. 10 attempts)
.362, Cynthia Barboza (22-5-47) vs Penn State (8/26/05)
.353, Franci Girard (10-4-17) vs Nebraska (8/27/05)

15 or More Kills
22, Cynthia Barboza vs Penn State (8/26/05)
16, Foluke Akinradewo vs Penn State (8/26/05)

50 or More Assists
64, Bryn Kehoe vs Penn State (8/26/05)
50, Bryn Kehoe vs Nebraska (8/27/05)

4 or More Service Aces

15 or More Digs
21, Courtney Schultz vs Penn State (8/26/05)
15, Kristin Richards vs Penn State (8/26/05)
15, Courtney Schultz vs Nebraska (8/27/05)

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