Cardinal Caravan Arrives On East Coast; Red Sox baseball on the agenda

Aug. 31, 2005

Boston, Ma - It's 6 a.m., and not even the sun has decided to make its daily appearance as members of the Stanford women's volleyball team gather together at Maples Pavilion to begin an eleven day road trip that will cover seven matches, nine practices, a cross country trip to the East Coast, and visits to four states (Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Colorado).

The team already is a bit tired after a season opening road trip (a week earlier) to Nebraska (Omaha) to play two highly-competitive matches against top-ranked Nebraska and fifth-ranked Penn State. Normally, this is a highly talkative, closely knit group of players, but right now sleep is everyone's best friend.

Since school does not start for another three weeks, the five hour jet ride from San Francisco to Boston is a great time for everyone to relax, read, and SLEEP. For sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe, a nap, some favorite tunes on her IPod, a movie, and a good book helps time pass quickly. United Airlines now charges $5 for breakfast. Kehoe comes prepared. She has packed a large box of cereal in her backpack, and pours some cereal into a drinking cup.

Because Stanford won the NCAA women's volleyball title last year, the team is enjoying a sort of celebrity status. It's not very often that Stanford travels to the East Coast, and the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) and New Hampshire (Sept. 6) are enjoying brisk sales and are anticipating record crowds for Stanford's visit. The Stanford-Boston College match (Sept. 1) has generated enough interest that the match will be televised in the Boston area. In a city where sports (Red Sox, Celtics, Patriots, Bruins) is a major part of the cities fabric, televising the Stanford-BC match is huge.

The Cardinal has agreed to a post-match autograph session at both matches.

Stanford arrived in hot and humid Boston late Wednesday afternoon, just in time for Boston's infamous rush hour traffic. That's just fine because the Cardinal team is a bit more rested and talkative, yet hungry for a nice dinner at the team hotel in Newton near the Boston College campus.

Stanford begins its seven-match journey at Boston College on Thursday (Sept. 1, 7:00 p.m. et) followed by tournament matches on Friday against Maine (4:30 p.m. et) and Saturday against Syracuse (2:00 p.m. et).

Sunday will be a much needed day of rest. For several members of the team, it will be a chance to tour the historic city of Boston, do a little shopping, and for a couple players and staff, a trip to Fenway Park to watch the world champion Boston Red Sox host the Baltimore Orioles in a key American League game. A ticket to a Red Sox game is a hot commodity, but the team has been able to obtain several tickets. Junior outside hitter Jennifer Wilson is perhaps the biggest Red Sox fan among the Stanford student body, and she can't wait to experience seeing a game in person at Fenway Park.

'This is a dream come true,' said Wilson. 'I am so excited to be surrounded by Red Sox fans, and have the opportunity to see a game at such an historic stadium as Fenway Park.'

Wilson hails from Spokane, so how does one become a Red Sox fan?

'My brother, John, attended MIT, and lived a block away from Fenway Park,' said Wilson. 'He told me about the great tradition of the Red Sox, and I became a Red Sox fan.'

Following Stanford's match at New Hampshire (Sept 6), the Cardinal hops back on a plane; next destination; the Midwest where Stanford will compete in the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) in Boulder.

Then Homeward Bound; Home Cooking; Home Sweet Home. The Cardinal finally returns to Maples Pavilion to play its first home matches at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).

Cardinal Catalogue: 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 ... Starting middle blocker Lizzie Suiter is still recovering from a sprained ankle suffered just before the start of the 2005 season, but should be ready to go when the Cardinal hosts the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).

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