Third-Ranked Stanford Faces Colorado In Boulder
Sept. 7, 2005
Boulder, Co - Next stop, the state of Colorado where the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team faces the Colorado Buffaloes in a non-league match Thursday (Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m. mt) at the Coors Events Center.
Like record crowds at Boston College and at New Hampshire, another sizable crowd is expected for the match against Colorado. The Buffaloes are 2-0 and both matches were 3-0 decisions. Stanford is 6-0 in the series against the Buffaloes.
The Cardinal carries a 5-1 record onto Colorado's home court. Thus far on this seven-match, eleven-day road trip, the Cardinal has captured three wins (Boston College, Maine, Syracuse) at the Boston College Invitational, and a 3-0 victory at New Hampshire. In two of those matches (BC, Maine), Stanford held its opponents to a minus hitting percentage.
John Dunning is in his fifth season as head coach at Stanford ... Under Dunning's direction, the Cardinal has won two NCAA titles (2001, 2004) and produced a runnerup finish in 2002 ... His record is 125-21 (.856) at Stanford against the toughest competition in the nation ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 562-123 (.820) ... Dunning has chalked up 30 or more wins in three of his four seasons at Stanford ... That included 33 wins in 2001, 32 wins in 2002, and 30 wins in Stanford's championship season last year.
With enthusiasm for the women's volleyball program at an all-time high, season tickets for Stanford Women's Volleyball are now on sale ... The Cardinal will have a 12-game home schedule during the regular season ... The home slate includes matches against second-ranked Washington (Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m.), seventh-ranked USC (Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m.), 13th-ranked UCLA (Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m.), 15th-ranked UC Santa Barbara (Sept. 17, 5:00 p.m., Stanford Invitational), 17th ranked Arizona (Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.), 19th-ranked California (Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.), and 23th-ranked St. Mary's (Sept. 15, 7:00 p.m., Stanford Invitational) ... Stanford reserved (lower) season tickets are available for as low as $80 ... General Admission (end zone and upper) are available for as low as $55 ... For more information on Stanford season tickets, go to Stanford Women's Volleyball home page at www.gostanford.com, and click on 'tickets' on the left side of the page. Or call 1-800-STANFORD.
Twenty-one freshman have started at Stanford since 1988, including current freshman Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza ... Barboza leads the team in kills (80) followed by Akinradewo with 79 ... Kristin Richards is nearing the 1,000 mark in career kills and career digs ... Entering the match at Colorado, Richards has collected 954 kills and 916 digs in three-plus seasons on The Farm ... Bryn Kehoe's 1,877 assists is now seventh-best in school history ... During Stanford's four victories thus far on this current road trip, Stanford's defense has held the opposition to a hitting percentage of .026 ... In two of those four matches, the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage.
The Stanford women's volleyball team has announced that at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) and at matches against USC (Sept. 23) and UCLA (Sept.24) at Maples Pavilion, monetary donations will be accepted and delivered to the Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund to help flood victims.
Bryn Kehoe was named to Tournament MVP at the Boston College Invitational ... Kehoe collected 126 assists, 35 digs, eleven blocks, seven service aces and six kills in the three matches ... Foluke Akinradewo and Kristin Richards were named to the all-tournament team ... Akinradewo collected 42 kills (.551) and 14 blocks in the three matches while Richards checked in with 37 kills and 24 digs.
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) ... The Cardinal is in the midst of a seven-match, eleven-day trip to the East Coast and the Midweset ... The trip started at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), a road match at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and now in 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.
The hooray you heard in the Denver Airport on Wednesday (Sept. 7) was the Cardinal volleyball team reacting to head coach John Dunning's announcement that practice has been canceled ... A good call for a team that is in day seven of its eleven day march through the East Coast and now in the Midwest; a team that is getting a bit tired, and in dire need of finding a laundromat in order to wash their clothes ... After the long drive from Denver to Boulder, the team is in luck ... Just down the street from the team hotel is a laundromat ... It turns out the ten washers in the laundromat have never been used all at the same time with full loads ... That causes several of the washers to begin flooding, but luckily a maintenance worker is in the building to avert a major flooding ... Later back at the hotel with freshly washed clothes, the team is in a better frame of mind as dinner awaits ... Tonight is a special occasion because Juan Pablo Reggiardo is celebrating his 33rd birthday, and the team sings a chorus of 'Happy Birthday' to Stanford's strength and conditioning coach.
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