No. 3 Stanford Hosts #12 USC, #13 UCLA in Pac-10 Home Openers

Sept. 20, 2005

Friday, September 23, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,231)
Stanford (11-1 overall, 0-0 Pac-10) vs USC (4-4 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)

Saturday, September 17, 2005, 7:00 p.m.
Stanford vs UCLA (7-2 overall, 0-0 Pac-10)

Hurricane Help
Stanford will be accepting donations toward relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina at upcoming Cardinal women's volleyball matches ... That will include matches against USC (Sept. 23) and UCLA (Sept. 24) at Maples Pavilion ... Boxes will be manned at venue entrances to collect public donations, which will go to the American Red Cross for the Hurricane Katrina Relief Effort.

Series Story
In 59 meetings with the USC Trojans, Stanford holds a commanding 42-17 lead ... But since 2000, USC has won eight of the last eleven matches, including three of the last five matches on Stanford's home court ... UCLA leads the series with Stanford, 34-31, but the Cardinal has dominated the series in recent years ... Since 1994, the Cardinal is 19-4 against the Bruins, and has a current winning streak of eight straight matches dating back to 2001 ... Stanford has beaten the Bruins four straight times on Stanford's home court (3 years at Maples Pavilion in 2001, 2002, 2003, and one year at Burnham Pavilion in 2004), and ten of the last eleven years.

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 131-21 (.862) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 568-123 (.822) ... 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 NCAA championship season last year.

Scouting Stanford
A ten-match winning streak has stretched Stanford's season record to 11-1 as it prepares to host #12 USC (Sept. 23, 7:00 p.m.) and #13 UCLA (Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion ... During the current winning streak, the Cardinal has generated a .370 hitting percentage (616-180-1178) while holding the opposition to a .082 hitting mark (357-238-1446) ... Stanford has won 30 of 32 games during the ten-match winning streak ... Stanford has won the last six of the last seven matches by a 3-0 margin ... In all, nine of Stanford's eleven wins have been recorded in three games ... Stanford has won 25 of its last 26 matches.

Dynamic Defense
Twelve matches (11-1) into the 2005 season and the Cardinal defense has served notice that it is tough ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .126 hitting percentage, and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In six matches, Stanford opponents had a hitting percentage of less than .100.

Freshman Facts
Two freshmen, Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza have quickly established themselves as impact players on this year's Cardinal ... Akinradewo and Barboza have started all eleven matches and combined for 326 kills and a .364 hitting percentage (326-78-682) ... Akinradewo leads the team in both kills (169) and hitting percentage (.427, #2 in the Pac-10) while Barboza is second in kills (157) and second among starters in hitting percentage (.309) ... Akinradewo has been nearly unstoppable ... During Stanford's seven match road trip to the East Coast and the Midwest, Akinradewo chalked up 94 kills in 152 attempts for a .618 hitting percentage along with 24 blocks, 14 digs and three service aces ... Akinradewo hit no lower than .450 during those seven matches, and hit .500 in five of those matches ... Akinradewo has double-digits in kills in ten of the 12 matches ... Akinradewo was named tournament MVP at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) ... Akinradewo also gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... Akinradewo has hit .450 or better in eight matches ... Barboza has produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in three matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in eight of the team's 12 season matches ... Barboza has collected three double-doubles (kills, digs) in four matches ... Twenty-one freshmen have started at Stanford since 1988, including Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza who have started all 12 matches this year.

Fantastic Foluke
Only 12 matches into her freshman season, Foluke Akinradewo is playing like a first team All-American ... For her efforts in leading the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal to four victories from Sept. 5-11, Akinradewo was named Pac-10 Player of the Week ... In victories at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10, Colorado, Marquette, Creighton), Akinradewo collected 52 kills in 90 attempts for a .578 hitting percentage ... Akinradewo was named MVP of the Colorado Invitational as she collected 43 kills in 74 attempts for a .486 hitting percentage in three wins ... Over the four-match stretch, Akinradewo hit .450 or better in each contest ... Akinradewo then gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... In three matches, Akinradewo collected 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs.

Honors Hoopla
Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe, freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, junior outside hitter Kristin Richards and freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza have been honored for their play at three regular season tournaments in 2005 ... Kehoe was named the tournament MVP at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) where she collcted 126 assists, 35 digs, eleven blocks, seven service aces and six kills in wins over Boston College, Maine and Syracuse ... Akinradewo tallied 43 kills (.486 hitting percentage), six blocks and five digs in helping the Cardinal to victories over Colorado, Marquette and Creighton at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) to earn tournament MVP honors ... For her efforts, Akinradewo was named Pac-10 Athlete of the Year ... Akinradewo was also named tournament MVP at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) in leading the Cardinal to wins over St. Mary's, Utah State and UC Santa Barbara ... In the three matches, Akinradewo tallied 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs ... Akinradewo started the year by earning a berth on the all-tournament team at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) ... Richards was named to the all-tournament team at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... Barboza was named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).

Record Review
Kristin Richards, the All-American junior outside hitter, has joined the Stanford career 1,000 kills list ... Richards has 1,023 kills in two-plus seasons at Stanford ... Richards is approaching the Stanford career Top-10 in kills now occupied by Nancy Reno (1984-87) with 1,221 ... Richards also is approaching the Top-10 school list in career digs with the tenth position occupied by Teresa Smith (1984-87) with 1,019 ... Richards has 983 career digs ...Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,202 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,694 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 832 career digs, and is approaching the tenth position all-time at Stanford currently held by Teresa Smith (1984-87) with 1,019.

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 gathered 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 then traveled 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 went 8-1 during those two extensive road trips.

Footnote Facts
Several of Stanford's athletes (excluding freshman) have generated career numbers in 2005 ... Junior outside hitter Nji Nnamaji collected a career-high 13 kills against Penn State (8/26/05) in the season opener, and then a career-high 31 attempts against Nebraska (8/27/05) ... Jennifer Wilson, a junior outside hitter, had career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Kristin Richards' four aces against Syracuse (9/3/05) and St. Mary's (9/15/05) are career-highs ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz had a career-high 23 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Franci Girard collected a career-high 25 attempts against Penn State (8/25/05).

Pac-10 Potpourri
With Stanford winning the 2004 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now captured four consecutive NCAA crowns (2004-Stanford, 2003-USC, 2002-USC, 2001-Stanford) and 12 NCAA titles overall - that's half of the 24 titles presented by the NCAA.

Conference Chatter
Stanford ranks high in several conference categories ... Stanford's opponents hitting percentage is second (.126) behind Washington (.074) ... The Cardinal is second in kills per game (16.85) with Washington lead the Pac-10 at 17.67 kpg ... Stanford's assists per game of 15.93 is second behind Washington at 16.04 apg ... Freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo is second in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.427) ... The conference leader is Alesha Deesing of Washington at .547 ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe is second in the conference in assists per game at 14.12 ... The conference leader is Washington's Courtney Thompson at 15.19 apg.

Trojan Tales
The 12th ranked USC Trojans arrive at Maples Pavilion on Friday with a 4-4 record ... Staci Venski (.255) and Bibiana Candelas (.300) each have 121 kills to lead the Trojans while Diane Copenhagen (.203) has 118 ... Copenhagen collected 24 kills in 61 attempts in a recent match against sixth-ranked Florida ... Junior libero Debora Seilhamer is second in the Pac-10 in digs at 5.79 per game ... Seilhamer had a season-high 36 digs in a recent match against Notre Dame ... Senior setter Nena Siljegovic is fifth in the Pac-10 in assists per game (11.62 apg) ... Candelas, a two-time All Pac-10 and All-American selection, had a career-high 23 kills (.465) in USC's recent win over Pepperdine ... Seilhamer posted a USC single season record 571 digs last year, including a single school record of 45 digs against UCLA ... Mick Haley is in his fifth season as head coach at USC with a 118-15 record ... Haley coached the Trojans to the 2002 and 2003 NCAA titles ... USC has been to the NCAA Final Four the last three seasons.

Bruin Bio
The UCLA Bruins, ranked 13th in the nation, arrive at Maples Pavilion on Saturday at 7 p.m. ... The Bruins will face California on Friday in Berkeley ... Kaitlin Sather and Nana Meriwether lead the Bruin attack with 136 and 119 kills, respectively ... Meriwether is hitting .391, sixth-best in the Pac-10 ... Meriwether tallied 21 blocks in three matches while freshman setter Nellie Spicer posted 157 assists at last weekend's InnTowner Invitational at Wisconsin ... Meriwether is third in the Pac-10 in blocks at 1.53 per game ... Spicer is fourth in the Pac-10 in assists at 12.32 per game ... Recent injuries have hit the Bruins ... Middle blocker Meghan Schoen tore an ACL while landing on the officials stand early in a recent match against Villanova, while outside hitter Colby Lyman suffered a strained MCL during the Villanova match ... Andy Banachowski is in his 39th season as head coach at UCLA with a record of 991-257 ... Banachowski will reach a milestone this year that no other NCAA Division I volleyball coach has yet to achieve - 1,000 career victories.

Anniversary Analysis
The 25th anniversary of NCAA women's championships will be celebrated throughout the 2005-06 championship season ... NCAA Division I women's volleyball began in 1981 and will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the 2005 championship ... To commemorate this milestone a 25th Anniversary Team consisting of six student-athletes and one coach will be named with the public's help ... The NCAA has compiled a list of the top Division I Women's Volleyball student-athletes over the last 25 years and listed them on www.NCAAsports.com ... The public can vote for their top six players and one coach ... The final team will be named on October 14, 2005 ... The list includes current Stanford head coach John Dunning and former head coach Don Shaw, and former Cardinal players Kim Oden, Bev Oden, Kristin Folkl, Kerri Walsh, Logan Tom, Ogonna Nnamani, and Kristin Klein ... The actual voting can be found at www.ncaasports.com/volleyball/womens/fanspolls.

Pac-10 Poll
Stanford has been picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference this year, according to ap oll of the conference women's volleyball coaches.
1. Washington (8) 88
2. Stanford (2) 83
3. USC 68
4. Arizona 67
5. UCLA 63
6. California 53
7. Arizona State 40
8. Oregon State 36
9. Oregon 26
10. Washington State 18

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