Third-Ranked Stanford Travels To Oregon State, Oregon

Sept. 27, 2005

Thursday, September 29, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Gill Coliseum (10,400)
Stanford (13-1 overall, 2-0 Pac-10) at Oregon State (5-3 overall, 1-1 Pac-10)

Friday, September 30, 2005, 7:00 p.m., McArthur Court (9,087)
Stanford at Oregon (10-3 overall, 0-2 Pac-10)

Series Story
Oregon State has never beaten Stanford ... The Cardinal has beaten the Beavers 40 straight times dating back to the 1981 season ... The Beavers did extend Stanford to a fifth game during the 2002 season in Palo Alto, but the Cardinal scored a 15-5 decision in game five ... The Cardinal holds a commanding 40-2 victory over the Oregon Ducks in a series that dates back to 1986 ... Not since the 1989 season has Oregon beaten Stanford ... That was a 3-2 decision in Palo Alto ... Oregon's only other victory over Stanford was a 3-2 decision during the 1986 campaign in Eugene.

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 133-21 (.864) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 570-123 (.823) ... 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 12-match winning streak has stretched Stanford's season record to 13-1 as it prepares to travel to Oregon State (Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m.) and Oregon (Sept. 30, 7:00 p.m.) ... During the current winning streak, the Cardinal has generated a .350 hitting percentage (727-224-1439) while holding the opposition to a .099 hitting mark (443-273-1710) ... Stanford has won 36 of 38 games during the 12-match winning streak ... Stanford has won the eight of the last nine matches by a 3-0 margin ... In all, ten of Stanford's 13 wins have been recorded in three games ... Stanford has won 27 of its last 28 matches.

Dynamic Defense
Fourteen matches (13-1) into the 2005 season and the Cardinal defense has served notice that it is tough ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .136 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 al 13 matches and combined for 391 kills and a .359 hitting percentage (391-98-817) ... Barboza leads the team in kills (204) and is second in hitting percentage (.326) while Akinradewo is second in kills (187) and first in hitting percentage (.399, #6 in the Pac-10) ... 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 eleven of the 14 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 four matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in ten of the team's 14 season matches ... Barboza has collected five double-doubles (kills, digs) ... Twenty-one freshmen have started at Stanford since 1988, including Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza who have started all 14 matches this year.

Fantastic Foluke
Only 14 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 1,049 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 1,011 career digs ...Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,299 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,696 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 859 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.

Beaver Barometer
Oregon State will be playing its first home match of the 2005 season when it hosts Stanford on Thursday night at 7 p.m. ... The Beavers are 5-3 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10 ... Junior middle blocker Brittany Cahoon leads OSU hitters with a .349 percentage (#10 in the Pac-10) ... Cahoon also is tenth in the Pac-10 in blocks (1.04 bpg) ... Kristy Mortensen also is tenth in the Pac-10 in digs (3.22 dpg) ... Taras 'Terry' Liskevych, the three-time U.S. Olympic coach, is in his first season at Oregon State ... Liskevych coached at Pacific from 1986-84 ... Liskevych took over the U.S. National team in 1985, and was replaced by John Dunning who coached at UOP from 1985 until 2000 when he left to become head coach at Stanford ... Liskeych's career record is 270-88.

Duck Dialogue
The Oregon Ducks are 10-3 overall and 0-2 in the Pac-10 ... UO hosts California on Thursday night before Stanford's arrival on Friday ... The Ducks are unbeaten at home at 5-0 ... Oregon is among the conference leaders in several categories ... The Ducks are second in service aces (1.93), third in blocks per game (2.87 bpg) and fourth in kills (16.28 kpg) ... Senior outside hitter Kelly Russell leads the Oregon attack with 199 kills and a .350 hitting percentage (#9 in the Pac-10) ... Freshman middle blocker Mira Djuric and Russell are fourth (4.35 kpg) and fifth (4.33 kpg), respectively, in the Pac-10 in kills ... Djuric is second in the Pac-10 in service aces at 0.65 per game ... Freshman libero Katie Swoboda is third in the conference in digs (4.62 kpg) ... Jim Moore is in his first season at Oregon ... Moore's career record (5 years at Northern Michigan, 3 years at Kansas State, 4 years at Texas, 2 years at Chico State) is 362-159.

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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