Third-Ranked Stanford Arrives in Pacific Northwest For Key Pac-10 Games

Sept. 28, 2005

Eugene, Or - It's another busy week for the third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team. Not only does the Cardinal face the challenge of two quality opponents (Oregon State, Oregon) on their home courts, Stanford also faces the challenge of the first week of school. Stanford travels to Corvallis on Thursday night (7 p.m.) to face the much-improved Oregon State Beavers. This will be OSU's first home match of the season at Gill Coliseum, and although the Cardinal holds a 40-0 lead in the series, playing a team in its first home match of the year is always dangerous. Friday night (7 p.m.), Stanford will play another Pac-10 match at Oregon at McArthur Court. Like Oregon State, the Ducks are much improved this year with a 10-3 overall mark. Stanford has won 12 straight matches to raise its season record to 13-1. Since the start of the 2005 campaign, the Cardinal has been ranked third in the nation behind top-ranked and unbeaten Nebraska (11-0) and second-ranked Washington (10-0). The Huskies will visit Maples Pavilion on Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) in what promises to be one of the premier matches in the history of both programs. Stanford University started classes this week, and the team managed to sign up for its normal load of classes this week, conduct their daily practices, and then board a plane on Wednesday to reach its destination in the Pacific Northwest.

National Notes
The weekly national women's volleyball statistical rankings are out and third-ranked Stanford is ranked high in several categories ... Stanford's 16.20 assists per game, is third best in the nation ... Missouri leads the country at 16.94 apg ... The Cardinal is averaging 17.07 kills per game, seventh-best in the country ... The national leader is Missouri (18.16 kpg) ... Stanford's winning percentage of .929 (13-1) is tenth-best in the country ... There are eight teams in the nation with unbeaten records including second-ranked Washington (10-0) ... The Huskies and Stanford face each other in a Pac-10 showdown on Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) at Maples Pavilion ... Stanford's hitting percentage of .282 is 14th-best in the country ... Washington leads at .422 ... Individually, sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe is third in the country in assists per game (14.39 apg) ... The national leader is Lindsey Hunter of Missouri at 15.03 apg ... Foluke Akinradewo, a freshman middle blocker, is 24th in the country in hitting percentage (.399) ... Alesha Deesing of Washington is #1 at .534 ... Cynthia Barboza, a freshman outside hitter, is averaging 4.86 kills per game, 25th-best in the country ... The national leader is Kate McCullough of Northern Illinois at 5.98 kpg.

Promotion PotpourriStanford is enjoying another outstanding women's volleyball season, and there are seven more matches on the home schedule at Maples Pavilion including an Oct. 8 Pac-10 match against second-ranked and unbeaten Washington (10-0) ... A seven-match Block Plan for tickets is being offered for as low as $65 ... That includes matches against Washington (Oct. 8) and Bay Area rival California (Nov. 18) ... For more information, call 1-800-STANFORD, or go to the Stanford website at www.gostanford.com, and link to the women's volleyball page ... On the right side of the page under Cardinal Clips, look for the Seven-Match Block Plan Ticket Special ... Support Stanford women's volleyball in its quest to win a second straight NCAA title.

Daily Diary
It's back by popular demand ... The Daily Diary ... The response to the travels of the nationally-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team to the East Coast and the Midwest last month drew such a positive response that this writer has been asked to continue the diary throughout the year ... The response by numerous fans was typical ... 'Great to follow the team on the road. Keep up the great work.' ... The writers response was 'Yeah, but what about the match stories on the website?' The typical fan reponse was 'yeah, they're ok, but the daily travel stories are great.' ... Not sure how to react to those responses, but the volleyball travel diary will continue at least through this road trip to the Pacific Northwest for matches at Oregon State and Oregon ... On at least one future road trip, a member of the team will be asked to write the daily column ... The Cardinal departed from the Stanford campus on Wednesday afternoon, and the dominate subject on the bus and at the airport was the fact that school has finally started at Stanford University ... The first week of school and playing on the road is a bit stressful, according to junior outside hitter Jennifer Wilson ... Wilson, a psychology major, is taking a challenging schedule of 15 units which includes a graduate advance course in 'Foundation of Memory' ... Wilson is looking forward to the class, thinks the professor is interesting and articulate, has taught at MIT where her brother went to school, and that the professor is awesome because he is a huge Boston Red Sox fan which happens to be her favorite team ... Wilson says her teammates accept the challenge of combining a competitive season schedule and school because it means you have to budget your time and discipline yourself during the course of the day ... Wilson says some of her teammates even have gotten better grades during the course of a volleyball season and the fall quarter ... Last year, six Stanford players gained All Pac-10 Academic honors, including Katie Goldhahn ... Goldhahn, a sociology major, says she is proud of her teammates who are not only excellent volleyball players but outstanding students in the classroom ... One thing is very apparent about this team ... It loves to read ... Almost every player at the San Francisco Airport (waiting to catch a flight to Oregon) is intently reading either a school book, a novel or a magazine near the terminal gate ... This is a team that is clearly defined by its ability to play outstanding volleyball, maintain a healthy team chemistry, and be outstanding students in the classroom ... Even head coach John Dunning finds reading a couple novels to his liking, including The Hour Game by David Baldacci ... The team arrived at its hotel around 8 p.m., and there was still enough time to eat dinner at a nearby mexican or seafood restaurant, or order a few pizzas ... After dinner, there was enough time left in the day to read another chapter of their school work or just relax ... GOOD NIGHT!!!

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