WSU, #2 Unbeaten Washington Challenge #3 Stanford at Maples Pavilion

Oct. 4, 2005

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Friday, October 7, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,231)
Stanford (15-1 overall, 4-0 Pac-10) vs Washington State (8-8 overall, 1-2 Pac-10)

Saturday, October 8, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,231)
Stanford vs Washington (12-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-10)

Ticket Tale
Seven more matches are on the home schedule at Maples Pavilion for the nationally-ranked Stanford Cardinal in addition to this week's matches against Washington State and Washington ... The Cardinal will host five other matches including nationally-ranked Arizona (Nov. 11, 7:00 p.m.) and Bay Area rival and nationally-ranked California (Nov. 18, 7:00 p.m.) ... A seven-match Block Plan for tickets is being offered for these remaining matches for as low as $65 ... 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 Seven Match Block Plan Ticket Special.

Series Story
Stanford holds a commanding 36-3 advantage over Washington State in a series that dates back to 1986 ... The Cougars have never beaten Stanford on the Cardinal's home court ... The Cardinal holds a 39-5 lead over the Washington Huskies ... Last year at Stanford's Burnham Pavilion, the Cardinal battled back from eleven match points, and a 2-0 game deficit to score a 28-30, 11-30, 30-27, 34-32, 20-18 victory over the Huskies ... The two teams later met in the semfinals of the NCAA Final Four and the Cardinal came way with a hard-fought 3-1 victory ... Earlier in the 2004 season, Washington scored a 3-0 decision in Seattle.

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 135-21 (.865) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 572-123 (.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 14-match winning streak has stretched Stanford's season record to 15-1 as it prepares to host Washington State (Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m.) and Washington (Oct. 8, 7:00 p.m.) ... During the current winning streak, the Cardinal has generated a .348 hitting percentage (832-252-1666) while holding the opposition to a .102 hitting mark (519-322-1940) ... Stanford has won 42 of 44 games during the 14-match winning streak ... Stanford has won the ten of the last eleven matches by a 3-0 margin ... In all, 12 of Stanford's 15 wins have been recorded in three games ... Stanford has won 29 of its last 30 matches.

Dynamic Defense
Sixteen matches (15-1) into the 2005 season and the Cardinal defense has served notice that it is tough ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .134 hitting percentage, and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In seven 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 15 matches and combined for 441 kills and a .366 hitting percentage (441-106-914) ... Barboza leads the team in kills (224) and is second in hitting percentage (.327) while Akinradewo is second in kills (217) and first in hitting percentage (.415, #4 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 12 of the 15 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 nine 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 15 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 15 matches this year.

Fantastic Foluke
Only 15 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 1,078 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 is tenth in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,028 career digs ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,393 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 887 career digs.

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.

Attendance Analysis
Stanford leads all Pac-10 schools in attendance with an average of 1,793 fans per game ... A season-high 3,362 fans attended the Stanford-UCLA match ... Overall, the Cardinal is 14th in the nation in average attendance.

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.

Cougar Clips
Washington State is 8-8 overall and 1-2 in the Pac-10 ... WSU is the conference leader in blocks (3.65 bpg) ... Two Cougar players dominant the offensive statistics led by Jen Barcus with 194 kills and Natalia Owens with 178 ... Barcus is hitting .315 ... Owens is second in the Pac-10 in blocks at 1.51 per game ... Jalen Pendon is third in the Pac-10 in digs at 4.86 per game ... Brian Heffernan is in his second season at Washington State with a record of 13-34.

Husky Hoopla
The second-ranked and unbeaten Washington Huskies (12-0 overall, 3-0 Pac-10) are prime contenders to win the NCAA title ... The Huskies will play at California (Oct. 7, 7:00 p.m.) before for their Saturday arrival at Stanford ... UW has yet to drop a game this season, winning all 36 games they have played ... Washington ranks first in nearly statistical category in the Pac-10 ... Washington leads the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.423) far ahead of #2 Stanford (.289) ... The Huskies are only allowing the opposition a .084 hitting percentage, #1 in the conference and again ahead of #2 Stanford (.134) ... The Huskies lead in kills per game at 17.53, again ahead of #2 Stanford (17.12 kpg), and service aces (2.28 apg) ... The Huskies are second in the Pac-10 behind Stanford (16.17 apg) in assists at 16.03 apg ... UW is second in blocks at 3.21 bpg ... Washington ranks 1-2-3 in hitting percentage ... Alesha Deesing is #1 at .540 followed by Darla Myhre (.490) and Sanja Tomasevic (.490) ... Two other Husky players are in the Top 10 including Christal Morrison (.412, #5) and Brie Hagerty (.374, #8) ... Morrison leads the Pac-10 in service aces (0.71 apg) while setter Courtney Thompson (first team All-American) is the conference leader in assists per game (15.11) ... Jim McLaughlin is in his fifth season at Washington with a record of 94-39 (.707) ... McLaughlin's career record (4 years at Kansas State, 4-plus years at Washington) is 176-82 (.682) ... McLaughlin also coached the men's team at USC (1990-96) and led the Trojans to an NCAA title in 1990.

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 a poll 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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