#3 Stanford Travels to #12 Arizona, Arizona State
Oct. 11, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005, 7:00 p.m. (mt), McKale Center (14,545)
Stanford (16-2 overall, 5-1 Pac-10) at Arizona (12-2 overall, 4-1 Pac-10)
Friday, October 14, 2005, 7:00 p.m. (mt), Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
Stanford at Arizona State (6-9 overall, 1-4 Pac-10)
Stanford holds a combined 90-8 record against Arizona and Arizona State ... The Cardinal is 45-4 against the Wildcats, and currently has a five-match winning streak ... Stanford's last loss to Arizona was in Tucson during the 2002 season (30-25, 30-17, 16-30, 30-32, 13-15) ... Stanford also holds a 45-4 lead in the series against Arizona State ... Stanford has won last nine matches against Arizona State ... Stanford's last loss to the Sun Devils was a 8-15, 16-14, 4-15, 9-15 decision in Tempe during the 2000 season.
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 136-22 (.861) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 573-124 (.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.
Stanford hopes to start another extensive winning streak starting this week at Arizona (10/13/05, 7:00 p.m. mt) and Arizona State (10/14/05, 7:00 p.m. mt) ... Second-ranked and unbeaten Washington (14-0 overall, 5-0 Pac-10) ended Stanford's 15-match winning streak last Saturday (10/8/05) with a 30-24, 30-28, 30-32, 30-15 victory at Maples Pavilion ... Three Cardinal athletes combined for 53 of Stanford's 67 kills against the Huskies including a career-high 20 by freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo and 19 by freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza ... During Stanford's 15-match winning streak, the Cardinal generated a .348 hitting percentage (886-269-1772) while holding the opposition to a .098 hitting mark (546-346-2041) ... Stanford won 45 of 47 games during the 15-match winning streak ... Thirteen of Stanford's 16 wins have been by margins of 3-0 ... Stanford has won 30 of its last 32 matches.
The Cardinal defense has served notice that it is tough ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .145 hitting percentage, and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In eight matches, Stanford opponents had a hitting percentage of less than .100 ... Only two teams (#1 Nebraska, #2 Washington) hit .300 or better against Stanford.
Two freshmen, Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza have established themselves as impact players on this year's Cardinal ... Akinradewo and Barboza have started all 18 matches and combined for 499 kills and a .361 hitting percentage (499-123-1,042) ... Barboza leads the team in kills (255) and is second in hitting percentage (.315) while Akinradewo is second in kills (244) and first in hitting percentage (.419, #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 14 of the 18 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 ten matches ... Barboza has produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in 13 of the team's 18 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 18 matches this year.
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 collected 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).
Kristin Richards, the All-American junior outside hitter, has joined the Stanford career 1,000 kills list ... Richards has 1,111 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 ninth in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,053 career digs ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,499 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,697 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 917 career 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 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.
Stanford leads all Pac-10 schools in attendance with an average of 2,192 fans per game ... A season-high 4,712 fans attended Stanford's match against second-ranked and unbeaten Washington (10/7/05) ... It was the second highest attendance total in school history and the ninth best in Pac-10 history ... A crowd of 3,362 attended the Stanford-UCLA match on Sept. 24 ... Overall, the Cardinal is tenth in the nation in average attendance.
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).
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.
The 2005 Stanford Women's Volleyball Roster
#16 Foluke Akinradewo, Freshman, Middle Blocker, Plantation, Fl
Playing like a first team All-American in her freshman season at Stanford ... Second on the Cardinal in kills (244) and first in hitting percentage (.419, #4 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit .450 or better in ten matches ... Hit a season-high .720 (19-1-25) vs Utah State (9/16/05), and .714 (16-1-21) at Boston College (9/1/05) ... Tallied a .650 hitting percentage (14-1-20) at Oregon State (9/29/05) ... Has double-digits in kills in 14 of the 18 matches ... During Stanford's seven match road trip to the East Coast and the Midwest, chalked up 94 kills in 152 attempts for a .618 hitting percentage along with 24 blocks, 14 digs and three service aces ... Hit no lower than .450 during those seven matches, and hit .500 in five of those matches ... Named tournament MVP at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) as she collected 43 kills in 74 attempts for a .486 hitting percentage in three wins ... Also gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... For her efforts in leading the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal to four victories from Sept. 5-11, 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), collected 52 kills in 90 attempts for a .578 hitting percentage ... Over the four-match stretch, hit .450 or better in each contest ... Gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... In three matches, collected 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs.
#1 Cynthia Barboza, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Long Beach, Ca
The freshman All-America candidate has started all 18 matches (55 games) ... Leads the team in kills (255) and is second in hitting percentage (.315) ... Has produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in 13 of the team's 18 season matches ... Hit a season-high .522 (13-1-23) at New Hampshire (9/6/05) ... Tallied a career-high 26 kills in the Pac-10 three-game season opening victory against USC (9/23/05) ... Has collected five double-doubles (kills, digs) ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).
#11 Jessica Fishburn, Freshman, Libero/Outside Hitter, Los Angeles, Ca
Has been a valuable reserve as a libero ... Has ten service aces, fourth-best on the Cardinal ... Has played in 17 matches (49 games) ... Collected a season-high seven digs in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05).
#8 Alex Fisher, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Menlo Park, Ca
A knee injury has forced her to the sidelines thus far.
#6 Franci Girard, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Brooklyn, NY
Has played in 15 matches (41 games) ... Chalked up a season-high ten kills (10-4-16, .353) against top-ranked and unbeaten Nebraska (8/27/05) at the AVCA Showcase.
#2 Katie Goldhahn, Junior, Setter, Lodi, Ca
Has played in all 18 matches and all 59 games ... Has compiled double digits in digs in four matches including a season-high eleven against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) and UCLA (9/24/05) ... Her 1,697 assists is ninth-best in school history.
#3 Kirsten Hornbeak, Sophomore, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Encintas, Ca
Has played in seven matches (10 games) ... Produced a season-high two digs in two matches.
#4 Bryn Kehoe, Sophomore, Setter, North Bend, Oh
Stanford's starting setter for a second straight season ... During her two seasons as a starter, the Cardinal is 46-8 ... An All-American candidate ... Has 862 assists (14.61 apg) this year along with 161 digs (2.74 dpg) ... Had a season-high 65 assists against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Named the tournament MVP at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) where she collected 126 assists, 35 digs, eleven blocks, seven service aces and six kills in wins over Boston College, Maine and Syracuse ... Her 2,499 career assists is fifth-best in school history.
#15 Michelle Mellard, Junior, Middle Blocker, Leawood, Ks
Has played in nine matches (11 games) ... Collected two kills in four matches.
#5 Nji Nnamaji, Junior, Outside Hitter, Bloomington, Il
Has played in 15 matches (40 games), several as a starter ... Has three double-digit matches including a career-high 13 kills in the season opening victory over Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... Collected a career-high 31 attempts against top-ranked Nebraska (8/27/05) ... Hit .500 (7-0-14) against Washington State (10/7/05), and .438 (8-1-16) vs Marquette (9/9/05).
#10 Kristin Richards, Junior, Outside Hitter, Orem, UtThe All-America candidate is third on the team in kills (233, 4.09 kpg) as a starter in 18 matches ... Produced a season-high 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) ... Hitting .278 for the season ... Hit .611 (12-1-18) at New Hampshire (9/6/05), .607 (20-3-28) vs Washington State (10/7/05), and .600 (14-2-20) vs Marquette (9/9/05) ... Second on the team in digs (200, 3.51 dpg) ... Had a season-high 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... In 12 matches has ten or more digs ... 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) ... Has 1,111 career kills at Stanford, and is nearing the tenth position all-time at Stanford (Nancy Reno, 1984-87, 1,221) ... Her 1,053 career digs is ninth-best in school history.
#14 Courtney Schultz, Senior, Libero, Pacific Palisades, Ca
Stanford's starting libero for a second straight season ... Leads the team in digs (235, 3.98 dpg) ... Collected a career-high 23 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Tallied 21 digs in the season opener against Penn State (8/26/05) ... Has tallied double-digits in digs in 16 of the 18 matches, including a current string of seven matches ... Has 917 career digs in four years at Stanford, and is approaching the tenth position all-time on The Farm currently held by Kristin Klein (1988-91, 1,047).
#13 Lizzie Suiter, Junior, Middle Blocker, Aspen, Co
Has been bothered with an ankle and eye injury that has limited her to just six matches (11 games) ... Had a season-high eight blocks in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05).
#12 Erin Waller, Freshman, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Ballwin, Mo
Produced season-highs in kills (8) and attempts (23) against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ...Collected a season-high five blocks against St. Mary's (9/15/05).
#9 Jennifer Wilson, Junior, Outside Hitter, Spokane, Wa
Hitting .365 as a reserve ... Made her first collegiate start against Syracuse (9/3/05) and responded with career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) ... Hit .533 against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Has hit .500 or better in four matches.
Arizona is 12-2 overall and in fourth place in the Pac-10 with a 4-1 mark ... The Wildcats are ranked 12th in the nation ... Arizona is 3-0 at McKale Center ... The Wildcats are hitting .287, third-best in the conference behind top-ranked Washington (.382) and Stanford (.288) ... Two players are averaging more than four kills per game ... Senior outside hitter Kim Glass checks in at 4.62 kpg (#2 in the Pac-10) while senior outside hitter Jennifer Abernathy is averaging 4.16 kills per game (#9 in the conference) ... Glass is the Pac-10's only senior to lead in one of the league's seven statistical categories this week, averaging a conference-best 5.53 points per game ... Ladd needs only 32 kills to reach 1,000 kills for her career ... Ladd and sophomore middle blocker Dominque Lamb are each hitting .382.
Sun Devil Saga
The Sun Devils of Arizona State are 6-9 overall and 1-4 in the Pac-10 ... Four of ASU's wins are at home ... ASU is second in the conference in digs at 17.38 per game ... Sophomore libero Sydney Donahue leads the Pac-10 in digs at 6.29 per game ... ASU holds California (10/13/05, 7 p.m. mt) before Stanford's arrival the next night.
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