No. 4 Stanford Faces Challenge of ASU, #6 Arizona at Maples Pavilion

Nov. 8, 2005

Thursday, November 10, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,231)
#4 Stanford (21-4 overall, 10-3 Pac-10) vs Arizona State (7-15 overall, 2-10 Pac-10)

Friday, November 11, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,231)
Stanford vs #6 Arizona (17-4 overall, 9-3 Pac-10)

Series Story
Stanford holds a 46-4 advantage in the series with Arizona State ... The Cardinal has won the last ten meetings against the Sun Devils including a 30-22, 30-23, 30-19 decision earlier this year in Tempe ... Freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and junior outside hitter Kristin Richards combined for 25 kills while junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani added a career-high 12 digs ... The Cardinal is 45-5 against the Arizona Wildcats ... Stanford had won five straight matches against Arizona until losing a 30-24, 26-30, 29-31, 34-32, 15-8 decision in Tucson earlier this year ... Arizona fought back from three match points to score the win ... Richards led Stanford with 20 kills and 19 digs while Barboza and freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo each added 19 kills ... Kim Glass led the Arizona attack with 27 kills, 13 digs and four blocks ... Jennifer Abernathy added 18 kills, 18 digs and five blocks for the Wildcats.

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 142-24 (.855) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 578-126 (.821) ... 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
As Stanford prepares to host Arizona State (7-15 overall, 2-10 Pac-10) and the sixth-ranked Arizona Wildcats (17-4 overall, 9-3 Pac-10), the Cardinal possesses a 21-4 mark and a 10-3 ledger in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal is ranked fourth in the nation ... Sixteen of Stanford's 21 wins have been by margins of 3-0 ... Stanford has won 35 of its last 39 matches ... Stanford's longest winning streak of the year was 15 matches ... 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.

Dynamic Defense
The Cardinal defense has served notice that it is one of the team's strengths ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .162 hitting percentage, and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In nine matches, Stanford opponents had a hitting percentage of less than .100 ... Only two teams (#1 Nebraska, #2 Washington) have hit .300 or better against Stanford.

Medical Memo
Despite its 21-4 overall record, a 10-3 mark in the Pac-10 and a #4 national ranking, Stanford has been bit heavy with the injury bug this year ... The latest to fall was sophomore All-America candidate setter Bryn Kehoe who broke her right hand in practice on Oct. 31 ... Kehoe, who underwent surgery on Nov. 1, is out indefinitely ... Kehoe was second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally in assists per game (14.30 apg) and was on pace to break her school record of 1,637 assists set last year ... Kehoe's 2,378 career assists is fifth-best in school history ... Kehoe also led the team in service aces (0.47 apg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Kehoe's injury comes on the heel of a torn anterior cruciate ligament that has ended the season for Stanford star freshman volleyball player Cynthia Barboza ... Dr. Michael Dillingham, a Stanford team doctor, confirmed the extent of the injury in meeting with Barboza on Oct. 24 ... Barboza will miss the rest of the 2005 season and underwent successful knee surgery on Nov. 3 ... Barboza was enjoying an All-American type season when she suffered the knee injury during the first play of the third game in Stanford's victory at California (10/21/05) ... Barboza fell arkwardly to the ground after hitting a kill ... Barboza was carried off the court after lying on the ground in pain for several minutes while medical personnel tried to determine the extent of the injury. Barboza was later examined by two doctors at Haas Pavilion, and left the arena after the match on crutches and wearing a heavy knee brace. Barboza was examined by a Stanford team doctor late that evening ... Barboza, an alternate as a high school senior on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, started all 21 matches (66 games) this season, and at the time of her injury led the Pac-10 in kills (297) and was second on the team in hitting percentage (.306, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Her 4.50 kills per game was third-best in the conference ... A recent Sports Illustrated article referred to Barboza as the 'nation's top female freshman - in ANY sport.' ... Barboza produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 21 matches ... Barboza tallied a career-high 26 kills in Stanford's Pac-10 season opening victory against nationally-ranked USC. Barboza collected six double-doubles (kills, digs) during the year.

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 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).

Record Review
Kristin Richards, the All-American junior outside hitter, has joined the Stanford career 1,000 kills list ... Richards has 1,238 kills in two-plus seasons at Stanford, tenth-best in school history ... Richards is seventh in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,145 career digs ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,738 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,799 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 1,018 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 is second among Pac-10 schools in attendance with an average of 2,005 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 ninth-best in Pac-10 history ... Overall, the Cardinal is 12th in the nation in average attendance.

Footnote Facts
Several of Stanford's athletes (excluding freshman) have generated career numbers in 2005 ... Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards posted a career-high 31 kills at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Richards' four aces against Syracuse (9/3/05) and St. Mary's (9/15/05) are career-highs ...Junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani collected a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05), and then a career-high 39 attempts at California (10/21/05) ... Nnamani tallied a career-high 12 digs at Arizona State (10/14/05) ... Jennifer Wilson, a junior outside hitter, had career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... 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) ... Senior setter Katie Goldhahn posted a career-high 68 assists at Washington State (11/4/05).

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.

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 ... First in hitting percentage (.420, #2 in the Pac-10, #8 in the nation) and second in kills (342) ... Is averaging 4.12 kpg, ninth-best in the Pac-10 ... Has hit .450 or better in 13 matches ... In the last four matches, has hit .490 (58-8-102) with 17 digs, ten blocks and four service aces ... 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 19 of the 24 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
A torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee has sidelined the freshman All-America candidate for the rest of the season ... Suffered the injury on the first rally of the third game at California (10/21/05) ... Underwent successful surgery on Nov. 3 ... Had started all 21 matches (66 games) ... At the time of her injury had led the Pac-10 in kills (297) and was third in kills per game (4.50) ... Second on the team in hitting percentage (.306) ... Produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 21 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) ... Collected six 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 13 service aces ... Has played in 24 matches (73 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 21 matches (59 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 ... Produced a career-high 25 attempts vs Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... Hit .467 (8-1-15) along with three digs and three blocks in Stanford's victory over Oregon State (10/27/05).

#2 Katie Goldhahn, Junior, Setter, Lodi, Ca
Has moved into the starting lineup as Stanford's setter due to the injury (broken right hand) to Bryn Kehoe ... Started her first match in two years with 33 assists in three games at Washington (11/3/05) ... Posted career-highs in assists (68), kills (6) and attempts (14) at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Has played in 24 matches (81 games) ... Has compiled double digits in digs in four matches including a season-high 14 at California (10/21/05) ... Tallied eleven digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) and UCLA (9/24/05) ... Her 1,799 assists is ninth-best in school history.

#3 Kirsten Hornbeak, Sophomore, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Encintas, Ca
Has played in ten matches (14 games) ... Produced a season-high two digs in three matches.

#4 Bryn Kehoe, Sophomore, Setter, North Bend, Oh
Out indefinitely with a broken right hand suffered in practice on Oct. 31 ... Underwent successful surgery on Nov. 2 ... Stanford's starting setter for a second straight season ... During her two seasons as a starter, the Cardinal is 50-9 ... An All-American candidate ... Was on pace to set a Stanford single-season record by averaging 14.30 assists per game (1,101, #2 in the Pac-10, #4 in the nation) ... That would also place her among the Top 10 single-season performances in Pac-10 history ... Kehoe holds the school record of 1,637 (12.40 apg) set last year ... Collected a season-high 69 assists at Arizona (10/13/05) ... That figure against the Wildcats is one short of her career high, and ninth-best in school history ... Had 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 2,738 career assists is fifth-best in school history ... Leads the team in service aces (0.47 apg, #3 in the Pac-10).

#15 Michelle Mellard, Junior, Middle Blocker, Leawood, Ks
Has played in 12 matches (14 games) ... Collected two kills in four matches.

#5 Nji Nnamani, Junior, Outside Hitter, Bloomington, Il
Has played in 22 matches (65 games), several as a starter ... Has five double-digit matches including a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05) ... Tallied 14 kills (.385) and ten digs at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Collected 13 kills in the season opening victory over Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... Hit .500 (7-0-14) against Washington State (10/7/05), and .438 (8-1-16) vs Marquette (9/9/05) ... Collected a career-high 39 attempts at California (10/21/05) ... Tallied a career-high 12 digs in Stanford's win at Arizona State (10/14/05) ... In the last two matches has hit .356 (22-6-45) along with 17 digs in the last two matches.

#10 Kristin Richards, Junior, Outside Hitter, Orem, Ut
The All-America candidate is first on the team in kills (360, 4.39 kpg, #4 in the Pac-10) as a starter in 25 matches ... Produced a career-high 31 kills along with 16 digs at Washington state (11/4/05) ... Collected 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) and at Arizona (10/14/05) ... 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 (292, 3.56 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Had a season-high 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... In 19 of the 25 matches has ten or more digs ... Has a current string of eight matches in which she has collected 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 1,238 career kills at Stanford, tenth-best in school history ... Her 1,145 career digs is seventh-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 (336, 4.00 dpg, #8 in the Pac-10) ... 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 23 of the 25 matches, including a current string of 14 matches ... Has 1,018 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 13 matches (31 games) ... Back as a starter and is wearing protective goggles ... Had a season-high eight blocks in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05) ... Had her best match of the season with six kills (.333) along with four blocks against Oregon State (10/28/05) ... In the last three matches, has hit .393 (14-3-28).

#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 .367 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 ... Came off the bench for an injured Cynthia Barboza and collected three kills in seven attempts (.429) at California (10/21/05).

Top Team
Two of the best women's volleyball players in Stanford history, Logan Tom and Kerri Walsh, have been named to the six member NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team ... 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 was named in a vote of the public ... Tom and Walsh join four other outstanding former collegiate stars on this prestigious team; Deitre Collins of Hawaii, Elaina Oden of Pacific, Danielle Scott of Long Beach State and UCLA's Natalie Williams. Dave Shoji was named head coach on the 25th Anniversary Team ... Tom was a four-time All-American at Stanford (1999-2002), one of only eight players in Stanford history to be accorded that honor ... Tom was a two-time AVCA National College Player of the Year, and was also named MVP at the 2001 NCAA Tournament in helping lead Stanford to the national championship ... During her four years on The Farm, Tom helped Stanford chalk up a 115-22 (.839) record, two Pac-10 titles (1999, 2001) and a national title (2001) ... Tom was named All Pac-10 four times (1999-2002) and voted Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 ... Her named is included in six statistical categories in the Stanford record book, including career kills (#2, 1,939) ... Tom has been a member of the United States National team since 1998 ... Walsh, a four-time All-American (1996-99), helped lead Stanford to two NCAA titles (1996, 1997), three trips to the NCAA Final four and four Pac-10 titles ... Walsh was named the NCAA Tournament MVP in leading Stanford (31-2) to the 1996 NCAA title ... During her junior and senior seasons, Walsh was named Pac-10 Player of the Year ... Walsh was also an all-league selection four times ... Walsh's name is etched in several categories in the Stanford record book, including career digs (#3, 1,285) and seventh in career kills (1,553) ... Her hitting percentage of .379 in 1998 still ranks fourth in the Cardinal record book.

Sun Devil Saga
Arizona State is 7-15 overall and 2-10 in the Pac-10 ... Twelve of ASU's 15 losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 25 at some point this season ... Arizona State ranks second in the Pac-10 in digs at 17.68 per game ... Sydney Donahue is second in the Pac-10 in digs at 6.05 per game ... With 472 digs this season, Donahue ranks fourth on ASU's single season digs list ... That's the most in a season for a Sun Devil since Mindy Gowell set the school record with 601 digs during the 1990 season.

Arizona Analysis
Arizona, ranked sixth in the nation, is 17-4 overall and 9-3 in the Pac-10 ... The Wildcats are 1-18 in matches at Stanford ... The Wildcats are third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.273), assists (15.11 apg) and kills (16.55 kpg) ... With 1,893 career kills, senior outside hitter Kim Glass, the school's all-time kills leader, needs 16 kills to move into the Pac-10's Top-5 on the all-time list ... Glass leads the Pac-10 in kills at 5.04 per game ... Dominique Lamb is hitting .342, seventh-best in the Pac-10 while Bre Ladd is ninth at .309 ... Lamb is sixth in blocks at 1.23 per game.

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