Nationally-Ranked Stanford Aims For Second Straight NCAA Title
Nov. 30, 2005
Friday, December 2, 2005, 5:00 p.m., Maples Pavilion (7,321)
#15 Santa Clara (23-4 overall, 12-2 WCC) vs Sacramento St (26-8 overall, 13-1 Big Sky)
Friday, December 2, 2005, Maples Pavilion (7,231)
#5 Stanford (25-5 overall, 14-4 Pac-10) vs Nevada (18-12 overall, 10-6 WAC)
Saturday, December 3, 2005, Maples Pavilion (7,231)
Santa Clara/Sacramento State winner vs Stanford/Nevada winner
For the 25th straight year, the Stanford women's volleyball team is heading to the NCAA Tournament ... The Cardinal is one of three schools (also Penn State and UC Santa Barbara) to have appeared in all 25 NCAA Tournaments ... With a 25-5 overall record, a No. 5 national ranking, a 14-4 conference record and second place finish in the Pac-10 this year, the Cardinal was awarded a fifth-seed in the tournament, and also was awarded first and second round matches in the NCAA Tournament at Maples Pavilion on Dec. 2-3 ... Stanford will also host the Palo Alto Regional on Dec. 9-10 ... Stanford will face Nevada (18-12 overall, 10-6 WAC) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at 7:00 p.m. on Dec. 2 ... The 5:00 p.m. match features No. 15 Santa Clara (23-4 overall, 12-2 WCC) vs Sacramento State (26-8 overall, 13-1 Big Sky) ... The two winners will play again on Saturday (Dec. 3) at 7:00 p.m. at Maples Pavilion, and that winner will advance to the Palo Alto Regional on Dec. 9-10 at Stanford ... The pre-determined regional sites are Palo Alto, California; Omaha, Nebraska; State College, Pennsylvania; and College Station, Texas ... The regional winners will advance to the semfinals and final hosted by the University of Texas-San Antonio at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, on Dec. 15 and 17.
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The Palo Alto Regional (Stanford University - Maples Pavilion)
The four winners of the first week of play will advance to Palo Alto (Maples Pavilion) on Dec. 9-10
December 2-3 at Stanford
Santa Clara (23-4) vs Sacramento State (26-8) - 5:00 p.m.
Stanford (25-5) vs Nevada (18-12) - 7:00 p.m.
December 2-3 at USC
Pepperdine (17-11) vs Brigham Young (25-3)
UC Santa Barbara (21-8) vs USC (16-10)
December 2-3 at Ohio State
Ohio State (21-8) vs Marshall (26-5)
Ohio (31-2) vs Alabama (23-10)
December 2-3 at Utah
Utah (22-8) vs Loyola Marymount (19-10)
Utah State (21-12) vs Arizona (22-5)
Nevada, Stanford's opponent in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, enjoyed a 18-12 overall record during the regular season ... Included was a 3-2 victory over #16 California ... The Wolfpack finished fourth in the Western Athletic Conference with a mark of 10-6 ... Nevada has been to the NCAA Tournament four of the last five seasons ... Salaia Salave'a leads the team with 493 kills and a .293 hitting percentage ... Carly Sorensen and Teal Erickson have collected 399 and 362 kills, respectively ... Devin Scruggs is in her ninth season as head coach at Nevada with a record of 140-94 ... Santa Clara, ranked 15th in the nation, chalked up a 23-4 overall record, and captured the West Coast Conference title with a 12-2 mark ... Santa Clara has been to the NCAA Tournament eight straight seasons ... Cassie Perret was named the WCC Player of the Year, while Brittany Lowe was voted WCC Freshman of the Year, and Jon Wallace was honored as WCC Coach of the Year ... Wallace is 129-53 in six seasons at Santa Clara ... Perret hit a team leading .373 with 321 kills (3.34 kpg) ... Kim McGiven leads the team in kills (390, 4.15 kpg) while Lowe has 330 kills (.347 kpg) ... Santa Clara will face Sacramento State in the 5:00 p.m. matchup on Friday ... The Hornets are 26-8 overall, and finished in first place in the Big Sky Conference with a 13-1 mark ... Sacramento State had a 16-match winning streak before losing to #20 Ohio last week ... Atlee Hubbard leads the team in kills (453, 3.74 kpg) while Lindsay Haupt checks in with 337 kills (2.91 kpg) and a .318 hitting percentage ... Head coach Debby Colberg is in her 30th season at Sacramento State with a record of 769-277.
Stanford has played eleven of the 64 teams that will be participating in the 2005 NCAA Tournament ... That list includes top-ranked Nebraska (28-1) #2 Penn State (29-2), #3 Washington (26-1), #6 Arizona (22-5), #12 USC (16-10), #14 UCLA (18-10), #16 California (18-10), #26 UC Santa Barbara (21-8), #32 St. Mary's (19-9), #35 Colorado (15-12) and Utah State (21-12) ... Stanford is 11-5 in matches against those teams in 2005.
Stanford has participated in every NCAA Tournament (25 years) ... During that span, the Cardinal is 76-19 (.800) ... The 76 NCAA women's volleyball tournament victories by Stanford are the most by any school ... Stanford has won six NCAA titles (1992, 1994, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2004). and has finished second (1984, 1985, 1987, 1999, 2002) in five tournaments ... Stanford has been to the NCAA Final Four 14 times ... John Dunning is 19-2 in tourmament matches while the head coach at Stanford ... Dunning coached Stanford to the NCAA titles in 2001 and 2004 ... Nine women (Franci Girard, Katie Goldhahn, Kirsten Hornbeak, Bryn Kehoe, Michelle Mellard, Nji Nnamani, Kristin Richards, Courtney Schultz, Lizzie Suiter) on the Stanford varsity have NCAA Tournament experience ... All nine teammates were on Stanford's NCAA title squad last year ... This group has helped Stanford compile a 102-23 record during the last four seasons.
Stanford holds a 5-0 advantage over Nevada ... Last year, the Cardinal scored a 30-25, 30-28, 28-30, 26-30, 15-11 decision over the Wolfpack at the Nevada Tournament in Reno ... The Cardinal is 2-0 against Nevada at Maples Pavilion ... Their last meeting at Maples Pavilion took place during the 2001 NCAA championship season with the Cardinal scoring a 30-20, 30-16, 30-20 decision ... Stanford is 23-0 against Santa Clara, and 5-0 against Sacramento State.
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 146-25 (.854) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 582-127 (.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.
As fifth-ranked Stanford prepares to compete in the 2005 NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal possesses a 25-5 mark and a 14-4 ledger in the Pac-10 ... The Caridnal has won at least 25 matches in each of the last five seasons ... Seventeen of Stanford's 25 wins have been by margins of 3-0 ... Stanford has won 39 of its last 44 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 ... Stanford has finished or second (including ties) in the Pac-10 standings in 24 of 25 seasons of league play.
The Cardinal defense has served notice that this is one of the team's strengths ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .171 hitting percentage (#3 in the Pac-10), 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.
Stanford is a young team with only two seniors, setter Katie Goldhahn and libero Courtney Schultz ... During their four seasons (2002-05) at Stanford, Goldhahn and Schultz have helped lead the Cardinal to a 112-23 record, four trips to the NCAA Tournament, two trips to the NCAA Final Four, and an NCAA championship (2004) ... Goldhahn has played in 350 games in four seasons at Stanford, and her 2,099 assists is sixth-best in school history ... Schultz has played in 442 games in four seasons at Stanford, and has played in all 105 games this year ... Her 1,083 career digs is ninth on the all-time list at Stanford.
Despite its 25-5 overall record, a 14-4 mark in the Pac-10 and a #5 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 is second in the Pac-10 and third 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 leads 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 ... 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, 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, #8 in the Pac-10) ... Her 4.50 kills per game was fourth-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.
Foluke Akinradewo and Kristin Richards have been honored for their outstanding play in the Pacific-10 Conference this year ... Akinradewo, a middle blocker, was named 2005 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, and named first team all-conference ... Richards, a junior outside hitter, was named to the All Pac-10 first team for a third straight season ... Akinradewo is third in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.403) and tenth in kills (3.95 kpg) and blocks (1.08 bpg) ... In Pac-10 matches, Akindarewo tops all Pac-10 players with a .386 hitting percentage ... Akinradewo has posted double-digit kill totals in 25 of 30 matches played this season ... Akinradewo became the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors ... Richards leads the Cardinal in kills (499, 4.80 kpg, #3 in the Pac-10) and is second in digs (381, 3.66 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Richards has collected double-digit kills in 24 of 30 matches, including a current streak of 15 matches ... Richards was named AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week for her 66 kills and 38 digs in wins at #14 UCLA (11/25/05) and #12 USC (11/26/05) ... Richards tallied a career-high 35 kills along with 22 digs at USC (11/26/05).
Junior middle blocker Lizzie Suiter has been named a first team All-Academic Pac-10 selection ... Suiter is a Communication major with a 3.71 gpa ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz was named a second team All-Academic selection with a 3.52 gpa in Human Biology ... Named Honorable Mention were senior setter Katie Goldhahn and junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani.
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 Week ... 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 1,377 kills in two-plus seasons at Stanford, ninth-best in school history ... Richards chalked up a career-high 35 kills at USC (11/26/05) which also is fifth-best for a single match in school history ... Richards is fifth in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,234 career digs ... Richards has collected 381 digs this seasson, good for ninth place in the Stanford record book ... Richards has 499 single season kills this year, and is approaching tenth place on the Stanford list now occupied by Bev Oden (1990, 513) ... 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 2,099 career assists, sixth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 1,083 career digs, ninth-best in school history ... Schultz has 401 digs this season, good for fifth place on the Stanford Top 10 list ... Freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo has a hitting percentage of .403, currently second-best for a single season in school history ... Akinradewo had 12 blocks at UCLA (11/25/05), ninth-best in school history.
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.
Several of Stanford's athletes (excluding freshman) have generated career numbers in 2005 ... Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards career-highs in kills (35 at USC (11/26/05) and attempts (73 at USC, 11/26/05) ... 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 16 kills at USC (11/26/05), and a career-high 39 attempts at California (10/21/05) ... Nnamani tallied a career-high 15 digs vs California (11/18/05) ... 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 79 assists at USC (11/26/05).
The 2005 Stanford Women's Volleyball Roster
#16 Foluke Akinradewo, Freshman, Middle Blocker, Plantation, Fl
The 2005 Pacific-10 Freshman of the Year ... Became the ninth Cardinal, and fourth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors ... Also named first team All Pac-10 ... Playing like a first team All-American in her freshman season at Stanford ... First in hitting percentage (.403, #3 in the Pac-10, #10 in the nation) and second in kills (415) ... Is averaging 3.93 kpg, #10 in the Pac-10, and 1.08 bpg, also tenth-best in the conference ... Tallied a career-high 12 blocks at UCLA (11/25/05) ... Has hit .450 or better in 13 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 25 of the 30 matches, including a current streak of ten 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) ... In three matches, collected 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs ... 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.
#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 17 service aces ... Collected a season-high three service aces against Utah State (9/16/05) and Arizona (11/11/05) ... Has played in 29 matches (95 games) ... Has collected 24 digs (13 at UCLA, 11 at USC) in the last two matches.
#8 Alex Fisher, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Menlo Park, Ca
A knee injury has forced her to the sidelines ... Will redshirt the 2005 season.
#6 Franci Girard, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Brooklyn, NY
Has played in 26 matches 81 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 at Oregon (10/27/05) ... Has hit .400 or better in five matches.
#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 and has helped Stanford to a 5-2 record during that span ... Is averaging 13.83 assists per game (401 assists, 29 games) in her seven starts ... Collected a career-high 79 assists in Stanford's five-game victory at USC (11/26/05) ... That was also third-best in school history and only four short of the school record ... Started her first match in two years with 33 assists in three games at Washington (11/3/05) ... Posted 68 assists along with career-highs in kills (6) and attempts (14) at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Has played in 29 matches (103 games) ... Has compiled double digits in digs in seven matches including a season-high 14 at California (10/21/05) and against the Golden Bears (11/18/05) at Maples Pavilion ... Tallied eleven digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) and UCLA (9/24/05) ... Her 2,099 assists is sixth-best in school history ... An honorable mention All Pac-10 Academic choice.
#3 Kirsten Hornbeak, Sophomore, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Encintas, Ca
Has played in 13 matches (18 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, #3 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 tenth-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 17 matches (23 games) ... Collected two kills in four matches.
#5 Nji Nnamani, Junior, Outside Hitter, Bloomington, Il
Has played in 27 matches (87 games), several as a starter ... Fourth on the team in kills (212) ... Has eight double-digit matches including a career-high 16 kills at USC (11/26/05) ... Tallied 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05) ... Collected 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 15 digs in Stanford's win vs California (11/18/05) ... An honorable mention All Pac-10 Academic selection.
#10 Kristin Richards, Junior, Outside Hitter, Orem, Ut
Named to the All Pac-10 first team for a third straight season ... The All-America candidate is first on the team in kills (499, 4.80 kpg, #3 in the Pac-10) as a starter in 30 matches ... Named the AVCA National and Pac-10 Player of the Week in leading Stanford to victories at UCLA (11/25/05) and USC (11/26/05) ... Against the Bruins, tallied a then career-high 31 kills in 60 attempts (.367) along with 16 kills ... Then at USC, collected career-highs in kills (35) and attempts (73) along with 22 digs ... Produced 31 kills along with 16 digs at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Tallied 29 kills against nationally-ranked Arizona (11/11/05) ... Collected 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) and against California (11/18/05) ... Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) and at Arizona (10/14/05) ... Hitting .275 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 (381, 3.66 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Her 381 digs is ninth-best for a single season in school history ... Had a season-high 23 digs along against Arizona State (11/10/05) ... Had 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... In 22 of the 29 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 1,377 career kills at Stanford, ninth-best in school history ... Her 1,234 career digs is fifth-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 (401, 3.78 dpg, #9 in the Pac-10) ... Her 401 digs is fifth-best for a single season in school history ... 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 26 of the 30 matches ... Has 1,083 career digs in four years at Stanford is ninth all-time on The Farm ... Named to the All Pac-10 Academic second team.
#13 Lizzie Suiter, Junior, Middle Blocker, Aspen, Co
Has been bothered with an ankle and eye injury that has limited her to just 16 matches (44 games) ... Is wearing protective goggles ... Had a season-high eight blocks in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05), and against nationally-ranked Arizona (11/11/05) ... Had her best match of the season with six kills (.333) along with four blocks against Oregon State (10/28/05) ... Named a first team All Pac-10 Academic selection.
#12 Erin Waller, Freshman, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Ballwin, Mo
A starter in the last two matches, both Stanford victories at UCLA (11/25/05) and USC (11/26/05) ... Collected career-highs in kills (10), attempts (26) and digs (5) in Stanford's five-game victory at USC (11/26/05) ... Produced eight kills in 23 attempts against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Collected a season-high five blocks against St. Mary's (9/15/05) and at UCLA (11/25/05).
#9 Jennifer Wilson, Junior, Outside Hitter, Spokane, Wa
Hitting .355 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).
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.