No. 6 Cardinal Hosts Arizona And Arizona State

Sept. 27, 2006

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COMING UP: After splitting the Pac-10 opening weekend against Washington State and No. 4 Washington, Stanford (10-2, 1-1) returns home to host Arizona (9-4, 0-1) and Arizona State (9-3, 1-0) this weekend in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal will first square off against the Wildcats on Friday night at 7:00 pm before taking on the Sun Devils on Saturday at 7:00 pm. Friday's match will be broadcast on KZSU Radio 90.1 FM, while Saturday's match will be available via the internet on KZSU-2, which can be accessed at kzsu.stanford.edu. Against Arizona Friday night, Stanford faculty and staff are eligible for $2 general admission tickets, while youth 14 and under are also eligible for $2 tickets under the Family Friday promotion. Saturday is the final autograph and poster night of the season following the match against Arizona State and Stanford Hospital staff can gain admission for just $2.

STANFORD SPLITS IN WASHINGTON: The Cardinal opened Pac-10 Conference action with a win against Washington State last Thursday night in Pullman. Stanford took down the Cougars in three games, 30-17, 30-16, 30-23, led by senior Kristin Richards' 15 kills. Sophomore Foluke Akinradewo also collected eight blocks against Washington State, including two block solos. On Friday, Stanford fell to the Huskies, 21-30, 28-30, 25-30, despite a career night in kills from sophomore Cynthia Barboza. Barboza notched 25 kills against Washington, 8.3 kills per game, as well as two service aces. She currently leads the squad in kills with 162 and aces with 17. Akinradewo paces the team in hitting percentage (.421), as well as blocks with 53 total blocks and ten block solos. Meanwhile, junior setter Bryn Kehoe is averaging 12.03 assists per game with 445 total assists.

VOLLEYBALL ANNOUNCES PAC-10 PLAN: Stanford Women's Volleyball would like to announce the all-new Pac-10 Plan. For only $75, fans can catch all the Cardinal home matches against the nation's top conference in Maples Pavilion. The plan includes nine matches for $75 in reserved seating or $50 in general admission seating. Get your Pac-10 Plan today by clicking here.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (9-4, 0-1) heads to The Farm after opening Pac-10 action with a loss to Arizona State at home last Friday. The Wildcats fell in four games to the Sun Devils, 21-30, 30-21, 25-30, 28-30, despite 15 kills and five blocks from sophomore Brooke Buringrud. Sophomore Randy Goodenough also contributed 14 kills and nine of Arizona's 21 team blocks, but the Wildcats hit just .098 as a team against the Sun Devils. Buringrud currently leads Arizona in hitting with 3.71 kills per game and 178 total kills this season. Junior Dominique Lamb leads the team in hitting percentage (.357), as well as blocks (74 total, 12 solo). In his 15th season, head coach David Rubio has tallied a 278-141 record, returning three starters and 11 letterwinners to his 2006 squad. Stanford leads the all-time series against the Wildcats, 45-6.

ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (9-3, 1-0) travels to the Bay with one conference win last weekend against the Wildcats, the first time ASU had knocked off Arizona since 1999. Senior Nicole Morton collected 21 kills in the win, as well as four blocks. Nina Reeves and Margie Giordano also tallied 11 kills each. Morton currently leads the Sun Devils with 3.6 kills per game and 155 total kills on the season. Sophomore Staci Smith also leads the squad with 35 total blocks. Fourth-year head coach Brad Saindon has tallied a 25-55 record in Tempe. Stanford holds down a 47-4 all-time record against Arizona State.

UP NEXT: The Cardinal remains home next week to host Big Spike against No. 7 California on Friday, October 6 at 7:00 pm. Bring the whole family, as youth under 14 can enter for $2.

CARDINAL NABS TOURNAMENT HONORS: Multiple Cardinal players have been named to all-tournament teams for their efforts in the preseason. Sophomores Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo were named all-tournament as Stanford went 2-1 at the BYU Tournament. Barboza later earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge with all-tournament team members Akinradewo and senior Kristin Richards as the Cardinal swept three matches, including No. 9 Hawai`i. Last weekend, three Cardinal athletes were named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team as Stanford again went 3-0, including a sweep of No. 8 Santa Clara. Barboza and junior Bryn Kehoe were named Co-Most Outstanding Player, while Akinradewo was also named to the all-tournament team.

BARBOZA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 4-10, the Cardinal's first weekly honor of the year. Barboza led a three-match sweep at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge. She hit .471 for the tournament with 46 kills, 33 digs and seven blocks, including a .532 hitting percentage against Fairfield without tallying a single attack error. Against No. 9 Hawai`i for the Challenge title, Barboza notched 15 kills, three blocks and a career-high four service aces.

CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford remains in sixth place this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. Nebraska holds the top spot for a sixth-straight week, while Penn State and UCLA continue to hold down the #2 and #3 rankings, respectively. Washington maintains the fourth ranking, while USC moved ahead of the Cardinal into the fifth spot. Cross-Bay rival Cal also improved to a seventh-place ranking, while local squad Santa Clara remains in ninth.

PAC-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Cardinal has been picked to win this year's conference title by league coaches. Stanford picked up eight first-place votes in the preseason poll. UCLA has been ranked second in the Pac-10 with two first-place votes, while defending national champion Washington was picked third. Conference coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 10 of the previous 17 polls.

HEAD COACH John Dunning: John Dunning opens his sixth season as head coach of the Cardinal. During his tenure, the Cardinal have captured two NCAA championships (2001, 2004), as well as a runner-up finish in 2002. Dunning has amassed a 146-26 record on The Farm and a 583-128 in his 21 years of coaching at Stanford and Pacific, ranking him among the top five winningest active coaches in NCAA history (Division I). In 2005, Dunning was the recipient of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award.

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