No. 3 Stanford Hosts Oregon State, Oregon
Oct. 17, 2006
COMING UP: After upsetting highly-ranked USC and UCLA last weekend in L.A. and extending its Pac-10 winning streak to five matches, the Cardinal hosts Oregon State (3-13, 0-7) and Oregon (14-3, 4-3) this Thursday and Friday in Maples Pavilion. Stanford takes on the Beavers at 7:00 pm on Thursday before matching up against the Ducks on Friday at 7:00 pm. Thursday is 2-For-1 Night, where fans can purchase two General Admission tickets for the price of one (2 for $7). Against the Ducks on Family Friday, youth ages 14 and under are eligible for $2 tickets. Also on Friday, Girl Scouts gain General Admission for $2 each with the group rate, and youth wearing a team jersey gain General Admission for just $1. Quick Set Club members, don't miss Coach Dunning's Chalk Talks from 5:00-5:30 pm prior to this week's matches. Pizz'a Chicago will also be available for Quick Set members in the Hospitality Room following Friday's match against Oregon.
CARDINAL UPSETS USC, UCLA ON THE ROAD: Stanford returns to Maples Pavilion after upsetting No. 4 USC and No. 3 UCLA last weekend in Los Angeles. The Cardinal swept the Trojans in three games, 30-21, 30-26, 30-28, on Thursday. Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led the squad with 18 kills against USC, followed by sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo with 12 kills. Junior setter Bryn Kehoe also tied her season high of 51 assists versus the Trojans. On Friday, Stanford collected a second upset over the Bruins in five games, 30-27, 27-30, 25-30, 30-25, 15-10, in front of a large crowd at Pauley Pavilion. Barboza and senior outside hitter Kristin Richards tallied 21 kills each, while Kehoe neared her career-high with 66 assists against UCLA. Nearing the halfway point in conference play, Barboza leads the Cardinal with 4.63 kills per game, 250 total kills and 25 aces. Akinradewo paces the team with a .418 hitting percentage, as well as 76 blocks (14 block solos). Kehoe is averaging 12.78 assists per game with 690 total assists.
ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (3-13, 0-7) travels to The Farm without a conference win, including two losses to Arizona and Arizona State in Corvallis last weekend. The Beavers fell to the Wildcats in three, 19-30, 16-30, 26-30, last Thursday before losing to the Sun Devils on Friday, 26-30, 27-30, 27-30. Freshman Rachel Rourke leads the Beavers with 4.32 kills per game, 246 total kills and 14 aces. Fellow freshman Lexie Rathgeber also leads the team with 57 blocks. Stanford has won all 42 matches in the all-time series agianst the Beavers.
ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (14-3, 4-3) heads to Maples Pavilion after claiming two wins over Arizona State and Arizona last weekend. The Ducks beat the Sun Devils Thursday night, 30-22, 25-30, 30-28, 30-24, before taking down the Wildcats in three games Friday, 30-24, 30-24, 30-26. Freshman middle blocker Sonja Newcombe was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for her efforts against the Arizona schools. She collected 33 kills and 29 digs over the weekend, as well as eight blocks against Arizona State, to help Oregon snap 16 and 15-match losing streaks to the Sun Devils and the Wildcats, respectively. Sophomore outside hitter Mira Djuric currently leads the Ducks with 3.37 kills per game, 212 totals kills and 38 aces. The Cardinal leads the all-time series against the Ducks, 42-2.
UP NEXT: After hosting Oregon State and Oregon, Stanford returns to the road to begin the second half of conference action at Arizona State and Arizona next weekend. The Cardinal will play Arizona State on Friday, October 27 (7:00 pm), then Arizona on Saturday, October 28 (7:00 pm).
BARBOZA, RICHARDS NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and senior outside hitter Kristin Richards have earned Player of the Week honors this season from the Pac-10. 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 and collecting a career-high four service aces against No. 9 Hawai`i. Richards was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 2-8. She led the Cardinal to a three-game sweep over No. 7 California, recording 13 kills without a single error. Richards hit .565 against the Bears, contributing six digs, an ace and three blocks.
NOTABLES: Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for all-time career kills with 1,613 ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,431 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.70 assists per game ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 25 service aces in just 17 matches inch her closer to the single season top-10 list, where Kim Oden and Barbara Fontana are tied for ninth with 41 aces.
CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford jumped up to the third ranking this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll after pulling off two conference upsets over USC and UCLA. Nebraska holds the top spot for a ninth-straight week, with Penn State is still ranked second. UCLA dropped to #4 with last weekend's loss, and USC fell to #5. Washington also fell one spot to sixth place and cross-Bay rival California dropped to eighth place.
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 161-28 record on The Farm and a 598-130 record 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.