No. 3 Stanford Heads To Arizona
Oct. 24, 2006
COMING UP: Third-ranked Stanford looks to continue a seven-match conference winning streak this weekend against Arizona State and Arizona on the road. Opening up the second half of Pac-10 action, the Cardinal squares off against Arizona State (11-9, 3-6) on Friday, October 27 at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, Stanford heads to Tucson to match up against Arizona (10-11, 1-8) at 7:00 pm.
STANFORD SWEEPS OREGON STATE, OREGON: Stanford extended its conference winning streak to seven matches last weekend with back-to-back sweeps of Oregon and Oregon State at Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal easily downed the Beavers, 30-19, 30-17, 30-20, on Thursday night, lead by sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza's 20 kills. Stanford has won all 43 matches against Oregon State. On Friday night, Stanford collected another sweep over Oregon, 30-20, 30-18, 30-18. Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo led the Cardinal with 10 kills against the Ducks, as well as nine blocks as Stanford tallied a season-high 15 team blocks. Entering the second half of conference play, Barboza leads the Cardinal with 4.65 kills per game and 279 total kills, as well as 27 aces. Akinradewo paces the squad with 70 total blocks and 16 block solos, as well as a .423 hitting percentage. Junior setter Bryn Kehoe has amassed 750 assists to lead the Cardinal, while sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn has logged 233 digs in 60 games.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (11-9, 3-6) hosts the Cardinal after splitting last weekend at home against Washington and Washington State. The Sun Devils fell to sixth-ranked Washington, 20-30, 25-30, 24-30, on Thursday. Arizona State bounced back to beat the Cougars on Friday, 33-35, 30-27, 30-19, 30-19, led by senior Nicole Morton's 20 kills. Morton currently leads the Sun Devils with 3.54 kills per game and 251 total kills. Junior Staci Smith also leads the squad with 60 blocks, including 15 block solos. Stanford claimed the first match against Arizona State on September 30, thanks to a combined 31 kills from Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza. The Cardinal leads the all-time series against Arizona State, 48-4, including the last 12 matches against the Sun Devils.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (10-11, 1-8) matches up against the Cardinal after losing two matches last weekend to Washington State and Washington, holding down just one conference win this season over Oregon State. The Wildcats fell to Washington State on Thursday, 30-26, 22-30, 26-30, 26-30, before dropping a second match to sixth-ranked Washington on Friday, 21-30, 20-30, 30-24, 26-30. Sophomore outside hitter Stephanie Buringrud currently leads the Wildcats with 3.79 kills per game and 288 total kills, as well as an impressive 31 aces. Junior middle blocker Dominique Lamb has collected 118 blocks this season, including 23 block solos. The Cardinal swept Arizona earlier this season at Maples Pavilion, led by Cynthia Barboza's 19 kills and Bryn Kehoe's near season high of 50 assists. Stanford leads the all-time series against Arizona, 46-6.
UP NEXT: Following this weekend's matches, Stanford remains on the road against No. 11 California. The Cardinal and the Bears will square off for a second time next Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm in Haas Pavilion.
DUNNING REACHES 600 WINS: Head Coach John Dunning earned his 600th win in a three-game sweep of Oregon on October 20 in Maples Pavilion. Dunning is in his sixth season as head coach of the Cardinal and 21st year of coaching volleyball. During his tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal has captured two NCAA championships (2001, 2004), as well as a runner-up finish in 2002. Dunning has amassed a 163-28 record on The Farm and a 600-130 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.
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 1,639, and now ranks second in digs with 1,408 ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,491 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.69 assists per game ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 27 service aces so far this season 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 remains in third this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll after moving up with upsets over UCLA and USC two weeks ago. Nebraska holds the top spot for a 10th-straight week, with Penn State still ranked second. UCLA remains in fourth after topping USC last weekend, while USC holds down the fifth spot for the second-straight week. Washington continutes to fill the sixth spot and cross-Bay rival California fell again this week to 11th after a four-game loss to Oregon last week.
PAC-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Cardinal was picked in August to win this year's conference title by league coaches. Stanford picked up eight first-place votes in the preseason poll. UCLA was 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.