Third-Ranked Stanford Travels To Oregon

Nov. 14, 2006

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COMING UP: Third-ranked Stanford (21-3, 12-2) heads to the Northwest this weekend to take on Oregon (17-7, 7-7) and Oregon State (3-20, 0-14) in two of the last four matches of the regular season. The Cardinal will match up against the Ducks on Thursday, November 16 at 7:00 pm before facing the Beavers at 7:00 pm on Saturday, November 17.

STANFORD SPLITS USC, UCLA AT HOME: Stanford split two matches at home last weekend between Pac-10 title contenders USC and UCLA in Maples Pavilion. On Friday night, the Cardinal was upset by the Trojans in three games, 30-18, 30-24, 31-33. Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo led Stanford with 15 kills and two blocks, but it wasn't enough to top USC, who hit .315 with 60 kills. The Cardinal rebounded to take down a talented Bruin squad on Saturday night, 17-30, 30-25, 30-26, 30-27. Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led the Cardinal with 15 kills, followed by double-digit kill efforts by sophomore Erin Waller (13), senior Kristin Richards (12) and junior Franci Girard (10). In the Dig for the Cure match Saturday, Stanford collected 79 digs to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, which tied a season high. Barboza, Richards, junior Bryn Kehoe and sophomore Jessica Fishburn recorded 15 digs apiece. With four matches left in the regular season, Barboza leads the squad with 4.43 kills per game, 337 total kills and 32 aces. Akinradewo leads the team with 98 blocks, as well as a .440 hitting percentage. Kehoe has also collected 987 assists, while Fishburn leads the team with 299 digs.

ABOUT THE DUCKS: Oregon (17-7, 7-7) hosts the Cardinal after two losses last weekend at Arizona and Arizona State. The Ducks fell to Arizona, 31-29, 25-30, 30-26, 23-30, 8-15, on Thursday night, despite 20 kills from freshman middle blocker Sonja Newcombe. On Friday night, Oregon dropped a four-game match to the Sun Devils, 30-23, 14-30, 27-30, 21-30. Sophomore libero Katie Swoboda collected 20 digs to set a single-season record of 900 digs, but it wasn't enough to stop ASU with Nina Reeves' 19 kills and six blocks. Newcombe currently leads the Ducks with 3.46 kills per game and 311 total kills. Junior Karen Waddington leads the squad with 106 blocks, including nine block solos, while Swoboda has tallied 469 digs this season. Three setters have combined for 1,103 assists, including Nevena Djordjevic with 580 assists. Stanford swept the Ducks earlier this season at home, 30-20, 30-18, 30-18, and leads the all-time series, 43-2.

ABOUT THE BEAVERS: Oregon State (30-20, 0-14) takes on Stanford after also dropping two matches last weekend to Arizona State and Arizona. The Beavers fell to the Sun Devils in four games Thursday, 17-30, 31-29, 26-30, 17-30, despite a career-high 28 kills from freshman Rachel Rourke. On Saturday, Oregon State picked up its 14th-straight loss to Arizona, 27-30, 18-30, 24-30. Leading up to the Beavers' final homestand, Rourke paces the team with 4.41 kills per game, 348 total kills and 22 aces. Freshman Lexie Rathgeber leads the team with 79 blocks, including nine block solos. Freshman Camilla Ah-Hoy (417) and sophomore Ashley Evans (400) have also combined for 817 assists. Stanford downed Oregon State in three games at home on October 19, 30-19, 30-17, 30-20. The Cardinal has won all 43 matches in the all-time series against the Beavers.

DUNNING REACHES 600 WINS: Head Coach John Dunning earned his 600th win against Oregon on October 20 in Maples Pavilion and was honored for his acheivement on November 10 versus USC. 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 166-28 record on The Farm and a 603-130 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.

UP NEXT: Stanford hosts the two final matches of the regular season on November 24-25 in Maples Pavilion, including a highly-anticipated contest against Washington that could determine the conference champion. The Cardinal will face the Huskies at 7:00 pm on Friday, November 24, before matching up against Washington State on Saturday, November 25 at 7:00 pm.

RECORD WATCH: Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for career kills with 1,676, and now ranks first at Stanford in digs with 1,473 ... Richards is also tied for seventh all-time at Stanford with 113 career aces ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,728 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.76 assists per game ... Kehoe also ties for fourth on the single season assists per game list with 12.99 assists per game this season ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 32 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 ... Barboza is currently eighth all-time with 0.42 aces per game this season ... Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn also sits in second for single season digs per game with 3.88 digs per game this season.

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.

CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford fell to third place this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll after dropping a match to USC last weekend. Nebraska is in the top spot for a 13th-straight week, while Washington jumped into the second-place ranking. USC improved to the fourth ranking with the upset over the Cardinal, while Penn State fell to fifth. UCLA also fell from fifth to sixth with a four-game loss to Stanford last week. Cross-Bay rival California dropped three spots to 15th, while Santa Clara remains in the 22nd spot.

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