No. 3 Cardinal Hosts Final Pac-10 Showdown

Nov. 21, 2006

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COMING UP: Third-ranked Stanford (23-3, 14-2) hosts the final two matches of the regular season this weekend to determine the Pac-10 Conference champion. The Cardinal takes on co-conference leader No. 2 Washington (24-3, 14-2) on Friday, November 24 at 7:00 pm in Maples Pavilion. On Saturday, Stanford wraps up the regular season on Senior Night against the Cougars at 7:00 pm. On Family Friday, youth ages 14 and under gain general admission for $2, as well as staff members of Stanford Hospitals. Keep your tickets to gain 2-for-1 general admission on Saturday with a ticket from the Washington match. On Saturday's Senior Night, Girl Scouts are eligible for $2 group rate tickets, while youth wearing a team jersey can enter for just $1. Quick Set Club members, don't miss Coach Dunning's Chalk Talks from 5:00-5:30 pm prior to both matches. Friday's match against Washington will be broadcast tape-delayed by Fox Sports Net Bay Area on Sunday, November 26 at 10:00 am.

STANFORD SWEEPS OREGON, OREGON STATE: The Cardinal swept Oregon and Oregon State last weekend in Stanford's final road trip of the Pac-10 regular season. On Thursday, senior Kristin Richards and sophomore Cynthia Barboza combined for 29 kills as the Cardinal swept the Ducks, 30-26, 36-34, 30-22. Sophomore Foluke Akinradewo also collected eight blocks in the win, followed by junior setter Bryn Kehoe with seven blocks and 45 assists. Stanford swept Oregon State the next day, 30-16, 30-16, 30-24, at Gill Coliseum with 12 kills from Barboza, along with nine kills from Richards and junior Franci Girard. With two conference matches left, Barboza leads the squad with 4.43 kills per game and 363 total kills, as well as 34 aces. Kehoe has amassed 1076 assists to average 13.12 assists per game. Kehoe also ranks third on the team with 57 blocks. Akinradewo leads the Cardinal with 106 blocks, including 17 block solos, and paces the team with a .438 hitting percentage. Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn also leads the Cardinal with 320 digs to average 3.86 per game, followed by career-leader Richards with 244 digs this season.

ABOUT THE HUSKIES: The second-ranked Huskies (24-3, 14-2) take on the Cardinal after claiming two wins at home over Arizona and Arizona State last weekend. Washington downed Arizona in four games Thursday, 30-19, 30-25, 29-31, 30-19, thanks to a career-high 28 kills from junior Christal Morrison. On Friday, the Huskies swept the Sun Devils, 30-22, 30-22, 30-23, as senior Courtney Thompson collected 46 assists to set a Pac-10 career record of 6,238 assists. Morrison was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week for her work during the Huskies' final homestand, averaging 6.43 kills and 6.93 points per game between the two matches. Morrison currently leads the UW squad with 4.85 kills per game, 441 total kills and 27 aces. Sophomore Jessica Swarbrick paces the squad with 124 blocks, while Thompson has tallied 1,397 assists this season and averages 15.02 assists per game. Washington swept the Cardinal at home in the first matchup between the two teams on September 22. Stanford leads the all-time series against the Huskies, 39-8.

ABOUT THE COUGARS: Washington State (15-15, 3-13) heads to The Farm after dropping two matches at home to Arizona State and Arizona last weekend. The Cougars narrowly fell to the Sun Devils on Thursday, 30-27, 26-30, 30-32, 30-23, 13-15. Freshman Kelly Hyder collected a career-high 34 digs, while freshman setter Corina Beyer had a career-high 72 assists and three solo blocks in the loss. On Friday, WSU lost to the Wildcats in four games, 24-30, 30-22, 30-14, 31-29, despite 18 kills from junior Tara West. Sophomore Brittany Johnson currently leads Washington State with 3.86 kills per game and 390 total kills, while senior Kelly Rosin follows with 337 kills, 17 aces and 252 digs. West also leads the Cougars with 106 total blocks and ranks second on the squad with 23 aces. The Cardinal claimed the first regular season match against the Cougars on September 21, 30-17, 30-16, 30-23, with 15 kills from senior Kristin Richards. Stanford leads the all-time series against WSU, 39-3.

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: After concluding the Pac-10 regular season this weekend, Stanford will most likely host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on December 1-2 in Maples Pavilion.

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 1,491 ... Richards is also seventh all-time at Stanford with 115 career aces ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,817 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.81 assists per game ... Kehoe also ties for fourth on the single season assists per game list with 13.12 assists per game this season ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 34 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 0.41 aces per game this season ... Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn also sits in second for single season digs per game with 3.86 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.

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