No. 2 Cardinal Hosts First & Second Rounds

Nov. 29, 2006

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COMING UP: Second-seeded Stanford Women's Volleyball has earned a 26th-straight bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament and will host the first and second rounds this weekend in Maples Pavilion. Missouri, Santa Clara and Sacramento State will travel to Stanford, with one team advancing to the Austin, TX regional. The NCAA Tournament kicks off on Friday, December 1 in Palo Alto, with Missouri and Santa Clara matching up at 4:30 pm in Maples Pavilion. Stanford will then take on Sacramento State at 7:00 pm on Friday. The winner of games one and two will face off at 7:00 pm on Saturday, December 2, with the champion advancing to the Austin, TX regional on December 8-9. Live webcasts will be available for Stanford matches on

Two-day passes for the NCAA First and Second Rounds at Maples Pavilion can be purchased at the Stanford Ticket Office, online at or by calling 1-800-STANFORD. Single day passes will be available beginning Friday, December 1. Ticket prices are as follows:

$20 - Adult reserved (2-day pass)
$14 - Adult general admission (2-day pass)
$10 - Student/Child/Senior general admission (2-day pass)
$12 - Adult reserved (single day)
$8 - Adult general admission (single day)
$6 - Student/Child/Senior general admission (single day)

The predetermined sites for the December 8-9 Regionals are Gainesville, FL, Honolulu, HI, Seattle, WA and Austin, TX. The regional winners will advance to the semifinals and finals, hosted by the University of Nebraska at the Qwest Center in Omaha, NE on December 14 and 16.

CARDINAL EARNS 26TH-STRAIGHT NCAA BID: After clinching the Pac-10 Conference title last weekend, the Stanford Women's Volleyball program earned its 26th-straight bid into the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal is one of three teams to participate in all 26 NCAA tournaments, including Penn State and UC Santa Barbara. With a 25-3 overall record and 16-2 record in the Pac-10, Stanford was awarded the second seed after upsetting then No. 2 Washington last weekend to secure sole possession of the Pac-10 title.

PAC-10 CHAMPIONS!: No. 2 Stanford (25-3, 16-2) closed out the regular season last weekend with two three-game sweeps of Washington and Washington State at home in Maples Pavilion. On Friday, Stanford faced off against then No. 2 Washington to determine the 2006 Pac-10 champion. The Cardinal delivered, taking down the Huskies, 30-27, 30-15, 31-29. Senior outside hitter Kristin Richards led the Cardinal with 13 kills, while junior setter Bryn Kehoe recorded 38 assists and a career-high eight blocks. On Senior Night Saturday, Stanford downed Washington State to take sole possession of the conference title. The Cardinal swept the Cougars, 30-27, 30-23, 30-18, thanks in part to a season-high 21 kills from Richards. Sophomore Cynthia Barboza and junior Franci Girard also tallied six kills apiece. Stanford's title is the first outright Pac-10 championship for the Cardinal since 2001 and the program's 10th Pac-10 title overall.

FIVE PLAYERS NAMED TO ALL-PAC-10 TEAM: Five Cardinal players were named to the All-Pac-10 Team this week after claiming the 2006 conference title, including sophomore Foluke Akinradewo, sophomore Cynthia Barboza, junior Franci Girard, junior Bryn Kehoe and senior Kristin Richards. Akinradewo, Barboza, Kehoe and Richards were among 14 conference players named to the All-Pac-10 team, while Girard was an Honorable Mention selection. Washington junior Christal Morrison was tabbed the Pac-10 Player of the Year, while USC newcomer Taylor Carico was honored as the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. Second-year Oregon head coach Jim Moore was also named the Pac-10 Coach of the Year. Stanford Women's Volleyball now boasts 79 All-Conference awards all-time.

KEHOE NAMED PAC-10, NATIONAL PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Junior setter Bryn Kehoe earned conference and national honors after logging an outstanding weekend to lead the Cardinal to the 2006 Pac-10 title. On November 27, Kehoe was named the Pac-10 Player of the Week and the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week for her performances against Washington and Washington State. Against the Huskies last Friday, Kehoe had 38 assists, four kills, 12 digs, one solo block and a season-high eight total blocks in the Cardinal's upset victory. The next night, Kehoe added 40 assists, as well as three kills, 12 digs and one block in the win. For the weekend, Kehoe averaged 13 assists per game, 4 digs per game and recorded a .545 hitting percentage. Kehoe marked Stanford's third Pac-10 Player of the Week this season and the Cardinal's 58th Player of the Week all-time. She is the first Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week this season and the Cardinal's tenth honoree all-time.

CARDINAL LANDS NINE ON PAC-10 ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM: Nine Cardinal players were named to the 2006 Pac-10 All-Academic Women's Volleyball Team. Senior Lizzie Suiter was named to the First Team, her third Pac-10 All-Academic honor during her time on The Farm. Sophomore Jessica Fishburn was also named to the Second Team. Sophomore Foluke Akinradewo, sophomore Cynthia Barboza, junior Franci Girard, junior Bryn Kehoe, senior Michelle Mellard, senior Nji Nnamani and sophomore Erin Waller were named Honorable Mention All-Academic. Stanford has now tallied 52 Academic All-Conference awards in the history of the program.

ABOUT THE HORNETS: Sacramento State (30-5, 15-1) will match up against the Cardinal in the first round of the NCAA Tournament for the third time in five years Friday. The Hornets received an automatic berth into the tournament after winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament for the fifth-straight season. Sacramento State defeated Northern Colorado in three games during the conference semifinals on November 17, then downed Eastern Washington in four games to claim the Big Sky title. Boasting their best record since 1995, the Hornets have won seven straight matches and 24 of their last 26 matches. Junior Lindsay Haupt, junior Michelle Franz and senior Atlee Hubbard were all named to the All-Big Sky First Team, while senior Kristin Lutes was a Second Team selection. Lutes also earned the Libero of the Year award. Hubbard currently leads the squad with 4.04 kills per game and 34 aces, while Franz has collected 219 blocks to average 1.83 blocks per game. The Cardinal boasts a 5-0 record against the Hornets, including three-game sweeps in 2003 and 2002 in the NCAA First Round.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara (20-7) earned a ninth-straight berth into the NCAA Tournament and will open the First Round against Missouri on Friday. The Broncos open the postseason in Maples Pavilion for the second consecutive year and are 5-2 all-time in NCAA Tournament Matches on The Farm. Santa Clara concluded the regular season with a three-game loss versus San Diego at home. Four Bronco players earned All-West Coast Conference recognition last week. Junior Anna Cmaylo and senior Kim McGiven were named to the First Team, while junior libero Caroline Walters earned Honorable Mention honors. Freshman setter/opposite Lindsy Evans was also named to the WCC All-Freshman team. McGiven leads the squad with 4.30 kills per game and 383 total kills, while Cmaylo has tallied 107 total blocks and 1.14 blocks per game. Cmaylo has also tallied 360 kills with a .407 hitting percentage. Stanford holds a 23-1 all-time record against Santa Clara, with the only loss occuring in last year's NCAA First Round.

ABOUT THE TIGERS: Missouri (17-12) enters its seventh-consecutive NCAA Tournament this weekend at Maples Pavilion. The Tigers advanced to the round of eight last season and will look for a third-straight first round victory against Santa Clara. Missouri split in its final week of the regular season, falling to Texas A&M Wednesday in three games before sweeping Texas Tech on Friday. Senior outside hitter Jessica Vander Kooi earned All-Big 12 First Team honors after finishing in the top 10 in conference for kills per game, service aces per game and points per game. Vander Kooi was twice named the Big 12 Player of the Week and earned ACVA National Player of the Week honors on September 22. Senior middle blocker Nicole Wilson was also an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection. Vander Kooi lead the Tigers with 4.11 kills per game and 32 aces, while Wilson has tallied 110 blocks to average 1.04 blocks per game. Stanford has played Missouri just once, notching a 3-0 win in 1997.

SENIOR SALUTE: Seniors Michelle Mellard, Nji Nnamani, Kristin Richards and Lizzie Suiter enter their final postseason for Stanford Women's Volleyball. The foursome has displayed excellent leadership both on and off the court, helping maintain Stanford Volleyball as one of the elite collegiate powers in the country. This senior class has helped lead the Cardinal to 106 victories and NCAA Tournament appearances in each of their four years on The Farm. They also powered the Cardinal squad to an NCAA title in 2004, Stanford's sixth national title in program history.

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 achievement 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 171-29 record on The Farm and a 608-131 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: The winner of this weekend's second round match at Stanford advances to the NCAA Regional in Austin, Texas on December 8-9. The winners from each of the four regional sites will then advance to the NCAA Final Four in Omaha, Nebraska on December 14.

RECORD WATCH: Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for career kills with 1,734, and now ranks first at Stanford in digs with 1,512 ... Richards is also seventh all-time at Stanford with 119 career aces ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,895 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.81 assists per game ... Kehoe is also fourth on the single season assists per game list with 13.11 assists per game this season ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 36 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 3.82 digs per game this season.

BARBOZA, RICHARDS NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and senior outside hitter Kristin Richards both earned Player of the Week honors earlier 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.

STANFORD TALLIES $4,753 FOR BREAST CANCER: On November 11, Stanford hosted UCLA in the Dig for the Cure match. In conjunction with the California Women's Volleyball Team, Stanford aimed to raise money for the San Francisco Chapter of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation by taking flat donations and pledges per digs earned during the UCLA match. With the majority of pledges turned in, Stanford has raised $4,753 to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Originally started in 2003 by Charlotte head coach Lisa Marston, the Dig for the Cure campaign has raised over $36,000 dollars.

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