Stanford Volleyball Notebook - 8/30/08
Aug. 30, 2008
Omaha, Neb. - The Stanford volleyball team will take on third-ranked Texas in the squad's second match of the Runza/AVCA Showcase tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised live on CBS College Sports Network. Fans can also catch Don Show's radio call live on KZSU (90.1) FM or at http://kzsulive.stanford.edu/. Live stats will also be available at www.GoStanford.com.
August 30 Notebook:
Senior Cynthia Barboza looks to continue her offensive consistency against the No. 3 Longhorns Sunday. The senior has now recorded double-figure kills in her last eight collegiate matches, and reached double-figures in the team's last 17 matches against ranked opponents.
The Longhorns will be looking to stop the two Stanford weapons that hurt them when the teams met in the NCAA regional final in 2006. Cynthia Barboza led the team with 18 kills in that match, pounded the Longhorns with four service aces and had the best blocking night of her career (7). Foluke Akinradewo had 16 kills on 32 tries (.406) that night.
Despite hitting lower than she has in nearly three years, senior Foluke Akinradewo is still well on track to break the NCAA career hitting percentage record. After the opening match, Akinradewo is hitting at a .440 career clip, 17 points above the existing NCAA record set by Virag Domokos of George Mason (1993-96).
Sophomore Cassidy Lichtman recorded her first career double-double against Nebraska in the opening match. Lichtman, who was primarily a defensive specialist for Stanford last year, tallied a career high seven kills, added a career-high 11 assists and led the team with 10 digs.
Stanford has a history of coming back with fire after losses. In the last seven seasons under Head Coach John Dunning, Stanford has only lost back-to-back matches three times, with the last coming in October 2005. Last year, Stanford played two of its best matches (against Washington in Seattle and against USC in the NCAA semifinal) to avenge both of its regular-season losses. The Cardinal has not lost its season opener since 1998, and has not started 0-2 since 1983.
Senior Foluke Akinradewo continues to climb Stanford's career block chart. The middle blocker is currently eighth on the career list with 408, 17 short of catching Barbara Ifejika for seventh place.
Foluke Akinradewo also continues her quest to join the school's all-time top 10 in kills against Texas. She needs 41 more kills to make the list, a feat she will likely accomplish on the team's current six-match road trip.