Women's Volleyball Opens 2001 Season On The Road At Jefferson Cup

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Aug. 27, 2001

CARDINAL KICK OFF 2001 SEASON WITH TOUGH ROAD TRIP: The 10th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team opens the 2001 season in Charlottesville, Virginia at the Jefferson Cup, hosted by the University of Virginia, August 31 through September 1. The Cardinal will face No. 15 Minnesota, Virginia and Radford in round-robin competition.

MAJOR RULE CHANGES FOR 2001 COLLEGIATE SEASON: The face of collegiate volleyball will see some changes this season as rally scoring for all games and the let serve are introduced.All games will be played to 30 points (must win by two points) except for the fifth game which will be played to 15 points. A served ball will remain in play if it hits the net and continues its path to the opposition's court and remains in bounds. Also look for the international pursuit rule, an experiemental rule, that can be implemented in a match if both coaches agree. The rule allows for players to retrieve a ball that has crossed the plane of the net to the opponent's free space, provided the player doesn't touch the opponent's court and sends the ball back to their court.

GOPHER GOSSIP: Minnesota is coached by Mike Hebert (5 seasons) ... They finished the 2000 season with a 30-4 record ... Reached the NCAA semifinals last season, falling to UC Santa Barbara ... They return four starters ... Enter the 2001 season ranked 15th in the coaches poll ... They are led by senior middle blocker Stephanie Hagen, a second-team All-American, and senior setter Lindsey Berg, an All-Big Ten selection ... Friday's match will mark the first meeting between Minnesota and Stanford.

CAVALIER QUICK SETS: Virginia is coached by Melissa Aldrich Shelton (7th season) .... The team finished with a 16-15 record in 2001 ... Tied for fifth in the ACC (8-8) ... They return four starters ... They are led by sophomore outside hitter Paige Davis, who averaged 3. 42 kills per game in 2000 and junior outside hitter Kiersten Kaufman ... Friday's match will mark the first meeting between the Virginia and Stanford.

JOHN DUNNING TAKES OVER THE HELM FOR STANFORD VOLLEYBALL: John Dunning took over the reins of the Stanford women's volleyball program on July, 6, 2001. Dunning, who spent 16 seasons at Pacific, compiled an impressive 437-102 (.811) record during his tenure. He led the Tigers to two NCAA Championships, a NCAA runner-up finish, five Big West Conference titles and 16 consecutive NCAA postseason tournament bids. This past season, Dunning earned Big West Coach of the Year honors for a second straight season, as the Tigers won a second consecutive Big West title. His squad posted a 28-4 overall record in 2000 and 15-1 mark in league play. Pacific lost to UCLA in an NCAA Regional Semifinal and had two players earn All-American status (one first-team and one second-team selection). In addition, Dunning had four players garner first-team All-Big West accolades. Dunning earned his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics and economics from San Diego State in 1973. He coached volleyball and taught at Fremont High School from 1973 to 1980, then moved on to Saratoga High School, working in the same capacity from 1980-83. He returned to Fremont High School in 1984.

CARDINAL RETURNS ALL-AMERICAN LOGAN TOM: Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) returns to the court for her junior season, after spending her summer with the U.S. National Team. Tom, two-time AVCA All-American, led the squad last year in kills (5.86) and digs (3.20) despite missing the first half of the season. The 2000 Olympian helped lead the U.S. Women's National Team to a fourth-place finish at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney. Tom brings a streak of 16 consecutive matches in double figures (kills) into the 2001 season. The two-time all-conference pick is closing in on the top five in three Stanford career categories including kills, aces and digs. Tom set a career-high last season with 39 kills vs. UC-Santa Barbara in a second-round match in the NCAA tournament. The 39 kills is just two shy of the Cardinal record held by Bev Oden (41).

ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal won their last five home matches and take that winning streak into the 2001 season ... Four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the USA Today/AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll (USC, Arizona, UCLA and Stanford) ... another two teams received votes (Washington State and Arizona State) ... Ten of the Cardinal's opponents are ranked in the preseason top 25 (13 matches) ... another two opponents are receiving votes (four matches) ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 637-167-4 all-time record since 1976 (.791 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 20 of the last 21 seasons ... Stanford has lost five or more matches in a season just once in the last 10 years, and is 203-27 (.883) in the last seven years alone ... Stanford has also reached the Final Four 12 times in the last 20 seasons, and produced 41 All-American honors in the last 19 years.

T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice on FOX Sports Net during the 2001 season. Stanford's match at Washington State on Thursday, September 20 and their match at USC on Friday, October 12 are scheduled for t.v. broadcast. All matches will be shown on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net on Saturday mornings at 10:00 a.m. local time (check local listings).

2000 WRAPUP: The Stanford women's volleyball team finished the 2000 season with a 19-12 overall record, 10-8 Pac-10. After placing fourth in the conference standings and receiving an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, Stanford won its first round match against No. 22 Loyola Marymount, 3-0. The Cardinal then lost a heartbreaker to No. 14 UC-Santa Barbara, 3-2, in Santa Barbara, Calif. Stanford finished outside the top 16 nationally for the first time in the history of the program. Since joining the Pac-10, the Cardinal is 57-17 (.770) in the NCAA Tournament. Stanford is one of only four teams to have appeared in all 20 NCAA Championships (UCSB, Penn State, Pacific).

2000 POSTSEASON RECAP: The Cardinal took a four-match winning streak into the postseason, facing Loyola Marymount in the first round. Stanford dominated the Lions, sweeping the match, 3-0. Game scores were 15-11, 15-6, 15-9. Sophomore Logan Tom led the match with 16 kills while posting a .419 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker JenniferDetmer added seven kills and seven blocks to the Cardinal effort. Stanford faced UC-Santa Barbara in second round action in the Thunderdome. The Cardinal fell to the Gauchos in a grueling five game match. Game scores were 15-9, 14-16, 8-15, 16-14, 14-16. Tom set a career high with 39 kills (.339 hitting percentage) - two shy of the school record. Senior setter Lindsay Kagawa notched a career high 80 assists - three shy of the school record for a single match. Senior middle blocker Jennifer Detmer led all blockers with 12 on the night.

CONRAD GEARING UP FOR BIG SENIOR SEASON: Junior Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) is looking to have a stellar season in 2001. Last year, she notched a career-high 25 kills in the Cardinal's 3-2 loss to UCSB in the second round of the NCAA tournament. For the year, Conrad notched 294 kills, averaging 2.97 per game while hitting at a .221 clip. She saw action at both the outside hitter and middle blocker positions in 2000. Conrad had four double-doubles during the season (kills-digs) and tallied double figures in kills in four of the last six matches for the Cardinal.

ON THE RADIO: All of the Stanford women's volleyball matches will be broadcast on KZSU-FM radio (Stanford student radio station) as well as on the internet. Rory Berry and Aaron Levine will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.

STANFORD PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN PAC-10 COACHES POLL: USC was picked to defend its Conference Championship by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches. The Trojans, who received 87 total votes, edged out second-place Stanford by three votes. USC, who return four starters, received six first-place votes while the Cardinal claimed the other four. The coaches have correctly picked eight of the 12 previous polls. Coaches are not allowed to vote for their own team.

LEWIS READY TO RUN THE SHOW: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) is ready to lead the Cardinal for the 2001 season. A well-rested Lewis should be ready to take over the reins left by Lindsay Kagawa. Lewis showed her true potential her sophomore year when she earned honorable mention All-Pac-10 honors after averaging 12.15 assists per game. She also averaged 1.00 blocks per game that season as well.

TICKET INFORMATION: For ticket or group information, please call 1-800-STANFORD or 650-736-0469. Maples Pavilion opens one hour prior to each match and parking if free. Reserved seating is $9 and adult general admission is $7. Children, Faculty/Staff and Senior general admission is $4 while Stanford students with a SUID are also $4. Season tickets are also available.

(Preseason Poll, Aug. 13, 2001)

1. 	Nebraska2.	USC3. 	Penn State4.	Wisconsin5.	Hawaii6.	Arizona7.	UCLA8.	Long Beach State9. 	Florida10. 	Stanford11. 	BYU12.	Pacific13. 	UC Santa Barbara14.	Colorado State15. 	Minnesota16. 	Ohio State17.	Pepperdine18.	Texas A&M19.	Kansas State20.	Notre Dame21. 	Utah22.	Santa Clara23.	South Carolina24.	Loyola Marymount25.	Georgia Tech

Volleyball Magazine
(Preseason Poll, Aug. 14, 2001)

1. 	Nebraska2.	Stanford3.	Long Beach State4. 	USC5.	Hawaii6.	Florida7.	Wisconsin8.	Penn State9.	Arizona10. 	BYU11.	Pacific12.	Pepperdine13.	UCLA14. 	UC Santa Barbara15.	Minnesota16.	Colorado State17.	Ohio State18.	South Carolina19.	Notre Dame20.	Utah
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