No. 4 Women's Volleyball Prepares For No. 24 Santa Clara

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Oct. 2, 2001

CARDINAL RETURN TO CONFERENCE ACTION ON THURSDAY: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (9-1, 3-0 Pac-10) travels down the road for a mid-week non-conference matchup with No. 24 Santa Clara (8-4, 1-1 Big West) before playing three conference matches. The Cardinal will open it's home season, hosting Oregon (8-5, 0-4 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 4 then face Oregon State (9-3, 3-1 Pac-10) on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. Stanford will wrap up the week with a match on Sunday, October 7 at 1 p.m. against 7th-ranked Arizona (7-2, 2-2 Pac-10).

LAST WEEK: Stanford split a pair of matches last week. On Tuesday night, fourth-ranked Stanford and No. 2 LBSU got together in Long Beach, Calif., for a mid-week match. The Cardinal fell, 1-3, to Long Beach State before a crowd of 3,904 - the sixth largest crowd to see a LBSU women's volleyball match in the Pyramid. Junior outside hitter led Stanford with 15 kills, three service aces and 14 digs. Ogonna Nnamani and Ashley Ivy added 14 and 13 kills respectively. Ivy also tallied a team-high five blocks on the night. The 49ers were led by Tayyiba Haneef's 21 kills. Cheryl Weaver contributed 16 kills and four blocks to the effort. The Cardinal rebounded to defeat conference foe California, 3-0, on Friday night in Berkeley. Tom tallied a match-high 12 kills and 12 digs while Nnamani added 11 kills. Sara McGee had a match-high five blocks on the night. Candace McNamee led the Golden Bears with nine kills, 12 assists and two blocks.

DID YOU KNOW? The Cardinal are the only Pac-10 team to have yet play a home match ... The last time the Stanford did not have a home match until October was in 1992 (USC on 10/2) ... Stanford is 3-0 in league play so far this season - the last time they started league play 3-0 was in 1999 when they went 17-1 ... In their match against Cal, all 14 players saw time on the court - it was the first time this season that has happened ... Stanford has beaten four ranked teams on the road this season in 10 matches played ... The Cardinal have handed five of the 10 teams faced in 2001 their first loss on the season ... The Cardinal's best start ever came in 1991 when they opened the season 27-0 ... As a team, Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game with 3.65 and opponent hitting percentage at .129 ... In the Cardinal's first game against Texas A&M, the squad did not commit a single hitting error (18-0-39), hitting .462 ... Stanford's 3-1 victory over then-No. 4 Penn State in State College, Pa. marked the Nittany Lions first non-conference home loss since Sept. 4, 1993 vs. Nebraska.

LEWIS LEADS THE CARDINAL: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) is leading the Cardinal to a red-hot start this season after sitting out in 2000. Lewis notched 48 assists, one service ace, eight digs and four blocks in Tuesday night's loss to LBSU. On the year, she is averaging 12.79 assists, 2.29 digs and 0.71 blocks. She ranks third in the league in assists per game. For her career, she has 1,623 assists and should go over 2,000 by the end of the season. She was an all-tournament selection at the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite earlier this year. 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.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Freshman outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) has made a big impact on the court this season in her first collegiate campaign. Nnamani, along with All-American Logan Tom, have made a potent 1-2 punch on the outside, accounting for half of the team's kills. Nnamani is averaging 3.94 kills per game while hitting at a .333 clip. She is third on the team in digs per game (2.50) as well. Last week, she average 3.57 kills per game against LBSU and Cal as well as 2.43 digs. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in 10 consecutive matches for the Cardinal as well as three double-doubles (kills-digs). She is currently ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in kills per game (3.94). Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (9/10).

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.

SANTA CLARA NOTES: The Broncos are coached Jon Wallace who enters his third season at the helm of the program ... Santa Clara is 8-4 on the year, 1-1 in the West Coast Conference ... The team is led by Toni Muratore (3.80 kpg/0.59 bpg), Jami Bari (3.70 kpg/3.37 dpg) and Becky Potter (3.24 kpg/2.98 dpg) ... Last year, Stanford defeated Santa Clara 3-0 in Maples Pavilion ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Broncos, 19-0 ... Santa Clara is 2-3 in its last five matches ... Last week, the Broncos split a pair of matches, losing to San Diego, 0-3 and beating St. Mary's, 3-0.

DUCK NOTES: Oregon enters this week's contest with a 8-5 record, 0-4 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by second-year head coach Carl Ferreira ... The Ducks are 1-4 in their last five matches ... Oregon is led by Monique Tobbagi (4.00 kpg/2.31 dpg) and Stephanie Martin (3.04 kpg/1.18 bpg) ... Last week, the Ducks dropped two matches to the Washington schools (both 0-3) ... Last year, Stanford won both matches against Oregon (3-2 at Oregon, 3-0 at Stanford) ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Ducks, 32-2 ... Oregon's last win over Stanford came in 1989 in Palo Alto (3-2).

BEAVER BANTER: Oregon State brings a 9-3 record, 3-1 Pac-10 into this week's matches ... They are coached by third-year head coach Nancy Somera ... The Beavers are 4-1 in their last five matches ... They are led by Gina Schmidt (3.85 kpg/3.35 dpg) and Michele Solomon (2.81 kpg/0.98 bpg) ... Last week, OSU posted wins over Washington (3-0) and Washington State (3-1) ... Last year, Stanford won both matches against the Beavers (3-2 at OSU, 3-0 at Stanford) ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with Oregon State, 32-0.

ARIZONA ANALYSIS: The Wildcats enter this week's matchup with a 7-2 record, 2-2 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Dave Rubio, now in his 10th season with U of A ... Lisa Rutledge leads the team, averaging 4.41 kills and 2.22 digs per game ... Shannon Torregrosa is averaging 3.86 kills per game as well ... Arizona is 3-2 in their last five matches ... Last week, the 'Cats went 0-2 against the L.A. schools in league play ... As a team, Arizona is hitting .317 ... Last year, the Wildcats swept Stanford 3-0 in both matches ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with Arizona, 38-3.

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.

TOM LEADS THE LEAGUE IN DIGS: Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) has established herself as one of the top offensive and defensive players in the Pac-10. Currently she is leading the league in digs (3.62 dpg) and is second in kills (4.68 kpg). She is also ranked third in service aces (0.53 sapg). Tom leads the squad in kills, digs and service aces as well. She picked up her second all-tournament honor this year when she was named to the Verizon Texas A&M all-tourney team (named MVP at Jefferson Cup Tournament). 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 is currently on a streak of 25 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in eight of 10 matches this season. The two-time all-conference pick is closing in on the top five in three Stanford career categories including kills, aces and digs.

ODDS AND ENDS: The Cardinal won their last five home matches and take that winning streak into the 2001 season ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 in both volleyball polls ... Ten of the Cardinal's opponents wereranked 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).

DUKES CONTRIBUTES OFF THE BENCH: Sophomore outside hitter Sara Dukes has been solid off the bench for the Cardinal this year. In her last three matches, she is hitting .438 (8-1-16). In Stanford's 3-0 win over California, Dukes hit .375 (4-1-8) with a service ace and three block assists. On the season, she is hitting at a .357 clip (tops among hitters) and averaging 1.33 kill per game as well a 1.00 digs.

CARDINAL BLOCKS THE OPPOSITION: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.65 blocks per game to lead the league. Three of the six starters are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad, Harvey and Ivy). Senior Tara Conrad leads the squad with 1.43 blocks per game, followed by fellow middle blocker Sara McGee's 1.31 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.21 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.03 blocks.

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.

USA Today/AVCA(October 1, 2001)

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