No. 4 Women's Volleyball Travels To Los Angeles For Continued Pac-10 Action

Oct. 8, 2001

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CARDINAL TAKE ON TWO TOP FIVE TEAMS IN LEAGUE ACTION THIS WEEK: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (13-1, 6-0 Pac-10) hit the road in conference action this week to take on No. 5 UCLA (9-2, 4-1 Pac-10) on Thursday, October 11 at 7 p.m. in Pauley Pavilion. The Cardinal will then face No. 3 USC (10-1, 5-0 Pac-10) on Friday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Lyon Center. Stanford's match with the Trojans will be shown on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net. Jim Watson and Angie Kamer will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties respectively. Check your local listings for exact date and time.

CARDINAL GO A PERFECT 4-0 LAST WEEK: Stanford played four matches in six days last week and came away with a 4-0 mark. Stanford picked up its fifth win over a ranked opponent on Tuesday night with a 3-1 victory over No. 24 Santa Clara. Logan Tom led the Cardinal charge with a match-high 23 kills, 14 digs and three service aces. Stanford swept Oregon and Oregon State on Thursday and Friday nights. Tom recorded her 1,000th kill in the match against the Beavers. On Sunday afternoon, Stanford went the distance picking up the 3-2 victory over No. 7 Arizona. Sara McGee tied her career high with 12 blocks while sophomore setter Anna Robinson also set a career high with 52 assists.

TOM NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford outside hitter Logan Tom has been named the Pacific Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for October 1 - 7, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Tom, a junior from Salt Lake City, Utah, helped lead the Cardinal to a 4-0 record last week, including wins over ranked opponents. Stanford downed No. 24 Santa Clara (3-1), Oregon (3-0), Oregon State (3- 0) and No. 7 Arizona (3-2) while playing four matches in six days. Tom recorded a total of 70 kills (4.67 kpg) while hitting at a .327 clip for the week. She led the team with 42 digs (2.80 dpg) and eight service aces (0.53 pg). Tom also notched four block solos and 10 block assists (0.93 bpg). She tallied her 100th career service ace against Santa Clara (Oct. 2) as well as her 1,000th kill against Oregon State (Oct. 6) and now has 1,029 for her career. It was the fourth weekly honor in Tom's career, Stanford's 42nd all-time.

DID YOU KNOW? Head coach John Dunning notched his 450th career win on Sunday as the Cardinal downed Arizona, 3-2 ... Stanford is 6-1 vs. ranked opponents this season ... In four matches last week, the Cardinal averaged 4.57 blocks per game ... Sophomore Sara McGee averaged 2.53 blocks per game last week ... Stanford has won eight consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Sunday's five-game match was the first five-gamer for the Cardinal this season ... Stanford has won 40 of 49 games played this season ... Stanford is 6-0 in league play so far this season - the last time they started league play 6-0 was in 1999 when they went 17-1 ... The Cardinal's best start ever came in 1991 when they opened the season 27-0 ... 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.

AROUND THE PAC-10: Logan Tom is ranked second in the league in kills per game (4.67) and digs (3.37) and fourth in service aces (0.53) ... Tara Conrad is third in blocks per game (1.35) while Ashley Ivy is ninth (1.09) ... Robyn Lewis checks in ranked fourth in assists per game (12.58) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked ninth in kills per game (3.82) ... As a team, Stanford ranks third in hitting percentage (.286), fourth in assists (14.67), first in blocks (3.93) and second in opponent hitting percentage (.139).

McGEE MINDS THE MIDDLE: Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, Calif.) has got to have some opponents worried as she's patroling the net for the Cardinal this year. The 6-3 McGee has been on a blocking tear lately, averaging 2.53 bpg in the last four matches. She is averaging 2.18 bpg in Pac-10 play and 1.90 bpg on the year. McGee set a career high with 12 block against Santa Clara on Tuesday night, then tied it with another 12 blocks against Arizona on Sunday. She was an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season for Stanford.

TOM NOTCHES 100TH CAREER SERVICE ACE AND 1,000TH KILL: Outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) has established herself as one of the top offensive and defensive players in the Pac-10. Tom helped lead the Cardinal to a 4-0 record last week including two wins over ranked opponents. She record 70 kills (4.67 per game) while hitting at a .327 clip for the week. She led the team with 42 digs (2.80 per game) and eight service aces (0.53 per game). Tom also notched four block solos and 10 block assists (0.93 per game). Tom tallied her 100th career service ace against Santa Clara on Tuesday night. She also recorded her 1,000 kill against Oregon State on Saturday night and now has 1,029 for her career.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 30 consecutive matches in double figures (kills). She has notched a double-double in 11 of 14 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.

TROJAN TALES: Southern California is coached by Mick Haley (first season) ... They enter this week's contest with a 10-1 record, 5-0 in league action ... USC comes in with a nine match winning streak ... The Trojans are led by April Ross (3.91 kpg/3.06 dpg) and Keao Burdine (3.33 kpg/2.53 dpg) ... Last week, USC swept its matches with the Washington schools ... Last year, Southern California won both matches with Stanford (W, 3-0 in Stanford, W, 3-2 in Los Angeles) ... The Cardinal lead the all-time series with the Trojans, 42-11.

BRUIN BANTER: UCLA come into this week's matchup with a 9-2 record, 4-1 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Andy Banachowski (34 seasons) ... UCLA is 4-1 in its last five matches ... They are led by Kristee Porter (5.71 kpg/2.91 dpg) and Lauren Fendrick (3.88 kpg/2.56 dpg) ... Last week, the Bruins posted wins over Washington (3-1) and Washington State (3-0) ... Last year, UCLA won both matches against the Cardinal (W, 3-0 in Stanford and Los Angeles) ... The Bruins lead the all-time series with Stanford, 34-23 ... They enter Thursday's contest on a four-match winning streak.

NNAMANI NOTCHES CAREER-HIGH 19 KILLS IN WIN OVER ARIZONA: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine on the court in her first collegiate campaign. The 6-1 outside hitter, tallied a career-high 19 kills in Sunday's 3-2 win over seventh-ranked Arizona. Last week, she averaged 3.53 kills per game while hitting .365. Nnamani, along with All-American Logan Tom, have made a potent 1-2 punch on the outside, accounting for a little over half of the team's kills. On the season, Nnamani is averaging 3.82 kills per game while hitting at a .342 clip. She is third on the team in digs per game (2.31) as well. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in 12 of 13 matches for the Cardinal as well as four double-doubles (kills-digs). Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (9/10).

LEWIS ASSISTS 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 recorded 54 assists, 10 digs and seven blocks in Stanford's 3-1 win over Santa Clara on Tuesday night and guided the team to 3-0 wins over Oregon and Oregon State. On the year, she is averaging 12.58 assists, 2.21 digs and 0.82 blocks. For her career, she has 1,743 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.

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.

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.

ODDS AND ENDS: Stanford is ranked 14th nationally in home attendance, averaging 1,485 fans per match - tops in the Pac-10 this season ... The Cardinal have won eight consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including three this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 10 in both volleyball polls ... Stanford has played seven ranked opponents in 14 matches played ... 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.

ROBINSON LEADS CARDINAL TO VICTORY OVER ARIZONA: Sophomore setter Anna Robinson (Tampa, FL), playing in arguably the biggest match of her collegiate career, led the fourth-ranked Cardinal to a 3-2 win over seventh-ranked Arizona. Robinson came in the match in the first game for senior setter Robyn Lewis and played extremely well. Robinson notched a career high 52 assists and eight digs for the match while tallying three blocks and four kills. For the year, she is averaging 9.33 assists per game and 1.11 digs.

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).

CARDINAL BLOCKS THE OPPOSITION: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.93 blocks per game to lead the league and rank in the top five nationally. Three of the six starters are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad, McGee and Ivy). Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.90 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.35 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.23 blocks per game while outside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 1.09 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging over four blocks per game (4.02 bpg).

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.

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.

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).

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.

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