No. 3 Women's Volleyball Hosts No. 10 Colorado State On Monday
Nov. 19, 2001
CARDINAL CLINCH SHARE OF PAC-10 TITLE: The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (25-2, 16-1 Pac-10) clinched a share of the Pac-10 title with two victories over the weekend. The Cardinal now take an 11-match winning streak into their Monday, November 19 matchup with No. 10 Colorado State (25-2, 13-1 Mountain West) at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Stanford closes out the regular season and league play on Saturday, November 24, hosting Arizona State (9-15, 4-12 Pac-10) at 1 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.
LAST WEEK: The Cardinal picked up two more league wins with vicotories over Arizona State (3-0) and No. 4 Arizona (3-2) over the weekend. With Saturday's win over the Wildcats, Stanford clinched a share of the 2001 Pac-10 title. The team was led by junior outside hitter Logan Tom who tallied 45 kills for the weekend while hitting .407. Ogonna Nnamani chipped in 27 kills while middle blocker Tara Conrad added 25 kills and nine blocks. Fellow middle Sara McGee had 18 kills and 11 blocks while hitting at a team-leading .552 clip. On Saturday night, Stanford rallied from an 0-2 deficit in Tucson to defeat the Wildcats for the second time this season.
TOM NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THIRD CONSECUTIVE WEEK: Once again, junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) was tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Week for her outstanding performance over the weekend. Tom posted 45 kills (5.63 kpg), 22 digs (2.75 dpg) and six blocks (0.75 bpg) while hitting .407. In Stanford's 3-0 win over the Sun Devils, Tom tallied 25 kills, 11 dig and three blocks while hitting at a .396 clip. The following night in Tucson, she recorded 20 kills (.419), 11 digs and three blocks in the Cardinal's 3-2 victory over Arizona. Tom has now recorded three consecutive and five overall Conference player of the week honors this season, the first time in Pac-10 history each has occured. On the season, she is averaging a team-leading 4.93 kills, 3.43 digs and 0.52 aces per game. Tom has 22 double-doubles in 27 matches this season and has 43 consecutive matches with at least 10 kills. Her 50 service aces in 2001 ranks her third in Cardinal history for a single 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.
RAMS RAMBLINGS: Colorado State enters this week's non-conference matchup with a 25-2 overall record, 13-1 in the Mountain West ... They are coached by Tom Hilbert ... Last week, CSU fell to Utah, 3-2 in the 2001 Mountain West Conference Volleyball Championship ... Anglea Knopf, Courtney Cox and Allison Peckman were named to all-tournament team ... Knopf leads the team, averaging 4.24 kills, 2.49 digs and 1.41 blocks per game ... The Rams are 4-1 in their last five matches and 8-2 in their last 10 ... Stanford owns a 3-0 all-time record vs. Colorado State ... The Cardinal won the last meeting, 3-0, in 1991 at CSU ... Courtney Cox is averaging 4.25 kills and 2.53 digs for the Rams ... Colorado State is hitting .326 as a team this season.
SUN DEVIL TALES: Arizona State enters this weekend's matchup with a 9-15 record, 4-12 in the Pac-10 ... They are coached by Patti Snyder-Park ... Snyder-Park picked up her 200th career win last week vs. California ... They are led by Jami Coughlin (3.68 kpg/3.93 dpg) and Kim Mehlhorn (3.44 kpg/2.90 dpg) ... ASU is 2-3 in its last five matches ... Last week, the Sun Devils split their matches with the Bay Area schools, falling to Stanford 3-0 and defeating Cal, 3-1 ... Stanford holds a 39-4 advantage in the all-time series with ASU.
NCAA SELECTIONS: The 64-team bracket announcement will take place at 3 p.m. ET/12 noon PT Monday, November 26. The thirty-minute show can be viewed live on television with the use of a small consumer DSS dish such as DirecTV or Dish Network. The following networks will air the show live:
Fox Sports Net South (DirecTV 630/Dish Network 420)Fox Sports Net West 2 (DirecTV 653)Fox Sports Net Arizona (DirecTV 649/Dish Network 415)Empire Sports (DirecTV 626/Dish Network 432)
LEWIS HITS 2,000 ASSIST MARK FOR HER CAREER: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) has hit the 2,000 assist mark for her career with 2,057 for her career. Lewis helped guide the Cardinals to two key conference wins this weekend in Arizona. Over the weekend, Lewis averaged 11.63 assists and 1.63 digs for Stanford. On the year, she is averaging 12.38 assists, 2.22 digs and 0.78 blocks. 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.
DID YOU KNOW? Sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Harvey has not committed an error in her last nine matches (15-0-22) and is hitting .682 ... The Cardinal are leading the conference in blocking for the fourth consecutive season ... Stanford should consider itself battle-tested as the Cardinal have played 17 matches on the road (includes three neutral sites) and only 10 home matches ... The Cardinal have not dropped a match to an unranked opponent this season ... Head coach John Dunning notched his 450th career win with a 3-2 win over Arizona (10/7) ... Stanford is 11-2 vs. ranked opponents this season ... Junior Logan Tom has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week seven times during her career becoming one of only two players in the history of the league to have been honored as Player of the Week seven or more times (Natalie Williams, UCLA has been honored eight times) ... Stanford has won 15 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 4-0 in five game matches and 14-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 77 of 97 games played this season ... 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 first in the league in kills per game (4.93) and service aces (0.52) and second in digs (3.43) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.57) and Tara Conrad is second (1.43) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked sixth in kills (3.94) ... McGee is third in hitting percentage (.377) while Ashley Ivy is ninth in service aces (0.32) ... As a team, Stanford ranks first in hitting percentage (.309), fourth in assists (14.94), first in blocks (3.62), fifth in kills per game (16.47), fourth in service aces (1.56) and first in opponent hitting percentage (.161).
CONRAD SETS PERSONAL SEASON HIGH WITH 127 BLOCKS IN 2001: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) is having her best season on the Farm setting a personal best season-high of 127 total blocks in 2001. Her current block totals eclipse her previous high of 119 set in 1999. Last week against the Arizona schools, Conrad averaged 3.13 kills and 1.13 blocks while hitting at a .383 clip. On the year, she is averaging 2.34 kills (third on the squad) and 1.43 blocks per game (second in the league). Conrad leads the squad with 19 block solos and 108 block assists this season. She is ranked second in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 399 for her career. Conrad was an honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic pick last season and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection in 1999 as well as a Pacific Region all-tournament pick.
McGEE MINDS THE MIDDLE: Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, Calif.) continues to dominate at the net for Stanford, leading the league in blocks with 1.57 per game and ranks among the top 25 nationally. Last week, McGee averaged 2.25 kills and 1.38 blocks against ASU and Arizona and hit .552 on the weekend. In conference matches, she is averaging 2.38 kills and 1.63 blocks per game while hitting .442 (first in the league in Pac-10 matches only). For the year, she is hitting .377 while averaging 2.16 kills and 1.57 blocks per game. She was recently tabbed a third-team selection on the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII team - the only underclassman on the 18-member list.The 6-3 middle blocker has notched a career-high 12 blocks twice this season (vs. Santa Clara (10/2) and Arizona (10/7)). She was an All-Pac-10 All-Freshman selection last season for Stanford.
NNAMANI MAKES HER MARK: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to shine for the Cardinal in her inaugural campaign on the Farm. Nnamani currently ranks sixth in the league in kills, averaging 3.94 per game. Last week, she averaged 3.38 kills, 1.25 dig and 0.75 blocks for Stanford. She is hitting .331 in league matches on the year. On the season, the 6-1 outside hitter, is averaging 3.94 kills per game and 1.72 digs per game. 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. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in 26 of 27 matches for the Cardinal as well as four double-doubles (kills-digs). She is one of five Cardinal players to have 10 or more service aces this season. Nnamani was named MVP of the Verizon/Texas A&M Invite as well as Pac-10 Player of the Week (9/10).
CARDINAL BLOCK PARTY: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.62 blocks per game to lead the league and rank in the top 10 nationally. In 27 matches this season, Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 22 matches, tied in two and been outblocked in only three. Both Cardinal middle blockers are averaging a block or more per game (Conrad and McGee) and are ranked 1-2 in the league in blocks per game. Sophomore Sara McGee leads the team averaging 1.57 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.43 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.04 blocks per game while rightside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 0.91 blocks. In league play, Stanford is averaging 3.55 blocks per game.
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.
FAST FACTS: Only five players in Pac-10 volleyball history have earned four AVCA All-America honors in their careers ... Three of them are Stanford players (Kristin Klein, Bev Oden and Kerri Walsh) ... A Cardinal has won Pac-10 Player of the Year in three of the last five years (Kristin Folkl '97, Kerri Walsh '98 and '99) ... Since the Pac-10 began for women's volleyball in 1986, only four schools have ever won the conference title (Stanford, UCLA, USC and Arizona) - the Cardinal have won or shared the title in eight of the 14 years ... The Stanford record for most wins in a single season is 33 (1997 and 1980).
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: The Cardinal are ranked eighth in the nation in average home attendance with 1,999 fans in 10 matches at Maples Pavilion ... Sara Sandrik's 12 service aces this year is one shy of her season high (13 in 1998) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.01 kills per game (1,278 kills in 255 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 15 consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including 10 this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 (USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll) ... Stanford has played 13 nationally ranked opponents in 25 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.
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.
USA Today/AVCA(November 19, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Wisconsin7. Florida8. Pepperdine9. Hawaii10. Colorado State11. UCLA12. Ohio State13. Utah14. Pacific15. Texas A&M16. Penn State17. Northern Iowa18. Santa Clara19. Kansas State20. BYU21. Illinois22. Michigan State23. South Carolina24. UC Santa Barbara25. Notre Dame
Volleyball Magazine(November 19, 2001)
1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Florida7. Wisconsin8. Colorado State9. Hawaii10. Pepperdine11. Ohio State12. Texas A&M13. UCLA14. Pacific15. Utah16. Penn State17. BYU18. Northern Iowa19. Santa Clara20. Michigan State