No. 3 Women's Volleyball Hosts Regional This Weekend

Dec. 4, 2001

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CARDINAL HOST THIRD AND FOURTH ROUNDS: The third-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (29-2, 17-1 Pac-10) are one of four third and fourth round sites for the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships. The Cardinal will take on No. 13 Utah (25-6, 11-3 MWC) on Friday, December 7 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The 2001 Pac-10 Champion Cardinal take an 15-match winning streak into Friday's matchup. Stanford received an automatic bid to the tournament as conference champions.

NCAA TOURNAMENT ON THE FARM: Stanford will host No. 6 Wisconsin, No. 13 Utah and No. 15 Texas A&M in the third and fourth rounds of the 2001 Division I Women's Volleyball Championships. Stanford, the No. 3-seed overall, will face Utah on Friday, December 7 at approximately 7:00 p.m. in the third round while No. 6 Wisconsin will take on No. 15 Texas A&M on Friday, December 7 at 5 p.m. The winners of the two matches will meet in the fourth round on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. with the winner advancing to NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four in San Diego, California next weekend. All matches will take place in Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University. For ticket information, please call 1-800-STANFORD.

STANFORD REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE TELEVISED: Saturday's regional championship match at Maples Pavilion will be televised by CNN/SI (205-Direct TV or 148-Dish Net) at 7:30 p.m. Brian Webber and Angie Kamer will provide the play-by-play and color commentary respectively.

TICKET INFORMATION: Tickets must be purchased as a two-day package until the day of the first round match. Ticket prices are as follows: Reserved (2-day) $18, Adult general admission (2-day) $14, Students/Children/Seniors general admission (2-day) $10, Reserved (1-day) $10, Adult general admission (1-day) $8, Student/Children/Seniors general admission (1-day) $6.

TOURNAMENT TRIVIA: Since joining the Pac-10, the Cardinal is 59-17 (.776) in the NCAA Tournament ... Stanford is one of only four teams to have appeared in all 21 NCAA Championships (UCSB, Penn State, Pacific) ... The Cardinal are one of four Pac-10 teams in the 2001 tournament who are among the final 16 teams - only the third time in league history that four teams have advanced to the Sweet Sixteen (also in 1994 and 1997).

FRIDAY NIGHT'S MATCH: The Cardinal will be looking to win their 30th match of the season against Utah on Friday night ... A win over the Utes would give Stanford it's 10th 30-win season in the history of the program ... The last 30-win season came in 1999 when the Cardinal went 31-3, and finished as the NCAA Championships runner-up ... Logan Tom needs 35 more kills to tie for second with Teresa Smith (1986) for single season kills ... Robyn Lewis needs 73 assists to reach 1,000 on the season.

UTAH NOTES: The Utes, seeded 14th in the tourney, enter Friday's match with a 25-6 overall record, 11-3 in the Mountain West Conference ... They are coached by Beth Launiere (12th season) ... Utah is 0-1 vs. Pac-10 teams this season (0-3 loss to Arizona) ... They are ranked 13th by the AVCA/USA Today Coaches Poll ... The team is led by junior outside hitter Sylva Strzinkova (3.49 kpg/2.88 dpg) and sophomore middle blocker Kim Turner (2.97 kpg/1.50 bpg) ... The Utes are 4-1 in their last five matches and enter Friday's contest on a three-match winning streak ... The all-time series between Stanford and Utah is tied at 1-1 ... The last time the two teams met was in 2000 in Salt Lake City as the Utes defeated the Cardinal, 3-2.

BADGER BANTER: Wisconsin, seeded sixth in the tourney, enters Friday's match with a 27-3 overall record, 19-1 in the Big Ten Conference ... The Badgers are ranked No. 6 in the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll ... They are coached by Pete Waite ... The squad is led by senior middle blocker Sherisa Livingston (5.14 kpg/1.17 bpg) and junior outside hitter Erin Byrd (3.48 kpg/2.91 dpg) ... The Badgers are 5-0 in their last five matches and enter the match with Texas A&M on a 10-match winning streak ... Stanford has only played Wisconsin once ... That was in 1993 in Madison, as the Cardinal defeated the Badgers, 3-0 (9/1).

ABOUT THE AGGIES: Texas A&M enters Friday's match with a 25-5 overall record, 12-3 in the Big 12 Conference ... They are coached by Laurie Corbelli (ninth season) ... The team is led by senior outside hitter Erin Lechler (3.55 kpg/3.77 dpg) and senior outside hitter Brandi Mount (3.24 kpg/2.68 dpg) ... They are 4-1 in their last five matches and enter Friday's match with Wisconsin on a four-match winning streak ... Stanford owns a slim 2-1 advantage in the all-time series with Texas A&M ... The Cardinal defeated the Aggies 3-1 earlier this season in College Station, Texas, at the Verizon/Texas A&M Invitational.

PAC-10 NAMES ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS: Stanford had nine student-athletes named to the 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic teams last week. Senior outside hitter Sara Sandrik was a first-team selection while sophomore Sara McGee was a second-team pick. Seven Cardinals were honorable mention selections: senior Michelle Chambers, senior Tara Conrad, junior Ashley Ivy, senior Emily Lawrence, senior Robyn Lewis, senior Anna Robinson and junior Logan Tom.

TOM NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Junior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) has been named 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Tom, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the eighth different Stanford player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors and the fifth time in the last seven years a Stanford player has won the award. Tom was instrumental in leading Stanford to at least a share of the 2001 Pac-10 title, marking the ninth time the Cardinal have shared or won the Pac-10 championship in the 16 seasons of Pac-10 volleyball. In postseason play this year, she is averaging 3.67 kills, 4.83 digs and 1.17 service aces per game. Tom, a native of Salt Lake City, Utah, leads the Conference in kills (4.84 kills per game), points (5.92 points per game) and service aces (0.58 sapg). She's second in the Conference in digs (3.45 dpg). Tom closed out Pac-10 play earning an unprecedented three consecutive Pac-10 Player of the Week honors and captured the award five times during the 2001 season. On the season, she is leading the squad in kills, digs and service aces. Tom has 23 double-doubles in 31 matches this season and has tallied at least 10 kills in 46 of the last 47 matches played. Her 63 service aces in 2001 ranks her second 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.

NNAMANI TABBED PAC-10 FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Freshman Ogonna Nnamani was honored as 2001 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year. A 6-1 outside hitter from Normal, Ill., Nnamani and Tom provided the Cardinal attack with a potent 1-2 punch as the two topped the Pac-10 with a combined 8.71 kills per game. Nnamani's 3.87 kills per game is the most among Pac-10 freshmen, as is her 4.40 points per game. Nnamani earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors on Sept. 10 after hitting .384 with 44 kills (4.00 kpg) and 30 digs (2.73 dpg) in wins over No. 4 Penn State, No. 25 Texas and No. 18 Texas A&M respectively. She is the sixth Cardinal to receive the conference honor. Nnamani has recorded 10 or more kills in 28 of 31 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 and was an all-tournament selection at the Jefferson Cup this season. She is averaging 3.67 kills in the post season while hitting at a .452 clip.

McGEE NAMED FIRST-TEAM ALL-PAC-10: Sophomore middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, Calif.) was honored as a 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection for her performance this season. McGee continues to dominate at the net for Stanford, leading the league in blocks with 1.56 per game and ranks among the top 25 nationally. In conference matches, she is averaged 2.36 kills and 1.58 blocks per game while hitting .426 (second in the league in Pac-10 matches only). For the year, she is hitting .371 while averaging 2.19 kills and 1.56 blocks per game. Her .371 hitting average would be the fifth-best hitting percentage in Cardinal history for a single season. 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.

LEWIS CLOSING IN ON 1,000 ASSISTS FOR THE SEASON: Redshirt senior setter Robyn Lewis (Long Beach, CA) has 927 assists in 2001 and should break 1,000 for the season. Lewis' 2,192 career assists puts her in fifth all-time at Stanford. On the year, she is averaging 12.36 assists, 2.21 digs and 0.80 blocks. In postseason play this season, Lewis is averaging 11.67 assists, 2.17 digs and 1.33 blocks per game. She was an honorable mention 2001 Pac-10 All-Academic selection as well as 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? The Cardinal are leading the conference in blocking for the fourth consecutive season ... 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 12-2 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 19 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is now 4-0 in five game matches and 19-0 in three game matches in 2001 ... Stanford has won 89 of 109 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 (4.84), points per game (5.92) and service aces (0.58) and second in digs (3.45) ... Sara McGee is first in blocks per game (1.56) and Tara Conrad is second (1.41) ... Ogonna Nnamani is ranked sixth in kills (3.87) and eighth in points per game (4.40) ... McGee is eighth in hitting percentage (.371) while Ashley Ivy is seventh in service aces (0.34) ... As a team, Stanford ranks second in hitting percentage (.308), tied for fourth in assists (14.82), first in blocks (3.57), fifth in kills per game (16.44), fourth in service aces (1.67) and second in opponent hitting percentage (.161).

CONRAD HONORABLE MENTION ALL-PAC-10 PICK: Senior middle blocker Tara Conrad (Torrance, CA) is having her best season on the Farm and was recently named an All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as well as a Pac-10 All-Academic honorable mention pick. Her season-high 141 blocks on the season, leads the league. On the year, she is averaging 2.41 kills (third on the squad) and 1.41 blocks per game (second in the league). Conrad leads the squad with 21 block solos and is second with 120 block assists this season. She is ranked second in the Pac-10 among active block leaders with 413 for her career and will become the actice conference leader in career blocks with four more, surpassing Washington's Lisa Underhill (415). 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.

CARDINAL BLOCK PARTY: As a team, the Stanford Cardinal are averaging 3.57 blocks per game to lead the league and rank in the top 10 nationally. In 31 matches this season, Stanford has outblocked its opponent in 25 matches, tied in two and been outblocked in only four. 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 1.56 blocks per game, followed by senior Tara Conrad's 1.41 blocks per game. Sophomore Jenn Harvey checks in with 1.06 blocks per game while rightside hitter Ashley Ivy is averaging 0.87 blocks.

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 four of the last six years (Kristin Folkl '97, Kerri Walsh '98 and '99, Logan Tom '01) ... 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 nine of the 16 years ... The Stanford record for most wins in a single season is 33 (1997 and 1980).

JOHN DUNNING HONORED AS PAC-10 COACH OF THE YEAR: First-year head coach John Dunning was named 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. 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: Sara Sandrik's 14 service aces this year bests her previous season high (13 in 1998) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 4.97 kills per game (1,328 kills in 267 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 in highest kills average ... The Cardinal have won 19 consecutive home matches dating back to last season, including 14 this year ... Currently, four Pac-10 teams are ranked in the top 15 (USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll) - three in the top five ... Stanford has played 14 nationally ranked opponents in 31 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.

USA Today/AVCA(December 3, 2001)

1. Long Beach State2. Nebraska3. Stanford4. Arizona5. USC6. Wisconsin7. Florida8. Pepperdine9. Colorado State10. Ohio State11. Hawaii12. Pacific13. Utah14. UCLA15. Texas A&M16. Northern Iowa17. Penn State18. Kansas State19. Michigan State20. Illinois21. BYU22. Utah State23. Colorado24. San Jose State25. San Diego

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