Cardinal Take On St. Mary's Before Hosting Stanford Invitational

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STANFORD PREPARES FOR BUSY WEEK: The No. 1 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (2-0, 0-0 Pac-10) prepare for a Labor Day matchup with St. Mary's (0-0, 0-0 West Coast) on Monday, September 2, at 7 p.m. in McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. The team will then host the Stanford Invitational, September 6-7, at Maples Pavilion in Stanford. The Cardinal will be joined by No. 13 Utah (0-0, 0-0 Mountain West), San Jose State (0-0, 0-0 WAC) and Cal Poly (0-0, 0-0 Big West).

CARDINAL WIN 2002 NACWAA/STATE FARM CLASSIC: Sophomore Ogonna Nnamani had a match-high 19 kills as the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal volleyball team defeated Minnesota, 3-1, to win the 2002 NACWAA/State Farm Classic in Minneapolis, Minn. before a crowd of 1,800. Game scores were 30-21, 24-30, 30-27, 30-21. Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year, Logan Tom, was named the tournament MVP. Nnamani and middle blocker Sara McGee were selected to the all-tournament team. Libero Jennifer Hucke led the squad with a career-high 18 digs for the Cardinal. Middle blocker Sara McGee posted a career-high 17 kills while hitting at a .600 clip (17-2-25). Logan Tom and Ashley Ivy chipped in 13 kills each. Ivy added three service aces and 14 digs as well. Tom had two aces and six blocks on the night. McGee led the match with nine blocks.

ABOUT THE GAELS: St. Mary's is led by first year head coach Jon Stevenson ... They return three starters from last year's squad including Rachel Avilla (6-0 Sr. OH), Meg Hauser (5-9 Sr. OH) and Brooke Lowery (5-9 Sr. S) ... The Gaels open play this weekend, hosting the St. Mary's Tournament featuring Army, UC Riverside and UNLV, Aug. 30-31 ... Stanford holds a 2-0 edge in the all-time series with the Gaels ... The last time the two teams met was in 2000 as the Cardinal defeated SMC, 3-0 (15-9, 15-9, 15-11) in Stanford, Calif. ... The Gaels finished the 2001 season with a 5-21 record, 2-12 in the West Coast Conference.

ABOUT THE UTES: Utah is ranked No. 13 by the USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll and No. 11 by Volleyball Magazine ... The Utes are coached by Beth Launiere ... Utah kicks off the 2002 season this weekend, Aug. 30-31, hosting the Utah Classic (New Hampshire, Murray State, Pacific, Utah) ... The Cardinal lead the series record 2-1 ... The two teams met last year in the NCAA Regional semifinal match as Stanford defeated Utah, 3-1, in Maples Pavilion ... The Utes return three starters from last year's squad including Jackie Morril (5-9 So. S/DS), Sylva Strzinkova (6-1 Jr. OH) and Kim Turner (6-2 So. MB) ... Utah finished the 2001 season with a 25-7 record, 11-3 in the Mountain West.

ABOUT THE SPARTANS: San Jose State is coached by Craig Choate ... The Spartans open the 2002 season this weekend, Aug. 30-31, at the Golden Bear Invitational (Northern Arizona, Tennesse-Martin, California, SJSU) ... San Jose State returns four starters from last year's squad that went 25-8 overall ... Top returnees include Christina Lukens (5-10 Sr. OH) and Stephanie Pascucci (5-11 Sr. MB) ... Stanford leads the all-time series 27-11 ... The two teams met last year in an NCAA second round match that the Cardinal won 3-0 in Stanford, Calif.

ABOUT THE MUSTANGS: Cal Poly is coached by Steve Schlick ... Cal Poly leads the all-time series with the Cardinal, 8-7 ... The Mustangs open the 2002 season at the Shamrock Invitational at South Bend, IN (Cincinnati, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Notre Dame, Cal Poly) , Aug. 30-31 ... The Mustangs return five starters and eight letterwinners off of last season's 15-11 squad ... Top returnees include Carly O'Halloran (6-0 Sr. S) and Kristen O'Halloran (6-0 Sr. OH) ... The last time the two teams met was in 1986 as the Mustangs defeated the Cardinal, 3-2, in San Luis Obispo.

CARDINAL RUN RECORD TO 21 CONSECUTIVE WINS: The Stanford women's volleyball team has won 21 consecutive matches dating back to Oct. 19, 2001 and have won 35 of the last 37 matches.

STANFORD PICKED TO WIN CONFERENCE TITLE IN PRESEASON POLL: Stanford, which won its ninth Pac-10 Conference volleyball title last season on the way to a fifth NCAA Championship, was picked to defend the Conference crown by the Pac-10 volleyball coaches. The Cardinal, who received 88 total votes, edged out second place USC by four votes. In addition, Stanford received seven of 10 first-place votes. Arizona finished third with 73 votes, followed by UCLA with 65 tallies. Washington State held the fifth place spot with 55 votes. Rounding out the poll was Oregon State, Arizona State, California, Washington and Oregon, respectively. The coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 Champion in eight of the previous 13 polls.

TOM NAMED STATE FARM CLASSIC MVP: Senior outside hitter Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) was named the NACWAA/State Farm Classic MVP after an all-round solid performance this weekend. The 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year averaged 3.86 kills, 2.43 digs and 1.29 blocks at the tourney. Tom flew out Sunday to rejoin the U.S. National Team in Germany for the FIVB World Championships. The three-time All-American will then rejoin the Cardinal squad after the World Championships which could run until the middle of September. She was tabbed NCAA Final Four MVP as well as the Outstanding Player at Stanford's NCAA Regional last season. She was also named to the Pacfic All-Region team and 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year. Tom, a three-time All-Pac-10 selection, became the eighth different Stanford player to garner Pac-10 Player of the Year honors. 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.

'O' MY!: Sophomore All-American Ogonna Nnamani had a stellar weekend at the NACWAA/State Farm Classic as she was named to the all-tournament team. Nnamani averaged 4.29 kills for the weekend as well as 4.43 digs ... The 6-1 outside hitter from Normal, Ill. was tabbed ASICS/Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year, Pacific Region Freshman of the Year and Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 2001. Nnamani averaged 3.89 kills per game last season while hitting at a .329 clip. In postseason action, she averaged 3.94 kills and hit .376 on her way to being named to the NCAA Final Four all-tournament team. She also garnered first-team All-Pac-10 and second-team All-America honors in '01.

McGEE TABBED TO STATE FARM ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, Calif.) made her presence known as she patroled the middle in the State Farm Classic this weekend. The 6-3 California native averaged 3.43 kills and 2.29 blocks en route to being named to the all-tournament team. The NCAA Regional all-tournament team selection was also named to the Pacific All-Region team as well as first-team All-Pac-10 last year. McGee dominated at the net for Stanford in 2001, leading the league in blocks with 1.55 per game and ranked among the top 10 nationally. For the year, she hit .363 while averaging 2.14 kills and 1.55 blocks per game. In addition to her accolades for her performance on the court, she was tabbed a third-team selection on the 2001 Verizon Academic All-District VIII team - the only underclassman on the 18-member list.

DID YOU KNOW? Stanford has won 21 consecutive home matches dating back to last season ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.08 kills per game (1,421 kills in 280 games) - this ranks her second all-time in the Pac-10 for highest kills average ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 670-169-4 all-time record since 1976 (.795 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 234-29 (.889) in the last seven years alone ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 13 times in the last 21 seasons, and produced 42 All-American honors in the last 20 years.

MAJOR RULE CHANGE FOR 2002 COLLEGIATE SEASON: The face of collegiate volleyball will see some changes this season as the libero position is introduced. The libero is a designated back-row player, intended to be used as a ball-control specialist. The libero is allowed to replace any player in the back row without counting as a substitution. There is no limit to the number of libero replacements a team is allowed. The pronunciation is 'LEE-bah-ro'.

CARDINAL HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Second-year head coach John Dunning made his first year on The Farm a memorable one. He was tabbed AVCA National Coach of the Year after guiding the Cardinal to its fifth NCAA National Championship in December. Dunning was also named Pacific Region Coach of the Year as well as the 2001 Pac-10 Coach of the Year. In his first year at the helm, he led the Cardinal to a 33-2 overall record and its ninth Pac-10 Championship. Dunning, who spent 16 seasons at Pacific, compiled an impressive 468-104 (.818) 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. 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.

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. Aaron Levine will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.

T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice at home on FOX Sports Net during the 2002 season. Stanford's USC match on Friday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m. and the Cardinal's Thursday, Nov. 7 match against Arizona at 7 p.m. will be broadcast. All matches will be shown on a delayed basis by FOX Sports Net on Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or 10:00 a.m. local time (check local listings).

STANFORD WINS FIFTH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2001: The Stanford women's volleyball team claimed its fifth national championship with a decisive 3-0 victory over then-No. 1 Long Beach State. AVCA 2001 National Player of theYear Logan Tom tallied a match-high 25 kills and 12 digs along with five blocks on her way to being named Final Four MVP. Freshman Ogonna Nnamani, junior Ashley Ivy and senior Robyn Lewis were named to the all-tournament team.

WELCOME BACK YAMASAKI: After a three-year absence from the collegiate volleyball scene, senior outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR) is back for a final season. Yamasaki, a two-sport athlete (volleyball/basketball), played both sports her freshman season on The Farm, but elected to compete in basketball only for her remaining years. After completing her basketball eligibility in 2001-02, Yamasaki was drafted by WNBA's Miami Sol and spent the summer with the team. With one year of athletic eligibilty remaining, Yamasaki will compete with the Cardinal volleyball squad in 2002 while she finishes her degree in Sociology. The 6-2 outside hitter was a 1999 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection as well as a Pac-10 All-Freshman pick. A starter as a freshman in '99, Yamasaki averaged 2.54 kills and 2.04 digs per game for Stanford.

Stanford Record When ....

Non-Conference Matches: 2-0Conference Matches: 0-0Vs. Ranked Teams: 1-0Vs. Unranked Teams: 1-0Three Games: 1-0Four Games: 1-0Five Games: 0-0On the Road: 1-0At Home: 0-0Neutral Site: 1-0Win First Game: 2-0Lose First Game: 0-0Last Five Matches: 2-0Last 10 Matches: 0-0
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