Cardinal Host Arizona Schools Before Heading To Hawaii

Nov. 5, 2002

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STANFORD HOST ARIZONA SCHOOLS BEFORE HEADING TO HAWAII: The No. 4 ranked Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball team (21-3, 11-2 Pac-10) will host No. 16 Arizona (12-8, 7-5 Pac-10) in the Pac-10 FOX Match of the Week on Thursday, November 7 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. Jim Watson and Angie Simpson will provide play-by-play and color commentary respectively. The broadcast will be shown on FOX Sports on a tape-delayed basis. Check your local listings for times. On Friday, Stanford will host No. 23 Arizona State (10-7, 6-6 Pac-10) at 7 p.m. Facing it's fifth ranked opponent in as many matches, the Cardinal will travel to Oahu to take on No. 1 Hawaii (21-0, 9-0 WAC) on Sunday, November 10 at 6 p.m. HT in the Stan Sheriff Center. KFVE (Ch. 5) will broadcast the match locally in Hawaii with Jim Leahey (play-by-play) and Chris McLachlin (color) calling the action.

LAST WEEK: Stanford went 2-0 last week notching road wins over then-No. 18 UCLA (3-0) and No. 1 USC (3-2). The Cardinal handed the Trojans their first loss of the season with the five game victory. Logan Tom led Stanford with 14 kills and 17 digs against the Bruins while adding 28 kills and 15 digs versus the Trojans. Middle blocker Sara McGee averaged 3.25 kills per game and 1.12 blocks for Stanford while Ogonna Nnamani added 2.50 kills per game. Setter Anna Robinson tallied a career-high 67 assists and outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki had a career-high 14 digs in the Cardinal's victory over USC on Saturday night. Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey led the team averaging 1.50 blocks per game for the weekend. Stanford has now won its last seven consecutive matches.

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona enters Thursday's match with a 12-8 record, 7-5 in the Pac-10 and are ranked No. 16 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll ... They are coached by Dave Rubio ... The Wildcats rallied from being down 0-2 to defeat Washington State ... The win marked the second time the 'Cats have come back to win from an 0-2 deficit (last time, Oct. 11 vs. Stanford) ... Freshman Kim Glass posted 28 kills in the victory over the Cougars ... Glass leads all freshmen in the Pac-10 and is third overall with 4.96 kills per game ... Sophomore Kelli Mulvany recorded a career-high 24 digs against WSU ... Freshman Bre Ladd had 11 kills on .500 hitting in a 3-0 loss to Washington ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona, 40-4, however dropped their last meeting, 3-2, in Tucson, earlier this year.

ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State is 10-7, 6-6 in the Pac-10 and are ranked No. 23 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll ... They are coached by Patti Snyder-Park who is in her final year as head coach of ASU ... Junior Juliana Escobar posted her 12th double-double of the year and her ninth 20+ kill match with 24 kills and 15 digs in the 3-1 loss to Washington ... In her first start as a Sun Devil, freshman Sarah Watkins picked up her first career double-double with 11 kills and 22 digs versus Washington ... Senior libero Brittany Arnett put together a career-best 22 digs against the Huskies in her second start of the season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 41-4 ... The Cardinal defeated the Sun Devils 3-0 earlier this season in Tempe.

ABOUT THE RAINBOW WAHINE: Hawaii is 21-0, 9-0 WAC and are ranked No. 1 in the latest AVCA Coaches Poll ... They are coached by Dave Shoji ... Outside hitter Kim Willoughby leads the team in kills (6.43), aces (0.75) and digs (3.44) while hitting at a .375 clip ... Hawaii is currently riding a 21 consecutive match winning streak and become the second undefeated team (in as many weeks) the Cardinal will face ... The team has only dropped three games out of 66 played this season ... Lily Kahumoku is now averaging 5.28 kills and 3.15 digs per game while hitting .348 ... Hawaii leads the all-time series with Stanford, 15-8 ... The last time the two teams met was in 1999, as the Cardinal defeated the Rainbow Wahine 3-0 (15-9, 15-12, 15-10) in Hawaii ... Stanford and Hawaii have met three times in postseason play (1996, 1983, 1982) with the Wahines holding a 2-1 advantage.

TOM HONORED AS PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Senior outside hitter and 2001 AVCA National Player of the Year Logan Tom (Salt Lake City, UT) tallied 42 kills (5.25 kpg) and 32 digs (4.00 dpg) in two road wins over UCLA and USC on her way to being tabbed Pac-10 Player of the Week. It is the eighth weekly honor for Tom which ties her with UCLA's Natalie Williams for the conference record for most weekly honors in a career. Tom now has 1,712 career kills which ranks 13th all-time in the Pac-10. Her career kill number ranks fifth all-time at Stanford. She needs 42 kills to pass Stanford great Bev Oden (1,753) for 12th in the league. With 40 kills she will pass another Oden sister, Kim, to move into fourth on Stanford's career kill list. The 6-1 All-American has notched double figures in kills in 16 of 17 matches played and has eight double-doubles on the year. Tom is back in action after helping the U.S. National Team to a silver medal at the FIVB World Championships in Germany in September. The three-time All-American ranked sixth in the world in total scoring and third in serving. Tom, the 2001 Pac-10 Player of the Year, was named the NACWAA/State Farm Classic MVP earlier this season before she left for Germany. Tom is leading the team, averaging 4.77 kills and 3.08 digs per game. 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.

McGEE LEADS NATION IN HITTING PERCENTAGE: Junior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) leads the nation and the league this season with her .442 hitting percentage (261-62-450). Her current hitting percentage would be top's in Stanford's record book and should she maintain the .442, she would also break Arizona's Marisa DaLee's single season Pac-10 record of .437 (2000). McGee has tallied double figures in kills on 14 occasions in 2002 and has notched six or more blocks 10 times. Against the L.A. schools, she contributed 3.25 kills and 1.12 blocks per game. She is averaging 3.04 kills and 1.44 blocks in conference matches while hitting at a .462 clip. Her 3.11 kills per game ranks third on the squad overall while her 1.42 blocks is second (leads the team with 103 block assists on the year). She made her presence known as she patrolled the middle in the State Farm Classic as she averaged 3.43 kills and 2.29 blocks en route to being named to the all-tournament team. She was also named to the Stanford Invitational all-tourney team this season.

IVY TIED FOR FOURTH IN SINGLE SEASON ACES: Senior opposite hitter Ashley Ivy (Arlington, TX) moved into a tie for fourth on Stanford's single season service ace list with her 46th ace of the year against UCLA on Friday night. She has been hot at the service line this season, leading the team and the league with 46 aces (.059). The Texas native has notched an ace in nine of the last 15 contests, including four at Pacific (10/22). Ivy's season best in service aces is 46 (which she also posted last year) and brings her career total to 109. The 46 aces ranks tied for fourth all-time for a single season on The Farm. The 6-0 opposite has notched six service aces twice this season (vs. Cal Poly and Houston) to tie her career high. The six aces ties for fifth all-time at Stanford for a single match. Ivy is averaging 2.54 kills, 2.36 digs and 0.95 blocks per game this season. She has tallied double figures in kills this season on 10 occasions and has four double-doubles on the year. Her 14 kills vs. USC (10/4) was a season-high.

SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) continues to impress in her sophomore campaign, ranked second on the squad with 3.77 kills per game. The outside hitter is also adding 1.37 digs and 0.71 blocks per game - including 20 block solos (second most on the team). She has tallied double-figures in kills in 20 of 24 matches this year. This week, she finds herself ranked ninth in the conference in kills per game (3.77 kpg) as well as 10th in points per game (4.29). The 6-1 sophomore is averaging 3.50 kills and 0.79 blocks in conference matches this year. Nnamani, has earned all-tournament honors three times in 2002 - the NACWAA/State Farm Classic, the Stanford Invitational and the Campus USA Credit Union Invitational. She has four double-doubles on the year.

STANFORD ATTENDANCE RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY: The Stanford Cardinal women's volleyball once again finds itself among the nation's elite in home attendance for the 2002 season. In 11 home matches this season, the Cardinal are averaging 1,977 fans. The top 10 schools in volleyball attendance are as follows: 1. Hawaii (7,089), 2. Nebraska (4,548), 3. Wisconsin (3,402), 4. Florida (2,512), 5. Arizona (2,380), 6. Penn State (2,198), 7. Illinois State (2,141), 8. Long Beach State (2,081), 9. Minnesota (2,078) and 10. Stanford (1,977).

DID YOU KNOW? The tandem of Jennifer Harvey and Sara McGee rank 1-2 in the league in blocks per game ... Stanford's 25.5 team blocks against Oregon State was the most by any Pac-10 team this season ... Anna Robinson's 67 assists versus USC (11/2) was a career-high ... Senior outside hitter Lindsey Yamasaki tallied a career-high 14 digs against USC (11/2) ... Setter Anna Robinson ranks sixth in the league in assists per game (11.19) ... Robinson also tied her season-high with six blocks against the Trojans (11/2) ... Stanford is 2-1 in television matches this season ... Stanford has outhit its opponents in 21 of 24 matches ... The Cardinal are hitting a league-leading .306 while holding opponents to a conference-low .160 hitting percentage ... Stanford has won 54 of the last 59 matches ... The nine points by Oregon in the Cardinal's 30-9 game two win is the lowest point total by a Stanford opponent since rally scoring was introduced last year (previous low was 11 by Washington) ... For her career, Logan Tom is averaging 5.02 kills per game (1,712 kills in 341 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.

TOUGH COMPETITION: Stanford has played 13 matches against teams currently ranked in the AVCA Coaches poll, including six versus top 10 teams. With the addition of No. 16 Arizona, No. 23 Arizona State and No. 1 Hawaii this weekend, the Cardinal will have played 16 matches against ranked opponents. The road doesn't get any easier, as Stanford still has No. 17 Washington State, No. 21 Washington and No. 11 Santa Clara still on its schedule. Those matches would bring the Cardinal's total to 19 matches versus top 25 teams, including seven top 10 (four top five matchups).

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.

HARVEY CONTINUES TO TOP CONFERENCE IN BLOCKS: Junior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) has been patrolling the net for the Cardinal with great success lately. The 6-5 Harvey leads the team and league with her 1.53 blocks per game. As a team, Stanford leads the league in blocking (3.73 bpg). Harvey has had six or more blocks in 10 of the last 14 matches, including nine against USC (11/2). Her 24 blocks solos and 97 block assists rank first and second respectively on the team. In Pac-10 matches, she is averaging a league- and team-best 1.70 blocks per game. She set a career high this season when she had 12 blocks against UCLA (10/5). In two matches last week, Harvey averaged 1.50 blocks per game. This week, she ranks 12th nationally in blocks per game.

WELCOME BACK YAMASAKI: Senior Lindsey Yamasaki (Oregon City, OR) is back for a final season of volleyball after a three year absence. The two-sport athlete (volleyball/basketball), played both sports for only one season on The Farm, and 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. She elected to return to Stanford and finish her degree as well as play a final season of volleyball. Currently, the 6-2 outside hitter is averaging 1.34 kills and 2.22 digs per game off the bench. She is fourth on the team with 13 service aces this season as well. This weekend against USC, Yamasaki had a career-high 14 digs. She 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 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 the Year 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.

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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, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. and the Cardinal's Thursday, Nov. 7 match against Arizona at 7 p.m. will be broadcast. Stanford will also appear on FOX on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Arizona State. 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). The Cardinal also appeared on ESPN 2 in the championship match of the NACWAA State Farm Classic.

USA Today/AVCA(November 4, 2002)

1. Hawaii2. USC3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. UC Santa Barbara7. Minnesota8. Northern Iowa9. Long Beach State10. Pepperdine11. Santa Clara12. North Carolina13. Wisconsin14. Penn State15. Eastern Washington16. Arizona17. Washington State18. South Carolina19. UCLA20. Missouri21. Washington22. Utah23. Arizona State24. Georgia Tech25. Kansas State

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