No. 4 Cardinal Host St. Mary's Before Trip To Hawaii
Sept. 9, 2003
CARDINAL HOST ST. MARY'S BEFORE HEADING TO HAWAII: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (4-1, 0-0 Pac-10) will host St. Mary's College in a non-conference match up on Tuesday, September 9, at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion before heading to No. 2 Hawaii for a two-day tournament, September 12-13 in Honolulu. The Cardinal will face Weber State (2-4) on Friday, September 12 at 5 p.m. HT to open play. Participants include Utah State, #2 Hawaii, Weber State and #4 Stanford.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 1-1 last week at the Stanford Invitational, defeating San Diego, 3-0 (30-25, 30-25, 35-33) and falling to No. 3 Florida, 0-3 (17-30, 25-30, 18-30). Stanford registered 16 team blocks to USD's four and hit .247 against the Toreros. Sara Dukes notched a career-high eight blocks in the win. The Cardinal hit a season-low .089 against Florida on Saturday and were outdug 51-36 on the evening. Leahi Hall tallied a career-high 13 digs in the loss while Nnamani led the squad with 12 kills. Jennifer Harvey and Ogonna Nnamani were named to the all-tournament team.
ABOUT THE GAELS: St. Mary's College (5-2) is coached by second-year head coach Jon Stevenson ... They are led by Jill Parmele (4.33 kpg/2.67 dpg) and Lindsey Bogason (2.50 kpg/1/55 dpg) ... The Gaels went 2-1 last week, notching wins over Texas-San Antonio (3-1) and Cal Poly (3-0) while falling to SMU (1-3) ... As a team, SMC is hitting .221 with 2.12 service aces per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with St. Mary's, 3-0, and defeated the Gaels, 3-0 (30-26, 30-19, 30-23), last season in Moraga, Calif.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Weber State (2-4) is coached by Al Givens, who is in his 11th season at the helm of the program ... They are led by Kris Hollingsworth (3.78 kpg/1.74 dpg) and Stephanie Birch (3.57 kpg/1.74 dpg) ... The 'Cats went 1-2 last week, with a victory over San Jose State (3-2) and losses to Sam Houston State (0-3) and Wyoming (2-3) ... Weber State is outblocking their opponents, 2.80 bpg to 2.17 ... The Cardinal and Wildcats have only met once before, in 1979, where Stanford won, 3-0 (15-7, 15-6, 15-8) in Palo Alto, Calif.
ABOUT THE WAHINE: Hawaii (7-1) is coached by Dave Shoji who is in his 29th season with the program ... The squad is led by All-Americans Kim Willoughby (7.11 kpg/2.85 dpg) and Lily Kahumoku (4.12 kpg/3.27 dpg) ... Hawaii will take on Utah State in the opening round of the tournament this weekend ... Last week, the Wahine went 3-0, notching wins over Wichita State (3-0), Baylor (3-0) and Pacific (3-1) ... Hawaii leads the all-time series with Stanford, 15-10 ... Last year, the Cardinal and Wahine met twice during the season with Stanford winning both matchups, 3-0 (in Honolulu and at the Final Four in New Orleans, La.).
ABOUT THE AGGIES: Utah State (5-2) is coached by third-year head coach Burt Fuller ... USU went 1-2 last week, with a victory over Alabama (3-0) and losses to Montana State (2-3) and Kansas State (1-3) ... They are led by Erin Cartwright-Davis (4.28 kpg/1.52 bpg) and Zuzana Cernianska (5.16 kpg/2.20 dpg) ... The team will face No. 2 Hawaii on the first day of the tournament ... Stanford holds a 1-0 advantage in the all-time series with Utah State as the two teams met in 1981 with the Cardinal taking a 2-0 win.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal open Pac-10 play on the road, Thursday, September 18 at Oregon State in Corvalli then take on Oregon on Friday, September 19 in Eugene.
AROUND THE NET: Junior defensive specialist Leahi Hall notched a career-high 13 digs against Florida (9/6) ... Senior rightside hitter Sara Dukes recorded a career-high eight blocks against San Diego (9/5) ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in all five matches to date ... As a team, the Cardinal is averaging over four blocks (4.06) per game ... Stanford has three starters averaging over a block per game - Jennifer Harvey (2.12), Sara McGee (1.24) and Sara Dukes (1.25) ... Stanford is currently ranked fifth nationally and tops in the Pac-10 in home attendance averaging 1,880 fans per match.
HARVEY NAMED TO ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) dominated at the net in the Stanford Invitational, averaging 2.33 blocks and 1.83 kills per game for the weekend. She tallied a season-high 10 blocks against USD on Friday night for the Cardinal and has tallied six or more blocks in four of five matches this year. Harvey leads the team with 36 blocks in five matches. The 6-5 senior led the league in blocks last season, averaging 1.43 per game. She also chipped in 1.43 kills as well. Harvey was a 2002 All-Pac-10 honorable mention selection and will be an awards candidate again this year. Stanford has led the league in blocking for five consecutive seasons.
SHOW ME THE NNAMANI: Two-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.00 kills and 2.50 digs per game at the Stanford Invitational over the weekend en route to being tabbed to the all-tournament team. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.35 kpg, 1.94 dpg and a .372 hitting percentage. Nnamani competed with the U.S. National Training Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic this summer. The 6-0 outside hitter helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the games . Nnamani will anchor the left side for the Cardinal this season with the graduation of AVCA National Player of the Year, Logan Tom. The junior averaged 4.10 kills and 1.14 digs per game while hitting at a .331 clip last year. Nnamani hit the 1,000 kills mark to end her sophomore season and would be on pace to reach 2,000 to close out her career in 2004.
SISTER, SISTER: Junior Ogonna Nnamani and freshman Njideka Nnamani become only the third set of sisters to play volleyball for the Cardinal in the history of the program. They join Kim (1982-85) and Bev (1989-92) Oden as well as Kari (1980-83) and Wendy (1984-87) Rush. The Nnamani's are the first set of Stanford sisters to play together at the same time on The Farm. They are the only set of sisters currently playing in the Pac-10 Conference on the same team as well (the Abernathy sisters, Gabrielle and Jennifer are playing for California and Arizona respectively).
DID YOU KNOW? Stanford has won its season opener in 19 of the last 20 years ... The Cardinal will play 13 matches against teams in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, including four matches against the top 3 squads nationally ... Six Pac-10 teams are ranked in the preseason poll ... Stanford has won 66 of the last 74 matches ... The Cardinal have been to the Final Four in three of the past four seasons, winning the title in 2001 and finishing second in 1999 and 2002 (In the past nine years, Stanford has made seven trips to the Final Four, winning four titles) ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 701-174-4 all-time record since 1976 (.799 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 21 of the last 22 seasons ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 14 times in the last 22 seasons, and produced 46 All-American honors in the last 21 years ... The Cardinal have had 11 30-plus win seasons since 1976.
CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Third-year head coach John Dunning has a 65-7 record on The Farm and is 502-109 in 18 years of coaching. He is only the 21st Div. I coach to reach the 500 win milestone. He has taken the Cardinal to back-to-back appearances in the NCAA National Championship match, including the title in 2001.He was tabbed AVCA National Coach of the Year in 2001 as well as Pac-10 Coach of the Year. He is 11-1 in postseason play as the Cardinal head coach. 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.
McGEE MANS THE MIDDLE: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) continues to patrol the middle for the Cardinal in 2003. The '02 All-American is averaging 2.65 kills and 1.24 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .321 clip. McGee wrapped up 2002 with a Cardinal single-season best hitting percentage of .426 and was second on the team averaging 1.39 blocks per game. The 6-3 middle added 3.12 kills per game as well. With 436 career blocks through her tenure, McGee should crack the top five at Stanford this season, needing only 25 to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.
SET IT UP: With the return of senior setter Anna Robinson (Tampa, FL) along with sophomore setter Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, CA), the Stanford offense should run smoothly in 2003. Robinson, who is coming off of surgery this summer has progressed nicely and is ahead of schedule with her return to the court. Robinson averaged 11.89 assists in 2002 and is currently tied for fifth in career assists on The Farm. Goldhahn had a very productive spring and averaged 6.55 assists in 23 matches played last season.
FAST FACTS: Only six players in Pac-10 volleyball history have earned four AVCA All- America honors in their careers ... Four of them are Stanford players (Kristin Klein, Bev Oden, Kerri Walsh and Logan Tom) ... A Cardinal has won Pac-10 Player of the Year in five of the last seven years (Kristin Folkl '97, Kerri Walsh '98 and '99, Logan Tom '01 and '02) ... 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 17 years.
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T.V. TIME: The Stanford women's volleyball team is scheduled to appear twice at home on FOX Sports Net during the 2003 season. Stanford's Washington State match on Friday, September 26th and the Arizona State match on Friday, October 31st will be broadcast. Stanford will also appear on FOX on Friday, November 14th at USC in Los Angeles. 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). In addition, the Florida at Stanford match on September 6 will be broadcast on a tape-delayed basis by College Sports Television (CSTV).
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.
CARDINAL PICKED TO FINISH SECOND IN LEAGUE PLAY: The 2003 Stanford women's volleyball team is picked to finish second in the Pac-10 Conference in a vote of the conference coaches. Defending national champion USC was chosen to win the league. Rounding out the top five are Arizona (T3), UCLA (T3) and California (5th). The Golden Bears are followed by Washington, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon State and Oregon.
USA Today/AVCA Coaches Poll
(September 8, 2003)
1. USC2. Hawaii3. Florida4. Stanford5. Nebraska6. Northern Iowa7. Pepperdine8. Penn State9. UCLA10. Georgia Tech11. UC Santa Barbara12. Kansas State13. Santa Clara14. Arizona15. Notre Dame16. California17. Michigan State18. Washington19. Long Beach State20. Minnesota21. Louisville22. Loyola Marymount23. Missouri24. Pacific25. Wisconsin