Cardinal Capsule: Njideka Nnamani

Sept. 16, 2003


Njideka Nnamani

Sport: Volleyball
Year: Freshman
Height: 5-9
Events: Setter/Libero
Hometown: Normal, IL
High School:University HS
Major:Political Science
Stanford Athletics Highlights:A 2003 graduate of University High School in Normal, Ill. ... Four-year letterwinner ... Captained the volleyball team in 2002 ... Coached by Cathy Sanders ... Pantagraph All-Conference in 2001 and '02 as well as honorable mention in '00... 2001 and '02 all-area team selection ... 2002 Champaign News Gazette All-State ... Student Sports 2001 Honorable Mention All-America ... 2002 Student Sports 'Hot 100 Recruits Class of 2003' ... Helped lead team to State Championships in 1999 and 2000 ... 2002 MVP of the Beecher Varsity Invitational Tournament ... 1999 and 2002 Nike Crossroads Classic All-Tournament Team ... Belleville E. Tournament All-Tournament Team in 2002 ... Champaign News Gazette All-State Second Team in 2001 and Honorable Mention in 2000 ... Recorded a school record 29 kills in October 2001 which ranks fifth in Illinois for most kills in a match ... 2002 National Honor Society ... Played club volleyball with the Illini Elite Volleyball Club under Andy Erins.



Stanford volleyball team will be fun to watch this year because:
We know how to work hard, and have fun at the same time.


The thing I like about sports is:
Competition and desire.


If I could add one team to the schedule it would be:
Illinois State University.


The most difficult opposing arena to play in is:
University of Hawaii.


A friend from another college volleyball team:
Kim Glass, University of Arizona.


Favorite midnight snack:
Apples with peanut butter.


What makes Maples Pavilion so special:
The bouncing floor and tradition.


If I had to cook all of my meals, I'd probably survive on:
Spaghetti.


Favorite T.V. show:
Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.


My parents were right when they told me:
Everything and anything is attainable with hard work.


Favorite website:
www.gostanford.com


I'd like to switch places for a day with:
My mom, she's like the Martha Stewart of the Midwest.


Favorite non-volleyball activity:
Being around family and friends.


My most prized possession is:
My family.


If you were going on a road trip and could only take one cd, which one would you take:
It would be a mix CD with a lot of 50 cent, Coldplay and 112.


The best advice I ever received was:
To never give up, and shoot for the stars.


Opponent you would most like to beat:
USC


The current or former Stanford athlete I most enjoy watching perform:
Ogonna Nnamani, she has major game and we have the same last name.


If I could go up against any other Stanford athlete (non-women's volleyball) it would be:
Josh Childress.


Favorite actor:
Denzel Washington.


Favorite actress:
Halle Berry and Kate Hudson.


If I could bring anything from my hometown to Stanford it would be:
My room.


Since coming to Stanford I have learned:
Time management.


Ten years from now I hope to be:
Happy and enjoying life.


One moment in history I wish I could have seen:
Martin Luther King Jr.'s 'I have a dream ' speech.


After my Stanford career is over, I'd like to be remember as:
A caring and hardworking person.


Favorite Food:
Anything my mom cooks.


Least Favorite Food:
Squash.


Favorite sport other than volleyball:
Basketball.


If I won $1 million dollars, I would:
Buy stuff for my family and friends, and invest the rest!

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