No. 4 Cardinal Travel To Arizona Schools In Continued Conference Play
Sept. 29, 2003
CARDINAL CONTINUE PAC-10 ACTION ON THE ROAD: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (10-2, 4-0 Pac-10) take a four-match win streak into Tempe, Ariz. where they will face Arizona State (6-6, 1-2 Pac-10) on Thursday, October 2 at 7 p.m. MT. The Cardinal then take on Arizona (6-7, 0-3 Pac-10) on Friday, October 3 at 7 p.m. MT in Tucson, Ariz.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 2-0 over the weekend to to run their conference mark to 4-0 on the year with wins over Washington State (3-0) and No. 13 Washington (3-0). Junior Ogonna Nnamani led the team, averaging 6.33 kills per game followed by freshman OH Kristin Richards (4.50 kpg). Setter Katie Goldhahn set a career high in digs against Washington on Saturday night with 17 and averaged 5.0 per game for the weekend. She also posted a career-high four blocks against the Huskies.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (6-6, 1-2 Pac-10) is coached by first-year head coach Brad Saindon ... They are led by Natalie Harris (4.14 kpg/2.58 dpg) and Juliana Escobar (3.51 kpg/3.42 dpg) ... The Sun Devils defeated in-state rival Arizona, 3-2 in their only match of last week ... ASU is 3-2 in their last five matches and are 1-1 against ranked opponents this season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 42-4, and won both matchups with the Sun Devils last season, including a 3-0 victory in Tempe. ... The last ASU win over the Cardinal came on 9/30/00 in Tempe (3-1).
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona is coached by Dave Rubio who is in his 13th years at the helm of the program ... They are led by Kim Glass (5.43 kpg/2.69 dpg) and Be Ladd (2.94 kpg/1.10 bpg) ... Last week, the 'Cats dropped their only match of the week to in-state rival ASU, 2-3 in Tempe ... U of A is 2-3 in their last five matches and are trying to break a three-match losing skid ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona, 41-4, and went 1-1 during the regular season in 2002 including a 2-3 loss in Tucson ... The Wildcats are 1-2 vs. ranked opponents this year.
UP NEXT: The Cardinal are back at home on Tuesday, October 7 in a nonconference matchup with No. 23 Pacific in Maples Pavilion at 7 p.m. Stanford then heads across the Bay in a much anticipated match with No. 9 California on Saturday, October 11 at 3 p.m.
AROUND THE NET: Setter Katie Goldhahn recorded a career high 17 digs and four blocks against Washington (9/27) ... Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in all four conference matches this season ... Stanford's current four-match winning streak ties their longest of the 2003 season ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 6.08 kills per game in league outings ... The Cardinal have not dropped a single game in their last three matches ... Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey is averaging 3.38 kills while hitting at a .533 clip in conference matches ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 11 matches to date ... Stanford has three starters averaging over a block per game - Jennifer Harvey (1.81), Sara McGee (1.02) and Sara Dukes (1.03) ... Stanford is 5-1 in matches where Harvey has seven or more blocks ... The Cardinal is 4-0 in matches where four or more players reach double figures in kills.
HARVEY LEADS THE NATION IN BLOCKS: Senior middle blocker Jennifer Harvey (Denver, CO) led the Pac-10 and nation in blocking last week and shows no signs of giving up that title. She notched nine kills (9-0-21) and seven blocks against WSU on Friday night and followed that with 10 kills and three block versus Washington. She has posted seven or more blocks in six matches this season (Stanford is 5-1 in those matches). On the year, Harvey is averaging 2.52 kills and 1.81 blocks whie hitting .424 overall. She leads the team with 18 block solos. 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 over six kills per game (6.33) over the weekend as the Cardinal swept the Washington schools. Nnamani notched 19 kills in each match, posting 19 kills and four blocks vs. WSU and 19 kills and 2 service aces against Washington. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.55 kpg, 2.45 dpg and a .324 hitting percentage. She has five double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 6.24 points per game. She has three matches with 20 or more kills (Stanford is 2-1 in those contests). Nnamani competed with the U.S. National Training Team at the 2003 Pan American Games in the Dominican Republic this summer. The 6-1 outside hitter helped the U.S. to a bronze medal at the games. 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? The Cardinal are ranked ninth nationally and tops in the league in home attendance averaging 1,679 fans per contest ... 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 71 of the last 79 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.
PAC-10 RANKINGS: Here's where the Cardinal rank around the league ... Jennifer Harvey (3rd in hitting percentage; 1st in blocks per game) ... Sara McGee (10th in hitting percentage and blocks per game) ... Ogonna Nnamani (3rd in kills per game; 4th in points per game); Katie Goldhahn (6th in assists per game) ... Sara Dukes (9th in blocks per game).
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 2.45 kills and 1.02 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .356 clip. On Saturday against Washington, she tallied 13 kills and five blocks while hitting .526 on the night. 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 458 career blocks through her tenure on The Farm, McGee should crack the top five at Stanford this season, needing only three to tie Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) for fifth with 461.
CAN YOU DIG IT?: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) tallied her fourth consecutive double-double this weekend as the Cardinal swept the Washington schools at home. Richards had 13 kills and 11 digs against the Cougars and 14 kills and 11 digs versus the Huskies. On the year, she is second on the squad, averaging 3.23 kills and 2.64 digs per game. Richards has five double-doubles this season and the Cardinal is 4-1 in those contests. In league play, she is averaging 4.54 kills and 3.338 digs while hitting at a .333 clip.
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) and the Cardinal's match at Hawaii will be broadcast locally in Honolulu by Ch. 5.
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.
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.
Stanford Record When ....
Non-Conference Matches: 6-2Conference Matches: 4-0Vs. Ranked Teams: 1-2Vs. Unranked Teams: 9-0Three Games: 7-1Four Games: 2-0Five Games: 1-1On the Road: 3-1At Home: 4-1Neutral Site: 3-0Win First Game: 9-0Lose First Game: 1-2Last Five Matches: 4-1Last 10 Matches: 8-2TV Matches: 1-2