No. 4 Cardinal Hosts No. 23 Pacific Tuesday Night
Oct. 6, 2003
CARDINAL HOST PACIFIC BEFORE TRAVELING TO BERKELEY: The fourth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (12-2, 6-0 Pac-10) take a season-high six-match win streak into Tuesday's nonconference match against No. 23 Pacific (8-5, 3-3 Big West) at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion. The Cardinal then travel across the Bay to face No. 9 California (14-0, 6-0 Pac-10) at 3 p.m. at Haas Pavilion in Berkeley.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal went 2-0 over the weekend to to run their conference mark to 6-0 on the year with wins over Arizona State (3-0) and Arizona (3-1). Ogonna Nnamani and Courtney Schultz led Stanford with 10 kills and 10 digs respectively versus the Sun Devils on Thursday while Nnamani (19) and Kristin Richards (13) tallied double figures in kills against the 'Cats. Setter Katie Goldhahn led the match with 13 digs on Friday. Jennifer Harvey tied her career high with three service aces against U of A.
ABOUT THE TIGERS: The University of Pacific (8-5, 3-3 Big West) is coached by fourth-year head coach Jayne Gibson-McHugh ... They are led by Jennifer Joines (6.06 kpg/1.18 bpg) and Ashley Groothuis (2.19 kpg/1.70 dpg) ... Last week, the Tigers split their conferences matches, falling to UC Santa Barbara (2-3) and defeating Cal Poly (3-0) ... UOP is 2-3 in their last five matches and are 1-3 against ranked opponents this season ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Pacific, 27-23, and won last year's matchup, 3-0 in Stockton ... The last Tiger win over the Cardinal came on 11/7/00 in Stockton (3-0).
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California (14-0, 6-0 Pac-10) is coached by Rich Feller who is in his fifth year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Mia Jerkov (6.00 kpg/3.17 dpg) and Gabrielle Abernathy (3.43 kpg/1.27 kpg) ... Last week, the Golden Bears picked up two wins against Arizona State (3-1) and Arizona (3-0) ... California is 5-0 in the last five matches and 1-0 vs. ranked opponents this year ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Cal, 51-3, and went 2-0 during the regular season in 2002 including a 3-2 win in Berkeley ... The last Golden Bear win over the Cardinal came on 10/1/82 in Berkeley (3-1).
UP NEXT: The Cardinal host No. 8 UCLA, Thursday, October 16 at 7 p.m. and No. 1 USC, Friday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in Maples Pavilion on the campus of Stanford University.
AROUND THE NET: Stanford will play a ranked opponent in its next five matches beginning with No. 23 Pacific on Oct. 7 and ending with No. 13 Washington on Oct. 23 ... Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards has notched a double-double (kills-digs) in four of six conference matches this season ... Stanford's current six-match winning streak ties their longest of the 2003 season ... Outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani is averaging 5.40 kills per game in league outings ... Middle blocker Jennifer Harvey tied her career high with three service aces against Arizona ... Nnamani has tallied double-figures in kills in all 13 matches to date ... 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 ... Senior Sara Dukes set a season-high with her .583 (8-1-12) hitting percentage against the Wildcats.
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 five blocks in both matches over the weekend and added nine kills against the Sun Devils. 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 2.45 kills and 1.76 blocks whie hitting .401 overall. She leads the team with 21 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) tallied double figures in kills in both matches last week, recording 10 versus ASU and 19 against the Wildcats. On the year, the 6-1 outside hitter leads the team with 5.55 kpg, 2.22 dpg and a .336 hitting percentage. She has five double-doubles on the year and is averaging a team-leading 6.04 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? Stanford ranks in the top five in the conference in hitting percentage (3rd), assists (4th), blocks (1st), kills (5th) and opponent hitting percentage (5th) ... 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 73 of the last 81 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 (sixth in hitting percentage; first in blocking) ... Sara McGee (10th in hitting percentage) ... Ogonna Nnamani (fourth in kills per game; fourth in points per game) ... Katie Goldhahn (seventh in assists per game) ... Jennifer Hucke (8th in service aces 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 MOVES INTO FIFTH ON THE FARM IN ALL-TIME BLOCKS: Senior middle blocker Sara McGee (Davis, CA) continues to patrol the middle for the Cardinal in 2003. The '02 All-American is averaging 2.39 kills and 0.98 blocks for Stanford this season while hitting at a .347 clip. On Thursday, she had eight kills to go along with three blocks versus Arizona State. 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. Her 463 career blocks through her tenure on The Farm, puts her fifth all-time surpassing former Cardinal Jennifer Detmer (1997-00) who has 461.
CAN YOU DIG IT?: Freshman outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) is second on the squad, averaging 3.15 kills and 2.48 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 3.90 kills and 2.75 digs while hitting at a .322 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.
BUY VOLLEYBALL TICKETS ONLINE: Purchase season and individual tickets online for Stanford women's volleyball at http://tickets.gostanford.com. For more information, call 1-800-STANFORD.
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.
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