No. 12 Women's Volleyball Host No. 14 Arizona and Arizona State
Sept. 21, 2004
CARDINAL BEGIN PAC-10 PLAY VERSUS NO. 14 ARIZONA ON THURSDAY: The 12th-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (7-2, 0-0 Pac-10) try to extend their four-match winning streak into this week's matches against #14 Arizona (8-2, 0-0 Pac-10) and Arizona State (5-3, 0-0 Pac-10). The Cardinal open conference action against the Wildcats on Thursday, September 23 at 7 p.m. and take on Arizona State on Friday, September 24 at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Stanford women's volleyball team went 3-0 at the Wildcat Classic in Evanston, Ill. to win the tournament title ... The Cardinal picked up wins over Western Kentucky (3-1), Villanova (3-0) and Northwestern (3-0) ... Ogonna Nnamani was named tournament MVP while Jen Hucke and Kristin Richards were tabbed to the all-tournament team ... Stanford hit .403 over the three matches, averaging 3.90 bpg, 15.50 kpg and 12.60 dpg.
NNAMANI HONORED AS NATIONAL AND PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named the Sports Import/AVCA National and Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 13-19 ... Nnamani, a senior from Normal, Ill., was named MVP of Northwestern's Wildcat Classic, collecting 62 kills (6.20 kpg), 73 points (7.30 ppg) and hitting at a .533 clip in three matches while leading the Cardinal to the tournament championship ... Against Western Kentucky, Nnamani set season-highs in hitting percentage (.556) and services aces (3), while also contributing four solo blocks to Stanford's cause.
ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (8-2) is coached by Dave Rubio who is in his 14th season at the helm ... Last week the Wildcats went 3-0, beating American U. (3-0, Temple (3-0) and Albany (3-1) ... Setter Stephanie Butkus was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player ... She was joined on the all-tournament team by Jennifer Abernathy and Kristina Baum ... They are led by Abernathy (4.53 kpg/2.44 dpg) and Meghan Cumpston (4.52 kpg/2.88 dpg) ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona, 43-3 ... The Cardinal won both matches against the 'Cats in 2003, winning 3-1 in Stanford.
ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (5-3) is coached by Brad Saindon who begins his second season with the Sun Devils ... Last week, ASU split a pair of matches with Long Beach State (L, 1-3) and Cal State Fullerton (W, 3-2) ... The team is led by Nicole Morton (3.71 kpg/3.07 dpg) and Sarah Watkins (2.54 kpg/2.04 dpg) ... Sydney Donahue leads Arizona State with 4.17 digs per game ... Stanford holds a 44-4 advantage in the all-time series with ASU ... The Cardinal won both meetings with the Sun Devils in 2003, winning 3-2 in Stanford.
UP NEXT: Stanford will travel across the Bay to take on St. Mary's in a Tuesday night non-conference match up on Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. in Moraga ... The Cardinal dropped a five-game stunner to the Gaels in Nevada earlier this year ... Stanford then hosts cross-town rival California on Friday, October 1 at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavlion in continued league play (the match will be televised on a tape-delayed basis by FOX Sports Net).
OUR TEMPORARY HOME, SWEET HOME: While Maples Pavilion wraps up its renovations this fall, Burnham Pavilion will be home for the Stanford women's volleyball team in 2004. The facility will seat 1,441 fans and will be much cozier than Maples. For ticket information, please call the Stanford ticket office at 1-800-STANFORD. The Maples Renovation Project is expected to be completed in December of 2004.
AROUND THE NET: Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in 37 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Stanford is one of only four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State).
OGONNA NNAMANI NAMED TOURNAMENT MVP: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 6.20 kills, 1.00 block, 0.30 service aces and 1.20 digs while hitting .533 at the Wildcat Classic to earn MVP (she also was tabbed to the all-tournament teams at the SBC/Sand Invite and the Stanford Invite) ... The 6-1 outside hitter, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, currently has 1,809 career kills which ranks fourth on The Farm ... Nnamani should break the Stanford career kills mark held by two-time National Player of the Year, Logan Tom, who tallied 1,939 over four seasons in 2004 ... She's ranked 10th in the conference in career kills and needs just six more to move into ninth place, surpassing Cal's Tiffany Rochelle who had 1,814 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in six of nine matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.20) and points (5.97) per game ... Nnamani spent her summer as a member of the U.S. National indoor volleyball team that competed in Athens, Greece.
DID YOU KNOW? Junior setter Katie Goldhahn (Lodi, CA) tallied a season-best 29 assists against Villanova on Friday ... Sophomore Njideka Nnamani notched a career/season-high two blocks at Northwestern over the weekend ... Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 1,809 ... Libero Leahi Hall (Haiku, HI) is averaging 2.52 digs per game ... Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) is averging a team-leading 1.46 bpg ... Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) is averaging 1.14 bpg ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 729-181-4 all-time record since 1976 (.799 winning percentage), and has finished in the top 10 nationally in 22 of the last 23 seasons ... Stanford has reached the Final Four 14 times in the last 23 seasons, and produced 48 All-American honors in the last 22 years ... The Cardinal have had 11 30-plus win seasons since 1976.
CARDINAL HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Fourth-year head coach John Dunning has a 97-16 record on The Farm and is 534-118 in 20 years of coaching. He was only the 21st Div. I coach to reach the 500 win milestone. He took 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 13-2 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.
RICHARDS EARNS ALL-TOURNAMENT HONORS IN ILLINOIS: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) averaged 3.10 kills 3.80 digs and 1.00 block per game over the weekend and was tabbed to the Wildcat Classic all-tournament team ... It is the second all-tourney honor for the sophomore this year ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.80) and second in kills per game (4.03) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year has tallied double figures in kills in five of Stanford's six matches this sesaon ... Her 10 service aces (0.29) is second on the team while her 16 block solos leads the squad.
FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... She is averaging 12.00 on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 11 service aces (0.32 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.82) ... She notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus Penn State at the Stanford Invite and matched her career high in blocks with five in that match as well.
HUCKE NAMED TO SECOND ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) 2.33 kills, 1.22 digs, 1.11 blocks while hitting at a .405 clip to earn all-tournament honors at the Wildcat Classic over the weekend ... It is her second all-tournament selection this season ... Hucke tied her season-best of six blocks versus Northwestern on Saturday night and notched a season-high eight digs against Western Kentucky on Friday ... On the season, she is averaging 2.91 kills (third on the team) and 1.38 digs per game, as well as 0.97 blocks (she's hitting at a .307 clip as well).
FAST FACTS: As a team, the Cardinal lead the league in blocks with 3.63 per game in 2004 ... Lizzie Suiter has has not committed a hitting error in seven of her nine matches this season ... Her six kills against Western Kentucky on Friday night was a career- and season-high ... 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 nine 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 19 years.
PAC-10 LEADERS: Here's where Stanford players rank in the Pac-10 ... Ogonna Nnamani: 1st, kills per game (5.20); 2nd, points per game (5.97) and 8th in hitting percentage (.349); Kristin Richards: 7th, kills per game (4.03), 7th in digs per game (3.80) and 6th in points per game (4.91); Bryn Kehoe: 6th in assists per game (12.00); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.46); Franci Girard: 8th in blocks per game (1.14).
SISTER, SISTER: Senior Ogonna Nnamani and sophomore Njideka Nnamani became only the third set of sisters to play volleyball for the Cardinal in the history of the program in 2003. 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.
CARDINAL PICKED TO FINISH FOURTH IN LEAGUE PLAY: The 2004 Stanford women's volleyball team is picked to finish fourth 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 UCLA, Washington, Stanford, and California. Rounding out the poll were Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Oregon and Washington State (tie), respectively.
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. Brad Burton will handle the play-by-play and color commentary duties.™