No. 7 Cardinal Closes Out Regular Season This Week

Nov. 23, 2004

CARDINAL CLOSE OUT REGULAR SEASON WITH THREE FINAL MATCHES: The seventh-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (21-6, 13-3 Pac-10) looks to extend a six-match winning streak when they host #25 Santa Clara (18-7, 9-5 West Coast) on Tuesday, November 23, at 7 p.m. in Burnham Pavilion. The Cardinal then travel to Tempe, Arizona to take on Arizona State (10-15, 5-11 Pac-10) at 7 p.m on Friday, November 26 and #21 Arizona (17-9, 9-7 Pac-10) on Saturday, November 27 at 7 Tucson.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal picked up two more victories over the weekend, with 3-2 upset of previously unbeaten Washington and a 3-0 win over Washington State ... Ogonna Nnamani tallied a career-best 37 kills against the Huskies and picked up 20 kills versus the Cougars ... Kristin Richards notched two double-doubles on the weekend with 10 kills and 20 digs on Thursday night and 19 kills and 13 digs on Friday ... The Cardinal hit .299 for the weekend, averaging 3.62 bpg and 16.75 dpg as a team.

Ogonna Nnamani TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Stanford outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named Pac-10 Volleyball Player of the Week for Nov. 15-21, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today. Nnamani, a senior from Normal, Ill., recorded a career-high 37 kills in leading the Cardinal to a five-game upset of previously undefeated and No. 1 ranked Washington. She followed that up with a 20-kill performance in Stanford's three-game sweep of Washington State. For the weekend, Nnamani collected 57 kills (7.12 kpg) and 12 digs (1.50 dpg) while hitting at a .336 clip. Her 37 kills against the Huskies were the third most in Stanford history for a single match, and tied for 15th in the Pac-10's annals.

SELECTION SHOW SUNDAY: The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship 64-team bracket will be announced on ESPNEWS at approximately 6:40 p.m. Eastern time (5:40 p.m. Central, 4:40 p.m. Mountain, 3:40 p.m. Pacific) Sunday, November 28.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS: Santa Clara (18-7, 9-5 West Coast) is coached by Jon Wallace who is in his sixth year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Broncos beat Pepperdine (3-2) but fell to Loyola Marymount (1-3) to split a pair of conference matches ... The team is led by Toni Muratore (3.45 kpg/0.26 sapg) and Annalisa Muratore (3.41 kpg/1.77 bpg) ... Kristen Luxton is averaging 7.68 assists per game while Caroline Walters leads the team with 4.91 digs per game ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Santa Clara, 22-0 ... Last year, the Cardinal posted a 3-1 win over the Broncos in Santa Clara.

ABOUT THE SUN DEVILS: Arizona State (10-15, 5-11 Pac-10) is coached by Brad Saindon who is in his second year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Sun Devils dropped a match to in-state rival Arizona, 0-3, in Tempe ... They are led by Nicole Morton (3.54 kpg/2.24 dpg) and Sarah Watkins (2.99 kpg/2.07 dpg) ... Setter Rachel Mittelstaedt is averaging 10.72 assists per game while Sydney Donahue leads the team defensively with 4.51 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona State, 45-4 ... The Cardinal defeated the ASU, 3-0, in Stanford earlier this season and have won the last eight matches ... The last ASU win came in 2000 in Tempe (3-1).

ABOUT THE WILDCATS: Arizona (17-9, 9-7 Pac-10) is coached by Dave Rubio who is in his 14th year at the helm of the program ... Last week, the Wildcats defeated in-state rival Arizona State, 3-0, in Tempe ... They are led by Kim Glass (4.81 kpg/3.08 dpg) and Meghan Cumpston (3.65 kpg/2.31 dpg) ... Setter Stephanie Butkus is averaging 12.36 assists per game while Kelli Mulvany leads the team defensively with 3.36 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Arizona, 44-4 ... The Cardinal defeated the Arizona, 3-0, in Stanford earlier this season and have won the last four matches ... The last Wildcat win came in 2002 in Tucson (3-2).

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: Kristin Richards leads the league with 17 double-doubles this season ... Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.40) and ranks in the top 10 nationally ... Head coach John Dunning notched his 100th victory as the Cardinal head coach against California on October 1 ... Stanford has won its season opener in 20 of the last 21 years ... Ogonna Nnamani has notched double-figures in kills in 55 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.89 kpg ranks sixth nationally ... Stanford is one of only four schools to appear in each NCAA Tournament (Stanford, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara, Penn State) ... O. Nnamani's 37 kills and 39.0 points vs. Washington (11/18) is the most by a Pac-10 player this season.

Ogonna Nnamani CONTINUES TO MOVE UP IN THE RECORD BOOKS: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 7.12 kills, 1.50 digs, and 0.62 blocks last week against the Washington schools ... Her 607 kills in 2004 ranks third for a single season on The Farm - she needs only 21 more to break the single season record ... The 6-1 outside hitter, who holds the single-season kills record on The Farm with 627, broke the career kills record at Stanford this season and became the first Cardinal to notch 2,000 kills - she currently has 2,234 ... Nnamani broke 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 second in the conference in career kills and needs 22 more to move into first place, to surpass UCLA's Kristee Porter who had 2,255 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in nine of 25 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.89) and points (6.58) per game ... Her 5,043 career attack attempts ranks first in the conference ... Nnamani spent her summer as a member of the U.S. National indoor volleyball team that competed in Athens, Greece ... Nnamani has been named to three all-tournament teams this season, garnering MVP honors at the Wildcat Classic ... She has been named Pac-10 Player of the Week four times during the 2004 season.

DID YOU KNOW? Ogonna Nnamani leads the Pac-10 Conference among active career kill leaders with 2,234 and ranks 17th in NCAA history ... O. Nnamani's 37 kills vs. Washington ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 747-187-4 all-time record since 1976 (.798 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 ... Ogonna Nnamani is one of only six players to tally six or more Pac-10 Player of the Week honors during her career.

CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Fourth-year head coach John Dunning has a 111-20 record on The Farm and is 548-122 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 LEADS SQUAD WITH 17 DOUBLE-DOUBLES THIS SEASON: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) leads the Cardinal with 17 double-doubles in 2004 including two last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 3.62 kills and 4.12 digs ... She tallied 10 kills and 20 digs vs. Washington and 19 kills and 13 digs against the Cougars ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.69) and second in kills per game (3.76) ... With 376 digs in 2004, she needs just 10 more to crack the top five at Stanford for a single season ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is third on the squad with 28 block solos ... Her 21 service aces (0.21) is second on the team ... In only a year and a half, Richards has over 500 kills (776) and 500 digs (727) for her career.

FAB FRESHMAN: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... Against the Washington schools, Kehoe averaged 13.12 assists, 4.00 digs and 1.00 blocks per game ... She is averaging 12.12 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 33 service aces (0.32 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.83) ... She recorded a career/season-high seven blocks versus both Cal and Washington and notched a career/season-high 23 digs versus Penn State at the Stanford Invite ... Kehoe has posted 13 double-doubles on the year ... She has recorded at least one service ace in 13 of the last 20 matches (and five of the last six) ... With 1,236 assists this season, Kehoe needs 155 to crack the top five for a single season at Stanford.

HUCKE CONTINUES TO HAVE BANNER SENIOR YEAR: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) is having her best season on The Farm ... Last week, she averaged 2.12 kills, 1.88 digs and 1.00 blocks against the Washington schools ... She recorded a dramatic service ace to win the match against Washington in the fifth game on Thursday night ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... On the season, she is averaging 2.73 kills (third on the team) and 2.10 digs per game, as well as 0.89 blocks (she's hitting at a .300 clip as well) ... She has five double-doubles on the year.

BLOCKING SUITS HER: Sophomore middle blocker Lizzie Suiter (Aspen, CO) has been a force at the net for the Cardinal in 2004, leading the team with 159 blocks (1.54 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 15 of her 27 matches this season ... Suiter needs 20 more blocks to crack the top five in single season blocks on The Farm ... She tied her career-high with 10 blocks against UCLA and notched a career-best nine kills versus Washington last week ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game and in the top 25 nationally.

FAST FACTS: Stanford is ranked 27th nationally in average home attendance (1,157) ... O. Nnamani is averaging 4.73 kpg for her career - which ranks third all-time in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal have had six sell-outs in Burnham Pavilion this season (1,411) ... 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 (5.89); 6th in hitting percentage (.342) and 1st, points per game (6.57); Kristin Richards: 8th, kills per game (3.76), 8th in digs per game (3.69) and 7th in points per game (4.40); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (12.12) and T7th in service aces per game (0.32); Lizzie Suiter: 3rd in blocks per game (1.54).

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.™