No. 6 Cardinal Open NCAA Postseason Play In Florida
Nov. 29, 2004
CARDINAL TRAVEL TO TALLAHASSE TO KICK OFF POSTSEASON PLAY: The sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (24-6, 15-3 Pac-10) looks to extend a nine-match winning streak when they travel to Tallahasse, Florida, to face Jacksonville (15-13, 8-2 Atlantic Sun) at 5 p.m ET in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, December 3. No. 13 Florida (27-4, 15-1 SEC) will take on host- Florida A&M (28-2, 10-0 MEAC) at 7 p.m. ET in the other first round match. The winners of Friday's matches will meet on Saturday, December 4 at 7 p.m. ET with the winner advancing to the NCAA Regional in Green Bay, Wisconsin, Dec. 10-11. The National Championship will be held in Long Beach, Calif. with the semifinal matches on Dec. 16 and the final on Dec. 18.
Stanford, seeded 11th overall, is one of just four schools to appear in all 24 NCAA postseason competitions, joining Pacific, UC Santa Barbara and Penn State. The Cardinal are 70-19 (.786) all-time in NCAA postseason play and have reached in Final Four in three of the last five years.
WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal closed out the regular season with three sweeps over No. 25 Santa Clara (3-0), Arizona State (3-0) and No. 21 Arizona (3-0) ... Ogonna Nnamani averaged 5.67 kills and 2.11 digs while hitting .355 to lead the Cardinal ... Stanford outhit their opponents .279 to .086 and outblocked them 3.11 to 1.56 ... Kristin Richards added 2.89 kills and 3.22 digs per game to the Cardinal effort.
Ogonna Nnamani TABBED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Stanford outside hitter Ogonna Nnamani has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Volleyball Player of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced. Nnamani, a four-time All-Pac-10 selection, becomes the ninth Stanford player to be named Pac-10 Player of the Year. Those nine players have combined to win the Pac-10 Player of the Year honor a total of 11 times. She is also the 10th player in Pac-10 history to be named All-Conference four times. Nnamani, a native of Normal, Ill., led the Pac-10 Conference in kills (5.88 kpg) and points (6.55 ppg), while posting the league's sixth best attack percentage (.343) this season.
ABOUT THE DOLPHINS: Jacksonville (15-13, 8-2) earned their first bid to the NCAA Tournament in the Division I era after winning their first Atlantic Sun Championship with a 3-2 victory over Belmont on Nov. 20 in Orlando ...They are coached by first-year head coach Kevin Paul ... JU is one of eight schools making its initial appearance in the tourney ... They are led by Eva Stoilova (3.13 kpg/2.96 dpg) and Candice Rose (2.64 kpg/1.73 dpg) ... Setter Erin Donivan is averaging 8.85 assists per game while Kelly Ryals leads the team defensively with 3.79 dpg ... Stanford and Jacksonville have never met before on the court ... JU is 3-2 in their last five and 7-3 in the last 10 matches.
ABOUT THE GATORS: Florida (17-9, 9-7 Pac-10) is coached by Mary Wise who is in her 18th year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Jane Collymore (5.05 kpg/3.05 dpg) and Marcie Hampton (3.04 kpg/2.85 dpg) ... Setter Angie McGinnis is averaging 10.97 assists per game while Rachel Engel leads the team defensively with 4.26 dpg ... Florida leads the all-time series with Stanford, 2-1 ... The Gators have won the last two matchups between the two teams ... The last Cardinal win came in 1994 in Gainesville (3-1) at the SunBank Invitational.
ABOUT THE LADY RATTLERS: Florida A&M (28-2, 10-0 MEAC) is coached by Tony Trifonov ... They enter postseason play on a 27-match win streak ... They are led by Adriana Kostadinova (4.79 kpg/2.44 dpg) and Maria Andonova (3.51 kpg/1.05 dpg) ... Setter Mariela Portocarrero is averaging 12.92 assists per game while Andreina Ruiz leads the team defensively with 3.97 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with FAMU, 1-0 ... The Cardinal defeated Florida A&M, 3-2, last year at the Colorado State Tournament in Fort Collins.
NCAA NOTEBOOK: Stanford has faced 10 teams in the 2004 tournament bracket and is 10-6 in those matches ... Looking at the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, the Cardinal have played 13 matches vs. ranked opponents and are 8-6 in those matches ... The last time Stanford hit the road for the first and second rounds was in 2000 (at UC Santa Barbara) ... The last time the Cardinal went outside the state of California for the first and second rounds was in 1986 when they traveled to Oregon ... Stanford has never lost in the first round of the tournament and only once in the second round.
AROUND THE NET: Kristin Richards leads the league with 18 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 59 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 BREAKS CONFERENCE RECORD FOR CAREER KILLS: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 5.67 kills, 2.11 digs while hitting .355 against the Arizona schools and Santa Clara ... Her 658 kills in 2004 is a single season on The Farm - she holds the top two spots ... The 6-1 outside hitter broke the career kills record at Stanford this season and became the first Cardinal to notch 2,000 kills - she currently has 2,285 ... 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 first in the conference in career kills surpassing UCLA's Kristee Porter who had 2,255 during her career ... Nnamani has posted a double-double in 10 of 28 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.88) and points (6.55) per game ... Her 5,164 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 2,285 and ranks 11th in NCAA history ... O. Nnamani's 37 kills vs. Washington ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 750-187-4 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 114-20 record on The Farm and is 551-122 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 NAMED FIRST TEAM ALL-PAC-10: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) garnered first-team all-conference honors this week ... She currently leads the Cardinal with 18 double-doubles in 2004 including one last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 2.89 kills and 3.22 digs ... She tallied 12 kills and 12 digs vs. Arizona State ... The 6-1 OH has been tabbed to two all-tournament teams in 2004 ... Richards is currently leading the team in digs per game (3.65) and second in kills per game (3.69) ... Her 405 digs in 2004 ranks fourth at Stanford for a single season - she needs just 21 more to move into third (Wendy Rush, 1987, had 425) and 22 to take over second (Logan Tom, 2001, had 426) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is third on the squad with 29 block solos ... Her 26 service aces (0.23) is second on the team ... In her first two seasons, Richards has over 800 kills (802) and 700 digs (756) for her career.
KEHOE TABBED TO PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM: Freshman setter Bryn Kehoe (North Bend, OH) is putting up solid numbers for the Cardinal in 2004 ... For her efforts, she was selected to the Pac-10 All-Freshman Team ... Last week, Kehoe averaged 11.56 assists and 1.89 digs per game ... She is averaging 12.07 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 36 service aces (0.32 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.76) ... 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 15 of the last 23 matches (and five of the last six) ... With 1,340 assists this season, Kehoe needs 51 to crack the top five for a single season at Stanford.
HUCKE NAMED ALL-PAC-10 HONORABLE MENTION: Senior opposite Jennifer Hucke (Fallon, NV) is having her best season on The Farm ... For her efforts, she was named an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection ... Last week, she averaged 2.67 kills, 2.22 digs and 1.22 blocks against the Arizona schools ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... On the season, she is averaging 2.72 kills (third on the team) and 2.11 digs per game, as well as 0.92 blocks (she's hitting at a .302 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 173 blocks (1.54 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 16 of her 30 matches this season ... Suiter needs seven 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 ... Ranks second in the Pac-10 in blocks per game and in the top 25 nationally ... Also ranks 10th in the league in hitting percentage (.312).
FAST FACTS: O. Nnamani is averaging 4.73 kpg for her career - which ranks third all-time in the Pac-10 ... The Cardinal had 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 six of the last 10 years (Kristin Folkl `97, Kerri Walsh `98 and `99, Logan Tom `01 and `02, Ogonna Nnamani '04) ... Since the Pac-10 began for women's volleyball in 1986, five schools have won the conference title (Stanford, UCLA, USC, Washington and Arizona) - the Cardinal have won or shared the title in nine of the 20 years.
PAC-10 LEADERS: Here's where Stanford players rank in the Pac-10 ... Ogonna Nnamani: 1st, kills per game (5.88); 6th in hitting percentage (.343) and 1st, points per game (6.55); Kristin Richards: 8th, kills per game (3.69), 7th in digs per game (3.65) and 7th in points per game (4.34); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (12.07) and 6th in service aces per game (0.32); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.54) and 10th in hitting percentage (.312).
GIRARD EARNS PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN HONORS: Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors this week ... The 6-2 middle has started in 110 of 112 games for the Cardinal in '04, averaging 1.78 kills and 0.98 blocks per game ... Her 108 total blocks ranks second on the squad ... Girard tallied a career-high 10 blocks against UCLA (10/9) and a career-high 13 kills versus California (10/1).
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 was 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 were 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.
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.™