No. 6 Cardinal Volleyball Heads To Green Bay For NCAA Regional

Dec. 6, 2004

CARDINAL TRAVEL TO GREEN BAY FOR NCAA REGIONAL ACTION: The sixth-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team (26-6, 15-3 Pac-10) looks to extend an 11-match winning streak when they travel to Green Bay, Wisconsin, to face 10th-ranked Texas (26-4, 16-4 Big 12) at 5 p.m ET in the round of 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Friday, December 10. No. 2 Hawaii (30-0, 13-0 WAC) will take on No. 22 Wisconsin (21-9, 13-7 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. CST in the other match. The winners of Friday's matches will meet on Saturday, December 11 at 3 p.m. CST with the winner advancing to the NCAA Championship 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 72-19 (.791) all-time in NCAA postseason play and have reached in Final Four in three of the last five years.

CSTV TO BROADCAST REGIONAL FINAL: CSTV will broadcast the Green Bay NCAA Regional final live at 3 p.m. ET.

WEEK IN REVIEW: The Cardinal advanced to the NCAA Regional in Green Bay with wins over Jacksonville (3-0) and then-No. 13 Florida (3-2) ... Ogonna Nnamani led the team with 48 kills (6.00 kpg) followed by Kristin Richards' 31 (3.88 kpg) ... Stanford held their opponents to a .147 hitting percentage while hitting .286 over the two matches ... Nnamani and Lizzie Suiter averaged 1.12 blocks per game as well.

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 LONGHORNS: Texas (26-4, 16-4 Big 12) is coached by head coach Jerritt Elliot who is in his fourth year at the helm ... They are led by Mira Topic (5.65 kpg/3.25 dpg) and Bethany Howden(4.02 kpg/1.02 bpg) ... Setter Michelle Moriarty is averaging 13.14 assists per game while Alyson Jennings leads the team defensively with 3.56 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with the Longhorns, 13-7 ... The Cardinal won the last meeting between the two teams, 3-0, in 2001 at the Verizon Texas A&M Tournament ... That win snapped a two-match losing streak to Texas ... UT posted wins over Texas State (3-0) and Michigan (3-1) to reach the regional.

ABOUT THE RAINBOW WAHINE: Hawaii (30-0, 13-0 WAC) is coached by Dave Shoji who is in his 30th year at the helm of the program ... They are led by Victoria Prince (3.40 kpg/1.65 bpg) and Alicia Arnott (4.11 kpg/2.97 dpg) ... Setter Kanoe Kamana'o is averaging 13.63 assists per game while Ashley Watanabe leads the team defensively with 4.22 dpg ... Hawaii leads the all-time series with Stanford, 10-15 ... The two teams have split their last two meetings ... The Wahine won the last meeting between the two squads, 3-2, in 2003 at the Hawaii Invitational ... UH defeated Colorado (3-1) and Purdue (3-0) to reach the regional.

ABOUT THE BADGERS: Wisconsin (21-9, 13-7 Big Ten) is coached by Pete Waite who is in his 7th season with the Badgers ... They enter postseason play on a three-match win streak ... They are led by Sheila Shaw (3.82 kpg/1.34 bpg) and Jill Odenthal (2.99 kpg/1.92 dpg) ... Setter Jackie Simpson is averaging 12.98 assists per game while Jocelyn Wack leads the team defensively with 4.82 dpg ... Stanford leads the all-time series with Wisconsin, 1-0 ... The Badgers beat Loyola (Ill.), 3-0, and Notre Dame, 3-0, to reach the regional.

NCAA NOTEBOOK: Stanford has faced 11 teams in the 2004 tournament bracket and are 11-6 in those matches ... Looking at the latest AVCA Coaches Poll, the Cardinal have played 14 matches vs. ranked opponents and are 9-6 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.

HOW SWEET IT IS: The Cardinal are making their 23rd appearance in the Sweet Sixteen (2000 was the only year they did not advance past the second round) ... The last time Stanford lost a regional semifinal match was in 1998 (Texas d. Stanford, 3-1) ... The Cardinal has advanced to the regional final (Elite Eight) in 18 of 22 appearances and made it to the Final Four in 14.

AROUND THE NET: The last time the Cardinal won 11 matches in a row was in 2001 when they strung together a 19-match winning streak that culminated in a national championship ... Kristin Richards leads the league with 20 double-doubles this season ... Stanford leads the conference in blocks per game as a team (3.32) 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 61 consecutive matches dating back to last season ... Her 5.88 kpg ranks in the top 10 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 for a single match.

Ogonna Nnamani TAKES OVER TOP SPOTS IN PAC-10 RECORD BOOK: Three-time AVCA All-American Ogonna Nnamani (Normal, IL) averaged 6.00 kills, 3.25 digs And 1.12 blocks in the first and second round matches ... Her 706 kills in 2004 is a single season on The Farm - and ranks second in the conference for a single season ... The 6-1 outside hitter broke the career kills record at Stanford this season and became the first Cardinal to notch 2,000 kills for a career - she currently has 2,333 ... 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 12 of 32 matches this season and leads the team in kills (5.88) and points (6.55) per game ... Her 5,289 career attack attempts ranks first in the conference as does her 791.0 total points in 2004 ... 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 2,333 and ranks eighth in NCAA history ... O. Nnamani's 37 kills vs. Washington ranks third on The Farm for a single match ... Stanford has amassed an amazing 752-187-4 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 ... Nnamani's 89 attempts vs. Florida (12/4) is tied for 10th in the Pac-10 for a single match.

CARDINAL HEAD COACH John Dunning: Fourth-year head coach John Dunning has a 116-20 record on The Farm and is 553-122 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 CLOSES IN ON STANFORD SINGLE SEASON DIGS RECORD: Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Richards (Orem, UT) garnered first-team all-conference honors last week ... She currently leads the Cardinal with 20 double-doubles in 2004 including two last week ... For the week, Richards averaged 3.88 kills and 4.25 digs ... She tallied 16 kills and 21 digs against the Gators ... 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 (3.71) ... Her 439 digs in 2004 ranks second at Stanford for a single season - she needs just 21 more to move into first (Barbra Fontana, 1986, had 459) ... The 2003 Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year is third on the squad with 30 block solos ... Her 27 service aces (0.23) is second on the team ... In her first two seasons, Richards has over 800 kills (833) and 700 digs (790) for her career.

KEHOE RANKS FOURTH IN SINGLE SEASON ASSISTS: 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 12.62 assists and 2.50 digs per game ... She is averaging 12.11 assists on the season... Kehoe leads the squad with 36 service aces (0.30 sapg) and is second in digs per game (2.74) ... 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 15 double-doubles on the year ... She has recorded at least one service ace in 15 of the last 25 matches (and five of the last eight) ... With 1,441assists this season, Kehoe needs just 23 to move into third place at Stanford for a single season (Anna Robinson, 1,463 in 2002).

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 2.00 kills and 2.12 digs in the first and second rounds ... The Nevada native has been named to two all-tournament teams this season ... On the season, she is averaging 2.68 kills (third on the team) and 2.11 digs per game, as well as 0.88 blocks (she's hitting at a .300 clip as well) ... She has six 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 182 blocks (1.52 bpg) .... She has has not committed a hitting error in 16 of her 32 matches this season ... Suiter needs four more blocks to move into third in single season blocks on The Farm (Bev Oden, 185 in 1989) - she is currently tied for fourth with Jenn Harvey (182 in 2003) ... 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.

FAST FACTS: O. Nnamani is averaging 4.81 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); 5th in hitting percentage (.338) and 1st, points per game (6.59); Kristin Richards: 8th, kills per game (3.71), 7th in digs per game (3.69) and 7th in points per game (4.33); Bryn Kehoe: 5th in assists per game (12.11) and 6th in service aces per game (0.30); Lizzie Suiter: 2nd in blocks per game (1.52).

GIRARD EARNS PAC-10 ALL-FRESHMAN HONORS: Freshman middle blocker Franci Girard (Brooklyn, NY) earned Pac-10 All-Freshman honors last week ... The 6-2 middle has started in 118 of 120 games for the Cardinal in '04, averaging 1.82 kills and 0.94 blocks per game ... Her 111 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) ... Girard tallied 11 kills vs. Florida on Saturday, chipping in three blocks as well.

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.

KEEP AN EYE ON...: Stanford has 159 block solos in 2004 which ranks eighth in the Pac-10 for a single season (with four more they will move into sixth) ... Four Pac-10 schools have made it to the Sweet Sixteen but only three can make it to the Final Four .... The Cardinal are 5-1 on neutral courts this season.™