No. 5 Stanford Travels to #14 California
Oct. 19, 2005
Friday, October 21, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Haas Pavilion (11,877)
Stanford (17-3 overall, 6-2 Pac-10) at California (13-4 overall, 6-2 Pac-10)
Stanford leads the series with California, 53-5 ... California has defeated Stanford at Haas Pavilion in each of the last two seasons ... This was after having lost to the Cardinal in 40 straight matches ... Prior to 2003, Cal hadn't defeated Stanford since October 1, 1982.
John Dunning is in his fifth season as head coach of the Stanford Cardinal ... Under Dunning's direction, the Cardinal has won two NCAA titles (2001, 2004) and produced a runnerup finish in 2002 ... His Stanford record is 138-23 (.857) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 574-125 (.821) ... Dunning has chalked up 30 or more wins in three of his four seasons at Stanford ... That included 33 wins in 2001, 32 wins in 2002, and 30 wins in Stanford's NCAA championship season last year.
Stanford enters Friday's match at California with a 17-3 overall mark, and 6-2 in the Pacific-10 Conference ... Fourteen of Stanford's 17 wins have been by margins of 3-0 ... Stanford has won 31 of its last 34 matches ... The Cardinal is ranked fifth in the nation ... Stanford's longest winning streak of the year is 15-matches ... During Stanford's 15-match winning streak, the Cardinal generated a .348 hitting percentage (886-269-1772) while holding the opposition to a .098 hitting mark (546-346-2041) ... Stanford won 45 of 47 games during the 15-match winning streak.
The Cardinal defense has served notice that it is tough ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .154 hitting percentage, and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In eight matches, Stanford opponents had a hitting percentage of less than .100 ... Only two teams (#1 Nebraska, #2 Washington) hit .300 or better against Stanford.
Two freshmen, Foluke Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza have established themselves as impact players on this year's Cardinal ... Akinradewo and Barboza have started all 20 matches and combined for 558 kills and a .352 hitting percentage (558-140-1,189) ... Barboza leads the team in kills (288) and is second in hitting percentage (.308) while Akinradewo is second in kills (270) and first in hitting percentage (.407, #2 in the Pac-10 ... Akinradewo has been nearly unstoppable ... During Stanford's seven match road trip to the East Coast and the Midwest, Akinradewo chalked up 94 kills in 152 attempts for a .618 hitting percentage along with 24 blocks, 14 digs and three service aces ... Akinradewo hit no lower than .450 during those seven matches, and hit .500 in five of those matches ... Akinradewo has double-digits in kills in 15 of the 20 matches ... Akinradewo was named tournament MVP at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) ... Akinradewo also gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... Akinradewo has hit .450 or better in ten matches ... Barboza has produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 20 season matches ... Barboza has collected six double-doubles (kills, digs) ... Twenty-one freshmen have started at Stanford since 1988, including Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza who have started all 20 matches this year.
Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe, freshman middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, junior outside hitter Kristin Richards and freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza have been honored for their play at three regular season tournaments in 2005 ... Kehoe was named the tournament MVP at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) where she collected 126 assists, 35 digs, eleven blocks, seven service aces and six kills in wins over Boston College, Maine and Syracuse ... Akinradewo tallied 43 kills (.486 hitting percentage), six blocks and five digs in helping the Cardinal to victories over Colorado, Marquette and Creighton at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) to earn tournament MVP honors ... For her efforts, Akinradewo was named Pac-10 Athlete of the Year ... Akinradewo was also named tournament MVP at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) in leading the Cardinal to wins over St. Mary's, Utah State and UC Santa Barbara ... In the three matches, Akinradewo tallied 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs ... Akinradewo started the year by earning a berth on the all-tournament team at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) ... Richards was named to the all-tournament team at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... Barboza was named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).
Kristin Richards, the All-American junior outside hitter, has joined the Stanford career 1,000 kills list ... Richards has 1,142 kills in two-plus seasons at Stanford ... Richards is approaching the Stanford career Top-10 in kills now occupied by Nancy Reno (1984-87) with 1,221 ... Richards is ninth in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,083 career digs ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,610 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,697 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 947 career digs.
Stanford believes in seeing all parts of the United States ... In 2000, Stanford started the year with nine road matches, and the following year, the Cardinal played its first eleven matches away from Maples Pavilion ... This year, the defending NCAA champion Stanford Cardinal gathered extensive frequent flier miles during the first three weeks of the 2005 season ... The Cardinal began the season with two matches at the AVCA/NACWAA Showcase in Omaha, Ne (August 26-27) and then traveled cross country to the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), a road match at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and then back to the Midwest to the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) ... Stanford went 8-1 during those two extensive road trips.
Stanford leads all Pac-10 schools in attendance with an average of 2,192 fans per game ... A season-high 4,712 fans attended Stanford's match against second-ranked and unbeaten Washington (10/7/05) ... It was the second highest attendance total in school history and ninth-best in Pac-10 history ... Overall, the Cardinal is eleventh in the nation in average attendance.
Several of Stanford's athletes (excluding freshman) have generated career numbers in 2005 ... Junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani collected a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05), and then a career-high 31 attempts against Nebraska (8/27/05) and against Arizona (10/13/05) ... Nnamani tallied a career-high 12 digs at Arizona State (10/14/05) ... Jennifer Wilson, a junior outside hitter, had career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Kristin Richards' four aces against Syracuse (9/3/05) and St. Mary's (9/15/05) are career-highs ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz had a career-high 23 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Franci Girard collected a career-high 25 attempts against Penn State (8/25/05).
With Stanford winning the 2004 NCAA title, the Pac-10 has now captured four consecutive NCAA crowns (2004-Stanford, 2003-USC, 2002-USC, 2001-Stanford) and 12 NCAA titles overall - that's half of the 24 titles presented by the NCAA.
The 2005 Stanford Women's Volleyball Roster
#16 Foluke Akinradewo, Freshman, Middle Blocker, Plantation, Fl
Playing like a first team All-American in her freshman season at Stanford ... Second on the Cardinal in kills (270) and first in hitting percentage (.407, #2 in the Pac-10 ... Has hit .450 or better in ten matches ... Hit a season-high .720 (19-1-25) vs Utah State (9/16/05), and .714 (16-1-21) at Boston College (9/1/05) ... Tallied a .650 hitting percentage (14-1-20) at Oregon State (9/29/05) ... Has double-digits in kills in 15 of the 20 matches ... During Stanford's seven match road trip to the East Coast and the Midwest, chalked up 94 kills in 152 attempts for a .618 hitting percentage along with 24 blocks, 14 digs and three service aces ... Hit no lower than .450 during those seven matches, and hit .500 in five of those matches ... Named tournament MVP at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) as she collected 43 kills in 74 attempts for a .486 hitting percentage in three wins ... Also gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... For her efforts in leading the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal to four victories from Sept. 5-11, was named Pac-10 Player of the Week ... In victories at New Hampshire (Sept. 6) and at the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10, Colorado, Marquette, Creighton), collected 52 kills in 90 attempts for a .578 hitting percentage ... Over the four-match stretch, hit .450 or better in each contest ... Gained tournament MVP honors at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... In three matches, collected 47 kills in 93 attempts (.376) along with ten blocks and five digs.
#1 Cynthia Barboza, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Long Beach, Ca
The freshman All-America candidate has started all 20 matches (63 games) ... Leads the team in kills (288) and is second in hitting percentage (.308) ... Has produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and has produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 20 season matches ... Hit a season-high .522 (13-1-23) at New Hampshire (9/6/05) ... Tallied a career-high 26 kills in the Pac-10 three-game season opening victory against USC (9/23/05) ... Has collected six double-doubles (kills, digs) ... Named to the all-tourney team at the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17).
#11 Jessica Fishburn, Freshman, Libero/Outside Hitter, Los Angeles, Ca
Has been a valuable reserve as a libero ... Has ten service aces ... Has played in 19 matches (56 games) ... Collected a season-high seven digs in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05).
#8 Alex Fisher, Freshman, Outside Hitter, Menlo Park, Ca
A knee injury has forced her to the sidelines thus far.
#6 Franci Girard, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Brooklyn, NY
Has played in 16 matches (42 games) ... Chalked up a season-high ten kills (10-4-16, .353) against top-ranked and unbeaten Nebraska (8/27/05) at the AVCA Showcase.
#2 Katie Goldhahn, Junior, Setter, Lodi, Ca
Has played in 19 matches (64 games( ... Has compiled double digits in digs in four matches including a season-high eleven against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) and UCLA (9/24/05) ... Her 1,697 assists is ninth-best in school history.
#3 Kirsten Hornbeak, Sophomore, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Encintas, Ca
Has played in eight matches (11 games) ... Produced a season-high two digs in two matches.
#4 Bryn Kehoe, Sophomore, Setter, North Bend, Oh
Stanford's starting setter for a second straight season ... During her two seasons as a starter, the Cardinal is 47-9 ... An All-American candidate ... Has 973 assists (14.52 apg) this year along with 183 digs (2.73 dpg) ... Collected a season-high 69 assists at Arizona (10/13/05) ... That figure against the Wildcats is one short of her career high, and ninth-best in school history ... Had 65 assists against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Named the tournament MVP at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3) where she collected 126 assists, 35 digs, eleven blocks, seven service aces and six kills in wins over Boston College, Maine and Syracuse ... Her 2,610 career assists is fifth-best in school history.
#15 Michelle Mellard, Junior, Middle Blocker, Leawood, Ks
Has played in ten matches (12 games) ... Collected two kills in four matches.
#5 Nji Nnamaji, Junior, Outside Hitter, Bloomington, Il
Has played in 17 matches (48 games), several as a starter ... Has four double-digit matches including a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05) ... Collected 13 kills in the season opening victory over Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... n the last three matches, has hit .381 (31-7-63) ... Hit .500 (7-0-14) against Washington State (10/7/05), and .438 (8-1-16) vs Marquette (9/9/05) ... Collected a career-high 31 attempts against top-ranked Nebraska (8/27/05) and at 12th-ranked Arizona (10/13/05) ... Tallied a career-high 12 digs in Stanford's win at Arizona State (10/14/05).
#10 Kristin Richards, Junior, Outside Hitter, Orem, Ut
The All-America candidate is third on the team in kills (264, 4.06 kpg) as a starter in 20 matches ... Produced a season-high 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) and at Arizona (10/14/05) ... Hitting .267 for the season ... Hit .611 (12-1-18) at New Hampshire (9/6/05), .607 (20-3-28) vs Washington State (10/7/05), and .600 (14-2-20) vs Marquette (9/9/05) ... Second on the team in digs (230, 3.54 dpg) ... Had a season-high 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... In 14 matches has ten or more digs ... Has a current string of three matches in which she has collected ten ore more digs ... Named to the all-tournament team at the Boston College Invitational (Sept. 1-3), the Colorado Invitational (Sept. 8-10) and the Stanford Invitational (Sept. 15-17) ... Has 1,142 career kills at Stanford, and is nearing the tenth position all-time at Stanford (Nancy Reno, 1984-87, 1,221) ... Her 1,083 career digs is ninth-best in school history.
#14 Courtney Schultz, Senior, Libero, Pacific Palisades, Ca
Stanford's starting libero for a second straight season ... Leads the team in digs (254, 3.96 dpg) ... Collected a career-high 23 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... Tallied 21 digs in the season opener against Penn State (8/26/05) ... Has tallied double-digits in digs in 18 of the 20 matches, including a current string of nine matches ... Has 947 career digs in four years at Stanford, and is approaching the tenth position all-time on The Farm currently held by Kristin Klein (1988-91, 1,047).
#13 Lizzie Suiter, Junior, Middle Blocker, Aspen, Co
Has been bothered with an ankle and eye injury that has limited her to just eight matches (17 games) ... Back as a starter and is wearing protective goggles ... Had a season-high eight blocks in the Pac-10 season opener against USC (9/23/05).
#12 Erin Waller, Freshman, Outside Hitter/Middle Blocker, Ballwin, Mo
Produced season-highs in kills (8) and attempts (23) against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ...Collected a season-high five blocks against St. Mary's (9/15/05).
#9 Jennifer Wilson, Junior, Outside Hitter, Spokane, Wa
Hitting .358 as a reserve ... Made her first collegiate start against Syracuse (9/3/05) and responded with career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) ... Hit .533 against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... Has hit .500 or better in four matches.
California is ranked 14th in the nation with a 13-4 overall mark, and tied with Stanford in third place in the Pac-10 at 6-2 ... The Golden Bears are 5-2 at home ... Junior setter Samantha Carter is now third on Cal's career assists list with 3,701 assists ... Carter is third in the conference in kills per game at 13.28 and service aces per game (0.52) ... Sophomore outside hitter Angie Pressey continues to lead the Bears in kills (249), kills per game (4.45, #3 in the Pac-10) and points (284.5) ... Pressey is tenth in the Pac-10 in hitting percentage (.328) ... Jillian Davis is fourth in the Pac-10 in digs per game (4.57 dpg).
Two of the best women's volleyball players in Stanford history, Logan Tom and Kerri Walsh, have been named to the six member NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball 25th Anniversary Team ... NCAA Division I women's volleyball began in 1981 and will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the 2005 championship. To commemorate this milestone a 25th Anniversary Team was named in a vote of the public ... Tom and Walsh join four other outstanding former collegiate stars on this prestigious team; Deitre Collins of Hawaii, Elaina Oden of Pacific, Danielle Scott of Long Beach State and UCLA's Natalie Williams. Dave Shoji was named head coach on the 25th Anniversary Team ... Tom was a four-time All-American at Stanford (1999-2002), one of only eight players in Stanford history to be accorded that honor ... Tom was a two-time AVCA National College Player of the Year, and was also named MVP at the 2001 NCAA Tournament in helping lead Stanford to the national championship ... During her four years on The Farm, Tom helped Stanford chalk up a 115-22 (.839) record, two Pac-10 titles (1999, 2001) and a national title (2001) ... Tom was named All Pac-10 four times (1999-2002) and voted Pac-10 Player of the Year in 2001 and 2002 ... Her named is included in six statistical categories in the Stanford record book, including career kills (#2, 1,939) ... Tom has been a member of the United States National team since 1998 ... Walsh, a four-time All-American (1996-99), helped lead Stanford to two NCAA titles (1996, 1997), three trips to the NCAA Final four and four Pac-10 titles ... Walsh was named the NCAA Tournament MVP in leading Stanford (31-2) to the 1996 NCAA title ... During her junior and senior seasons, Walsh was named Pac-10 Player of the Year ... Walsh was also an all-league selection four times ... Walsh's name is etched in several categories in the Stanford record book, including career digs (#3, 1,285) and seventh in career kills (1,553) ... Her hitting percentage of .379 in 1998 still ranks fourth in the Cardinal record book.