No. 5 Stanford Travels To #16 UCLA, #13 USC
Nov. 22, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Pauley Pavilion (12,800)
#5 Stanford (23-5 overall, 12-4 Pac-10) at #16 UCLA (17-9 overall, 9-7 Pac-10)
Saturday, November 26, 2005, 7:00 p.m., Lyon Center (1,304)
Stanford at #13 USC (15-9 overall, 11-5 Pac-10)
UCLA leads the series with Stanford, 34-32 ... Since 1994, the Cardinal is 20-4 against the Bruins, and has a current winning streak of nine straight matches dating back to 2001 ... Stanford has won the last four matches at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion ... Earlier this year (9/24/05) at Maples Pavilion, then third-ranked Stanford recorded its 12th straight win with a 30-22, 31-29, 30-26 victory over the then 13th-ranked Bruins ... Freshman outside hitter Cynthia Barboza led the Stanford attack with 21 kills, six digs and two blocks ... Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards added 19 kills and 12 digs ... Stanford holds a sizable 46-17 lead in the series against the USC Trojans ... Barboza collected a career-high 26 kills to lead Stanford to a 31-29, 30-27, 30-21 victory over the Trojans earlier this year (9/23/05) at Maples Pavilion ... Barboza added eleven digs and a hitting percentage of .511 ... Richards and senior libero Courtney Schultz collected 30 digs, 16 by Richards ... Stanford has dropped the last two matches at USC.
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 144-25 (.852) against the toughest collegiate competition in the United States ... Dunning's career mark (16 seasons at Pacific, 4+ seasons at Stanford) is 580-127 (.820) ... 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.
As fifth-ranked Stanford prepares to travel to 16th-ranked UCLA (17-9 overall, 9-7 Pac-10) and 13th-ranked USC (15-9 overall, 11-5 Pac-10), the Cardinal possesses a 23-5 mark and a 12-4 ledger in the Pac-10 ... Seventeen of Stanford's 23 wins have been by margins of 3-0 ... Stanford has won 37 of its last 42 matches ... Stanford's longest winning streak of the year was 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 one of the team's strengths ... The Cardinal has held the opposition to only a .165 hitting percentage (#3 in the Pac-10), and in two of those matches (Boston College, Maine), the Cardinal held the opposition to a minus hitting percentage ... In nine matches, Stanford opponents had a hitting percentage of less than .100 ... Only two teams (#1 Nebraska, #2 Washington) have hit .300 or better against Stanford.
Stanford is a young team with only two seniors, setter Katie Goldhahn and libero Courtney Schultz ... During their four seasons (2002-05) at Stanford, Goldhahn and Schultz have helped lead the Cardinal to a 110-23 record, two trips to the NCAA Final Four, and an NCAA championship (2004) ... Goldhahn has played in 341 games in four seasons at Stanford, and her 1,958 assists is eighth-best in school history ... Schultz has played in 433 games in four seasons at Stanford, and has played in all 97 games this year ... Her 1,052 career digs is tenth on the all-time list at Stanford.
Despite its 23-5 overall record, a 12-4 mark in the Pac-10 and a #5 national ranking, Stanford has been bit heavy with the injury bug this year ... The latest to fall was sophomore All-America candidate setter Bryn Kehoe who broke her right hand in practice on Oct. 31 ... Kehoe, who underwent surgery on Nov. 1, is out indefinitely ... Kehoe was second in the Pac-10 and fourth nationally in assists per game (14.30 apg) and was on pace to break her school record of 1,637 assists set last year ... Kehoe's 2,378 career assists is fifth-best in school history ... Kehoe also led the team in service aces (0.47 apg, #3 in the Pac-10) ... Kehoe's injury comes on the heel of a torn anterior cruciate ligament that has ended the season for Stanford star freshman volleyball player Cynthia Barboza ... Dr. Michael Dillingham, a Stanford team doctor, confirmed the extent of the injury in meeting with Barboza on Oct. 24 ... Barboza will miss the rest of the 2005 season and underwent successful knee surgery on Nov. 3 ... Barboza was enjoying an All-American type season when she suffered the knee injury during the first play of the third game in Stanford's victory at California (10/21/05) ... Barboza, an alternate as a high school senior on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, started all 21 matches (66 games) this season, and at the time of her injury led the Pac-10 in kills (297) and was second on the team in hitting percentage (.306, #8 in the Pac-10) ... Her 4.50 kills per game was fourth-best in the conference ... A recent Sports Illustrated article referred to Barboza as the 'nation's top female freshman - in ANY sport.' ... Barboza produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 21 matches ... Barboza tallied a career-high 26 kills in Stanford's Pac-10 season opening victory against nationally-ranked USC. Barboza collected six double-doubles (kills, digs) during the year.
Junior middle blocker Lizzie Suiter has been named a first team All-Academic Pac-10 selection ... Suiter is a Communication major with a 3.71 gpa ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz was named a second team All-Academic selection with a 3.52 gpa in Human Biology ... Named Honorable Mention were senior setter Katie Goldhahn and junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani.
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 1,311 kills in two-plus seasons at Stanford, tenth-best in school history ... Richards is seventh in the Cardinal Top-10 in career digs with 1,196 career digs ... Sophomore setter Bryn Kehoe has collected 2,738 assists in only one-plus seasons at Stanford, good enough for fifth on the Stanford Top-10 list ... Katie Goldhahn has 1,958 career assists, eighth-best in school history ... Senior libero Courtney Schultz has 1,052 career digs, tenth-best in school history.
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 is second among Pac-10 schools in attendance with an average of 2,133 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 11th in the nation in average attendance.
Several of Stanford's athletes (excluding freshman) have generated career numbers in 2005 ... Junior outside hitter Kristin Richards posted a career-high 31 kills at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Richards' four aces against Syracuse (9/3/05) and St. Mary's (9/15/05) are career-highs ...Junior outside hitter Nji Nnamani collected a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05), and then a career-high 39 attempts at California (10/21/05) ... Nnamani tallied a career-high 15 digs vs California (11/18/05) ... Jennifer Wilson, a junior outside hitter, had career-highs in kills (9) and attempts (15) against Syracuse (9/3/05) ... 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) ... Senior setter Katie Goldhahn posted a career-high 68 assists at Washington State (11/4/05).
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 ... First in hitting percentage (.407, #3 in the Pac-10, #10 in the nation) and second in kills (379) ... Is averaging 3.95 kpg ... Has hit .450 or better in 13 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 23 of the 28 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
A torn anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee has sidelined the freshman All-America candidate for the rest of the season ... Suffered the injury on the first rally of the third game at California (10/21/05) ... Underwent successful surgery on Nov. 3 ... Had started all 21 matches (66 games) ... At the time of her injury had led the Pac-10 in kills (297) and was third in kills per game (4.50) ... Second on the team in hitting percentage (.306) ... Produced a hitting percentage of .450 or better in four matches, and produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 21 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) ... 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 17 service aces ... Collected a season-high three service aces against Utah State (9/16/05) and Arizona (11/11/05) ... Has played in 27 matches (86 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 ... Will redshirt the 2005 season.
#6 Franci Girard, Sophomore, Outside Hitter, Brooklyn, NY
Has played in 24 matches (72 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 ... Produced a career-high 25 attempts vs Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... Hit .467 (8-1-15) along with three digs and three blocks in Stanford's victory at Oregon (10/27/05) ... Has hit .400 or better in five matches.
#2 Katie Goldhahn, Junior, Setter, Lodi, Ca
Has moved into the starting lineup as Stanford's setter due to the injury (broken right hand) to Bryn Kehoe ... Is averaging 13.00 assists per game (260 assists, 20 games) in her five starts ... Started her first match in two years with 33 assists in three games at Washington (11/3/05) ... Posted career-highs in assists (68), kills (6) and attempts (14) at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Has played in 27 matches (94 games) ... Has compiled double digits in digs in seven matches including a season-high 14 at California (10/21/05) and against the Golden Bears (11/18/05) at Maples Pavilion ... Tallied eleven digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) and UCLA (9/24/05) ... Her 1,958 assists is eighth-best in school history ... Named honorable mention All Pac-10 Academic choice.
#3 Kirsten Hornbeak, Sophomore, Libero/Defensive Specialist, Encintas, Ca
Has played in eleven matches (15 games) ... Produced a season-high two digs in three matches.
#4 Bryn Kehoe, Sophomore, Setter, North Bend, Oh
Out indefinitely with a broken right hand suffered in practice on Oct. 31 ... Underwent successful surgery on Nov. 2 ... Stanford's starting setter for a second straight season ... During her two seasons as a starter, the Cardinal is 50-9 ... An All-American candidate ... Was on pace to set a Stanford single-season record by averaging 14.30 assists per game (1,101, #2 in the Pac-10, #3 in the nation) ... That would also place her among the Top 10 single-season performances in Pac-10 history ... Kehoe holds the school record of 1,637 (12.40 apg) set last year ... 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 2,738 career assists is fifth-best in school history ... Leads the team in service aces (0.47 apg, #3 in the Pac-10).
#15 Michelle Mellard, Junior, Middle Blocker, Leawood, Ks
Has played in 15 matches (20 games) ... Collected two kills in four matches.
#5 Nji Nnamani, Junior, Outside Hitter, Bloomington, Il
Has played in 25 matches (78 games), several as a starter ... Fourth on the team in kills (187) ... Has seven double-digit matches including a career-high 15 kills at Arizona (10/13/05) ... Tallied 14 kills (.385) and ten digs at Washington State (11/4/05) ... Collected 13 kills in the season opening victory over Penn State (8/26/05) at the AVCA Showcase ... 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 39 attempts at California (10/21/05) ... Tallied a career-high 15 digs in Stanford's win vs California (11/18/05) ... Named honorable mention All Pac-10 Academic selection.
#10 Kristin Richards, Junior, Outside Hitter, Orem, Ut
The All-America candidate is first on the team in kills (433, 4.56 kpg, #3 in the Pac-10) as a starter in 28 matches ... Produced a career-high 31 kills along with 16 digs at Washington state (11/4/05) ... Tallied 29 kills against nationally-ranked Arizona (11/11/05) ... Collected 22 kills (.357) against Syracuse (9/3/05) and against California (11/18/05) ... Also had 20 kills (.607) against Washington State (10/7/05) and at Arizona (10/14/05) ... Hitting .269 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 (343, 3.61 dpg, #10 in the Pac-10) ... Had a season-high 23 digs along against Arizona State (11/10/05) ... Had 21 digs against UC Santa Barbara (9/17/05) ... In 21 of the 28 matches has ten or 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 1,311 career kills at Stanford, tenth-best in school history ... Her 1,196 career digs is seventh-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 (370, 3.81 dpg, #8 in the Pac-10) ... 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 25 of the 28 matches ... Has 1,052 career digs in four years at Stanford is tenth all-time on The Farm ... Named to the All Pac-10 Academic second team.
#13 Lizzie Suiter, Junior, Middle Blocker, Aspen, Co
Has been bothered with an ankle and eye injury that has limited her to just 16 matches (44 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), and against nationally-ranked Arizona (11/11/05) ... Had her best match of the season with six kills (.333) along with four blocks against Oregon State (10/28/05) ... Named a first team All Pac-10 Academic selection.
#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 .355 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 ... Came off the bench for an injured Cynthia Barboza and collected three kills in seven attempts (.429) at California (10/21/05).
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.
UCLA, ranked 16th in the nation, is 17-9 overall and 9-7 in the Pac-10 ... Kaitlin Sather and Nana Meriwether have combined for 651 kills ... Meriwether is hitting .360, fifth-best in the Pac-10 ... Meriwether is #1 in the Pac-10 and fourth in the nation in blocks per game (2.76 bpg) ... Setter Nellie Spicer is fourth in the conference in assists at 12.56 apg.
USC, ranked 13th in the country, is 15-9 overall and 11-5 in the Pac-10 ... The Trojans are 8-1 at the Lyon Center ... USC tops the Pac-10 in digs at 19.00 per game ... Bibiana Candelas leads the team in kills (409) and hitting percentage (.297) ... Candelas is second in the Pac-10 in kills at 4.70 per game ... Debora Seilhamer leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in digs at 6.79 per game.
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