No. 6 Stanford Hosts Big Spike Friday
Oct. 3, 2006
COMING UP: After claiming two victories last weekend over Arizona and Arizona State, No. 6 Stanford (12-2, 3-1) remains home to take on No. 7 California (14-1, 3-1) Friday night at 7:00 pm in Maples Pavilion. Friday's match will be aired tape-delayed on Saturday, October 7 at 1:00 pm on FSNBA. The Big Spike is also Family Friday, where youth 14 and under gain general admission for just $2. Students wearing red also enter for free on Friday night. Quick Set Club members, don't miss Coach Dunning's Chalk Talk from 5:00-5:30 pm, as well as post-match Pizz'a Chicago in the Hospitality Room.
STANFORD SWEEPS ARIZONA SCHOOLS: The Cardinal collected two straight three-game sweeps last weekend at home against Arizona and Arizona State. On Friday night, the Cardinal took down Arizona, 35-33, 30-20, 30-15. Sophomore Cynthia Barboza led the charge against the Wildcats with 19 kills as Stanford hit .429 collectively with 58 kills. Sophomore Foluke Akinradewo also had a career-high four aces against Arizona, and junior setter Bryn Kehoe nearly set a season high with 50 assists. On Saturday, Stanford swept Arizona State, 30-27, 30-21, 30-25, as Barboza and Akinradewo combined for 31 kills. Senior Kristin Richards added 10 more kills against the Sun Devils, as well as three aces. Stanford held Arizona State to a .142 hitting percentage on Saturday off seven team blocks and 38 digs, including nine from sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn. After 14 matches this season, Barboza leads the squad with 4.60 kills per game, tallying 198 total kills in 43 games, as well as a team-leading 20 aces. Akinradewo averages a .440 hitting percentage with 154 kills and 49 blocks, including 11 block solos. Kehoe has tallied 543 assists and 125 digs, while Fishburn leads the Cardinal with 177 digs this year.
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ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: California (14-1, 3-1) travels across the Bay to The Farm after also sweeping Arizona and Arizona State, in four games apiece. On Friday, the Bears topped Arizona State, 30-28, 20-30, 30-19, 30-26, before knocking off Arizona on Saturday, 28-30, 30-26, 30-18, 31-29. California has just one loss so far this season to Washington on September 21. Prior to Washington, the Bears had won 11 straight matches. Junior Angie Pressey leads the squad with 4.78 kills per game, totaling 239 kills, 123 digs and 41 blocks. Senior starting setter Samantha Carter has tallied 646 assists, 12.92 assists per game, while junior Ellen Orchard leads the Bears with 68 blocks. Eighth-year head coach Rich Feller has tallied a 117-90 record while at Cal, returning 11 letterwinners and five starters in 2006. Stanford dominates the all-time series against the Bears, 55-5, including two five-game wins last season.
UP NEXT: Stanford returns to the road next weekend for two Pac-10 matches. The Cardinal will first face No. 4 USC on Thursday, October 12 at 7:00 pm, then takes on No. 3 UCLA on Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm.
CARDINAL NABS TOURNAMENT HONORS: Multiple Cardinal players have been named to all-tournament teams for their efforts in the preseason. Sophomores Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo were named all-tournament as Stanford went 2-1 at the BYU Tournament. Barboza later earned Most Outstanding Player honors at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge with all-tournament team members Akinradewo and senior Kristin Richards as the Cardinal swept three matches, including No. 9 Hawai`i. Last weekend, three Cardinal athletes were named to the Stanford Invitational All-Tournament Team as Stanford again went 3-0, including a sweep of No. 8 Santa Clara. Barboza and junior Bryn Kehoe were named Co-Most Outstanding Player, while Akinradewo was also named to the all-tournament team.
BARBOZA NAMED PAC-10 PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Sept. 4-10, the Cardinal's first weekly honor of the year. Barboza led a three-match sweep at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Challenge. She hit .471 for the tournament with 46 kills, 33 digs and seven blocks, including a .532 hitting percentage against Fairfield without tallying a single attack error. Against No. 9 Hawai`i for the Challenge title, Barboza notched 15 kills, three blocks and a career-high four service aces.
CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford remains in sixth place this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll. Nebraska holds the top spot for a seventh-straight week, while Penn State and UCLA continue to hold down the #2 and #3 rankings, respectively. USC moved up one position to the fourth-place ranking, while Washington dropped to #5. Cross-Bay rival California remains in seventh for the second-straight week, while local squad Santa Clara fell to 12th.
PAC-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Cardinal has been picked to win this year's conference title by league coaches. Stanford picked up eight first-place votes in the preseason poll. UCLA has been ranked second in the Pac-10 with two first-place votes, while defending national champion Washington was picked third. Conference coaches have correctly picked the Pac-10 champion in 10 of the previous 17 polls.
HEAD COACH John Dunning: John Dunning opens his sixth season as head coach of the Cardinal. During his tenure, the Cardinal have captured two NCAA championships (2001, 2004), as well as a runner-up finish in 2002. Dunning has amassed a 158-28 record on The Farm and a 595-130 in his 21 years of coaching at Stanford and Pacific, ranking him among the top five winningest active coaches in NCAA history (Division I). In 2005, Dunning was the recipient of the USA Volleyball All-Time Great Coach Award.
NOTABLES: Stanford has not lost a match to California at home since 1979, including two five-game matches in the last two years, claiming the last 25 straight home matches ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 20 service aces in just 14 matches inch her closer to the single season top-10 list, where Kim Oden and Barbara Fontana are tied for ninth with 41 aces ... Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for all-time career kills with 1,569 ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe remains in fifth on the all-time career assists list with 3,284 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.68 assists per game.