Second-Ranked Cardinal Takes On Cal
Oct. 31, 2006
COMING UP: Boasting the best record in the Pac-10, second-ranked Stanford (19-2, 10-1) heads across the Bay to take on No. 13 California (17-5, 6-5) Friday night at 7:00 pm in Haas Pavilion. The Cardinal looks to continue a nine-match conference winning streak that includes a 3-0 win over the Bears on October 6.
STANFORD SWEEPS ARIZONA STATE, ARIZONA: Stanford continued to extend its conference winning streak to nine matches last weekend with back-to-back sweeps of Arizona State and Arizona. The Cardinal opened the weekend with a 3-0 win against the Sun Devils, 30-24, 30-22, 30-24, on Friday. Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo led the squad with 15 kills and three blocks, while sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza added 11 more kills. On Saturday, Stanford followed with another sweep of the Wildcats in Tucson, 30-17, 30-19, 30-19. Akinradewo led the Cardinal again with 17 kills and a career-high .850 hitting percentage on Saturday, also adding a team-high three aces. Senior outside hitter Kristin Richards also contributed 14 kills and 20 digs versus Arizona. In the second half of Pac-10 action, Barboza continues to lead the team with 4.55 kills per game and 296 total kills, averaging 5.03 kills per game in conference competition. Akinradewo paces the Cardinal with a .450 hitting percentage and 91 blocks, including 17 block solos. Junior setter Bryn Kehoe has tallied 847 assists to average 13.03 per game and 14.44 assists per game in conference action. Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn has also collected 255 digs this season.
ABOUT THE GOLDEN BEARS: No. 13 California (17-5, 6-5) hosts the Cardinal after also picking up two wins last weekend in Arizona. The Bears topped the Wildcats in four games on Friday, 33-31, 30-25, 26-30, 30-20, led by junior Angie Pressey and freshman Hana Cutura's 17 kills apiece. On Saturday, Pressey tallied a season-high 25 kills to lead the Bears to a 24-30, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27 victory over the Sun Devils. Cutura and sophomore Morgan Beck also added 13 kills each against Arizona State. After 22 matches this season, Pressey leads Cal with 334 totals kills and 4.45 kills per game. Junior Ellen Orchard paces the squad with 107 blocks on the year, including 13 block solos. Stanford swept the Bears earlier this season on October 6, 30-20, 30-22, 30-21, thanks to 13 kills each from senior Kristin Richards and sophomore Cynthia Barboza. Sophomore Foluke Akinradewo also tallied seven blocks at home versus the Bears. Stanford leads the all-time series against California, 56-5, including wins in the last three matches.
USC SET FOR NOV. 10, UCLA FOR NOV. 11: Following Friday's match in Berkeley, the Cardinal will host No. 6 USC and No. 5 UCLA next weekend in Maples Pavilion. The dates for these two matches were switched earlier this season. Stanford will square off against the Trojans on Friday, November 10 at 7:00 pm, and will then take on the Bruins on Saturday, November 11 at 7:00 pm. Saturday's match against UCLA will be broadcast tape-delayed on CSTV. The match will be aired Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm PT and again on Monday, November 13 at 7:00 pm PT.
DUNNING REACHES 600 WINS: Head Coach John Dunning earned his 600th win in a three-game sweep of Oregon on October 20 in Maples Pavilion. Dunning is in his sixth season as head coach of the Cardinal and 21st year of coaching volleyball. During his tenure at Stanford, the Cardinal has captured two NCAA championships (2001, 2004), as well as a runner-up finish in 2002. Dunning has amassed a 165-28 record on The Farm and a 602-130 record 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.
BARBOZA, RICHARDS NAMED PLAYERS OF THE WEEK: Sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and senior outside hitter Kristin Richards have earned Player of the Week honors this season from the Pac-10. 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 and collecting a career-high four service aces against No. 9 Hawai`i. Richards was named Pac-10 Player of the Week for Oct. 2-8. She led the Cardinal to a three-game sweep over No. 7 California, recording 13 kills without a single error. Richards hit .565 against the Bears, contributing six digs, an ace and three blocks.
RECORD WATCH: Senior Kristin Richards has already moved from ninth to seventh this season for career kills with 1,643, and now ranks second at Stanford in digs with 1,437 ... Richards also now ranks eighth all-time at Stanford with 111 career aces ... In just her junior year, setter Bryn Kehoe improves to fourth on the all-time career assists list with 3,588 assists, ranking first all-time at Stanford with 12.77 assists per game ... Kehoe also ranks fourth on the single season assists per game list with 13.03 assists per game this season ... Sophomore Cynthia Barboza's 28 service aces so far this season inch her closer to the single season top-10 list, where Kim Oden and Barbara Fontana are tied for ninth with 41 aces ... Barboza is currently tied for fifth all-time with 0.43 aces per game this season ... Sophomore libero Jessica Fishburn also sits in second for single season digs per game with 3.86 digs per game this season.
CSTV/AVCA TOP 25 POLL: Stanford took over the second-place ranking this week in the CSTV/AVCA Division I Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll after increasing its conference winning streak to nine matches last weekend in Arizona. Nebraska holds the top spot for a 11th-straight week, with Penn State falling to third. UCLA fell to the fifth ranking and USC fell to the sixth ranking after both teams lost to Washington last weekend in Seattle. Washington rose to the fourth spot with the back-to-back upsets, while cross-Bay rival California fell again this week to 13th. Local team Santa Clara holds down the 20th ranking this week.
PAC-10 PRESEASON COACHES POLL: The Cardinal was picked in August to win this year's conference title by league coaches. Stanford picked up eight first-place votes in the preseason poll. UCLA was 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.