Oct. 28, 2002
Welcome to the ESPN.com moderated chat room! On Wednesday, Stanford volleyball player Lindsey Yamasaki (12 pm, PT) and Stanford field hockey head coach Sheryl Johnson (1 pm, PT) will hit the chat room to talk with fans about a variety of issues.
Yamasaki returned to The Farm in 2002 to play a final year of volleyball and finish her degree after completing her four-year eligibility in basketball (1998-2002. The 6-2 Oregon native was drafted by the WNBA's Miami Sol last spring and spent the summer playing basketball, rejoining the volleyball squad in August. Yamasaki only used one year of volleyball eligibility during her previous time at Stanford, redshirting in 1998 and competing in 1999. After that season, she made the decision to play basketball only.
The outside hitter averaged 2.54 kills and 2.04 digs in her freshman volleyball campaign on her way to being named to the All-Pac-10 Freshman Team and All-Pac-10 Team (honorable mention). This season she is contributing 1.48 kills and 1.96 digs off the bench and has nine service aces (third-best on the squad).
Johnson, who will retire following this season to pursue a career as a private investigator, has led Stanford to nine NorPac titles and seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament during her 18-year career at Stanford. She has an overall record of 166-123-11 and has been named the NorPac Coach of the Year eight times.
Johnson also was a three-time Olympian and a 14-year member of the U.S. National Team as an amateur player. She was a member of the only U.S. team to ever win an Olympic medal in field hockey when the Americans took a bronze at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. Johnson is a member of the Hall of Fame for the United States Field Hockey, University of California, DeAnza Junior College and Monta Vista High School.