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Stanford plays host No. 4 USC and UCLA this week.
Top-10 Clash in Maples
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 10/28/2013
No. 6 Stanford (15-4, 8-2 Pac-12) vs. No. 4 USC (18-3, 8-2 Pac-12) - 7:30 p.m. PT
Oct. 30 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif. - Pac-12 Networks
 
No. 6 Stanford (15-4, 8-2 Pac-12) vs. UCLA (12-8, 3-7 Pac-12) - 8 p.m. PT
Nov. 1 - Maples Pavilion - Stanford, Calif. - Pac-12 Networks

THIS WEEK: The No. 6 Stanford women’s volleyball team (15-4, 8-2 Pac-12) plays host to No. 4 USC (18-3, 8-2 Pac-12) and UCLA (12-8, 3-7 Pac-12). The Cardinal and Trojans will square-off at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 30, while Stanford and UCLA will meet on Friday, Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. in Maples Pavilion.

SCOUTING USC: USC (18-3, 8-2 Pac-12) enters the match in a tie for second place in the Pac-12 with Stanford. The Trojans are second in the conference in kills (14.61) and aces (1.36) and rank third in hitting percentage (.289) and blocks (2.67). Sophomore outside hitter Samantha Bricio leads the Pac-12 and is second in the nation with 0.76 aces per set. She is also eighth in the conference with 4.39 points per set and ninth with 3.32 kills per set. Senior middle blocker Alexis Olgard is second in the Pac-12 and fourth nationally with a .467 hitting percentage and ranks eighth in the conference with 1.16 blocks per set. Freshman Ebony Nwanebu adds 3.09 kills per set. Senior libero Natalie Hagglund leads the Pac-12 with 4.90 digs per set.

THE SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: Stanford is 57-22 all-time against USC. The Trojans swept the Cardinal on Oct. 4, handing Stanford its first conference loss of the year and its first 3-0 loss since 2011. Stanford’s middle blockers, Carly Wopat and Inky Ajanaku, combined for 21 of the Cardinal’s 43 kills in the match.

SCOUTING UCLA: The Bruins enter the week with a 12-8 overall record and 3-7 mark in the Pac-12. UCLA is fifth in the conference with a .251 team hitting percentage and sixth in assists (12.83) and kills (13.91). Junior outside hitter Karsta Lowe is fifth in the Pac-12 with 4.20 kills per set and sixth with 4.59 points per set. Senior middle blocker Mariana Aquino ranks fourth in the conference with a .388 hitting percentage and adds 1.08 blocks per set. Senior Kelly Reeves chips in with 2.61 kills per set and 3.04 digs per set.

THE SERIES WITH THE BRUINS: The Cardinal is 44-35 all-time against the Bruins. Stanford swept UCLA in Los Angeles earlier this seaosn. Senior Carly Wopat led the team with 13 kills and six blocks, while sophomore Jordan Burgess tallied 12 kills and nine digs. As a team, Stanford posted 10.0 blocks and hit .390 in the match.

CATCH THE CARDINAL: Fans can catch both matches live on the Pac-12 Networks. KZSU radio will be broadcasting both matches at 90.1 FM or online at http://kzsu.stanford.edu/. Live stats for the matches will also be accessible on GoStanford.com.

PROMOTIONS: Wednesday’s match against USC is Breast Cancer Awareness Night and fans are encouraged to wear pink. Friday’s match is BeWell night. Stanford BeWell participants receive four free tickets with voucher. Coach Dunning will also be hosting a Chalk Talk at 6 p.m. in Kissick Auditorium in the Arrillaga Family Sports Center on Friday.

LOOKING AHEAD: After this week, Stanford will play its next four Pac-12 matches on the road. The Cardinal will face Colorado on Friday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. PT in Boulder and Utah on Sunday, Nov. 10 at 11 a.m. PT in Salt Lake City. Sunday’s match will be televised on the Pac-12 Networks.

SOCIAL NETWORKING: Fans will have access to unique behind-the-scenes content on the team this season by liking Stanford Women’s Volleyball on Facebook or following the team on Twitter and Instagram (@StanfordWVB). Instagram will house the Cardinal’s off the court photos and videos all season long.

LAST WEEK: Stanford swept then-No. 20 Oregon and Oregon State last week, improving to 8-0 at Maples Pavilion this season. Sophomore outside hitter Jordan Burgess averaged 3.50 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set while hitting .367 in the two matches. Junior libero Kyle Gilbert anchored the defense, averaging 5.67 digs per set. Stanford is now 57-0 all-time against OSU.

RETURNING ALL-AMERICANS: Stanford has three returning All-Americans on its roster this season. Senior Carly Wopat, a two-time honoree, was a first team selection by the AVCA and Volleyball Magazine, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku was an honorable mention pick by the AVCA in 2012. Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams was an AVCA honorable mention selection in 2011. In total, the Cardinal has produced 31 All-Americans who have collected 70 total awards.

NATIONAL POLL: Stanford remained at No. 6 in the AVCA top 25 this week. In fact, the top 5 - Texas, Penn State, Washington, USC and Florida - all stayed the same as the previous week despite a USC loss to Washington. Five Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top 25.

RPI: In the latest Rating Percentage Index (RPI), the Cardinal jumped up to No. 5. Texas remained in the top spot in the poll, while Penn State, Florida and Washington sit ahead of Stanford. Three Pac-12 squads are ranked in the top-10 and six in the top-30.

BLOCK CITY: Stanford’s team blocks per set mark of 3.04 is the best in the nation. Senior Carly Wopat is second in the conference and is 15th nationally with 1.42 blocks per set, while sophomore Inky Ajanaku is averaging 1.40 blocks per set (17th nationally). Wopat recently eclipsed the 500 block plateau, while Ajanaku tallied the 200th of her career against Colorado on Oct. 12.

CONFERENCE HONORS: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat was named the Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14. She is the first Cardinal player recognized this season and collected the 85th weekly award for Stanford all-time, which paces the Pac-12. It marks the fifth weekly honor of Wopat’s career (fourth offensive).

1,000 KILL CLUB: Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams joined an elite group of players as she registered her 1,000th career kill at UCLA on Oct. 2. Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat joined her on that list against Washington on Oct. 20. The pair are two of just 10 active Pac-12 players to have reached that plateau and becomes the 13th and 14th Stanford players since 1986 to accomplish the feat. The pair are just the second classmates in Cardinal history to each tally 1,000 career kills (Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) and Cynthia Barboza (‘08) were the first).

Stanford Players with 1,000 Career Kills Since 1986
1. Ogonna Nnamani (2001-04) 2450
2. Alix Klineman (2007-10) 2008
3. Logan Tom (1999-02) 1939
4. Kristin Klein (1988-91) 1909
5. Kristin Folkl (1994-97) 1833
6. Kristin Richards (2003-06) 1819
7. Bev Oden (1989-92) 1753
8. Foluke Akinradewo (2005-08) 1682
9. Cynthia Barboza (2005-08) 1639
10. Kerri Walsh (1996-99) 1553
11. Cary Wendell (1992-95) 1353
12. Teresa Smith (1984-87) 1070
13. Rachel Williams (2010-13) 1055
14. Carly Wopat (2010-13) 1019

SPREAD OFFENSE: Stanford setter Madi Bugg has controlled the offense this season, ranking second in the Pac-12 and 11th in the nation with 11.57 assists per set, spreading the love amongst her teammates in the process. Five Cardinal players are averaging at least 2.30 kills per set - Carly Wopat (180k/3.00kps), Brittany Howard (178/2.87kps), Rachel Williams (171k/2.80kps), Jordan Burgess (163k/2.59kps) and Inky Ajanaku (140k/2.41kps).

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Senior Carly Wopat already ranks among the top 10 in school history with 543 career blocks. Recently, she moved from sixth place to fourth on the Cardinal’s career charts, passing former All-American Kerri Walsh (‘99) and Laura Olesen (‘90), and needs 36 more to match Cardinal great Foluke Akinradewo (‘08) with 579. Her 1.37 career blocks per set average would be third in school history behind Bev Oden (‘92).

SENIOR STATEMENT: Senior outside hitter Rachel Williams is one of the Cardinal leaders this season with 2.80 kills per set. She posted double-doubles in three consecutive matches (vs. Pacific, Florida & Texas) and leads the team with seven overall. Her 21 kills against then-No. 8 Florida are the most by a Cardinal player this season.

DOMINANT DEFENSE: Junior libero Kyle Gilbert has led the defensive side of the ball for the Cardinal this season and ranks second on the Pac-12 charts with 4.75 digs per set. She collected a season-high 29 digs at California (9/25), leading all players. Gilbert is averaging 3.87 digs per set for her career, ranking second in program history behind Gabi Ailes (4.57).

HOME SWEET HOME: Maples Pavilion gives the Cardinal a true home court advantage as Stanford has won 24 consecutive home matches dating back to the start of the 2012 campaign. Stanford’s last loss at home came against Michigan on Dec. 3, 2011 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

LEADING THE CONFERENCE: Senior middle blocker Carly Wopat leads the Pac-12 and third in the nation with a .484 hitting percentage this season. Sophomore Inky Ajanaku is third in the conference with a .414 attack percentage, and 18th in the nation. Wopat is also ninth in the Pac-12 with 4.03 points per set.

HEAD COACH JOHN DUNNING: Now in his 13th season at the helm of the Cardinal program, head coach John Dunning is one of the most accomplished coaches in the collegiate volleyball world. Dunning has four national championships under his belt, has taken teams to nine Final Fours and carried six of his 12 Stanford teams to the national championship match.

MILESTONE FOR DUNNING: John Dunning secured his 700th career win during the 2010 season and will likely capture win No. 800 during 2013. In 29 years as a head coach, he is 793-167 (.826), giving him a winning percentage that ranks amongst the top-5 all-time for Division I coaches. Dunning is 356-65 in his 13 seasons on The Farm, leading all active coaches in the conference by winning percentage (.847).


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